12 January 2012
James Scowcroft thanks the fans
James Scowcroft has spoken about his recent decision to retire from football. The sad news, which follows the injury he suffered at the beginning of the season, was released by the club recently.
Speaking about his decision, Scowie said "Last August, I suffered a freak and nasty injury which turned out to be the worst I've experienced in my previous 18 years as a professional footballer. I knew I'd be out for several months but I didn't think that it would still be dragging on six months into the season. During that time, I've been getting more and more media work, which I enjoy, but it doesn't replace the buzz of playing"
Scowie has had a lot of time to consider his future during the last few weeks and commented " I've always thought that my future would be in coaching or management. It might still be, but for the time being I'm going to spend a certain amount of my time concentrating on my media work, which involves travelling up and down the country, as well as any coaching assistance i can offer at Bury Town. I have also been involved in discussions regarding the future development of the youngsters at the club and i look forward to being involved with this in the future"
Despite only playing for just over a season at Ram Meadow, Scowie has thoroughly enjoyed his time with the Blues " I'd like to thank everyone involved at the club. I was made to feel very welcome from the minute I spoke to Richard Wilkins and Trevor Collins and In spite of offers from Football League clubs, I decided to join Bury and didn't regret that decision. It's a great club and I was just as proud making my debut at Wealdstone away as I was at any of the league clubs I played for. I means a lot for any player to play for their home town club and I thoroughly enjoyed last season and was bitterly disapointed to miss out on the play-offs, but I'm delighted to have played a part in the highest finish in the club's 139 year history"
Scowie finished by saying "I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their support and wish the supporters, players and back room staff of Bury Town Football Club all the very best for the future. I am sure to be a regular visitor to Ram Meadow and the fabulous new stadium"