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Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Bury: Shakers promoted after draw

Bury players and fans celebrate promotion from League Two
Bury have secured an immediate return to League One following relegation last season

Bury have been promoted to League One after drawing at sixth-placed Tranmere Rovers, whose own hopes of winning automatic promotion were ended.

Danny Mayor's second-half equaliser for the Shakers cancelled out James Norwood's 11th-minute header, which was the Rovers striker's 30th goal of the campaign in all competitions.

With Mansfield Town and MK Dons playing each other on the final day of the season, it is impossible for both sides to reach 79 points and leapfrog Ryan Lowe's side.

It means the Shakers, who were put up for sale last week, have achieved their third promotion to the third tier in nine seasons.

Rovers' point assures Micky Mellon's side of a play-off place, to keep alive hopes of a second successive promotion, but one of Mansfield or MK Dons will take the third automatic place.

Bury's rollercoaster season ends on a high

Bury's success on the pitch has been made all the more impressive by a series of challenges off it, with players sometimes paid late and a winding-up petition still to be resolved.

Last Thursday, chairman Steve Dale confirmed he was putting the club up for sale just five months after taking over, suggesting that the Shakers' financial situation was "significantly worse" than he had first realised.

The failure to pay March's salaries on time - for which director Matthew McCarthy later apologised - even left one of the club's League Two fixtures in doubt, although a postponement was avoided on the eve of the game.

Bury's promotion charge looked in danger of being derailed by the ongoing financial problems last month, when a run of four losses in five games dragged them back towards the chasing pack.

But Lowe's men gathered themselves to take four points from matches against Northampton and Tranmere, defying the odds with promotion back to League One.

It was also a great personal achievement for 40-year-old Liverpudlian Lowe, after suffering relegation 12 months ago, to win promotion in his first full season as manager - against one of his former clubs.

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 14CapriceSubstituted forBuxtonat 74'minutes
  • 4Nelson
  • 6Monthe
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 19Morris
  • 8Harris
  • 28BanksBooked at 83mins
  • 27PringleSubstituted forMullinat 82'minutes
  • 11JenningsBooked at 68mins
  • 10Norwood

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 5McNulty
  • 9Mullin
  • 17Perkins
  • 22Gilmour
  • 25Pilling
  • 29Dagnall

Bury

  • 1Murphy
  • 4AimsonSubstituted forO'Connellat 39'minutes
  • 5Thompson
  • 19Wharton
  • 7Adams
  • 26O'Shea
  • 11RossiterSubstituted forDannsat 87'minutes
  • 10MayorBooked at 57mins
  • 3StokesBooked at 54mins
  • 18TelfordSubstituted forLaveryat 74'minutes
  • 36Maynard

Substitutes

  • 6O'Connell
  • 15Moore
  • 21McFadzean
  • 27Omotayo
  • 31Danns
  • 32Lavery
  • 43Maloney
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
9,145

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamBury
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Bury 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Bury 1.

Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nicky Maynard (Bury).

Foul by Adam Buxton (Tranmere Rovers).

Caolan Lavery (Bury) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bury. Neil Danns replaces Jordan Rossiter because of an injury.

Booking

Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers).

Jordan Rossiter (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Paul Mullin replaces Ben Pringle.

Attempt missed. Danny Mayor (Bury) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Jordan Rossiter.

Foul by Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers).

Caolan Lavery (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Adam Buxton.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Adam Buxton replaces Jake Caprice.

Substitution

Substitution, Bury. Caolan Lavery replaces Dominic Telford.

Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Rossiter (Bury).

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Jay O'Shea (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jay O'Shea (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Nicky Maynard (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Scott Wharton.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Jordan Rossiter.

Foul by James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

Adam Thompson (Bury) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Joe Murphy.

Attempt saved. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Danny Mayor (Bury).

Kieron Morris (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Danny Mayor (Bury) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Bury 1. Danny Mayor (Bury) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Sid Nelson (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City452316673403385
2Bury4522121181552678
3Mansfield452016969402976
4MK Dons4522101370492176
5Forest Green4520131268472173
6Tranmere4520131262471573
7Newport452010155858070
8Exeter4519121460491169
9Colchester451910166253967
10Carlisle45207186762567
11Stevenage451910165755267
12Crewe45198186057365
13Oldham4516141565551062
14Swindon451516145655161
15Northampton451319135961-258
16Cheltenham451512185766-957
17Grimsby45158224356-1353
18Morecambe451411205369-1653
19Crawley45148234867-1950
20Port Vale451212213854-1648
21Cambridge451210233965-2646
22Macclesfield451013224773-2643
23Notts County45914224781-3441
24Yeovil45912244166-2539
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