Shrewsbury Town and AFC Telford offer condolences as Bury expelled by EFL

Shrewsbury Town and AFC Telford offer condolences as Bury expelled by EFL

The demise of Bury Football Club, and the ongoing struggles surrounding Bolton Wanderers, has really hit home and confirmed the complexities within the business side of the sport. "It's very sad", she said.

In a statement last night, the EFL said the decision had been made "with enormous regret" but had been done so after all other options were exhausted.

Once again, the football authorities, and the English Football League (EFL) in particular, seem powerless to stop bad owners running great clubs into the ground.

The League One club are the first team to drop out of the EFL since Maidstone's liquidation in 1992 and, as a effect, the third tier will now comprise of 23 clubs for the rest of the season, with only three teams to be relegated. This says much about their determination not to allow Eddie's beloved Bolton Wanderers to suffer any longer at the hands of Ken Anderson.

"Today is undoubtedly one of the darkest days in the league's recent history", said EFL executive chair Debbie Jevans. The remaining 23 teams will complete the season and only three instead of four teams will be relegated.

Although Bury are considering one last-ditch attempt to take the EFL to court for blocking a £7million rescue bid from SJ Global, the governing body insist there is no appeal process.

Now, with that line in the sand behind us, both clubs are in grave danger of being expelled from the league, a move that would lead to their immediate liquidation. They were one of these clubs that you nearly think, "Yeah, they're a Premier League club now, they're established".

Bury joined the Football League in 1894 nine years after they were founded and won the FA Cup in 1900 and 1903
Bury joined the Football League in 1894 nine years after they were founded and won the FA Cup in 1900 and 1903

"No one wanted to be in this position but following repeated missed deadlines, the suspension of five League fixtures, in addition to not receiving the evidence we required in regard to financial commitments and a possible takeover not materialising; the EFL Board has been forced to take the most hard of decisions", she said.

Dale took over the club from former owner Stewart Day in December a year ago and has said he found the club's finances in a mess with extensive debts.

Bolton's administrators released a short statement saying: "All parties have been in continuous dialogue throughout the day and are working closely together this evening in order to bring a deal to completion". This has been constant work, rightly, for weeks and months, involving numerous conversations with the board and Mr Dale trying to find solutions.

"If the club re-forms, we look forward to them applying to make an application to The Football Association to rejoin league competition further down the English football pyramid from the 2020/21 season".

"I've heard those conversations as well and there is merit without question in sitting down with the FA and even the Premier League".

"Maybe it was big ambitions, big plans to achieve something that Bury will never achieve, I wanted us to get to the Championship but it was never going to get there", he said.

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