Battling City come up short in season opener (5/8/17)
City fought back from two goals down at half-time but were undone by stunning free-kick in an eventful season opener at Bognor Regis Town this afternoon. After an even opening twenty minutes the hosts struck twice in four minutes to take control of the game. First a quick break ended with ex-City midfielder Swallow crossing for Parsons to slide the past Luke Southwood then a misplaced Billy Murphy header allowed Muitt the time and space to fire home. Understandably stunned by this double blow it took City a while to regain their composure but the last 15 minutes of the half saw them well on top. Marvin Morgan had already sent a header narrowly wide before he unleashed a powerful shot that crashed against the bar. Frankie Artus also saw two shots fly the wrong side of the post and Ryan Case and Connor Lemonheigh-Evans had efforts blocked. The interval allowed the Rocks to regroup and the opening exchanges of the second half were more even. Just past the hour mark though City finally pulled a goal back, Artus teeing up Nat Jarvis to drive the ball past Lincoln. Swallow almost restored the host's two-goal lead - hitting the outside of the post - but ten minutes later City were level. Lemonheigh-Evans pass giving Andy Watkins the space to blast the ball into the roof of the net. Moments later Jarvis was felled in the box but the referee - who would increasingly frustrate City with a series of decisions in the latter stages of the game - not only didn't award a penalty but instead booked the striker for diving. Then with nine minutes left a tussle on the edge of the City box saw the referee award Bognor a free-kick which Pearce whipped over the wall and past the despairing dive of Southwood. City threw all they could at Bognor in search of an equaliser - Jarvis twice failing to find the target then Naby Diallo seeing his low drive saved by Lincoln's outstretched leg. From the resultant corner the ball dropped to George Rigg to drive a volley goalwards only for Lincoln to parry the ball high into the air. He then failed to claim the ball which ended up in the net but not before the referee had blown for a foul to ensure the Rocks would hold on for the win.
Owers adds final pieces on season eve (4/8/17)
With the start of the 2017-18 Vanarama National League South less than 24 hours away, Gary Owers has added three more players to his squad. Connor Lemonheigh-Evans returns to Twerton Park on a two-month loan deal from Bristol City, having played three times for the club last season before injury curtailed that loan spell. Goalkeeper Luke Southwood has signed a six-month loan deal from Reading having featured in City's final two pre-season matches. And winger Jack Compton has also signed for the club.
It's time to get kitted out for the new season (2/8/17)
We're just a week away from our big season opener against Chippenham Town. So make sure you're dressed for the occasion with our new range of official club merchandise and replica shirts. You can buy online with delivery, call & collect, or just pop down to the ground - we're open 10am-5pm throughout the week. Visit www.bathcityfcshop.com or call 01225 423087.
Weather can’t dampen spirits at Open Day (30/7/17)
Despite having to dodge several heavy showers City held a very successful open day at Twerton Park yesterday. The club lived up to its new community set-up by throwing open its doors to the people of Bath (and further afield) with a chance to meet the players, enjoy a tour of the ground, buy merchandise, quiz board members and find out about how they can get involved. The afternoon also saw manager Gary Owers host a training session with his full squad in attendance, where he was mic-ed up so everyone there could hear his instructions over the tannoy. The club would like to thank all the coaching staff and players for giving up their Sunday plus everyone who attended the event, and we hope to see you again when the football action begins, starting with the much anticipated local derby against Chippenham Town on Tuesday 8 August (ko 7.45pm).
City complete pre-season with Yate victory (29/7/17)
City completed their pre-season campaign with a fifth win in a row this afternoon, beating Yate Town by three goals to nil at Lodge Road. In a one-sided first half City went in front on 15 minutes when Miles Welch-Hayes crossed for Marvin Morgan to head past Rivers, despite the keeper getting both hands to the effort. Ten minutes later it was 2-0 as Naby Diallo raced clear of the Yate defence before confidently slotting the ball wide of the advancing Rivers. Playing down the slope in the second half the hosts enjoyed more of the play but they were largely restricted to long range efforts and it was City who completed the scoring on 68 minutes - Connor Lemonheigh-Evans crossing for Jamie Lucas to fire into the top corner of the net.
Gary Owers and his squad can now turn their attention to the start of the 2017-18 Vanarama National League South next Satuday and the trip to newly promoted Bognor Regis. There are still seats available on the Supporters coach and details can be found here.
Case and Cafer sign deals (27/7/17)
City are pleased to announce that two of their summer triallists, goalkeeper Matt Cafer and defender Ryan Case, have agreed deals for the forthcoming season.
City's final pre-season match takes place on Saturday when they meet Yate Town at Lodge Road. Admission prices are - Adults: £5 Concessions: £3 Under 16's - Free - and the Southern League club have advised supporters to get to the ground early to avoid any delays in accessing the stadium.
City on the Case again to defeat returning Rovers (26/7/17)
City completed their home pre-season friendlies this evening with another encouraging performance as a Ryan Case header midway through the second half was enough to overcome Bristol Rovers. The visitors had two early chances that were well saved by keeper Oliver Davies but City more than matched the League One side as the half progressed. Twice they had free-kicks on the edge of the Rovers box but Darren Jones blasted the first high and wide before Toby Ajala got his effort on target but without the power to trouble Slocombe. In-between these opportunities McGlade wasted the clearest chance for the Pirates, blasting the ball against the bar after rounding Davis. The half ended with Slocome producing a great full-length save to keep out Jones' header. City made five changes at the break and it looked as if one of the new players, Nick McCootie, had won a penalty on 52 minutes when he was felled by Bola but referee Mr Yianni waved away the appeals. Both sides continued to create chances but it was City who broke the deadlock on 72 minutes. Marvin Morgan did well to hold the ball up before crossing for Case to direct his header over Slocombe into the top corner. The closest Rovers came to denying City a fourth successive pre-season win was in the closing minutes but substitute keeper Luke Southwood produced a fine double save to keep out Broom's toe-poke and Gaffney's follow-up shot.
Preparations continue with Seasiders success (22/7/17)
City's preparations for their 2017-18 Vanarama National League South season - now just two weeks away - continued with a comfortable 2-0 win over Clevedon Town at Hand Stadium this afternoon. They had already created several good openings before Andy Watkins rose highest at the far post to head home Nick McCootie's 18th minute cross. Another McCootie cross saw Nat Jarvis' header crash against the post before the break but within four minutes of the restart they double their lead. A short cross routine between Billy Murphy and Anthony Straker saw the latter cross for Ryan Case to glance the ball past Forster in the Seasiders goal. That was it for the scoring although the Western League hosts were unlucky not to pull a goal back midway through the half when Barnes' 30-yard free-kick struck the post.
City are next in pre-season action when Bristol Rovers return to Twerton Park on Wednesday 26 July (ko 7.45pm).
Jarvis double enough to see off Robins (20/7/17)
City recorded their second pre-season victory in three days at Twerton Park this evening, beating Cheltenham Town 2-1 thanks to a second half brace from Nat Jarvis. With experienced defender Darren Jones making his first appearance of the summer City more than matched their higher league opponents during an entertaining first half. Trialist keeper Matt Cafer continued to impress with three fine stops, whilst Marvin Morgan, Nick McCootie and Jamie Lucas all has chances at the other end of the pitch. The opening exchanges of the second half saw Jarvis glance a header narrowly wide then Andy Watkins force Robins keeper Lovett into a smart save at his near post. However, on 59 minutes the same two players combined for the opening goal. Watkins burst across the box only to be sent flying by Lovett's attempt to claim the ball and Jarvis fired the penalty home despite the keeper getting a hand to the ball. The lead lasted lest than two minutes though as Winchester's low free-kick went through a crowd of players and under an unsighted Cafer. Within four minutes City regained the lead when McCootie made space down the left before firing in a cross for Jarvis to send a diving header into the net. This turned out to be the winning goal, although Cheltenham were only denied a last minute equaliser by Anthony Straker's goalline clearance from Forster's looping effort.
Reading U23s beaten by late City flurry (18/7/17)
Three goals in the final ten minutes gave City a welcome first pre-season victory against a Reading U23 side at Twerton Park this evening. The first half saw the visitors - with last season's loan cult hero Axel Andresson in their line-up - pass the ball around confidently, although this approach did lead to a few nervous moments at the back as City looked to press high up the pitch. It was Reading who struck first just before the half-hour mark. A ball forward had City vainly appealing for offside as Regis took full advantage of the space to lash a shot past Matt Cafer into the roof of the net. The closest City came to levelling before the interval was when Harrison Bennett's low free-kick was pushed out by Rosario only for Nat Jarvis to slide the rebound the wrong side of the post. The break saw City make eight changes - just Cafer, Dan Ball and Naby Diallo staying on the pitch - and the opening exchanges of the second half were more even. Reading changed their entire XI on the hour and, whilst still a threat going forward, looked more vunerable at the back. And with eight minutes left City took advantage to net their first goal of the close season, Lucas Capoue shooting home after Frankie Artus' corner had picked him out at the far post. Cafer produced a great double stop from House to prevent the Royals restoring their lead almost immedidately but Marvin Morgan should have put City in front moments later when a wayward pass sent him clear on goal. He rounded Harris but then shot against the post with the goal gaping. However on 88 minutes another poor clearance fell to Capoue and he set up Jamie Lucas to beat Harris from eight yards. And the turnaround was completed in the last minute when Reece Misso tried his luck from 25 yards and saw a deflection wrong-foot the unfortunate keeper.
2017-18 Somerset Premier Cup draw (17/7/17)
The draw for the 1st Round of the 2017-18 Somerset Premier Cup was made earlier today and City have been handed a trip to Western League Division One side Cheddar. The tie will take place the week commencing October 9.
Exeter defeat City to lift Brian Lomax Cup (14/7/17)
Exeter City beat City 2-0 at Twerton Park this evening to lift the Brian Lomax Cup. The trophy, named after the first managing director of Supporters Direct who passed away in 2015, is an annual match between supporter owned clubs. The first half was largely controlled by the Devon side, City's keeper Matt Cafer dealing well with an early shot from Jay and then seeing several other opportunities fly narrowly wide of his goal. It wasn't until late in the half that City had their first effort on target, Billy Murphy's 20-yard shot straight at Pym, but five minutes into the second half they should have taken the lead. George Rigg was brought down in the area by Croll's wild challenge only for Murphy to see his spot kick saved by Pym. Despite this miss City continued to enjoy the better of the game and Nick McCootie forced another save from Pym following a typically strong burst into the box. However, the visitors finally broke the deadlock on 73 minutes when neat build-up play ended with Taylor slipping the ball past Cafer. Two minutes layer Cafer did well to deny Reid but moments later he could do nothing to prevent Harley's volley making it 2-0. Only a goalline clearance by Will Christopher denied the Grecians a third goal in the closing moments but by then they had done enough to ensure they would be presented with the trophy at the end of the game.
City's Vanarama National League South match at Welling United has been brought forward by 24 hours to Good Friday 30 March.
City open pre-season with Robins defeat (11/7/17)
Three goals in the opening fifteen minutes of the second half saw City begin their pre-season campaign with a defeat against Bristol City at a wet Twerton Park this evening. The visitors - with two pre-season games already under their belt - enjoyed the majority of possession in an open first half, with Reid shooting narrowly wide and Hinds forcing a low save from Max O-Leary during the opening half hour. City's best chance came when Nick McCootie won the ball from Magnusson down the right but he could only shoot across goal from a narrow angle. O'Leary tipped another Reid effort over as half-time approached but on 48 minutes a swift break forward saw Reid just reach the ball ahead of O'Leary and go over the keeper's outstretched leg. Premier League referee Kevin Friend pointed to the spot from where Paterson fired the ball high into the right side of the net. Barely 60 seconds more had elasped when Paterson turned provider for Reid to loop a header over O'Leary. Ten minutes later ex-City full-back Bryan latched onto Hegeler's pass to slide home goal number three. The Robins continued to push City back but substitue goalkeeper Cafer produced a couple of fine saves and showed good handled despite the tricky conditions to prevent any further scoring.
Goalden Gate for the Academy (7/7/17)
With the Goalden Gate Super Draw Lottery now having been in operation for just over a year the club has decided to channel all the proceeds from the Draw into the Bath City FC Academy Under 18s – thus supporting the up and coming stars of tomorrow. For just £1 per week, the draw sees someone win a top prize of £1,000 EVERY WEEK as well as numerous runner-up prizes. So, as well as helping your favourite local team, you can also give yourself opportunities to win some great cash prizes.
The Goalden Gate Superdraw offers you the chance to win 60 weekly cashprizes whilst raising funds for our targeted initiatives. Every week someone wins £1,000! PLUS, your date of birth, or a random date if you so wish, is entered into an accumulator jackpot where you can win £100. From just £1 per week it's also a great way to support Bath City FC as with every ticket you buy, Bath City FC will receive 45% of the money which goes towards the Academy Under 18s.
Please help to support and develop young local footballers through this scheme.
Full details here or call Bob Chester on 07786 092836.
Player news (5/7/17)
Following the release of the 2017/18 fixtures early today and the players reporting back for pre-season training tomorrow, we are pleased to announce the return of striker Marvin Morgan for the new season. Having signed on a season long loan from Havant & Waterlooville, Marvin scored 10 goals in all competitions and proved a valuable addition to the squad and an influential and popular personality within the dressing room.
17-18 National League South fixtures released (5/7/17)
The 2017-18 Vanarama National League South fixtures have been released and can be found under the RESULTS/FIXTURES tab above.
City Players Gear up for High Profile Friendlies (4/7/17)
Bath City this week unveiled their new kits for the 2017/18 season with George Rigg and Frankie Artus modelling the the home and away shirts respectively at a launch on Monday evening. The home shirt is maintained from 2016/17 but with new sponsors Vass of Bath on the front and Stokes Masonry on the rear. The away shirt is brand new for this season, following an online vote with over 800 City fans picking a darker blue shirt with white shoulders. Team coach, Jim Rollo was also in attendance showing off the club’s new travel polo and track suit top. The shirts and training kit are available to buy online at www.bathcityfcshop.com.
The kit launch comes in the week before The Romans begin their pre-season campaign. Tuesday 11th July sees them welcome Bristol City of the Championship to Twerton Park for one of the biggest of the bunch. Having ended the season comfortably clear of relegation, Bristol City have signalled their intent for 2017/18 with the club record signing of £5.2m man Famara Diedhiou - and fans will be hoping to see him turn out in Twerton.
Later that week, Exeter City are the visitors on Friday 14th when the Brian Lomax Supporters Direct Cup will be up for grabs. The Cup is competed for between community-owned clubs, and marks one of Bath’s first matches in its new community-owned era. The match will feature the Three Daggers Craft Beer Bus outside the ground along with Chai Walla street food, as well as a fan penalty shoot-out at half time and more.
Age UK Bath & North East Somerset new official charity (30/6/17)
Following the recent success in raising money for local charities over the past few seasons Bath City will be supporting Age UK Bath & North East Somerset next season. Last season the club supported Genesis Trust raising over £2000 for this locally based charity.
Age UK B&NES is excited to be Bath City FC’s 2017-18 ‘Charity of the Season’. We have a vision that all older people live a healthy, happy and fulfilling later life but too many older people are isolated, lonely, anxious and living with poor health. Each year, we support over 12,000 older people in B&NES. We run classes and clubs (including Walking Football!), and life-changing services such as befriending, getting people home from hospital and free information and advice. But we can’t do it alone, with the help of Bath City FC we can reach more older people in the local area and continue to make Bath & North East Somerset a great place to grow old.
We are a local independent charity and every penny we raise supports older people in B&NES.
City fans help mark Anglo-Italian Cup anniversary (28/6/17)
It may have taken 40 years, but Bath City finally restored some pride in Calcio Lecco. A 3-0 reversal in the 1976 Anglo-Italian Cup final, played 40 years ago to this day (Thursday 29th June) provided the northern Italian outfit with one of their finest moments, but they couldn’t repeat the trick in a supporters’ match, played amongst anniversary festivities at Stadio Rigamonti-Ceppi. A collection of current and former Lecco players reunited, as several stunning banners were unveiled on the eve of the game.
An 8.15pm kick-off was required following the searing heat and prolonged celebrations, and match time reduced to an hour with around 200 spectators in attendance.
Lecco started strongly with Tim Mourant keeping City in it following a string of fine saves. He was powerless to prevent the hosts taking the lead on 10 minutes, a fine move through the centre being nonchalantly side-footed home by Roberto Bassi from 15 yards.
City responded well with Ben Hatton tapping wide, before his strike partner Jack Rowlands made no mistake in front of goal. Paul Hill’s long ball forward was collected by the youngster, who cut inside of two defenders before slamming the ball past a standstill keeper.
The Italians dominated the rest of the half and were rewarded with another fine goal, again breaking through the middle with some fancy footwork and a tidy finish from Manuel Bonacina giving Mourant no chance.
A very swift half-time interval gave the Romans a chance to regroup, and they equalized soon after the restart. A poor goal-kick from the hosts was collected by Rowlands, who again had to shimmy around defenders before coolly curling the ball home from 12 yards.
Replacement keeper Hatton was rarely tested in the second half with his defence holding firm. Right-back Mark Stillman saw his probing run forward nearly create an opening, with Rich Miles just failing to fully connect with his cross when well placed. A flurry of flares certainly lit up the already beautiful surroundings as the meeting drew to a close, with the sides unable to be separated.
Full-time saw a spectacular flare display as players from each side embraced. It’s an experience Bath City supporters will never forget, and the wonderful hospitality shown by the Italians will live long in the memory. Friendships have been formed and many will be calling for a second leg at Twerton Park soon.
Bath & West Programme Fair at Twerton Park (26/6/17)
The Bath & West Programme and Memorabilia Fair will be staged in Randall's Lounge on Sunday 2 July (10.30am–1.30pm). It will be the fourth fair to be staged at Twerton in recent years with stall-holders ranging from major dealers from Lancashire, Devon, South Wales, London and the Home Counties to our own Supporters Club selling items donated by fans. Organisers are hoping to attract a large number of collectors from throughout the region.
Admission is only £1 for adults, under-16’s free. All adult patrons will be entered into a FREE raffle, with three prizes of a bottle of wine each (to be drawn at 12 noon).
Anyone with any queries should contact the organiser, Gordon Bennett of Westward Programmes, on 07543-845396 or email email@example.com.
Pre-Season admission information (21/6/17)
The Bath City FC community club has been busy in the close season with a number of new signings and fans taking part in two Paint-the-Park days to spruce up Twerton Park, as well as the shirt vote. Football returns to the ground on 11th July with the visit of Bristol City, the first of five enticing home friendlies to get the players ready for a flying start in August and to give Bathonians the chance to see teams from the Championship and Leagues One and Two in action on our doorstep. Entry prices have been held at the same level as last year at £8 for adults, £6 concessions and £2 for children. Lower prices apply for the match with Reading U23s.
Bristol City (H) - 7.45pm Tuesday 11 July
Exeter City (H) - 7.30pm Friday 14 July
Reading U23 (H) - 7.30pm Tuesday 18 July
Cheltenham Town (H) - 7.30pm Thursday 20 July
Clevedon Town (A) - 3pm Saturday 22 July
Bristol Rovers (H) - 7.45pm Wednesday 26 July
Yate Town (A) - 3pm Saturday 29 July
Blue is the colour after away kit vote (20/6/17)
Following the recent General Election, democracy has again been in action at Bath City where fans have been voting for their choice of away shirt for next season. A keenly contested poll, which used weighted preferences rather than first past the post, attracted some 829 votes from Bath City community shareholders, fans and the general public.
And the winner is – Blue with white shoulders, narrowly edging out red with white. In third place, the Roma-inspired maroon with orange shoulder had a strong showing, and indeed led among people outside of the Bath City database, while orange and white trailed in fourth. The selection of a blue shirt perhaps reflects the popularity of the 2016/17 away shirt which was a lighter blue and featured in a healthy eight away league wins. City will hope to build on that record in the coming campaign.
Share of vote:
Blue with white shoulders – 28%
Red with white shoulders – 27%
Maroon with orange shoulder – 23%
Orange with white shoulders – 22%
Our thanks to everyone who voted. The new away kit is available to pre-order at www.bathcityfcshop.com.
City and Exeter to compete for Brian Lomax SD Cup (16/6/17)
The Brian Lomax SD Cup is an annual invitational competition organised by Supporters Direct (SD) and held between community-owned football clubs to celebrate the role fans play in owning and supporting their own football clubs.
This is the first match since the cup was renamed “The Brian Lomax SD Cup”, in memory of the former SD Managing Director, considered to be the “founding father” of the Supporters Trust movement, who sadly passed away in 2015.
Brian was respected and loved by all who had the pleasure to meet and work alongside him. His dedication to supporter’s rights and his tireless work for his beloved Northampton Town gave birth to the Supporters Trust movement that we all know today. His legacy lives on in every single member of each Trust up and down the country, and we are very proud to honour his memory annually with this fixture.
SD are very pleased to announce this year’s Brian Lomax SD Cup will be contested between one of the newest supporter-owned clubs, Bath City and one of the oldest, Exeter City.
Jon Bickley from Bath City Supporters Society said “We’re delighted to be contesting the Brian Lomax Cup with our friends from down the M5, Exeter City. We wouldn’t have been able to conduct the Big Bath City Bid without Supporters Direct and owe them a debt of gratitude for the fact that we’re now a community-owned club with an optimistic future. We can’t wait to take to the field for what should be a great occasion.”
Elaine Davis Deputy Chair of Exeter City Supporters Trust said “Having met colleagues from Bath City at last summer's SD conference, Exeter City Supporters' Trust is delighted to be visiting Twerton Park to contest the Brian Lomax SD Cup on July 14th. We're proud to be playing this game to celebrate Brian's memory & the continuing success of the movement which he championed. Up the Cities!”
The fixture will be held at Bath City’s Twerton Park on Friday 14th July with a 7.30pm kick off. Tickets can be purchased on the turnstiles.
We hope you can all join us for what promises to be a fantastic match!
Vote for 17/18 Away Shirt (12/6/17)
Newly community-owned Bath City is embracing fan democracy by inviting fans to choose next season’s away kit. Manager Gary Owers and Football Chairman Paul Williams have put forward a carefully selected quartet of kits to choose from featuring primarily solid orange, blue or red options each with white shoulder trim, along with an AS Roma inspired maroon and orange choice that nods to City’s ‘Romans’ nickname.
Director, Jon Bickley, commented: “Just one month into community ownership here at Bath City and we’re delighted to enable fans to make such a meaningful decision for their club. Choosing the colours that our players run out in is a really strong demonstration of fan participation in action - right there on the pitch for all to see!”
Fans should head to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/bathcityawaykit to cast their vote, or respond to direct emails or social media.
The vote is live now and will close at midnight on Sunday 18 June.
City love a ground with the best atmosphere (10/6/17)
Football fans have named Bath City's Twerton Park as the best ground for atmosphere in the National League South. That's according to the independently judged FootballGroundMap.com website, which ranks football stadiums across England, Wales and Scotland.
Not only has Twerton Park been named as the equal best non-league ground for match day atmosphere but it also comes in the top 14 grounds for atmosphere across the whole of the UK, rated equal to Bramall Lane, Fratton Park, St James' Park, White Hart Lane, Celtic Park, Gallagher Stadium, Wetherby Stadium (CNG Stadium), Elland Road, Valley Parade, Murrayfield, the Liberty Stadium, Tynecastle and Victory Park.
Those 14 grounds all scored four stars out of five, voted by some 133,771 football fans who used the FootballGroundMap.com site. That places Twerton Park - for atmosphere - above such iconic stadia as Old Trafford, Anfield, Ibrox, Stamford Bridge, Ashton Gate, Goodison Park and more.
Some 11,104 visits to see Bath City play were recorded by various independent supporters, and voters could then rank the match experience out of five across a variety of categories, such as views, location, food, policing, atmosphere and more.
FootballGroundMap.com is the brain child of web developer and Sheffield United supporter Rob Clarkson. St James' Park and Falmer Stadium - homes of Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion respectively - were ranked as the top stadiums overall.
See more details on the site here: www.footballgroundmap.com.
Further player and pre-season news (8/6/17)
Further activity on the player front sees 25-year old striker, Nat Jarvis, join City for the forthcoming season. Nat had a short spell with us back in 2013/14 before playing for Gloucester City, Cirencester Town and Hungerford Town. He has been a regular goal scorer for all three clubs. Nat has played international football having won 8 caps for the Antigua and Barbuda national team. We welcome him back to Twerton Park.
Also returning is Naby Diallo who has signed again for 2017/18 and will look to build upon last season’s 30 appearances and 4 goals. Naby is raring to go and let’s hope we see more goals like his individual finish against Maidenhead in April.
The players will report back for training in just over three weeks and the squad is shaping up well.
We are also pleased to announce that our first pre-season fixture of the summer will see Bristol City visit Twerton Park on Tuesday 11 July, with a 7.45pm kick off. We have built a very good relationship with the Ashton Gate side, including hosting some of their U23 fixtures last season, and look forward to welcoming them to Twerton once again.
Details of admission prices for this match and the other pre-season fixtures will be announced in due course.
City close to finalising pre-season line-up (6/6/17)
City are close to completing their pre-season line-up with Exeter City heading up from Devon to Twerton Park on Friday 14 July (ko 7.30pm). A final fixture should also be confirmed shortly.
Early Bird Season Ticket offer ends Wednesday (29/5/17)
A reminder that the deadline for Early Bird Season Tickets is this Wednesday 31 May.
With Gary Owers signing a new two-year contract and bringing in a high calibre of new players as well as confirming some key retentions, the season is shaping up to be an exciting one on the pitch, with the aim of a top-five finish.
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VASS of Bath is the new City shirt sponsor (25/5/17)
Following the Bath City FC shirt sponsorship draw, in the TR Hayes Premier Lounge at Twerton Park on 24th May, Bath City Football Club are delighted to announce the winner of the draw was VASS of Bath – Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat specialists - who are based at Brassmill Enterprise Centre in Bath. Owner Andy Selmam was delighted with the news of his win with his company name which will be displayed on the front of Bath City’s first team home and away shirts for the coming season.
Second prize was won by Stokes Masonry (Bath) Ltd who will have their name on the back of the shirts for next season. Third prize was won by Newbridge Auto Centre who will have their company name on the shorts.
Other prize winners were Total Bathrooms and Bath Building Society.
The club would like to thank the 61 entrants in the draw and look forward to their further involvement in the coming season. All entrants will be part of the new Bath City FC Sponsors Club for season 2017-2018.
Player and pre-season friendly news (25/5/17)
Miles Welch-Hayes is the latest player to commit to Bath City for the coming season. Miles spent a very successful period at the Club last season making 23 appearances and became a firm fans favourite after joining us in December following Dan Ball’s injury. The 21 year old defender was a target signing for last season and played against us in a pre-season friendly. Following his release by Oxford United, Gary Owers was able to persuade Miles that he would be best placed to further develop his career at Twerton Park, despite interest from other clubs. It will be great to see Miles back in a City shirt.
The first pre-season fixtures at Twerton Park have been arranged and we are pleased to welcome Reading U23’s on Tuesday 18 July, League Two side Cheltenham Town on Thursday 20 July, both 7.30pm kick offs, and League One side Bristol Rovers on Wednesday 26 July with a 7.45pm kick off. In addition, we will make a visit to the seaside to play Western League Clevedon Town on Saturday 22 July and across the border to Gloucestershire on Saturday 29 July to play Southern League side Yate Town, both 3pm kick offs. Details of further fixtures will follow together with admission prices.
Election candidates set for Twerton Park clash (24/5/17)
Bath City FC will host a hustings of Bath's prospective parliamentary candidates on the evening of Wednesday 31 May at Twerton Park. Local people will be able to grill Conservative MP Ben Howlett, Liberal Democrat Wera Hobhouse, Labour's Joe Rayment and Green candidate Eleanor Field on their goals, policies and plans for Bath.
Bath City general manager Carole Banwell said: "As a democratic community-owned club, we are proud to host this important fixture in the General Election campaign. We look forward to welcoming people from across Bath to Twerton Park for a spirited and lively debate."
Inspired by Bath City FC's recent conversion to community ownership, part of the hustings will see candidates give their views on whether local people and community groups should have greater input and control over local issues.
The event will be moderated by Greg Ingham, chief executive of local media company MediaClash and chair of Creative Bath.
Doors open at 6.45pm with the hustings kicking off at 7.30pm. A cash bar will be available.
City sign striker Lucas from Bristol Rovers (23/5/17)
Following on from two new signings last weekend, Bath City is pleased to announce the signing of Jamie Lucas following his release by Bristol Rovers. The 22-year old striker has had limited opportunities at Rovers during their rapid promotion success but has developed in loan spells at Weston-super-Mare, Gloucester City, Boreham Wood and Woking. He has shown he has an eye for goal and had an outstanding record at this level while at Weston.
Manager Gary Owers sees Jamie as a young, hungry player who wants to score goals saying, “there was interest in him from several clubs but he wanted to play at Bath”.
We look forward to welcoming him once pre-season commences and to seeing him in a City shirt.
City announce double signing (20/5/17)
Bath City Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of defenders Anthony Straker and Darren Jones from Aldershot Town and Newport County respectively as Gary Owers begins to develop his squad for the forthcoming season.
Anthony is a defender who has spent a large part of his career at Aldershot in two spells, whilst also playing for Southend, York and Motherwell as well as representing Grenada. He was offered a new contract at Aldershot and on signing Gary said “I have worked with before, know him well and there will be a few surprised that we have managed to sign him”.
Darren is a strong and experienced centre half who has played for Forest Green Rovers, Hereford, Aldershot, Shrewsbury and most recently Newport. “He is a player I have known for many years and had kept an eye on his situation. When he announced his retirement from the fulltime game I saw an opportunity and he will be a great addition to the squad”.
We welcome both players to the Club and wish them a successful time with Bath City FC.
Gary is continuing to hold talks with players about joining the Club and a further player announcement will be made on Monday.
Gary Owers Commits to Bath City promotion bid (18/5/17)
Gary Owers, the popular Bath City FC manager, has committed his immediate future to the Romans by signing a new two-year contract that will see him stay at the club at least through to the end of the 2018/19 season. Gary is in his second spell at the club, having returned last season to successfully see off the threat of relegation. This season has seen a further significant improvement in fortunes with City always comfortable and generally on the fringes of the Play-Off places.
With community ownership now concluded and greater financial stability, Gary has been given an enhanced and competitive playing budget for next season with the aim of stepping up a gear in the hunt for promotion. Speaking about the new deal as he put pen to paper at Twerton Park, Gary offered, “I am pleased to commit to the next two years and the hard work begins now to build a squad capable of achieving a top five position. I feel I have been given a reasonable opportunity to better our position in the League with a significant improvement in the budget. It is up to me to spend it wisely and it is exciting times for the club with the community buyout and hopefully the start of a successful period in the club’s history. ”
Chairman of Football Paul Williams, added, “We’re absolutely delighted to continue what’s already been a fruitful relationship with Gary. When we brought him back last year he worked wonders to turn around a difficult situation, while this year we’ve already seen great progress on a tight budget. With the new community ownership now a reality we’re pleased to be able to give Gary the resources to make a proper challenge for the play-offs and can’t wait for the new season!”
Gary Owers’ contract extension is the latest development at Bath City following hot on the heels of the club becoming community-owned earlier this month.
With Gary committed to the Bath City promotion challenge and new player news coming soon, the club has extended the Early Bird Season Ticket offer until the end of May to enable as many fans as possible to get behind the team and watch them every kick of the way. We already have more season ticket holders than last season, so there’s a groundswell of support for the new era. Join them and save yourself up to £64! You can view the options and purchase tickets at
Player News (10/5/17)
Following discussion with the players since the season ended, Steve Phillips, Stuart Fleetwood, Lee Marshall and Josh Hutchinson have been released. Chas Hemmings is also leaving, as he is unable to give full commitment because of his work. We wish them all the best for the future and thank them for their time at the Club.
Jack Batten has accepted the offer of a new contract and joins Frankie Artus, Nick McCootie, Billy Murpy and George Rigg who are already signed for season 2017/18. An offer has been made to Andy Watkins to sign again for what would be his fifth season at the Club. Discussions are ongoing with Naby Diallo and Marvin Morgan. Dan Ball will be working on his fitness and return for pre-season training as can Sekani Simpson and Shaquille Hunter.
Our loan players, Max O’Leary, Miles Welch-Hayes, Axel Andresson and Shawn McCoulsky have returned to their parent Clubs and go with our thanks and best wishes in their future careers.
Bath City FC completes transition to community ownership (5/5/17)
Just under two years after fans launched the Big Bath City Bid to raise funds to buy the city’s football club, this week the Supporters Society at last became the club’s majority shareholder and a new board has been installed subject to formal League ratification.
Having raised over £350,000 in the autumn and following extensive legal process, the Society has bought £300,000 of new shares issued by the Club, lent a further £50,000 and opened a new line of credit for working capital to underwrite operations for the next three-five years. A new board has been formed, headed up as Chairman by Nick Blofeld, former CEO at Bath Rugby, with Paul Williams remaining from the previous board as Football Chairman. The Society’s six members of a nine-person board include the addition of new blood in the form of Sally Harris as Community Director, Martin Powell as Supporter Liaison Officer and Jon Bickley in the role of Sales & Marketing Director. Shane Morgan as Director of Operations continues as incumbent Society representative, while John Reynolds and Andrew Pierce continue from the previous board, providing continuity of knowledge and experience at the helm. One Society position is still to be filled as former appointee Nick Thompson has recently moved away from the area.
As well as clearing debts to a number of individuals, the financial restructure sees all remaining debt re-scheduled on five-years, interest-free terms, giving the club a stable platform to begin its turnaround plan. A key foundation of the plan is a redevelopment on the site of the main stand and half the car park, that will provide a new grandstand and property to realise sufficient funds to clear all remaining debts as well as providing ongoing income streams. The club is actively working on this project and will be consulting in due course on the redevelopment.
Following the success of the fund-raising in the autumn, the new structure has already been running in parallel with the previous board, notching up a number of developments including:
Commenting on the completion of the deal, Chairman Nick Blofeld offered:
“We’re delighted that after over two years of hard work, fund-raising and negotiation we’ve completed this refinancing and that the people of Bath and wider community now hold a majority stake in Bath City Football Club. With a firm financial footing and citywide engagement, we’re already seeing a burst of creative energy that is invigorating the club. The possibilities are huge for this football club at the heart of our community and we’re excited to get things moving.”
Paul Williams, Chairman of Football, added:
“I’m really pleased to reach this stage of the process that gives us the stability to plan for success on the pitch, while new resources and finance enable us to build the business off the pitch and make it sustainable for the long run. One of the most tangible things fans can see is that we’ve approved an enhanced playing budget for next season that will enable Manager Gary Owers to plan and recruit for a serious tilt at promotion.”
Martin Powell, Chairman of the Supporters Society and the Club’s new Supporters Liaison Officer, concluded:
“We are absolutely thrilled to see this dream become a reality. The Big Bath City Bid has finally delivered a community owned club that enables fans to elect directors and to take hands-on roles in the day-to-day and strategic running of the club. We couldn’t be more pleased.”
On 9th June the club will celebrate this momentous event with “Bidfest”, a party to celebrate the success of the bid and to toast the future of Bath City FC as a community-owned club.
End of Season Award Presentation (30/4/17)
Following yesterday's 2-1 win over Welling United to conclude the 2016-17 season, City held their end of season awards presentation. Andy Watkins was named supporters' player of the year and also picked up the golden boot award for his 14 goals. Players player of the season went to George Rigg and the managers award was won by Billy Murphy. The full list of winners is:
Supporters' Player of the Year: Andy Watkins
Players Player of the Year: George Rigg
Managers Player of the Year: Billy Murphy
Supporter of the Year: Martin Brush
Young Supporter of the Year: Brandon Jenkins
Golden Boot: Andy Watkins (14 goals)
Goal of the Season: Chas Hemmings (Hemel Hempstead Town A)
Players Youth Team Player of the Year: Adam Forster
Managers Youth Team Player of the Year: Harry Pruett
Supporters' Youth Team Player of the Year: Ben Greening-James
Congratulations to all the winners.
City kiss season goodbye on winning note (29/4/17)
City secured a first Vanarama National League South top 10 finish for three seasons as they brought the curtain down on the 16-17 campaign with a 2-1 win over Welling United at Twerton Park this afternoon. After an even opening to the game City went ahead on 18 minutes. Andy Watkins' great pass sent Nick McCootie clear on goal and he fired the ball into the roof of the net. Seven minutes later it was Watkins humself on the scoresheet, with a close range tap-in after Miles Welch-Hayes had burst in from the left and lifted the ball past keeper Lewington. McCootie then almost took advantage of a mistake by Leacock before Axel Andresson forced a fine low stop from Lewington from a free-kick right on the edge of the box. The rest of the half was largely incident free but Watkins almost grabbed a remarkable second shortly after the break. He nipped in behind ex-City centre-back Phil Walsh to flick the ball toward goal with his heel which Lewington only managed to keep out at full stretch. The game was increasingly looking like an end-of-season affair after this but, although City continued to pose the greater attacking threat, it was the visitors who grabbed the final goal 12 minutes from time through Hatton's rocket-like 35-yard free-kick.
After the game City held their end of season awards presentation with Andy Watkins picking up the supporters' player of the season. Full details of all the winners to follow tomorrow.
Clarets hold off City in eventful final away day (22/4/17)
City's third successive Saturday trip to Essex - and final away game of the 2016-17 season - was an eventful affair as they lost 3-1 to play-off bound Chelmsford City. The game turned in a 60-second spell in the final quarter as City had what appeared a stonewall penalty turned down and then saw the home side race straight down the pitch to net a third goal. City controlled the opening stages of the match and deservedly went ahead on 13 minutes, although not without some good fortune as Marvin Morgan saw his initial shot blocked by keeper Fitzsimons only for the ball to rebound off his shin into the net. Morgan was only denied a second by a full stretch save from Fitzsimons seven minutes later but the Clarets began to improve as the half progressed. However, it took a dreadful error by Axel Andresson to gift Spillane a simple equaliser three minutes before the interval. And just before the hour mark it got even worse for City's Icelandic captain when he could only turn Theophanous' cross shot into his own net. Nick McCootie was then denied by Fitzsimons after a strong run as the hosts looked to slow the game down and try to catch City on the break. Then with 14 minutes left a ball over the top sent Morgan racing toward goal with Spillane struggling to keep up with him. The defender desperately tried to pull him to the ground before he got in the box but finally dragged him to the floor a yard inside the area. However, the referee clearly thought he was in charge of a rugby match for a moment and viewed the 'tackle' as legitimate. With the City players still confused as to what game they were playing the resultant clearance saw Chas Hemmings slip and allow Theophanous a clear run on goal. And with no City player near enough to rugby tackle him he rounded Max O'Leary before slotting the ball home. Ironically Spillane was sent off five minutes from time for a nasty challenge on Andy Watkins. City did manage to create a couple of half-chances but ten-man Chelmsford were rarely troubled in seeing out the remaining time to win by three
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City bank holiday win over stagnent Poole (17/4/17)
City enjoyed one of their most comfortable wins of season at Twerton Park this afternoon as they swept aside Poole Town by three goals to nil. It was the Romans first victory of the season against a top 5 side - although the Dolphins will not be allowed to compete in the play-offs due to insufficient facilities at their Tatnam Stadium home - and it rarely looked in doubt once Marvin Morgan had headed the opening goal on 14 minutes. He reacted quickest when Poole failed to deal with an Axel Andresson long throw and almost added a second later in the half when his cross evaded eveyone before clipping the outside of the post. Nick McCootie did have the ball in the net six minutes after the goal but the strike was ruled out for a marginal offside decision and Andy Watkins was denied from close range by keeper Hutchings on 35 minutes. Max O'Leary made one good stop during the half from a Brooks header but that was a close as the visitors would come in the first half. City deservedly doubled their lead five minutes after the break when Morgan's perfect through ball sent Shawn McCoulsky clear to confidently slot past Hutchings. City did have a scare midway through the half when Miles Welch-Hayes was forced to clear a goalbound shot off the line. Eight minutes from time McCoulsky was only denied his second goal by the crossbar, however, City did make it 3-0 four minutes later when substitute Chas Hemmings fired into the foot of the net after Andresson's header had been parried by Hutchings. He almost grabbed a second in stoppage time only for the over-worked keeper to just reach his firm header but it was still an impressive all-round performance from City in their penultimate home game of the campaign.
Quickfire double sends City to Rocks defeat (15/4/17)
Although there was no repeat of the 7-1 humiliation that City suffered on their only previous trip to Rookery Hill, home of East Thurrock United, two goals in five first half minutes meant the second leg of their Essex triple-header ended in defeat this afternoon. With both sides playing for little more than pride the opening 20 minutes saw little in the way of goalmouth action. The hosts were looking to get the ball forward quickly down the channels, compared to City's more measured approach, and it was this tactic that paid off twice either side of the half hour mark. First Wraight crossed for Higgins to score at the far post, despite Max O'Leary nearly keeping his close range effort out, then five minutes later Higgins turned provider, crossing for Harris to drive the ball home. Strong runs by Nick McCootie and Shawn McCoulsky almost got City back into the game and then Billy Murphy fired a shot narrowly wide before the interval. City had a lucky escape early in the second half when Higgins struck the post, the ball then rebounding off O'Leary's back for a corner. City were beginning to look more threatening up front, McCootie forcing a save from Lidakevicius then the keeper keeping out a shot from Marvin Morgan. Josh Hutchinson also saw a goalbound shot blocked before Morgan looped a header onto the top of the bar but that was a close as the Romans would come to getting back into the game.
Have a free burger via A-Plan Insurance! (14/4/17)
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A-Plan Insurance are proud to be working closely with Bath City FC and for every new policy that goes on cover quoting ‘Bath FC’ they will donate £25 towards the running of the club. Please call 01225 788044 for more information or visit www.aplan.co.uk/bath.
*Terms and conditions apply, you will be required to provide your name, contact details and insurance renewal date in order to receive a free burger. A voucher will be given which can only be redeemed on the date received. A-Plan is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
City bounce back to put five past Concord (8/4/17)
City bounced back from their heavy home defeat to champions-elect Maidenhead United last Saturday at Twerton Park by putting five goals past Concord Rangers without reply in Essex this afternoon. Nick McCootie had already had a header ruled out for offside before Andy Watkins put City in front on 14 minutes, reaching the ball ahead of keeper Vose to roll it into the unguarded net. Ten minutes later Chas Hemmings' 30-yard effort bounced down off the underside of the bar a foot over the line to make it 2-0. City continued to control the game and five minutes before the break McCootie was pulled down in the box by Della-Verde and Axel Andresson - captaining the side in place of the injured Frankie Artus - slotted home the penalty kick. There was still time for City to make it 4-0 before half-time when Shawn McCoulsky held off a defender to slide the ball under Vose. The second half saw the home side enjoy greater possession but they were largely restricted to long-range efforts and it was City who completed the scoring two minutes from time, McCoulsky tapping in Miles Welch-Hayes' cross from close range.
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AGM gives go ahead to Community Ownership (3/4/17)
The Bath City FC Ltd AGM took place last Tuesday evening in Randall's bar. A positive meeting saw the current board present accounts for the last few years and seek authority to take the steps necessary for Community Ownership to go ahead. Shareholders unanimously supported motions to issue 300,000 new shares to be offered to the Supporters Society and also to grant a second charge on the ground to lenders to the club in return for a fixed five year, interest-free term on their loans. The legal process of share purchases and changes of directors will now take place over the coming two weeks, with a target of mid-April for completion. Outgoing chairman Paul Williams said, “It was pleasing to have a positive AGM where all resolutions were passed and paved the way for the next exciting chapter in the Club’s history.”
Thanks to everyone for their support and patience as we move into this exciting new era for the club.
Magpies fan embarks on Macmillan charity walk (2/4/17)
Following yesterday's game Maidenhead United supporter Tristan Browning embarked on a 109 mile walk back to the Berkshire town (no doubt with a broad smile on his face after his club's 5-1 victory) to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. You can read further information on his Twitter page including a details on how you can sponsor Tristan and all at City wish him the best of luck.
City have no answer to five-star Magpies (1/4/17)
Maidenhead United remained firmly on course for the Vanarama National League South title and, in the process, ended their 100% losing record against City at Twerton Park with a 5-1 victory this afternoon. The Magpies had lost all eight of their previous meetings with City in Bath but from the moment Tarpey put them ahead from the penalty spot after 10 minutes the chances of this run extending to nine games never looked likely. The penalty was awarded after Jack Batten has wrestled Marks to the floor and Tarpey almost scored again six minutes later when his header hit the bar with Max O'Leary beaten. City had their moments in the first half but the visitors always looked the more threatening and two goals in as many minutes meant the game was over as a contest before the break. On 39 minutes Comely's perfectly weighted pass allowed Barratt to set up Tarpey to tap in his second then Marks created space in the box to slide home number three. Maidenhead's only real weakness appeared to be against set-pieces and from two of these in the final moments of the half City struck the frame of the goal - Marvin Morgan and Shawn McCoulsky the unfortunate players. Had either found the net the second half could have been different, instead United were awarded another penalty six minutes after the restart when Sekani Simpson tripped Tarpey. O'Leary got a hand to the spot kick but couldn't deny the record-breaking striker his hat-trick and 41st league goal of a remarkable season. To their credit City kept playing and looked to have won a penalty of their own when George Rigg's shot was blocked by a defender's arm but this time the referee didn't point to the spot. They did finally grab a goal on 67 minutes when Naby Diallo cut inside from the left before firing a low shot past ex-City keeper Pentney. There were no thoughts of an unlikely comeback though as Maidenhead continued to press forward and they completed the scoring three minutes from time when Cox lifted a perfect volley over O'Leary.
2nd half penalty sees Stones edge out City (25/3/17)
A debatable penalty 20 minutes from time was all that could separate City and Wealdstone at a bright and sunny Twerton Park this afternoon. With just one point between the sides coming into the game the close nature of the encounter was no surprise and a draw would have been the fairest result. An early chance for Shawn McCoulsky was well blocked by Stones no.1 North and then City keeper Max O'Leary did well to keep out Fitchett's effort. Both sides then scored in the final 10 minutes of the half, though via very different goals. The Londoners struck first when Green was give the space to curl a 25-yard shot into the top corner. City levelled with the last action of the half when a goalmouth scramble ended with Chas Hemmings stabbing the ball home from less than a yard out. The second half saw little change as both sides looked to keep alive their outside chances of making the Vanarama National League South play-offs so it was unfortunate the the game was decided by a refereeing decision. White burst into the box from Sellers pass and went to ground despite the slightest of contact from Sekani Simpson. The same player sending O'Leary the wrong way from the spot. City threw on their three attacking substitutes but, other than a speculative overhead kick from Nick McCootie, that North claimed at the second attempt, they failed to trouble North again. The visitors celebrated extravagantly at the final whistle but City were left to reflect on two narrow defeats in a week that has left them with little more than pride to play for in their remaining six matches.
Bath City Family Day (23/3/17)
It's our Family Day this weekend, home to Wealdstone. Bring the kids for fun from 1pm:
Footie inflatables - beat the goalie and speed camera!
Free football clapper to make some noise - sponsored by Snapdragons
Air Cadet Marching band to open proceedings
Half-time Bath City Youth Under-9s match on the pitch
Bargain family ticket - £20 for four
Pre-order your Family Ticket just £20 for two adults and two children here, or buy from the ticket office.
We look forward to seeing you!
City endure frustrating night in Gosport loss (21/3/17)
City suffered a frustrating, and ultimately hugely disappointing, evening as they lost by a single goal to relegation strugglers Gosport Borough. Having only picked up a single point in their previous five league visits to Privett Park, City nearly got off to the perfect start when Shawn McCoulsky saw his third minute header crash against the post. Instead, two minutes later they found themselves behind through Lanahan's precise finish. This gave the hosts, who ended a four and a half month wait for a league victory on Saturday against St Albans City, something to defend and this they did tirelessly, although not without considerable good fortune on occasion. City's attempts to play their way back into the game was not helped by the surprisingly firm and uneven surface and, despite enjoying the majority of possession, clear cut chances were at a premium during the first half. Playing down the slope after the break though City created enough chances to have won the game comfortably. However, they couldn't convert the plethora of openings and were almost caught on the break a couple of times as they pressed forward. Then with just a minute left City were handed a perfect chance to at least salvage a point from the game when McClousky was flattened by keeper Jordan in the box. Somehow he escaped a booking for the challenge, although he was cautioned for dissent before the penalty kick could be taken. With regular penalty taker Axel Andresson away on international duty McClousky took over the spot kick responsibility only to see his tame effort easily blocked by Jordan.
17-18 Shirt Sponsor draw information (19/3/17)
Following on from the success of the last three shirt sponsors draws, the club are launching their new and revamped sponsorship draw for next season. Tilley’s Bistro (2014-2015), Midland Car Company (2015-2016) and this season, Sitec, have had their name on the front of the Bath City shirts, both home and away. Our thanks to all the businesses who in the past have taken part in the shirt sponsorship draws.
Now details can now be downloaded HERE about and the next draw, which will take place on 24th May 2017. And the application form can be downloaded HERE.
Rigg red can’t deny City first ever 3G victory (18/3/17)
City recorded their first ever victory on a 3G pitch this afternoon, beating Eastbourne Borough by two goals to one. A neat header from Shawn McCoulsky and an own goal by Hobson early in the second half had put City firmly in control of the game before the late sending off of George Rigg, Baptista firing home the resultant free-kick, led to a tenser finale than expected. Despite playing with the strong wind, that always seems to follow the Romans to this part of Sussex, behind them during the first half the hosts couldn't use it to their advantage and failed to register a single on-target effort on goal during the opening 45 minutes. City had looked neater in possession, although they had to wait until the closing stages of the half to force Carey into action, Andy Watkins testing the keeper at his near post. However, with the wind behind them it took City just a minute into the second half to go ahead, Billy Murphy's curling free-kick diverted home by McCoulsky. And just past the hour mark they doubled their lead when Nick McCootie's low cross was turned into his own net by Hobson. Having produced so little attacking threat it looked as if the game would drift to its conclusion with little further excitement but with 10 minutes left a long ball forward saw Connolly get clear of City's previously faultless back-line. Rigg made a desperate attempt to rescue the situation but only succeeded in bringing down the Borough substitution a couple of yards outside the box. The red card was inevitable but Baptista's excellent free-kick that flew into the net via Max O'Leary left-hand post was a rare moment of quality from Eastbourne. City kept their composure though and only a corner that flew across the face of goal gave them a nervous moment and Marvin Morgan spurned a great chance to net a third City goal before the end.
City are set to be without talismanic loan star Axel Andresson for the next two games, away to Gosport Borough and at home to Wealdstone, after the centre-back was named in the Iceland U21 squad to face Georgia and Saudi Arabia next week.
City duo named in National League squad (17/3/17)
In a unique series of representative matches, The National League will play The British Army at three differing locations on the same evening. These will take place on Wednesday 29th March 7.45pm at Eastbourne Borough, Harrogate Town and Tamworth. Each match being supported in partnership with Vanarama and S & C Slatter. Each of the three squads are drawn from players who play in The National League North and South ONLY and two City players, Sekani Simpson and Josh Hutchinson, will feature in the game to be played at Eastbourne Borough. Goalkeeper Steve Phillips was also selected but is unavailble. Entry is £5 for Adults (including a programme) with Seniors & Juniors FREE. Extra programmes are £2.
General Manager appointment news (16/3/17)
Bath City FC is pleased to announce the appointment of the Club’s new full-time General Manager, Carole Banwell, who will start in her role at the beginning of April, charged with developing new revenues and building relationships across the city.
With a professional background in accounting, commerce and law, Carole has volunteered at City for 18 months running the Club shop, before coming through an extensive recruitment process to take on this new role. The position will be pivotal in working for the new Board, Society, fans and investors new and old to implement the plans to get the Club back on a sound financial footing and to deepen the Club’s engagement with the whole community.
Looking forward to taking up her post, Carole commented "For too long the football club has been a little bit ‘below the radar’ here in Bath. The success of the supporter ownership bid has brought a new vision and a fresh energy and we are determined to create a vibrant and sustainable club which sits at the heart of the local community - and which from there reconnects with the rest of the city. I'm so excited to be involved in this significant change and to be helping to bring community-focused football, and Bath City FC, out of the shadows."
The appointment follows the announcement of the Club AGM on Tuesday 28th March which should pave the way for the issue of 300,000 new shares to the Supporters Society and in turn the Society’s majority ownership of the Club.
Second half comeback sinks ten-man Weston (14/3/17)
City came from a goal down at half-time to beat ten-man Weston Super Mare 2-1 at Woodspring Stadium, with Shawn McCoulsky netting the winning goal two minutes from time. The game got off to a lively start with both sides looking threatening going forward. Marvin Morgan blasted a good chance high and wide then Jack Batten saw his header cleared off the line acrobatically by Grubb. Moments later though Weston took the lead through Baldwin's looping header that gave Max O'Leary no chance. This allowed Weston to slow the pace of the game down and City struggled to counter this approach. A couple of nervous moments at the back were largely City's own doing as they failed to deal with balls into the box. However, they were unlucky not to be level at the break when a well-worked free-kick saw Miles Welch-Hayes cross for Andy Watkins to force Purnell into a superb block. Watkins then fired a follow-up effort narrowly wide. Neither side could gain the upper hand during the early exchanges of the second half but on 59 minutes the home side were reduced to 10 men. Menayese had been booked for a late lunge at McCoulsky just before the break so could have few complaints when he was shown a second yellow for felling McCootie. It took City less than 10 minutes to make their numerical advantage count when Watkins burst into the box and was tripped by Cane - Axel Andresson making no mistake from the spot. The game was there for the taking now and City pushed Weston back only to be denied several times by Purnell but with two minutes left McCoulsky reached a Billy Murphy pass just ahead of the keeper to stab it into the net. Despite five minutes stoppage time City kept Weston at bay to secure the win that lifts them back into the top half of the Vanarama National League South table.
AGM annoucement (12/3/17)
The Club is pleased to announce that following agreement of terms between the majority shareholders of Bath City Football Club, the Bath City Supporters Society and certain external lenders, the AGM for Bath City Football Club Limited has been fixed for Tuesday 28 March 2017. The event will be held in Randall’s with shareholders of the football club being asked to vote on the resolutions set out in the AGM notice that has been sent out.
The Joy of Six on Women at the Game day (11/3/17)
City marked Women at the Game day this afternoon by firing six goals past hapless Hemel Hempstead Town without reply to record their biggest league win since April 2007. It took just nine minutes for City to go ahead when Nick McCootie was tripped 25 yards from goal and Axel Andresson fired a perfect free-kick into the top corner of the net. Eleven minutes later the game really turned in City's favour as Marvin Morgan bared down on goal with only Mendy for company. The Hemel no.11 tried to drag him down outside the box but when he finally managed to fell Morgan it was in the area, and the penalty award and red card quickly followed. Andresson stepped up to send Butler the wrong way from the spot and double City's lead. The visitors kept an attacking set-up despite their numerical disadvantage which gave City a few nervous moments at the back but also lead to acres of space when the broke forward. And on 31 minutes they made them pay again when Nick McCootie's cross-shot was turned home from close range by Shawn McCoulsky. Then five minutes before the interval McCootie made it 4-0 with a looping header from Andy Watkins' lofted ball forward. After a bright start to the second half from Hemel, City were soon back on top. Butler twice denied McCoulsky with smart blocks but two minutes before the hour-mark he was beaten by the loanee's neat finish from Frankie Artus' pass. Chances continued to fall at both ends - Parkes crashing a free-kick against the post for Hemel- but it was City who completed the scoring in stoppage-time through substitute Shaquille Hunter's close range strike.
Women At The Game this Saturday (9/3/17)
A reminder that this Saturday's Vanarama National League South clash with Hemel Hempstead Town is a special 'Women At The Game' event, aimed at encouraging as many women as possible to attend the game. In conjunction with national initiative “Women at the Game”, and in recognition of International Women’s Day earlier this week, all female fans are invited to join us for a reception before the game where you can get together over pre-match refreshments. Existing BCFC women fans will be on hand to make you feel welcome, show you round and take you into the ground for the game in a safe and supportive environment. Bath Coffee House have also donated cakes for all our female guests to enjoy in the Moore Stephens Lounge before the match. Email us with any queries at firstname.lastname@example.org– or just turn up on the day and look for our WatG hosts to guide you to the reception!
After the game all supporters (both male and female) are encouraged to watch the historic FA Cup Quarter Final between Arsenal and City's fellow non-league side Lincoln City on the big screen in Charlie's.
And, on the pitch, on loan goalkeeper Max O'Leary will be available for City following his selection as a non-playing substitute for Bristol City in the 1-1 draw with Norwich City earlier this week.
Play-off hopes left deflated by Darts double (4/3/17)
City's hopes of a late run on the Vanarama National League South play-offs were dealt an almost fatal blow this afternoon with a 2-0 defeat at Dartford. A goal in each half was enough to keep the Kent side in touch with Ebbsfleet United and Maidenhead United at the top of the table and see City slip into the bottom half. Although the ball spent much of the time high in the air during the opening 20 minutes City had looked the more threatening going forward and comfortable at the back, but on 22 minutes Hayes ran into Miles Welch-Hayes after knocking the ball past him before falling to the ground. The referee viewed that this was a foul and pointed to the spot, from where Bradbrook made no mistake. Understandby shaken by this set-back City were on the back foot for a spell before they began to impose themselves on the game once again. However, any pressure they tried to build was halted by several borderline offside decisions and the home side missed a great chance to double their lead just before the interval. Once again they benefitted from a favourable refereeing decision as Chas Hemmings was fouled as he cleared the ball. With the centre-back still on the ground the ball was returned forward and the space allowed Ofori-Acheampong to race clear, but he never looked confident of taking the chance allowing O'Leary to block his tame effort and the danger was cleared. The second half saw Dartford begin to enjoy greater possession and O'Leary had to produce several good stops to keep the score a 1-0. He was finally beaten for the second time with fifteen minutes left though when Ofori-Acheampong headed home a Hayes cross. Shawn McCoulsky headed a good chance over with five minutes remaining but this was as close as City would come as Dartford saw out the game to record a deserved win.
McCoulsky extends loan until end of season (2/3/17)
City have secured their second loan player extention of the week with Bristol City striker Shawn McCoulsky agreeing to stay at Twerton Park until the end of the current season.
Andresson extends loan until end of season (28/2/17)
City and Reading FC have agreed to extend the loan deal for centre back Axel Andresson until the end of the current season.
City edged out by title-chasing Ebbsfleet (25/2/17)
City's unbeaten league start to 2017 was ended at Twerton Park this afternoon with a single goal defeat to title-chasing Ebbsfleet United. The visitors got the decisive goal five minutes after the interval and then professionally kept City at bay for the remaining 40 minutes. The Fleet edged a largely even first half with clear cut chances at a minimum for both sides. It wasn't until the 31st minute that either keeper was called into action, Max O'Leary denying Deering with his legs after the winger had burst through City's backline. He then had to tip a Kedwell header over the bar to ensure the game was still scoreless at the break. This all changed within five minutes of the restart when a long clearance wasn't dealt with by George Rigg which allowed Bubb the time and space to lift the ball over O'Leary. Rather than press for a second Ebbsfleet were now content to slow the game down at every opportunity, going down and staying down whenever possible, and taking an age over every set-piece. It also became a common sight for keeper Ashmore to fall to the ground whenever he collected the ball, taking further vital seconds off the clock. To their credit City didn't let these antics get to them and gave everything to get back in the game. However, the positive side of the Kent side's game saw them repell all that was thrown at them and even with City cranking up the pressure as the game reached its closing stages they couldn't find an equaliser. In fact, Ebbsfleet should have made the game safe in the closing minutes when Cook raced clear, rounded O'Leary but then shot against the post. This gave City a further chance to push forward but with only four minutes stoppage time added on they came up short to see their nine game unbeaten league run ended and Ebbsfleet return to the top of the Vanarama National League South, showing that the end justified the means.
Five matches for the price of four offer (24/2/17)
Back at Christmas we introduced the Festive Five - five tickets for the price of four. Well these were so popular that we've brought them back with the snappy title of 5FOR4 - dare we say 'it does what it says on the tin'?
Buy online now and get five tickets for the price of four to be used at any match or matches before the end of the season. Adult 5FOR4's are just £52 saving you £13 on your matchday tickets. You can use yourself over five matches or share among friends and family. Just another way we want to reward your commitment to the Romans and maybe help you introduce someone new to the club. Tickets also available for Seniors (£40 - save £10), Students/U18 (£28 - save £7) and U16 (£8 - save £2). Buy now!
Somerset Premier Cup hopes sunk at Weston (21/2/17)
A City side featuring just two regular first XI players exited the Somerset Premier Cup this evening in a 3-0 defeat to Weston Super Mare. Despite drizzle for much of the day there was no repeat of the late postponements that have bedevilled games between the sides at the Woodspring Stadium in recent years and from the opening kick-off it was clear that the Seagulls were determined to get one over their more illustrious local rivals, playing with a pace and intensity that City never came close to matching. Weston had already gone close on several occasions before ex-City striker Jake Reid fired them ahead in the 30th minute. The second goal came two minutes before the interval when a corner dropped to Chamberlain and he turned and shot home from close range. Any hopes of an unlikely comeback disappeared on 63 minutes when Reid made it 3-0 and only wayward finishing from the home side prevented them running up an even more comfortable final scoreline. City will hope for more joy when they return to North Somerset with a more familiar line-up for the Vanarama National League South meeting in three weeks time.
Clinical City march on with big Saints win (18/2/17)
City produced another great performance at both ends of the pitch to beat St Albans City 4-1 at Clarence Park this afternoon. A goal apiece from their four attacking players and a third successive penalty save by Max O'Leary were the highlights of a victory that stretches the Romans unbeaten run to nine games. They got off to the perfect start on three minutes when Marvin Morgan unleashed an unstoppable shot from just inside the box. The home side came back well from this setback and put City under pressure with a series of corners and long throws into the box. They were unlucky when from one set piece a shot come back off the post but from City's next sight of goal they made it 2-0. Andy Watkin's great pass saw Nick McCootie lift the ball over Saints keeper Russell from 15 yards. Shawn McCoulsky was denied by Russell when sent clean through by Morgan's flick on the stroke of half-time as City looked to put the game to bed before the break. However, on the hour mark McCoulsky took full advantage of a dreadful mix-up between Russell and Martin to roll home City's third. St Albans responded almost immediately through Walker's crisply struck shot to make it 3-1. City continued to look the more likely to add to the scoring but with eight minutes left Noble went down chasing an overhit ball forward and the referee pointed to the spot. Once again it was O'Leary who came to City's rescue, blocking Lucien's effort then combing with George Rigg to keep out the follow up. And this allowed City to complete a great afternoon in Hertfordshire in the final minute when Watkins' swept the ball home after McCoulsky's shot had come back off the post.
City have rearranged their Vanarama National League South game at Weston Super Mare for Tuesday 14 March (ko 7.45pm).
“Women at the Game” = #bestkeptsecrets (16/2/17)
Watching live football with a group of mates is a fun, uplifting and bonding experience. In fact it’s men’s best-kept secret. So, in conjunction with national initiative “Women at the Game”, and in recognition of International Women’s Day on 8th March, Bath City FC is encouraging as many women as possible to come along to the match against Hemel Hempstead on Saturday 11th March 2017 and get in on the act.
Already a women- and family-friendly environment, Bath City FC is about to become a community-owned club with a commitment to strengthening its links to the local community and to the wider city absolutely at the heart of its new identity. Come along and join us for a reception before the game where you can get together with other female fans over pre-match refreshments. Existing BCFC women fans will be on hand to make you feel welcome, show you round and take you into the ground for the game in a safe and supportive environment.
Reception in the Moore Stephens Lounge: 2pm
Match kick-off: 3pm
Special WatG ticket (available online at The Bath City FC Shop or at the entrance to the Moore Stephens Lounge from 2pm on the day) includes free team sheet and access to the Lounge at half-time and after the match.
Reserved under-cover seating or standing on the terraces if you prefer
Parking, food, licensed bar and tea bar all available at the ground
Location: Bath City FC, Twerton Park, Bath BA2 1DB
Email us with any queries at email@example.com– or just turn up on the day and look for our WatG hosts to guide you to the reception!
I, Daniel Blake screening with Ken Loach (15/2/17)
Bath City are pleased to present an exclusive screening of I, Daniel Blake, in the company of director Ken Loach on Wednesday 15 March 7pm at Twerton Park.
See this powerful, Palme d'Or and BAFTA winning film at Bath City Football Club, where Ken can often be spotted on the terraces amongst the matchday crowds. Following the screening there will be a discussion that will offer the chance to share thoughts and experiences and to hear more about the making of the film. For further information and ticket details visit The Bath City FC Shop.
UPDATE 16/2/17 - All General Sale tickets are now sold out.
Watkins rescues stoppage time point for City (14/2/17)
Andy Watkins' 91st minute strike - his fifth goal in the last three games - rescued a point for City at Oxford City this evening. Just when it looked as if Fleet's 63rd minute goal for the hosts, following Max O'Leary weak punch, would be enough to separate the sides Watkins got the vital touch to Billy Murphy's low corner. This was no more than City deserved in a game that saw both sides struggle to produce any quality football but three times Oxford keeper Hill had to produce stunning saves to keep City at bay. After a cagey opening City began to enjoy the better of the play but the firm uneven pitch meant they failed to turn this superiority into clear chances, the ball spending most of the time in the air and both sides guilty of giving the ball away time and again. The second half began with Hill denying City twice in the space of a few minutes, first tipping Shawn McCoulsky's header over the bar then, from the resultant corner, producing an even better stop to keep out Watkins' overhead kick from the edge of the box. The game soon reverted to dour first half showing but on 63 minutes O'Leary elected to punch a free-kick clear only to direct it straight to Fleet who's first time shot flew into the unguarded net. O'Leary then had a lucky escape when Carvalho's low shot took a wicked bounce just in front of him but the ball hit his shoulder before looping over the bar. Oxford were now content to sit back and try to protect their narrow advantage and when Hill turned another McCoulsky header over on 90 minutes it looked as if they would hold out. However, this time he couldn't keep the follow-up corner out to the delight of the travelling City fans. There was still time for O'Leary to make up for his earlier error, tipping Louis's header over, and ensure City's unbeaten run was extended to eight games.
Penalty save sparks late surge from City (11/2/17)
City maintained their unbeaten start to 2017 with a 4-0 win over Truro City at Twerton Park this afternoon. However, the game turned on a 75th minute penalty save by City keeper Max O'Leary to deny the Cornish side a deserved equaliser. Five minutes later Billy Murphy's deflected shot made it 2-0 before a quickfire double from Andy Watkins gave the final scoreline a flattering look. With snow swirling around a bitterly cold Twerton Park neither side could muster much in the way of quality during the first half although City had looked the more threatening, Watkins diverting their best chance the wrong side of the post from Nick McCootie's cross on 22 minutes. The deadlock was finally broken on 33 minutes when Pugh was ajudged to have handled Frankie's Artus cross and Axel Andresson drove home the penalty kick. The game became more open after the interval with both sides looking more dangerous going forward and a strong spell of possession for the visitors appeared to have earned them an equaliser with 15 minutes left. Truro sub Thompson dispossessed Andresson right on the touchline and was the felled by the defender but then saw his penalty saved by O'Leary. City took full advantage of the loan keeper's second successive spot-kick save five minutes later when Murphy's 20-yard effort took a slight deflection to leave Rice wrong-footed in the White Tigers goal. The floodgates opened after this as a great one-two by McCootie and Watkins saw the latter net against his former club. Then in stoppage time he moved into double figures for the season, running on to Artus' crossfield pass before firing the ball into the net.
Nick McCootie fourth player to sign for 17/18 (7/2/17)
Joint top scorer Nick McCootie has become the fourth City player to sign an extended contract until the end of the 2017-18 season. The striker joins Billy Murphy, Frankie Artus and George Rigg.
National League v The Army match announced (6/2/17)
The National League and The British Army are pleased to jointly announce that they will field three representative sides to play each other simultaneously on Wednesday 29th March with the matches being staged at Harrogate Town, Tamworth and Eastbourne Borough respectively.
All three matches will be supported in partnership by Vanarama and S&C Slatter Ltd.
The purposes of these matches are:
Strengthen existing ties between The National League and The British Army at a recognised sporting event.
Enhance the community relationships between local member clubs and Army units in and around the locations selected for these matches.
Full details for each of these matches will be detailed in due course but will kick off at 7.45pm with an entry price of £5 for Adults (including match programme) whilst seniors and juniors will be FREE.
Brian Barwick, Chairman of The National League said "This is an innovative approach and we are pleased that with the cooperation of our member clubs we will be able to consolidate the relationships we have collectively and individually with the Army. We look forward to three enjoyable encounters on the field and meeting up on the evening in three different parts of the country, thus enabling fans to come and support these matches. Our grateful thanks are extended to everyone who is working to make each a success".
Major General Mitch Mitchell, Chairman of the Army FA endorsed those comments by saying “Over the last two years the support of The National League itself, along with their member clubs and their title sponsors Vanarama has allowed us to forge new links in communities wherever we are based and to assist personnel leaving to return to their working community. These links grow daily for the benefit of all concerned and these three matches will cement even further the ties existing. The Army FA is pleased to join in this venture and hope that it will attract a good following both military and civilian on 29th March. We have strong community connections with the three venues chosen".
Lecco and City bond in wake of WSM postponement (4/2/17)
When City's game against Weston Super Mare was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch this afternoon - the fourth time this had happened in the past five seasons - most travelling supporters would have headed back home - whether they were still on route or had made it all the way to the seaside town - but one group had somewhat further to travel. A group of six Calcio Lecco 1912 fans had travelled all the way from Northern Italy to watch the game ahead of celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the club's victory in the Anglo-Italian Cup, where they beat City 3-0 in the final. However, despite the understandable disappointment that the game was not to go ahead they made the most of the lovely weather in Weston and took on a group of Roman followers in a game of beach football. And once again it was the Italian side who emerged victorious, this time by six goals to five.
Weston match off due to waterlogged pitch (4/2/17)
Despite a dry night and sunny morning Weston Super Mare's pitch has failed to recover from the recent rain. The Seagulls held a 10.30am inspection but deferred a final decision until the referee arrived at the ground at 1pm. Another delay until 1.30pm followed before it was announced that the pitch was still unfit. A new date will be announced in due course.
City sign McCoulsky on loan from Robins (3/2/17)
City have signed highly-rated striker Shawn McCoulsky on a month's loan from Bristol City. The 20-year old spent time on loan with tomorrow's opponents Weston Super Mare earlier in the season, where he scored twice against City, and Vanarama National League side Torquay United.
Weston Super Mare will be holding a pitch inspection at 10.30am tomorrow to determine whether their Woodspring Stadium pitch is playable following the rain this week. With a dry night followed by a sunny and windy day tomorrow the Seagulls are hopeful that the match will get the go-ahead.
Bath City FC Academy information (3/2/17)
The Bath City FC Academy will be holding their next trial day on Tuesday 14 February. The programme is open to talented footballers that have a desire to make it in the professional game. Futher information can be found here or by contacting coach Billy Clark on 07968 086836 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
City to host landmark Community event (1/2/17)
Fans' organisation Supporters Direct has chosen Twerton Park, home of Bath City FC, for a launch event of a new national network of community-owned football clubs. The event, on Thursday 23 February, will bring together community-owned clubs from across the South West to discuss how local football can create positive social outcomes. Amongst the clubs attending will be community owned Merthyr Town who will share how their club went from being liquidated in 2010 under private ownership to being named UEFA's grassroots club of the year five years later.
James Mathie, Head of Club Development at Supporters Direct, said: "We are delighted to be kicking off these network meetings for community owned sports clubs at Bath City. Following a tremendous campaign which won the hearts of Bath and Romans supporters it seems like the perfect place to bring together clubs at different stages of their journey. We hope the network will get clubs better connected to share ideas as well as inspire more to follow this increasingly popular path.”
The event comes as democratic members organisation Bath City Supporters Society prepares to take a majority stake in Bath City FC, having raised over £350,000 last September in a community share offer. Nick Blofeld, chair-elect of Bath City FC, said: "We're very heartened by the support we've received from Supporters Direct and other community-owned clubs. It's vital for us to learn from the experiences, both positive and negative, of clubs who have already been on this journey."
Since achieving the fundraising target, representatives from Bath City Supporters Society have held discussions with community-owned clubs Lewes FC, Cork City FC and FC United of Manchester, as well as attending SD Europe's fan ownership summit in Malmo, Sweden, last November.
The national network programme is funded by Power To Change, a national organisation that supports community businesses.
City make special date with Oxford City (31/1/17)
City have rearranged their recently postponed Vanarama National League South trip to Oxford City for Tuesday 14 February (ko 7.45pm).
And the Bristol City U23 match against Southampton at Twerton Park will take place on Thursday 16 February (ko 2pm).
Watkins on the double to down Margate (28/1/17)
A first half double from Andy Watkins was enough to see City past Vanarama National League South bottom side Margate at Twerton Park this afternoon. It took just two minutes for City to breach the visitors rearguard as Marvin Morgan's pass sent Nick McCootie clear. His shot was parried by keeper Pajetat but Watkins reacted quickest to slide the ball into the net. After this flying start the game was even for the next twenty minutes although City continued to look the more likely to add to the scoring. And on 25 minutes the Margate defence allowed a Billy Murphy free-kick to travel right across the face of goal where Watkins was perfectly placed to volley home from close range. This should have been cue for City to take full control of the game but instead they endured a frustrating hour as Margate pushed them back for long spells. Morgan had the ball in the net for the Gate from an offside position then ex-City winger Swallow fired a shot narrowly over early in the second half but for all their possession that was as close as the Kent side would come. In fact, despite failing to push on from their first half performance City should really have added further goals, Connor Lemonheigh-Evans spurning a couple of good openings and several other efforts on goal failing to trouble Pajetat. McCootie was unlucky when his late effort crashed against the underside of the bar but the win stretches City's unbeaten run to six games ahead of the local derby at Weston Super Mare next weekend.
Collection for Jamie Mines at Margate game (27/1/17)
City will hold a bucket collection at tomorrow's match against Margate to help raise money for Jamie Mines. The former Frome Town, Radstock Town, Larkhall Athletic and Paulton Rovers striker, and father to newly-born twin girls, suffered life-changing injuries in an accident at work just before Christmas. Donations to the appeal can also be made at www.gofundme.com/raising-money-for-jamie-mines.
City striker Stuart Fleetwood's loan deal with Weymouth has been extended until the end of the season.
City legend to mark 20 years a Roman (25/1/17)
Exactly 20 years to the day Jim Rollo made his debut for Bath City away to Kettering Town and the Club are very pleased to mark this date by announcing they will be staging a testimonial match for the City legend. Jimmer's debut came during a loan spell from Cardiff City midway through the 1996-97 season. Another loan spell during the 1998-99 season followed before he joined the club permanently in May 2002. Since then (apart from a short spell with Chippenham Town in December 2012) he has been a fixture at Twerton Park, playing 484 games to sit fourth in the all-time appearance list. He captained City to the Southern League Premier Division Championship win in 2007 and also promotion back to the Conference Premier three years later. His passion for the Romans has now been transferred to the dressing room and touchline as assistant to manager Gary Owers.
Jim spoke exclusively to the website, "I would like to thank the club for rewarding me with a testimonial game for my services to Bath City FC. It's a very special club to me that I have grown to love over the last 20 years. To captain the team and to almost make 500 appearance is something I am very proud of. I have met and made friends with some wonderful people through football and I look forward to celebrating with them when I have the testimonial game."
Everyone connected to City would also like to congratulate him for service to the Club, professional attitude and great personality. Details of the testimonial game will follow in due course.
Oxford City match off due to frozen pitch (21/1/17)
City's Vanarama National League South match at Oxford City this afternoon has been postponed due to a frozen pitch. A new date will be announced in due course.
Make a Community Impact with Bath City (20/1/17)
The first meeting of Bath City FC's new 'Community Impact' working group will be held on Tuesday January 24th at Twerton Park from 6-7pm - please join us!
In recent months Twerton Park has played host to Walking Football sessions with Age UK B&NES, community events such as 'Twerton's Got Talent' and a screening of Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake', free health checks, charity training days and more. Part of our mission as a community-owned club is to develop and expand on ideas like this, so we need your help to see what else could be done.
Please come along to the first of our quarterly meetings next Tuesday to find out more and share ideas on how the Club can deliver real social benefit to Twerton, Bath and beyond. If you can't make it this time, please contact incoming Community Impact Director, Sally Harris, with your ideas - but otherwise, we hope to see you there.
Robins U23s back at Twerton Park this week (17/1/17)
A reminder to City fans that Bristol City's U23 side are back in action at Twerton Park this Friday. The Robins face Southampton in the Premier League U23 Cup. The match kicks off at 7pm and admission is £3 for adults and £1 concessions.
McCootie and Batten on target in Stortford win (14/1/17)
City ended their long wait for a home league victory this afternoon with goals either side of the half-time interval by Nick McCootie and Jack Batten seeing them past struggling Bishop's Stortford. After a bright start from City it was the visitors who enjoyed the better of the opening 20 minutes and they really should have taken the lead during this spell. Barnwell, Stephenson and Fagan all failed to take advantage of promising positions and this was as good as it got for Stortford, as City slowly began to get on top. A couple of half-chances came and went before, with 41 minutes on the clock, neat interplay between Miles Welch-Hayes and Andy Watkins saw the former's low cross eventually fall for McCootie to turn it home. Then four minutes into the second half Batten took advantage of non-existent defending to make it 2-0 with a header from Billy Murphy's corner. City were now in total control of the game and should really have added to the scoring, especally when Connor Lemonheigh-Evans somehow missed an open goal from just a few yards in stoppage-time, but they had already done enough to end a run of eight Vanarama National League South home games without a win, dating back to mid-September.
Player news (12/1/17)
In players news the Club are pleased to announce that Frankie Artus has become the third player to sign an extended contract, joining Billy Murphy and George Rigg in committing themselves to City until the end of the 2017-18 season. And goalkeeper Steve Phillips has extended his loan deal with Mangotsfield United until the end of this season, with an emergency recall clause.
Penalty woes return to cost City Hampton win (7/1/17)
If City had hoped 2017 would mark an end to the penalty woes that have dogged the last few years they were to be disappointed as another missed spot kick cost them dearly in the 1-1 draw with Hampton & Richmond Borough at Twerton Park this afternoon. Frankie Artus was the guilty party with a tame effort that was saved by West Ham loanee keeper Howes two minutes from time and it almost got even worse for City in stoppage when the Beavers rattled the crossbar with a close range header. Over the course of the 90 minutes a draw was probably the right result, with City dominating the first half before Hampton had the better of the second period. Twice in the opening ten minutes City had strong appeals for a penalty as Marvin Morgan was clearly held in the box then Chas Hemmings was shoved the floor. City had gone close on several occasions before Jack Batten gave them the lead on 33 minutes, getting ahead of his marker to head home Billy Murphy's corner. Following the goal the visitors began to show a greater attacking threat and this continued after the interval, although clear cut chances were harder to come by. City then had another clear penalty shout turned down, Morgan having his arm grabbed by a desperate defender as he tried to reach a cross into the box. In the end an equalising goal came out of nothing as a hopeful punt forward by Howes was headed down for Kambada to turn the ball past Max O'Leary with eleven minutes left. That looked as if it would be the end of the excitement but two minutes from time Morgan was dragged to the floor just inside the box and the referee finally pointed to the spot. However, Artus' went central but lacked the height to beat Howes and then could only head the rebound over the bar. Hampton should have grabbed the three points into stoppage time, Hicks heading against the bar from close range, but this would have been harsh on City even if they only had themselves to blame for not securing their first win of 2017.
City have arranged their Somerset Premier Cup Quarter Final at Weston Super Mare for Tuesday 21 February (ko 7.45pm).
Loan player update (5/1/17)
We are pleased to announce that Bristol City and Oxford United respectively have agreed to extend the loans of Max O’Leary and Miles Welch-Hayes until the end of the season. Both players have made a big impression since joining and we look forward to their continued presence in black & white stripes.
Also a welcome to the Club to Connor Lemonheigh-Evans, joining from Bristol City on a one month youth loan until 6 February, and Connor should be available for this weekend subject to completion of the registration paperwork.
Club Statement (3/1/17)
2016 was a year of significant change for Bath City FC. The incoming club board and Supporters Society board are excited about the club's prospects for 2017, both on and off the pitch. We want to take this opportunity to update you on our progress towards becoming a majority community-owned club.
The incoming nine-member club board has now met twice, in an effort to maintain momentum and build strong and effective working relationships as we wait for the necessary legal documents to be finalised. The next major step will be to hold a club AGM to formally approve and execute the change of ownership. We are very close to having the necessary documentation and legal agreements in place to move ahead with this. However, there may be a slight delay in calling the AGM as we are now in discussions with two social lenders concerning the provision of new loan facilities to refinance a portion of the Club’s existing debt, as part of the change of ownership. These discussions should be concluded by the end of January (although there can be no guarantee the discussions will be successful at this point). With this in mind, we expect to be able to formally announce the date of the forthcoming club AGM by mid to late January. Once the change of ownership is complete, we will be in a stronger position to move the planned redevelopment forward and launch a consultation and engagement programme to allow members, supporters and the wider community to have their say.
Finally, we have been focusing more and more on developing the club's volunteer and working group structure as the formal change of ownership approaches. We plan to launch this in January - it's a vital element of the community club's future growth and we need to get it right. In the meantime, thank you to everyone who has been in touch to offer their time, skills and expertise - you will hear from us soon. if you would like to volunteer for the club in 2017 and have not yet been in touch, please email us at email@example.com.
Paul Williams (Chair, Bath City FC)
Nick Blofeld (Chair-elect, Bath City FC)
Martin Powell (Chair, Supporters Society)
City begin 2017 with battling Hungerford point (1/1/17)
City and Hungerford Town couldn't be separated for the second time during this holiday period in an eventful 2-2 draw at a cold and wet Bulpit Lane this afternoon. What the game lacked in quality it made up for in incidents, as City twice fought back from a goal down and saw Max O'Leary save a second half penalty kick. Despite the conditions favouring the hosts brand of football, and an early save by O'Leary from Jarvis' shot, City shaded the opening exchanges. They should have taken the lead midway through the half when Billy Murphy's cross found an unmarked Nick McCootie but he could only scoop the ball on to the top of the crossbar. And they were made to pay on 32 minutes when a scuffed goal-kick by O'Leary saw O'Brien cross for Clark to stroke home a precise volley. The Crusaders controlled the rest of the half without adding to their advantage but, playing down the slope with the wind at their back, began the second period camped in the City half. City withstood this pressure and from their first chance of the half levelled the scores, McCootie's low shot finding the net through a crowd of players. Hungerford continued to take advantage of the conditions, O'Leary denying Hunt before George Rigg cleared another effort off the line. There were also several other nervous moments in and around the City box and it looked liked this pressure had finaly told on 73 minutes when Marvin Morgan was adjudged to have handled a long throw into the area. However, O'Leary dived low to his right keep out Brown's spot kick. Two minutes later though Hungerford did regain the lead when City failed to deal with a high ball into the box and Jarvis got the final touch to turn the ball home. Within two minutes it was 2-2 as Chas Hemmings lept highest to head Murphy's corner past Legg. Both sides went looking for a winning goal after this, Goodger hooking a shot narrowly wide for Hungerford, before Shaquille Hunter was felled in the box by Rees but the referee incredibly didn't point to the spot. Several more half chances came and went at either end before the referee brought the game to a finish, leaving both sides to reflect on an eventful start to 2017.