BATTLING Bury have insisted they are "not dead" and will definitely return to "playing football".
The expelled ex-League One side released a defiant statement as they fight a winding-up order – a month after the EFL refused them a League Two spot for next season following their financial problems.
2 Bury have released a statement saying they are very much aliveCredit: PA:Empics Sport
2 Bury fans and the club itself believe the fight for survival is not overCredit: Alamy Live News
Despite the EFL's 71 clubs ruling out a return for the two-time FA Cup winners, who joined the League in 1894, the Shakers are keen to stay at Gigg Lane – and not as a phoenix club way down the football pyramid.
A statement on Bury's website claimed their legal cases were going "positively" and the HMRC's winding-up order against them "should never have been issued".
The Shakers' full statement read: "The Club would like to make clear the following and quash any rumours:
"Bury Football Club is not dead as some are asserting and will again be playing football.
"Steps are being taken to address the recent wrong doings to our Club, the truth will prevail.
'PITCHES READY FOR NEXT SEASON'
"Our pitches at Gigg and Carrington are in first-class order ready for next season, work will start on our Stadium once the Day/Loan situation is resolved
"The legal cases against people are ongoing but looking very positive, alas not as quickly as we would like.
"The winding-up order should never have been issued and would have been dismissed on the day but unfortunately, HMRC had not finalized processing the returns and an adjournment was granted to accommodate this, it will be dismissed this week coming
"The Press made the above sound like others were involved, it was a quick court hearing and lasted minutes no other party influenced the case or made a claim.
"Our Club has no affiliation with these alleged Phoenix/Start-ups.
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"The Club can also confirm it has never been involved or been consulted in recent fundraising allegedly for our Club or indeed has it benefitted from any fundraising by Forever Bury or any other entity, we are unsure where these proceeds go but it isn’t to help Bury Football Club, so please be advised if that is what you thought."
The statement ended with the Bury town motto: 'Vincit Omnia Industria', which means hard work conquers all.
Bury were kicked out of League One in August without kicking a ball this season.
And their plea for "compassionate re-entry" at one level lower was turned down by the EFL's remaining clubs.
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So as things stand, only three clubs will be relegated from League Two, and just one from the bottom division.
EFL executive chairperson Debbie Jevans said last month: "While we are saddened that Bury FC is no longer part of the EFL, the board's difficult decision to withdraw membership was only taken after every opportunity to find a resolution was exhausted.
"Since then, in recognition of the efforts made on behalf of the club, the EFL has engaged with supporters' groups, shared their submissions with our members and debated at length the issues raised."