BATH CITY FAN'S VIEW: Dickie would have been delighted at City's demise
In the 1970s, Ian Dury and the Blockheads wrote some popular songs about the edgy characters of East London and Essex.
Amongst Plaistow Patricia and Clever Trevor was Billericay Dickie. Now Essex today is a lot different but if Dickie is still around and watching his local team he would have been delighted with the way they mugged a Bath City side determined to play football in impossibly boggy conditions.
The physical, route-one home team won the day against a City side which could not adapt. The 50 or so fans who travelled were left worried about how City will cope on rough pitches away from home during the winter.
On the plus side, we have games at the Mayday Trust Park this month. With its billiard table surface – at least by comparison – surely we will get back on track with some wins.
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The club will be suffering financially through the lack of home fixtures over the past month or two and the unprecedented triple-dip recession. With demand sucked out of the economy it is the leisure pound that suffers and people are undoubtedly spending less on sport and its merchandise.
I could be accused of being remote from my home city in Derbyshire but it seems to me that there is a real fall in interest in the club currently. There is markedly less traffic on social media, less people talking about the game on the fans' forum and a lack of exciting fixtures. Early exits from the cups were a real blow this season.
I know it's a struggle and there aren't the staff to deliver it but the club really needs a push in this area.
Certainly, the Christmas games will help, with Weston- super-Mare visiting on Boxing Day and Dorchester Town arriving three days later.
Anybody coming along to Twerton will see a side that has produced excitement and goals so far.
We do play passing football and have some young, talented footballers who deserve support.
We certainly don't have the big 'lumpers' of Billericay and I am sure City's quality will win through in the end and Dickie's days will be numbered.
However, the coaching staff might be wise to note that we do need a Plan B on occasion and toughing it out is a requirement at this level.