Heartbreak for Bury as club are expelled by EFL

Bury have been expelled from the English Football League after a day of high drama that will almost certainly result in the 134-year-old club being liquidated.

Shakers owner Steve Dale had been given until 5pm on Tuesday to come up with a plan for paying the club's debts and funding them going forward or sell them to someone who can.

It had been hoped that C&N Sporting Risk would be the answer but the London-based firm pulled out of the deal 90 minutes before the deadline, citing concerns over the club's confusing debt structure.

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A Bury fan at the gates of Gigg Lane, Bury. C&N Sporting Risk is unable to proceed with the proposed takeover of Bury, the data analytics company has announced. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
BURY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Supporter at Bury's Gigg Lane ground following a decision by C&N Sporting Risk, saying it was unable to continue with its takeover of the club on August 27, 2019 in Bury, England. Bury Football Club had an eleventh hour offer to buy the club by C&N Sporting Risk Ltd. The deadline by the English Football League (EFL) was extended to today for the club to prove it can operate and meet the criteria of the EFL. Following a period of due diligence C&N Sporting Risk Ltd decided they could no longer go ahead with the takeover. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Sky Sport News presenter Alan Myers is surrounded by Bury fans at Gigg Lane, Bury. C&N Sporting Risk is unable to proceed with the proposed takeover of Bury, the data analytics company has announced. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
BURY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Supporters seen at Bury's Gigg Lane ground following a decision by C&N Sporting Risk, saying it was unable to continue with its takeover of the club on August 27, 2019 in Bury, England. Bury Football Club had an eleventh hour offer to buy the club by C&N Sporting Risk Ltd. The deadline by the English Football League (EFL) was extended to today for the club to prove it can operate and meet the criteria of the EFL. Following a period of due diligence C&N Sporting Risk Ltd decided they could no longer go ahead with the takeover. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
BURY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Supporters at Bury's Gigg Lane ground react to a decision by C&N Sporting Risk, saying it was unable to continue with its takeover of the club on August 27, 2019 in Bury, England. Bury Football Club had an eleventh hour offer to buy the club by C&N Sporting Risk Ltd. The deadline by the English Football League (EFL) was extended to today for the club to prove it can operate and meet the criteria of the EFL. Following a period of due diligence C&N Sporting Risk Ltd decided they could no longer go ahead with the takeover. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
BURY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: The gates are closed at Bury's Gigg Lane ground on August 27, 2019 in Bury, England. Bury Football Club had an eleventh hour offer to buy the club by C&N Sporting Risk Ltd. The deadline by the English Football League (EFL) was extended to today for the club to prove it can operate and meet the criteria of the EFL. Following a period of due diligence C&N Sporting Risk Ltd decided they could no longer go ahead with the takeover. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
BURY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Supporter at Bury's Gigg Lane ground reacts to a decision by C&N Sporting Risk, saying it was unable to continue with its takeover of the club on August 27, 2019 in Bury, England. Bury Football Club had an eleventh hour offer to buy the club by C&N Sporting Risk Ltd. The deadline by the English Football League (EFL) was extended to today for the club to prove it can operate and meet the criteria of the EFL. Following a period of due diligence C&N Sporting Risk Ltd decided they could no longer go ahead with the takeover. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
BURY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Supporter who had volunteered to help clean Bury's Gigg Lane ground reacts to a decision on the clubs future on August 27, 2019 in Bury, England. Bury Football Club had an eleventh hour offer to buy the club by C&N Sporting Risk Ltd. The deadline by the English Football League (EFL) was extended to today for the club to prove it can operate and meet the criteria of the EFL. Following a period of due diligence C&N Sporting Risk Ltd decided they could no long go ahead with the takeover. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Fans react at Gigg Lane, Bury. C&N Sporting Risk is "unable to proceed" with the proposed takeover of Bury, the data analytics company has announced. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
A Bury fan reacts to the news his club his closed at Gigg Lane, Bury. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Bolton mascot Lofty the Lion (left) and Bury mascot Robbie the Bobby at Gigg Lane, Bury.
Volunteers cleans the stadium at Gigg Lane, Bury.
Volunteers clean the seats at Gigg Lane, Bury.
A sticker protesting against the current administration at Gigg Lane, Bury.
A 'Save Bury' banner in the stands during the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton.
Bury fans deliver a symbolic coffin reading 'R.I.P Bury F.C. 1885 ?' at Gigg Lane, home of Bury FC.
Young Bury fan Luca with signage reading 'Dale Out' at Gigg Lane, Bury.
Bury fan Shirley holds up a 'Save Bury FC' T-shirt outside Gigg Lane, home of Bury FC.
A view of notes written by fans and flowers pinned to the gates at Gigg Lane, home of Bury FC.
Bury fans Peter and his grandson look at notes written by fans pinned to the gates at Gigg Lane, home of Bury FC.
A Bury fan (name not given) kisses a scarf he's hung to the gates at Gigg Lane, Bury.
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And then, just when all hope seemed lost, Dale claimed he had received three new bids for the club, prompting fans, politicians and pundits to call for more time to explore these options.

But shortly after 11pm, the league revealed its verdict.

In a statement, it said: "The EFL board met earlier this evening and, after a long and detailed discussion, determined that Bury FC's membership of the English Football League be withdrawn after the deadline passed at 5pm today (Tuesday 27 August) without a successful resolution."

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