FAN'S VIEW: Bath City will never die
Bath City supporter Pete McCormack gives his take on events at Mayday Trust Park...
With all the debate about Bath City concentrated on matters off the pitch, another blank Saturday meant the focus remained very much on the Chronicle’s front and back page headlines last week.
With only one win in their six games, City are in a perilous position in the Blue Square Bet South table. With all the uncertainty about the club’s future I can’t help feeling that a consecutive relegation back to the Southern League would be an absolute disaster.
We have the players to keep the club up but the recent defeats have shown a worrying lack of spirit. Unless the manager can inject some desire then it’s hard to see anything other than a relegation dogfight ahead.
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It is good news that the club have set up a meet the chairman/manager evening for Thursday, January 31.
Now the dust has settled a little there are some key questions and issues to answer:
How did we get into such a mess in recent times?
It is hard for ordinary supporters to have an informed view without some basic details about the club’s finances.
If the chairman has put in £140,000 in 18 months (I make that £2,000 a week), then where does all of that money go?
What is it about Twerton Park that makes it so costly to run? The losses can’t just be about the running of the stadium.
I understand the club only has a small loan with Natwest bank, so what is the quantum of the directors’ loans and is interest payable?
What has happened to the funds provided by the Dave Palmer Trust, the Foundation and the supporter’s pledge? These were designed to help keep a squad together, yet six players have gone recently.
These are some of the questions which will surely help fans and shareholders take a view. Without a more open book approach, people are being asked to accept a solution on trust.
Amid of the publicity, it was notable that the chairman’s unequivocal message is that unless Twerton Park is sold the club would die. This provoked a firm reaction from some City fans, me included.
Whatever happens, Bath City FC will never die. It is 123 years old and its loyal fans will keep it alive.
It was interesting that the last chairman with these sentiments was Ray Stock, back in the late 1990s. The supporters rallied around and saved it and a successful 15 years followed.
We are now entering a critical phase and City must pick up points from their trip to Woking to play Hayes & Yeading United this on Saturday.
Welling United then visit Mayday Trust Park on Tuesday night. Whatever your views on the club’s current crisis, the players need our support.
And then, the day after the Ken Loach film night on Friday, February 1, City entertain Staines Town. There promises be a great atmosphere as fans of our former tenants Bristol Rovers have promised to attend and ‘Pack the Park’.