End of an era at Bury St Edmunds as Hogg takes charge of his final game this weekend

Gavin Hogg, who will take charge of his final game as Bury St Edmunds' Dirctor of Rugby, at Clifton

Gavin Hogg, who will take charge of his final game as Bury St Edmunds' Dirctor of Rugby, at Clifton this weekend, before his summer switch to Old Albanians. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Gavin Hogg’s final match, as Bury St Edmunds’ Director of Rugby, coincides with the end of another satisfactory season for the Wolfpack at National League Two South level.

Bury travel to Clifton, safely installed in 11th spot – that will be Bury’s final finishing position, regardless of tomorrow’s result, because they cannot be overhauled and they are 10 points behind today’s Bristol-based hosts, who are 10th.

Hogg has guided Bury to two promotions over the last six years, and has established the Haberden club in the fourth tier.

Looking back of those last half-dozen seasons, Hogg rightly feels proud of his achievements, and those of the club, and he sees no reason why new head coach Jon Clarke cannot bring even more success to the West Suffolk club.

“It’s the end of a season and the end of an era,” explained Hogg.

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“Hopefully, it will be a good occasion with a good result, to mark our last outing all together.

“It’s been a terrific last six years, but it didn’t really hit home that I was actually leaving until I drove into the club with my wife yesterday (Thursday).

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“That’s when I fully realised my decision, with Terry (Sands) and Mike Robinson discussing the following season with new coach Jon Clarke.

“It suddenly dawned on me that I would not be thinking ahead to next season at Bury, but it feels like the right decision for both parties, for me and for Bury.

“I will be leaving the club in a good position, and with a fantastic structure in place.

“Over the last six years we have enjoyed two promotions and become established at this level, and that was always the ambition from day one – to establish Bury as a National League club, and get into League Two.

“All round, the club can be proud of its achievements. It has made great progress, and it would be nice to look back in a few years and feel that I had played some part in Bury becoming even more successful. I certainly feel that there is no reason why this club cannot go further.

“I know that players who have arrived from other clubs, and played at a higher level elsewhere, have always been pleasantly surprised with how professional we are at Bury. Everything is in place to push on, and the club has aspirations to play at a higher level.

“I think it has the structure to be competitve at the next level,” added Hogg.

Bury will be without Sean Stapleton for tomorrow’s trip to Clifton, although he will be replaced by the returning Enzo Comin in the back row after the completion of his long-term suspension.

Simon Lord (concussion) will also miss out, so Scott Lyle will play at full-back.

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