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Iwan Roberts: Memories of Gigg Lane and celebrating with the future Huddersfield chairman

Fromer Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle. Picture: PA

Fromer Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle. Picture: PA

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I'm writing this column on Wednesday morning, waking up to the very sad news that after 134 years, Bury Football Club have lost their Football League status having been expelled by the EFL after months of turmoil with all sorts of financial problems.

Having won promotion last season from League Two, this season should have been one for the club's supporters to really look forward to.

But after months of not paying their players and staff the final nail was struck on Tuesday night when controversial owner Steve Dale failed in his attempt to sell the football club.

It's so sad for the people of Bury, whose football club was a big part of their community and through no fault of their own, they now face a very uncertain future as to what happens next and where they go from here.

The fact of the matter is that Bury lived beyond its means by paying big wages to players to try and get promoted which they did, but sadly the club couldn't maintain paying those big wages and that's the main reason Bury are where they are today.

I've two very fond memories of playing at Gigg Lane, in fact it was quite a lucky ground for me goalscoring wise.

In September 1991 I was playing for Huddersfield and we made the short journey across the M62 to play at Gigg Lane. After 29 minutes we found ourselves 4-0 down and if I'm honest we were looking at a cricket score but somehow we fought back.

I pulled a goal back just before the break, but never did I imagine it was more than a consolation for us. But then my strike partner Phil Starbuck bagged a brace in the second half, his second coming with about 10 minutes to go, plenty of time for us to get the equaliser.

Our fourth came in the very last minute and it was a traditional Iwan Roberts back post header from a Simon Ireland cross, cue unbelievable celebrations.

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One Town fan managed to climb the perimeter fencing to join in our celebrations only to be carted away by three or four stewards.

I found out in later years that the young lad who tried to celebrate my goal with me was none other than Dean Hoyle, Huddersfield Town chairman up until a few months ago.

In March 2005 as my career was coming to an end, I travelled up to Bury with Cambridge Utd who I'd joined on loan for three months to get away from Stan Ternent, the then Gillingham manager.

It was my first game for Cambridge and it was a bit of a culture shock and it showed just how spoilt I'd been in my seven years at Norwich.

Bury is a fair trek from Cambridge but we travelled up on the day of the game setting off at 7am, something I really wasn't used to as at Norwich for nearly all away games we'd travel up on the Friday and stay in a hotel.

Anyway even though we lost the game it was a special one for me as I scored my 200th career league goal which meant I joined a very elite club of players which I'm very proud of.

It was actually a decent strike, sadly I only scored another couple of goals for Cambridge and we were relegated at the end of that season.

Looking back at Tuesday night's loss at Crawley and while it's disappointing it's not the end of the world especially when you see what's happened to Bury this week.

Eleven changes were made but it was still a very strong looking Norwich side who really should be beating a team from League Two, but we all know what the priority is for City this season and if the lads can come back from the London Stadium this weekend with a positive result Tuesday night's defeat at The People's Pension Stadium will be a distant memory.

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