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Next Up - Bury & Millwall (Published in Sheffield Wednesday's Official Matchday Programme)

BURY 13/08, 7:45 PM

Football is often too partisan, rivalry and the necessity for results overpower the desire or need for compassion. However, I think it is safe to say that nobody is enjoying the plight of our upcoming opponents Bury at the moment.

The Shakers, along with their North West counterparts Bolton experiencing such desperate financial difficulties that they saw their first two games of the season called off.

Bury travel to Sheffield for our Carabao Cup first round tie on Tuesday and we hope for everyone at Gigg Lane that their situation is positively resolved.

What makes their demise even more upsetting is that it comes off the back of a successful promotion season into League One.

Instead of looking forward to a season of new challenges, Bury's fans have had to watch copious amounts of their promotion- winning side leave the club, along with their enigmatic manager Ryan Lowe.

All the while, they watch another neighbouring club, Salford City, thrive. Bury have named one of their stands after Neville Neville, father of Gary and Phil, the latter of whom, of course, is a part owner of Salford.

MILLWALL 17/08, 3:00PM

Wednesday's trip to The Den next weekend is against a Lions side with a more recent name as cup giantkillers.

Everton and Brighton both experienced defeats at the hands of the London side last time out in South London.

Wednesday, though, have an impressive record against the Lions, losing only one of the previous 12 meetings in a run stretching back to 2006.

Millwall's last victory over Wednesday was at The Den in 2018 when a Steve Morison goal sealed a comeback and 2-1 victory.

Neil Harris' current side enjoyed a positive start to the new season as the Lions' manager recorded his 100th victory in an opening day win against Preston.

Millwall narrowly survived relegation last season and will hope that last Saturday's win lays foundations for a more comfortable campaign than 2019/20, notwithstanding their emphatic cup form.

Peter Jones




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