Bury FC: How the Shakers went from promotion to expulsion in four months

Bury fans congregated outside Gigg Lane on Friday as the deadline to avoid expulsion from the EFL approached

Four months after celebrating promotion to League One, Bury now find themselves without a league altogether.

The Shakers were expelled by the English Football League on Tuesday having failed in their bid to secure a buyer for the club.

They had been given until 17:00 BST to prove they could pay off creditors and had the funding to last the season but, when a proposed takeover by C&N Sporting Risk fell apart, so did their survival hopes.

Their expulsion means they are the first side to drop out of the EFL since Maidstone were liquidated in 1992.

But how did it come to this for a club with 134 years of history and two FA Cup wins?

‘If I don’t do the job, slag me off – easy as that’

Steve Dale (left) was presented to the media in December following his takeover of Bury Football Club

Steve Dale completed his takeover of Bury Football Club from former owner Stewart Day on 11 December last year.

In a news conference following the takeover, Dale said he bought the club after being given a “second chance” following a battle with leukaemia.

Even before Dale’s arrival, there was financial trouble at Gigg Lane. It had been reported