Cherries: Pugh aims to silence the Bury boo boys

MARC Pugh is determined to prove a point to the Bury boo boys after admitting he expects to get a hostile reception at Gigg Lane.

The Cherries winger, who was born in Bury will be aiming to showcase his skills when he returns to face his old employers this afternoon (3pm).

Pugh has received stick from the Bury faithful in previous games between the teams due to the manner of his exit from the Greater Manchester club.

The 25-year-old, who penned a new long-term contract with Cherries this week, reportedly angered fans when he switched to Shrewsbury in 2007.

But influential player Pugh says he plans to use any criticism as motivation when in-form Cherries meet the Shakers.

He told the Daily Echo: “They give me a bit of stick and call me all sorts of names. But it has got to spur you on to try to get one over on them.

“They gave me an opportunity in professional football and I am really grateful for that.

“But it is football and people move on. Like anyone, I don’t hold grudges on managers in the past that haven’t played me because it is a job at the end of the day and people have to do what it best for themselves and their family.

“It has proved to be a great decision being at AFC Bournemouth.”

Chris Casper, the then Bury manager in 2007, criticised the role of Pugh’s agent in the playmaker opting not to sign a new deal with the Gigg Lane outfit after they had handed him his first professional contract following his release from boyhood club Burnley.

But giving his side of the story this week, Pugh said: “I was performing really well after about six months and they had only given me a one-year contract. After the six months, Shrewsbury showed a bit of interest and Bury offered me a short-term contract again.

“But Shrewsbury came in and offered me three years. I had my girlfriend at the time and we wanted to get married so we just thought about the future. I loved my time at Shrewsbury as well.”

Pugh, a key figure since joining Cherries from Hereford in 2010, has established himself as one of the division’s leading performers in recent years.

With 30 goals in 114 Cherries appearances, he is hoping to further enhance his reputation today and insists he will be unfazed by the crowd.

Pugh added: “You have just got to get on with it. You have got the added pressures of football but it doesn’t worry me.

“I just want to prove to them that I am still a good player and, hopefully, maybe nick a goal or two, which would be nice.”

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8:51am Sat 24 Nov 12

mrsrat says...

Good luck Pughie. You've done with your other clubs the same as most sensible guys have done...and you've done the same with us, you've seen which way the wind is blowing, been offered a an acceptable salary and agreed it...ha ha so would I, lucky boy!
Good luck Pughie. You've done with your other clubs the same as most sensible guys have done...and you've done the same with us, you've seen which way the wind is blowing, been offered a an acceptable salary and agreed it...ha ha so would I, lucky boy! mrsrat
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10:04am Sat 24 Nov 12

Afcbpete says...

mrsrat wrote:
Good luck Pughie. You've done with your other clubs the same as most sensible guys have done...and you've done the same with us, you've seen which way the wind is blowing, been offered a an acceptable salary and agreed it...ha ha so would I, lucky boy!
Quire right!!
If you hear Boooooo, think of it as being Puuuuuuuuu..... Good Luck today guys... UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]mrsrat[/bold] wrote: Good luck Pughie. You've done with your other clubs the same as most sensible guys have done...and you've done the same with us, you've seen which way the wind is blowing, been offered a an acceptable salary and agreed it...ha ha so would I, lucky boy![/p][/quote]Quire right!! If you hear Boooooo, think of it as being Puuuuuuuuu..... Good Luck today guys... UTCIAD Afcbpete
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10:28am Sat 24 Nov 12

AFCBade says...

You can see both sides of the story, it is sad when players run down contacts and form dips. As a rule I really dislike booing returning ex players as players and managers moving on is part and parcel of the game. Remember Steve Robinson getting stick once after great service for us
You can see both sides of the story, it is sad when players run down contacts and form dips. As a rule I really dislike booing returning ex players as players and managers moving on is part and parcel of the game. Remember Steve Robinson getting stick once after great service for us AFCBade
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10:40am Sat 24 Nov 12

bigfatsteve says...

Great news that Marc decided to sign a new contract this week. I believe he has a brother who plays non-league, who Eddie could sign if he's half as good as Pughie. Lee Barnard's loan could be made permanent. Other possible signings are Weston - Super - mare's midfielder Dayle Grubb, Bury's young goalkeeper Christian Dibble, Leyton Orient's Scott Cuthbert and centre back Charlie Mulgrew from Celtic.


Team sheet read out before the game would be Pugh, Pugh, Barney, Mulgrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb.
Great news that Marc decided to sign a new contract this week. I believe he has a brother who plays non-league, who Eddie could sign if he's half as good as Pughie. Lee Barnard's loan could be made permanent. Other possible signings are Weston - Super - mare's midfielder Dayle Grubb, Bury's young goalkeeper Christian Dibble, Leyton Orient's Scott Cuthbert and centre back Charlie Mulgrew from Celtic. Team sheet read out before the game would be Pugh, Pugh, Barney, Mulgrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb. bigfatsteve
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11:00am Sat 24 Nov 12

Wilkie says...

bfs, Pugh's name has always triggered the Trumpton theme in my mind too. His agent moved him round a bit before he came here.
bfs, Pugh's name has always triggered the Trumpton theme in my mind too. His agent moved him round a bit before he came here. Wilkie
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11:17am Sat 24 Nov 12

nonnogeppetto says...

bigfatsteve wrote:
Great news that Marc decided to sign a new contract this week. I believe he has a brother who plays non-league, who Eddie could sign if he's half as good as Pughie. Lee Barnard's loan could be made permanent. Other possible signings are Weston - Super - mare's midfielder Dayle Grubb, Bury's young goalkeeper Christian Dibble, Leyton Orient's Scott Cuthbert and centre back Charlie Mulgrew from Celtic.


Team sheet read out before the game would be Pugh, Pugh, Barney, Mulgrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb.
Blimey that ages you!!!!

Trumton FC V Bury FC!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhh
[quote][p][bold]bigfatsteve[/bold] wrote: Great news that Marc decided to sign a new contract this week. I believe he has a brother who plays non-league, who Eddie could sign if he's half as good as Pughie. Lee Barnard's loan could be made permanent. Other possible signings are Weston - Super - mare's midfielder Dayle Grubb, Bury's young goalkeeper Christian Dibble, Leyton Orient's Scott Cuthbert and centre back Charlie Mulgrew from Celtic. Team sheet read out before the game would be Pugh, Pugh, Barney, Mulgrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb.[/p][/quote]Blimey that ages you!!!! Trumton FC V Bury FC!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhh nonnogeppetto
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12:27pm Sat 24 Nov 12

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Forget about personal agenda's Pughie, play for the team & the result will take care of it self. Good luck lads.!!!!!
Forget about personal agenda's Pughie, play for the team & the result will take care of it self. Good luck lads.!!!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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3:47pm Sat 24 Nov 12

kangman2012 says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
bigfatsteve wrote:
Great news that Marc decided to sign a new contract this week. I believe he has a brother who plays non-league, who Eddie could sign if he's half as good as Pughie. Lee Barnard's loan could be made permanent. Other possible signings are Weston - Super - mare's midfielder Dayle Grubb, Bury's young goalkeeper Christian Dibble, Leyton Orient's Scott Cuthbert and centre back Charlie Mulgrew from Celtic.


Team sheet read out before the game would be Pugh, Pugh, Barney, Mulgrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb.
Blimey that ages you!!!!

Trumton FC V Bury FC!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhh
Let's hope it's Trumpton Fire FC 4 Bury FC 0 - Come on you reds - UTC!
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfatsteve[/bold] wrote: Great news that Marc decided to sign a new contract this week. I believe he has a brother who plays non-league, who Eddie could sign if he's half as good as Pughie. Lee Barnard's loan could be made permanent. Other possible signings are Weston - Super - mare's midfielder Dayle Grubb, Bury's young goalkeeper Christian Dibble, Leyton Orient's Scott Cuthbert and centre back Charlie Mulgrew from Celtic. Team sheet read out before the game would be Pugh, Pugh, Barney, Mulgrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb.[/p][/quote]Blimey that ages you!!!! Trumton FC V Bury FC!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhh[/p][/quote]Let's hope it's Trumpton Fire FC 4 Bury FC 0 - Come on you reds - UTC! kangman2012
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5:04pm Sat 24 Nov 12

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Not exactly the result we were hoping for but the run continues thanks to Brett. Could turn out to be a useful point, sounds like the ref played a blinder (literally).
Not exactly the result we were hoping for but the run continues thanks to Brett. Could turn out to be a useful point, sounds like the ref played a blinder (literally). STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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