Crisis-hit Bury FC asked fans to help them get the stadium ready for what is potentially their first game of the season, and the response has been incredible.
The club faced being kicked out of the Football League on Friday night, before a last minute takeover bid was revealed.
Alongside fellow Greater Manchester strugglers Bolton Wanderers, they now have until 5pm today, Tuesday August 27th, to prove to the EFL that they can get their finances in order.
Fans of the two League One teams now face a huge day, as they wait to find out the fate of their clubs - both of which have been members of the league since the 19th century, with Bolton being an original founder member of the Football League in 1888.
Bury were given an extension on Friday, to allow C&N Sporting Risk more time to complete a deal to buy the club. Because of this development, they have begun preparing for what would be their first game of the season - their previous five league fixtures have been postponed, and their League Cup game cancelled.
The EFL say the Shakers can’t call off anymore games, so the club needs to prepare for their home match against Doncaster Rovers this Saturday, August 31st.
After asking for volunteers to help get Gigg Lane ready, an overwhelming amount of fans turned up to help clean the ground, with Bury posting photos and videos of the cleanup operation to Twitter.
While Bury’s chances of survival have improved since the news of the potential takeover on Friday, Bolton Wanderers haven’t been so lucky, with an administrator for the club, Paul Appleton, saying they face liquidation after a deal fell through over the weekend.
However, the administrator had some better news for fans this morning, saying ‘there is continuing dialogue between the parties whose positions will ultimately decide the fate of the club.’
Myself and my team will continue to do everything possible to facilitate a deal and we will work tirelessly to get this finalised for the club, fans, staff and wider community. The future of Bolton Wanderers is still in doubt but I have to believe there can be a positive outcome before today’s 5pm deadline set by the EFL.
An awful situation, hopefully it’s resolved and Bury and Bolton Wanderers continue to exist in the Football League, for the sake of fans and the local communities.