Fan of nearly 50 years angered by City's demise
On Monday, August 29, I along with several hundred fellow Bath City supporters witnessed the team hitting rock bottom of the Blue Square Premier League following a dire performance at Forest Green Rovers.
Little did we know that this was just a prelude to a season of dire performances and eight long months later when the return fixture against Forest Green came around we would still be bottom and already relegated.
We supporters had hoped that the particular dreadful performance that August Bank Holiday may have stuck in the players minds and they would come out and restore a bit of personal and professional pride in themselves and hope for their supporters. Unfortunately all we got was yet another sub-standard performance with minimum effort (Jim Rollo and Lewis Hogg excepted) with the BBC stats (apparently the only ones the manager looks at) showing one effort on target and one off target. A truly pitiful performance.
As a supporter of nearly 50 years standing I have enjoyed many wonderful moments following this club including some in the last few seasons. I have also witnessed several relegation seasons but never one so poorly contested as this one. Supporting any football club is a rollercoaster ride and promotion/relegation is all part of it but if you are to be relegated you do so fighting for every last point not with the whimper that the City have done this season.
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CHRIS STONE Southdown, Bath
I have been asked by friends and fellow Bath City fans to write a few words in reply to Pete McCormack's weekly rants in your newspaper. The whole point of his column seems to be to go on and on about selling Twerton Park. I can say that after speaking to many supporters that the feeling amongst most people is that they do NOT want our ground sold. I can only assume that Pete McCormack and his friends at the Supporters Society have their own agenda.
He says we have a small fan base. In my view that is because firstly in 1986 we invited Bristol Rovers to share Twerton Park and lost a whole generation of fans to Bristol Rovers. Secondly in the early years of the 21st century the then board appointed Alan Pridham as manager. In that time Bath City lost between two to three hundred supporters who have never come back.
If Pete McCormack wants a real idea of Bath City's fan base he should go back to our play off game against Woking two seasons ago when over 4,000 people turned up.
Finally he says he is not in favour of a rich benefactor taking over at Twerton Park. I would welcome one with open arms if it meant we could get rid of this cartell who call themselves the chairman, manager and board of Bath City Football Club.
ROB DAVIES (True Fan), Twerton, Bath