TALK about a mixed weekend for Bury. Friday saw a great night for the club as we won the Suffolk Premier Cup after a hard-fought win over Needham Market.
Then we came straight back down to earth on Sunday with a disappointing league defeat away at Cray Wanderers in deepest South London, which ended prematurely for yours truly, with my first red card in nearly 10 years.
The win over Needham Market was superb and was fantastic for Bury to win a trophy at Portman Road. Credit to Needham – they played their part in an exciting final in which they dominated the first half and were unlucky not to be in front at half-time.
But sharp words at the break saw a much-improved performance and two goals from Sam Reed turned out to be the difference between the sides.
As mentioned in this column a few weeks ago, Sam Reed is a very good player who could aspire to higher things and the 1,000 noisy Bury fans at Portman Road will agree that his second goal was fit to win any final.
With only the league to concentrate on now and the title gone to Sutton, we face a tense final three league games. Results went against us last weekend and we’ve now slipped down to fourth.
Every game must be treated every like a cup final, starting with Maidstone at home and the Suffolk derby at Lowestoft on Monday.
Promotions and relegations are being decided up and down the country right now and I’m sure QPR will find themselves promoted to the Premiership this weekend. They have been the only stand-out team in the Championship this season and a lot of credit must go to my former manager Neil Warnock.
I mention Warnock because he was unlike any other manager I’ve ever played for. When he took over at Crystal Palace, the team was in massive decline – the changing room was out of control.
But, within a week he’d sorted things out and had the players in the palm of his hand. He took us from second bottom to finish fifth in the league and to this day had the best man management skills I’ve seen.
Before Roy Keane got the Ipswich job, I knew Neil was in the frame and one day he quizzed me over places to live in Suffolk. I was a little disappointed that he didn’t get it, as for sure Town would now be playing Premiership football. But their loss was QPR’s gain.
Enjoy the Easter weekend and if you get the chance, come along and support your local football team in Bury. We always need and appreciate your support.