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1 December 2018

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The Hatters head to Bury on Sunday for their Emirates FA Cup second round match, with the prospect of a game against a Premier League side awaiting the winner.

Town reached this stage of the competition after defeating Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 in the first round, with Andrew Shinnie and James Collins grabbing the goals for the Town.

Bury were in tremendous form in their first-round tie, as they defeated Dover Athletic 5-0 at Gigg Lane.

The Shakers head into this game having suffered only one defeat since the beginning of October, drawing five and winning four, as they sit in fifth in Sky Bet League Two.

The Town have also only been defeated once in that time frame, but have won eight and drawn once in their league games.


On Bury: "First and foremost we have got a really tough tie, because they're a very good side. They're in really good form. I would have preferred to draw someone from League Two to League One, not because I think it's an easier tie, it's just something different, otherwise it would have been like preparing for another league game. saying that, it is a very difficult tie away from home at a side that is in fantastic form, so we have got to prepare in the right way.

"They have got a real good structure about them, they're a really good footballing side as you would expect because the players they have there I don't think you could really play any other way. They have got a wonderful squad there to be fair, especially for the level, for the level above they have got a strong squad. So it will be a good footballing game, a real tough game for both teams and one that we are looking forward to."

On the side he will select: "We plan, we look ahead at the month, we've got a lot of games, so we have got to make sure that everyone is ready, everyone can play and get game time, but also that we are competitive in every game so that we try and win it. We wont be taking this tie lightly in anyway – if we made any kind of changes it would be for the right reasons only.

"But they're in good form at the minute, plus we have got a game on Wednesday which means that if I was just looking to give people game time, then I have the perfect opportunity on the Wednesday, so we will prepare as if it's a league game and then we will go from there."



A side who came into existence the same year as the Hatters, Bury have won the FA Cup on two occasions, in 1900 and 1903. The former ended in a 4-0 victory against Southampton, whilst the latter was a 6-0 drubbing of Derby County.

Now plying their trade in Sky Bet League Two, the Shakers are managed by well travelled former striker Ryan Lowe. His former sides include Shrewsbury Town, Crewe Alexandra and Tranmere Rovers. Unable to save them from relegation following his appointment in January, Lowe will be looking to take Bury back up to League One at the first time of asking.


Kick-off is at 2pm at Gigg Lane on Sunday 2nd December.


Tickets for the game will be available on the day at Gigg Lane.


Thomas Brammall will be taking charge of Sunday's game, having overseen 21 matches this campaign. He has handed out 39 yellow cards and two red cards.


The Hatters last played Bury back in March 2014, which finished in a 1-0 victory for the Shakers at Gigg Lane. Our last FA Cup outing against Bury was in the same season and in the same round of the competition – a replay having to settle the tie, with Luke Rooney grabbing the winner. Of our 43 meetings, we have been defeated 14 times, drawn 10 and been victorious on 19 occasions.


The main blow-by-blow account of the action from Spotland will be provided via the Match Centre on the club website, which you can access by clicking here. (*Please note that the club's Live Text will appear only by accessing through an internet browser, users of the Luton Town FC app will receive updates from Opta...the EFL Digital team assure us they are working on a fix to get club updates onto the app)

The main moments from the game will appear on the Hatters' social media feeds:

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And of course Simon Pitts will be on hand to provide commentary for iFollow Hatters which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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