This season has been a funny one for Bury. Having been relegated from League One at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, the Shakers had aspirations of bouncing straight back to the third tier of English football this term, and that's exactly what they did after a hugely successful season on the pitch resulted in the club finishing second in League Two.
Having remained in the top three for the majority of their extremely demanding 46-game domestic campaign, the Gigg Lane outfit were tipped by many to be crowned champions of the division at the end of May, but a lull in performance towards the back end of the season - effected by a dismal situation away from the field - saw Lincoln City eventually pip them to the post by six points.
Although Bury's achievements this season may give the impression that everything in north Manchester is running smoothly, behind the scenes lies a club in real financial turmoil, a club that has failed to pay its players since February, whilst only just honouring non-playing staff with their wages for March.
The situation at Gigg Lane at the moment is one of despair, with supporters of the club this week pitching together to raise money for the staff who currently find themselves the worst affected. So far, kind-hearted fans have raised over £900 in food shop vouchers for unpaid staff to use in the absence of their full salaries, and though this is a heartwarming story, it is equally as devastating that things have been allowed to get this bad.
It is not just off-field staff who have been affected by this, however, but also the players, who as previously mentioned are yet to receive payment from the club for the months of March and April, with it likely May's will not be delivered on time either. If it wasn't for the PFA, who intervened and paid playing staff 50% of their wages for March, the situation would be even worse.
In an open and honest interview with FootyAccumulators, current Bury midfielder Nicky Adams talked about his affiliation with the club, what spurred them on to greatness last season despite troubles off the pitch, and what he thinks about manager Ryan Lowe's future at the club amidst rumours that he is wanted by a host of sides in the football league.