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MATCH PREVIEW: Bury FC (H)

FC Isle of Man had an impressive 4-3 victory over high flying Prestwich Heys on Saturday who before the game were unbeaten in 12 games at home. The Ravens are now unbeaten in four, winning the last three games climbing to 12th in the league table and 9th in the form table.

Post Match Interview with Manager Paul Jones

This weekend we welcome none other than Bury FC who travel over from the famous Gigg Lane. Bury FC are without a doubt challenging for the league title and currently top of the league. They last played on Tuesday, a 2-0 victory away to Cheadle Town.

We have of course faced Bury FC (formally Bury FC before the merger between the two separate supporter-led groups merged) three times before. We unfortunately lost the two away games but came away with all three points in the home game last season, a game that goes down as one of the most memorable games in our short history. Watch our goals from that one below.

Turning our attentions back to this game, Mike Holt FC Isle of Man podcast host & member of the media team, sat down with Adam Clark from Roch Volley Radio to preview this game, you can watch that below.

Squad News

Ravens fans will be pleased to read that Jacob Crook has recovered from his injury and returns to the squad as manager Paul Jones names the same squad that appeared in our previous home game.

  • Tom Creer
  • Jacob Crook
  • Furo Davies
  • Sean Doyle
  • Danny Gerrard
  • Charlie Higgins
  • Frank Jones
  • Phil Kelly
  • Alex Maitland
  • Jack McVey
  • Dean Pinnington
  • Callum Sherry
  • Kyle Watson
  • Ste Whitley
  • Michael Williams
  • Ben Wilkinson

Game Day

If it is your first time watching the Ravens or you have have travelled to the Island to watch the game this evening (welcome!), we have everything covered below in terms of the game day details!

FC Isle of Man’s home stadium “The Bowl” is based in our capital Douglas.

The pitch is a 3G surface and there are seats for up to 3,500 spectators, including a viewing platform for disabled users.

Getting here

Just a twenty minute walk from central Douglas, there is car parking on site and many bus services drop off on Peel Road, just a minute’s walk from the ground.

Address
The Bowl
Peel Road
Douglas
Isle of Man
IM2 1AD

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Gates to the ground will open at 5:00pm ahead of the 6:00pm kick off. We have two entrances, one at the main car park (Gate A) and another at the National Sports Centre end of the ground (Gate B).

We operate a strict no alcohol policy at The Bowl. Unfortunately The Pinewood Social Club have announced that they will be closed on Saturday due to unforeseen circumstances.

Tickets

Tickets are available from TicketCo here and will also be available at the ground where cash or card is accepted. We do encourage purchasing your tickets online to avoid any delays getting into the ground.

General Admission £10.00
Concession (Ages 12-16, Students / Over 60s / Disabled) £5.00
Junior (Ages 5-11) £3.00
Child (Under 5) Free

Fan Segregation

We are expecting a large following from Bury Football Club this weekend, the largest away crowd we have seen at The Bowl in our short history with up to 800 fans travelling to the Island. 

We have therefore made some changes to entrances and seating at The Bowl. 

Avoid any delays gaining entry to the ground by arriving early and purchasing your tickets in advance.

Matchday Hospitality

In partnership with local business The Food Cellar, FC Isle of Man are pleased to be able to offer matchday hospitality to all match going fans (home or away). Recently opened on the doorstep of The Bowl, The Food Cellar is the newest café, deli and events space on the Island bringing you a place to relax, unwind and enjoy yourself before heading into The Bowl to cheer on the Ravens.

The hospitality package is priced at £45 and includes:

  • Homemade Burger & Chips
  • 2 beers or 2 glasses of wine
  • Matchday Programme
  • Team Sheet
  • Match Ticket
  • Priority Seating (half way line)
  • Complementary tea or coffee at half time

We are also pleased to be able to offer Ravens season ticket holders a discount of 20%. If you wish to use the discount please send us an email.

Matchday Programme

Our brilliant programme editor Manuela Swiatek along with The Ravens 12th Man put in a lot of work each week to deliver a high standard match day programme. The programmes printed locally by BHW Printgroup and are priced at just £2. They are available from both entrances and this week in the programme we cover:

  • A welcome from Gill Christian
  • Thoughts from manager Paul Jones
  • Meet the Opposition, Benito Lowe
  • Meet the Local Ex-Pro Justin Jackson
  • Raymond’s Corner
  • IFGL Quiz
  • and much more

You can of course receive a FREE digital programme each week by becoming a Ravens Official Supporter. More details on that can be found here.

A pound for the ground & golden goal

To help raise money for the club we run two competitions on game day and it is your chance to support the club whilst being in with the chance of winning some money! Cash or card is taken for both and tickets can be purchased in both the home and away end.

Golden Goal

Each ticket for golden goal costs just £2 and contains a concealed minute, if the goal is scored in the minute you have then you have won! The winner will be announced over the PA when the first goal of the game is scored. The winner will receive £90!

A Pound for the Ground

Tickets are just £1 each and the winner takes 40% of sales. This operates like a tombola, where for each £1 you get a ticket with a unique number on. It is then drawn from the Ravens tombola box at half time.

Catering

In the home end we will have both Douglas Pizza Company and Prep Fresh at the ground on Saturday to keep you watered and fed! Douglas Pizza Company will be offering hot dogs, tea, coffee and confectionary. Prep Fresh will be offering brisket baps, tea, coffee and confectionary.

In the away end we will have Fork It offering burgers, pies, pasties, confectionary along with hot and cold drinks.

Please do support them.

Staying up to date with the game

We would love to welcome you to The Bowl but if you can’t make it due to other commitments or not being on the Island, don’t worry we have you covered!

Live Stream

Our live stream is available to purchase for just £6 or £4 if you are an Official Supporter. That can be purchased here.

Social Media

Our media team will also have you covered with a running text commentary on X with the half time & full time score also being published on Facebook & Instagram. They will also have a pre-match interview with Paul Jones & a player followed by a post-matc