11 episodes

In 2019, Bury FC were expelled from the English Football League. Follow their fans as they seek answers, travel the UK for help and ultimately decide to start again.

Out Of Our Leagu‪e‬ BBC

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    • 4.9 • 97 Ratings

In 2019, Bury FC were expelled from the English Football League. Follow their fans as they seek answers, travel the UK for help and ultimately decide to start again.

    Episode 10 - Redemption

    Episode 10 - Redemption

    It's the final episode. Bury has a football team again, but will ninety minutes be enough to convince everyone on the fence to join in? Sanny and Mark take in the new club's first ever league game and a win could mean more than just three points. They also catch up with three clubs who could be the next Bury FC...

    Out Of Our League is a ten-part series made by BBC Radio Manchester for BBC Sounds.

    #OutOfOurLeague

    Presenters: Mark Crossley and Sanny Rudravajhala
    Producers: Mark Crossley and Sanny Rudravajhala
    Theme Music: "Take It Back" by Phil Rainey

    For more about the story, watch "Bury: Bringing Football Back" right now on BBC iPlayer.

    • 48 min
    Episode 9 - Kicking Off

    Episode 9 - Kicking Off

    Proms, fake boxers and handcuffs. 365 days on, Bury AFC are about to play their first game, but not everyone's happy. Plus, Mark and Sanny meet the window cleaners, gas workers and landscape gardeners ready to wear the shirt.

    Out Of Our League is a ten-part series made by BBC Radio Manchester for BBC Sounds, with new episodes released every Wednesday.

    #OutOfOurLeague

    Presenters: Mark Crossley and Sanny Rudravajhala
    Producers: Mark Crossley and Sanny Rudravajhala
    Theme Music: "Take It Back" by Phil Rainey

    For more about the story, watch "Bury: Bringing Football Back" right now on BBC iPlayer.

    • 46 min
    Episode 8 - Decision Pending

    Episode 8 - Decision Pending

    A badge, a kit and a manager.

    Bury AFC move a step closer to football, but there could still be two clubs in the town next season. Sanny and Mark learn about the importance of non-league volunteers and also ask the question, what connects Bury to London Fashion Week?

    Out Of Our League is a ten-part series made by BBC Radio Manchester for BBC Sounds, with new episodes released every Wednesday.

    #OutOfOurLeague

    Presenters: Mark Crossley and Sanny Rudravajhala
    Producers: Mark Crossley and Sanny Rudravajhala
    Theme Music: "Take It Back" by Phil Rainey

    • 45 min
    Episode 7 - Lockdown

    Episode 7 - Lockdown

    With the world standing still, Mark and Sanny move online. Can you launch a football club on Zoom and should you trust everyone in the group chat? Plus, as the phoenix group reacts to world events, rumours from Gigg Lane grow stronger.

    Out Of Our League is a ten-part series made by BBC Radio Manchester for BBC Sounds, with new episodes released every Wednesday.

    #OutOfOurLeague

    Presenters: Mark Crossley and Sanny Rudravajhala
    Producers: Mark Crossley and Sanny Rudravajhala
    Theme Music: "Take It Back" by Phil Rainey

    • 45 min
    Episode 6 - Grounded

    Episode 6 - Grounded

    With Bury FC yet to be liquidated, the phoenix are stuck and the fans are divided. The gates to Gigg Lane are locked. The car park has been sold off. Can the fans get their home back? Sanny and Mark find out how other clubs were able to do it.

    Out Of Our League is a ten-part series made by BBC Radio Manchester for BBC Sounds, with new episodes released every Wednesday.

    #OutOfOurLeague

    Presenters: Mark Crossley and Sanny Rudravajhala
    Producers: Mark Crossley and Sanny Rudravajhala
    Theme Music: "Take It Back" by Phil Rainey

    • 43 min
    Episode 5 - The People Versus

    Episode 5 - The People Versus

    As a mysterious benefactor unveils his plan to buy Gigg Lane, the fans are divided. Who can be trusted to bring football back to Bury? Mark and Sanny investigate fan ownership and whether it works.

    Out Of Our League is a ten-part series made by BBC Radio Manchester for BBC Sounds, with new episodes released every Wednesday.

    #OutOfOurLeague

    Presenters: Mark Crossley and Sanny Rudravajhala
    Producers: Mark Crossley and Sanny Rudravajhala
    Theme Music: "Take It Back" by Phil Rainey

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

Postcorvus ,

A true story

When a club goes to the wall, the account of it's demise is often mired in misconception caused by lazy journalism and sources sympathetic to the owner. As a lifelong Bury fan. I was pleased to see this podcast did not just deal with the shameful ways previous owners destroyed the club but also documented the hope raised by the formation of it's successor, Bury AFC. Who would have thought that a fellow fan who made my trips to away matches a misery by banging his drum, could have co-produced such a quality podcast.

Fuuuuark ,

A great story

A great story told very well. Ups and downs of football being a football fan, especially in the lower leagues. I’ll be keeping an eye on Bury AFC as I feel like a fan after listening to stories in and around the club. Well worth a listen! From a YTFC fan.

Beeds42 ,

The beauty and agony of Bury football

As a Bury fan I was naturally going to love a well produced podcast series covering my club. Sadly it had to be covering the last year or so, easily the most difficult for myself and many other Shakers faithful.

Whilst the loss of football hit all of us in the community it was in fact a personal struggle for each of us, we all suffered our own individual wounds. When we had to come to terms with life after football and look at how we could ‘get back’ and/or ‘move on’. Everyone had different views of how that should manifest itself. There were as many opinions as there were Bury fans. I’m really pleased to say Out of Our League has managed to explore these waters with quite some skill and have produced a programme that covers the last year in the life of Bury football as well as providing a microcosm of English football life in the modern day.

I knew of Mark Crossley and Sanny Rudravajhala from our shared love of Bury and I fondly remember Crossley’s previous podcast, ‘We Are Going Up!’ which covered EFL football for some years.

While both clearly were familiar and indeed raised on league football the non league game was alien to both of them. It was gratifying to see them reach out to those in the non league game to investigate what life outside the 92 would be like for those of us who had only ever known the game in the football league.

Through speaking to former employees of Bury Football Club, and representatives of Dulwich Hamlet, AFC Wimbledon, FC United, Chester, Portsmouth and many others a familiar pattern emerged of an industry starved of investment buckling under the pressures of the modern game. Failed by ineffective governing bodies allowing greedy opportunists any number of ways to take advantage the needy and the desperate.

Naturally this leads to questions like ‘how do we stop this?’ and ‘where do we go from here?’ The answer seems to be leading towards a fan led movement as was the case with Bury with the creation of the fan owned and community driven Bury AFC that has split the fandom.

As the newly created Bury AFC takes its first steps towards entering the football pyramid against the backdrop of a global pandemic the various pitfalls that await them are laid bare. A fan led club would prevent the ruinous wealthy individualists of football from taking hold but would limit the growth of the club and stop it from reaching its potential, in Bury AFC’s case returning the town of Bury to professional league football status.

While a football club is a collective the decision to be a part of it is wholly personal one. The answers are not absolute they are for each person to decide. Why does football matter? What role does community have in our modern lives? And how can we change our situations for the better?

Sadly the future of Bury FC is as murky as it was in August 2019 and with little sign of improvement. While the original Bury exists even in only a legal sense and distinct from the fan led Bury AFC there will always be a divide. What this podcast would argue through the experience of those that came before is the solution is to work together as a collective. Ourselves as a unit is our strength and all we really had to begin with. We need to embrace solidarity in order to achieve our goals and if this happens hopefully we will discover that salvation lies within.

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