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EVERY game is big, especially at this time of the season, but Saturday’s game away at table-toppers Sutton has to be our biggest game of the season.

Sutton have been top for the majority of the season and, with ourselves in second place, five points behind, it really is a must-win game if we are to get automatic promotion.

Bury are certainly capable of going down to South London and being victorious, after winning the reverse fixture 2-1.

Our away form has surprisingly been better than our home form this year, but it will all come down to who performs on the day.

Saturday saw a narrow, but comfortable, home win over Croydon Athletic, which turned out to be even better after seeing our rivals drop points at the same time.

One person that is always at Bury, but rarely sees the football, is chairman Russell Ward.

Russell works his socks off for the club, literally doing everything from mowing the pitch to cooking burgers at half-time.

On a match day, he is usually too busy to get to watch the game. Many people keep Bury going, but nobody works harder than Russell.

I’ve got to know him well this year and have seen what the club means to him.

In fact, a couple of weeks ago, he invited me and my brother down to the club to have a drink late one Saturday night.

Unfortunately, unknown to us, we actually walked straight into a fancy dress party, so sat quietly in a corner.

Not being dressed as Batman or Robin, our presence was noted. Rightly so, the guests weren’t over impressed and Maid Marian questioned our presence, then spoke to Robin Hood, before finally Ali G asked us to leave.

It was all taken in good humour and no offence was caused. It goes to show there is never a dull moment at Ram Meadow.

Only one talking point in football this week and that’s Mr Rooney.

If ever 15 minutes summed up his career, it has to be his hat-trick against West Ham followed by a moment of anger, madness and emotion — call it what you want — a rant in front of the cameras.

I have been asked a lot this week my opinion on it and, to be fair, you can’t defend him.

But he did come out straight away with an apology, which more people in football should do.

Only he knows what it’s like to be him. He’s suffered on and off the pitch this year and for someone that trains every day to be successful and prove people wrong like he did, emotions can get the better of you.

Good luck this weekend — I’m back next week talking about the Suffolk Cup final.

Scowie

Twitter: @scowy1975