THE structure of the Shakers phoenix club is beginning to take shape after the election of its first board.

Bury AFC, formed by supporters after the Gigg Lane club’s expulsion from the EFL last August, is a fan-owned Community Benefit Society.

As such elections have been held with nine people taking their place on the inaugural Community Board.

Their job is to oversee the running of the new Shakers and ensure decisions are taken in the best interests of the club as the appointed owners on behalf of the members.

The board will not be involved in the on-the-field running of the phoenix though and will appoint a chairman who will oversee football operations.

The poll of club members saw Phil Young, Darren Bernstein, Mike Bailey, Anne Bent, David Triggs, Ian Pearson, John Woodhead, Michael Howarth and Rod Peters elected to the board.

John Cranshaw, Marcel de Matas and Amanda Freeman were all unsuccessful but according to a statement “have stated their intention to stay actively involved in the society as it continues to progress.”

The statement continued: “We wish to congratulate those appointed and thank all applicants for putting themselves forward for election.

“Thanks to all Shakers Community members who voted in this democratic process.

“We look forward to all working as one as we take the next step towards having football in the town of Bury for next season.”

Election documents state that 326 of the 424 eligible adult members at the time of the poll cast their vote.

Membership of the phoenix was launched back in April with it costing £5 per month to join and have a say in the club’s future.

Bury AFC are hoping for news soon on their application to play in the North West Counties League next season, Prestwich Heys currently playing in the First Division North, the 10th tier of the football pyramid.

The club have an undisclosed groundshare in place which will be their home venue.