FAN'S VIEW: My New Year wishlist for Bath City
Pete McCormack provides a fan's view on events at Bath City FC...
Another blank Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch at Havant & Waterlooville left Bath City fans wondering what shape the squad would be in for the hectic Christmas period.
The enforced rest will certainly have helped the injured but will we be firing on all cylinders when we finally take to the field again? I am sure Archie will make sure the team are ready.
I certainly hope the weather relents so we can get some football in Bath this week!
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This is the last fan’s view of 2012. It has not been the best of years for City – there have been few high points to speak of.
Mine was beating Newport County 3-2 early in 2012. It gave us hope we might make a fist of our fight against relegation, as did the battling win at Barrow, but it wasn’t to be.
Heading the Blue Square Bet South table in August was wonderful, albeit short-lived, and October’s 3-2 home victory over Farnborough, complete with late, late winner, reminded me how great the game can be and showed City’s old comeback qualities.
Off the pitch, the Bath City Community Sports Foundation has been a joy to be involved with. It is one of the few successes to celebrate and is down to the energy, commitment and skill of Pete Sellwood and his team.
By and large, though, it has been a very flat year with a disastrous relegation and two early cup exits to lower-league opposition.
My biggest fear is that the general lack of interest around the club will spread into 2013.
So what do fans want to see in the New Year? Certainly a play-off place would help to rekindle support and interest.
Continued investment in young players is a must. It has been great to see Chris Allen, Noah Keats, Jason Mellor and Danny Ball come through in 2012
We need a tougher approach on the field to complement the passing football.
Much more leadership is needed from the club to publicise it and galvanise support. We need more news on the future of Bath City FC. How are we getting on with the three-year plan?
On a personal note, I would like to see recognition from the Charity Commission that other sports, including football, must feature on the Recreation Ground. You can let them know your views directly at www.charitycommission.gov.uk.
Whatever happens, I will be back following City in 2013, just as I have for the last 44 years. I’ll also be back writing this column after three important festive fixtures which will go a long way to setting the tone for the rest of the season.
But Bath City FC needs your support as well. You can help by buying a Supporters’ Club raffle ticket, with the draw taking place on Saturday, or by attending the New Year Party at Mayday Trust Park.
Most of all, get along to this week’s home fixtures against Weston-super-Mare (Boxing Day) and Dorchester Town (Saturday, both 3pm) –that’s what it’s all about!