Pete McCormack . . . Bath City Fan's View
In a week when City crashed out of the FA Cup and dropped to within a point of the Blue Square Bet South relegation zone, there have been fresh calls on the fans’ forums for both the chairman and manager to resign.
After another home struggle which saw us four minutes from going out of the FA Cup, we went into Tuesday’s replay at Gosport without much expectation.
The team were outplayed in the second half and all credit to Gosport, but once again City looked fragile.
The atmosphere around the whole club has been subdued in the last few weeks.
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Now I am not close to the club’s current board and I no longer serve on the Supporter’s Society Committee so I do not know what’s really happening at Mayday Trust Park.
There is little official news and indeed the publicity machine is remarkably quiet so I, like most fans, am left trying to scratch around to find out what’s going on.
I chatted to as many fans as I could at the Boreham Wood game and also by text, twitter and email.
If the talk is true that Tesco’s planning application on the Bath Press site may not succeed then it is bad news. This may have been the way to achieve a new stadium for City.
No doubt the club has other options in pursuit of the three- year plan and the ‘drop dead’ date of 2015.
Of immediate concern is the lack of people turning up to watch League games at Mayday Trust Park.
Crowds appear to be down across the country as we remain firmly in recession. People’s incomes are squeezed and the entrance fee is difficult to find.
If we could recapture the early-season home form then that would certainly help as reduced gate income will just make current financial matters worse.
I spent Saturday night and Sunday morning in my home town and I have to say you would never know we had a football team in the city.
The club may now run as a largely voluntary business but surely this should be a priority?
Real positives at the moment are the efforts of the Society and the Community Foundation to rebuild grass-roots support for the club and the sterling work of the supporters’ club to raise funds.
The annual sponsored walk takes place with this aim on Sunday, starting at 2pm, and is a really good way of getting the club noticed in the heart of the city.
It is hard to rally fans and players for a vital home league game against former Blue Square Premier opponents Hayes and Yeading on Saturday. I believe the squad are good enough but is change in the air off the pitch?