Bath City FC Fans’ Memorial Page

Marg Helps (19/03/1942 – 29/08/2020)

(submitted by Terry Helps)

Marg was a long time Bath City supporter, season ticket holder, sponsor and shareholder, and was proud of having her name on a seat in the main stand.  She loved going to away games and she was known to shout loudly at the referees.  Marg had many, many friends at Twerton Park, she is sorely missed.   R.I.P. MARG

Desmond Tanner (02/03/1931 – 09/05/2022)

(submitted by Phil Tanner)

Dad started watching City as a teenager during the war years and could real off a list of players that he had seen in that period when many international stars turned out for the Club in the League Title winning team of ’44.

Up until his fall in September of last year he was still attending games in his 90th year. and although he could no longer get to games he still enjoyed watching the highlights that are posted on to YouTube.

During this long period he volunteered on the turnstiles, later going into the office to count the money, often only seeing the second half of games; for the FA Cup match in ’77 v Plymouth he didn’t see any of it! The duty of tallying up the gate was more important than watching the game.

He was a shareholder and annually sponsored a player.

A regular for home games standing on the terraces for nearly 80 years always just to the side of the half way line on the Popular Side next to the wheelchair platform.

He also attended some of the more local away games. He took me to Leamington in April ’78 when the Championship was won and his last away game was the FA Cup game at Shaftesbury last season.

After the Woking play-off game, despite the appeals to stay off the pitch, I found Dad in the throng. Knowing how law-abiding he was I took him to task saying didn’t he hear the announcement that he shouldn’t be in the pitch to which with a big smile he said ‘Not on a day like this Phil. Not on day like this’. He was 79.

His physical legacy of programmes and newspapers recalling those stand out moments of Mortensen, Fleming, Book, Gibbs, Allen, Bodin are safely in the loft, and tapping into his knowledge helped me in the writing of the books on Charlie and the 77/78 season.

His real legacy though of course is that his family have followed his lead in supporting our club.

He was laid to rest accompanied by his black and white scarf.

John Swatton (08/03/50 – 21/11/21)

(submitted by Andrew Swatton)

John began supporting Bath City back in the 1960’s and has followed them ever since. He was a loyal supporter, attending Supporters meetings and travelling to many away matches even when it meant a long day out. He always stood on the “popular” side, at the east end until infirmity sent him to the seating area.

He had no favourite player but always talked of Tony Book, a local lad “who done good” ! Matches remembered include the FA Cup match with Bolton Wanderers and the FA Cup game at Cardiff more recently, which we both attended.

Chris Stillman (29/3/51-24/2/11)

(submitted by Mark Stillman)

Chris Stillman grew up within walking distance of Twerton Park at Cameley Green and started attending matches in 1965.

By the 1990s his support expanded from cheering on the terraces to assisting the club voluntarily. This involved delivering leaflets advertising upcoming fixtures, editing the matchday programme, assuming the role as PA Announcer and working as secretary for the reserves side. He also ran the supporters’ club tea bar alongside wife Sally during the 2000s.

He was a regular on the supporters’ coach and regularly took photos or videos from matches before mobile phones became prevalent. The last day escape at Worcester in 2002 saw the pitch invasion captured on video and shared.

Chris died on 24 February 2011 aged 59 with this last full season following the club including a fitting memorable cup run and promotion to the National League.

His favourite players included Paul Bodin, who he shared regular correspondence with as programme editor, Paul Randall and Scott Partridge.

Maurice Powell (1928 – 2021)

(submitted by Martin Powell)

My Dad was a lifelong supporter of the Club, being introduced to it as a young child by his father just as he would take me along many years later. As with so many older fans he often referred to the Charlie Fleming years but he enjoyed the successes of later teams as well and one of his favourite games was the playoff final win over Woking. His last visit to Twerton Park was for the visit of Dartford in 2018 (unfortunately a defeat) but he continued to follow the team’s results and was a proud community shareholder.