'I'll have to sell my house' - Irish ex-Bury star Stephen Dawson left 'devastated' by club's demise
Irish midfielder Stephen Dawson has spoken about the devastation at having to leave Bury and find a new club following their liquidation.
Dublin-born Dawson found a new club in League One outfit Bradford City after Bury's fall from the English Football League this week.
But the Coolock lad revealed his personal and professional devastation at having to leave the club he has been with since 2017.
"It's utter despair if I'm being honest," the 33-year-old told Talksport Radio.
"I didn't sleep a wink as I'm sure every fan did. It's devastation for all concerned."
Dawson was involved in a heated radio discussion with Bury's former owner Steve Dale a few weeks ago, where the issue of non-payment of wages to players and staff was aired.
"It's not going to take the club back now," said Dawson. "My only concern was if you can't pay staff and players, how can you let that happen?"
"135 years just wiped away. I'm in disbelief, I really am."
Dawson revealed the heartbreak at having to say goodbye to Bury staff and the thoughts of having to sell his house.
"I've got to go in and say goodbye to people that have worked there. It's going to be emotional," he said.
"I'll have to sell my house, there's no two ways about it. I've played my whole career and I've put everything into my house for my kids to give them a start in life whether that be a deposit for a house or take them to college.
"But how to say to my little girls, we're going to have to leave the home."