EFL League One side Bury are drawing closer to explusion from the Football League, with their fifth match of the season postponed in a row.

The EFL have said that Bury owner Steve Dale has not made it clear about how the club will pay off their debts and fund this season.

A deadline of Friday has been given, or else Bury will be kicked out of the league – of which they have been a member for 125 years.

Dale, who bought the club in December 2018, rejected an offer to save the club, due to his belief that he could get a greater deal. He had a disagreement with Bury midfielder Stephen Dawson on talkSport last week, which shows just how difficult it is for the players.

In addition to having five matches postponed in the league, the Shakers have been forced to forfeit their Carabao Cup match with Sheffield Wednesday, with the latter being awarded the victory and progression into the next round.

Bury started their season with a 12-point deduction, along with Bolton Wanderers who also are dealing with financial issues.

If Bury is expelled from the league should they not meet the requirements by Friday, the bottom three clubs will get relegated, instead of the usual four. The EFL has also said that they will have to “make an application to the Football Association to rejoin league competition further down the English football pyramid from season 2020/21.”

Failure to meet the deadline would be a disappointing end to the crisis, with the team excelling on their way to promotion from League Two at the end of last season.

Tim Sperliotis