FAN'S VIEW: I missed smile at the turnstile
Bath City fan Pete McCormack's weekly take on life at Mayday Trust Park...
Some were writing the team's epitaph when Bath City
were 2-0 down at home to Eastbourne last Saturday.
Lee Howells had laid into some of City's players after the Trophy exit at Chesham and we all expected a positive response.
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It duly came, albeit 45 minutes late, in a spirited second half which saw City get to grips with the game once Charlie Griffin and Kerry Morgan came on.
Some questioned whether it was good man-management to publicly single out the experienced players but I think Archie was also letting the hard done by followers of City know that he wasn't going to put up with it. I really welcomed that.
It's very rare that I watch other teams as City are my 'one and only' but I had the chance to attend Derby's clash with Championship leaders Cardiff City the other week.
Derby's all-seater stadium is comfortable but lacks the intimate atmosphere of non- league grounds.
I realised that much of my enjoyment of the game is my commitment to the team and I wouldn't swap following City for anything.
I did notice Derby's revolutionary ticketing system. They use software from the United States which enables ticket pricing to vary based on demand. I know City fans have debated this and called for variable pricing.
It certainly works for a club which can command crowds of 20,000-plus but I don't think it would for City, where we can only count on 5-600 core fans.
Pride Park also has automated turnstiles. I have to say I prefer the personal touch at Mayday Trust Park, where real people take the gate money with a smile!
Closer to home, I was dismayed to see that plans for the Recreation Ground to be taken from the people of Bath by a private rugby franchise are moving forward rapidly.
It is bad enough to lose the space but for it to be dominated by one sport is all wrong. I could find it more palatable if others in Bath could get a look-in but it seems that the power of the rugby club will win over the wider sporting interests of the city.
I used to enjoy school sports days, cricket and rugby there when I was growing up and it is a desperate shame that the space will be only available to a rugby club which looks more like a private company to me.