MP James Frith will meet with the Football Association tomorrow as Bury FC’s bid for readmission takes the next step.
Shakers supporters and campaigners have turned their attentions to making sure the club re-enters the football pyramid at the highest possible level next season.
Having had their expulsion from the EFL confirmed, the Rescue Board led by Labour’s Bury North MP Frith are hoping for a place in the National League.
It is believed where the Shakers are placed in non-league depends on several factors, including where the club would play their games next season.
Anything as low as the North West Counties League, tier nine, is possible.
Frith is hoping to secure the support of the FA when he meets with a senior board member tomorrow.
He will be backed by Dave Edmundson, the former Burnley chief executive who lives in Ramsbottom and has been part of the Rescue Board along with Ivan Lewis MP, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, fans’ group Forever Bury and others.
“We want to enlist their support for application for re-entry to the pyramid,” Frith said.
“That’s going on alongside the work with a potential investor.”
All parties are working to save the Shakers in its current form but a winding-up petition brought by HMRC will be heard at the High Court next Wednesday.
If no new investment or a takeover from Steve Dale has been finalised that could see the club liquidated, bringing 134 years of history to an end.
With this in mind early meetings have been held to put plans in place for a phoenix club that could emerge in non-league next season.
An anonymous bidder, a North West businessman, has come forward, releasing a statement through Forever Bury last week urging fans to keep the faith.
According to reports, their involvement is, however, dependent on which league Bury end up in, something that could become clearer at tomorrow’s meeting with the FA.