The two-disc DVD of City’s 2006-07 championship winning season is now available. With more than 4 hours of action from over 40 matches, it includes in excess of 100 goals (80 scored by City) plus celebration scenes from Yate, the shield presentation and end of season awards evening. It costs £24.99 and can be ordered either from here or by contacing the club office on (01225) 423087 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of their community development scheme City have teamed up with local youth football club, Avon Arsenal. The club, who will play under the new name Bath City Youth, field sides from age seven to 18 in the Midsomer Norton & District Youth League. As part of the arrangement, Bath City Youth members will receive membership cards entitling them to free entry to all home league games and City players will organise special training sessions for the youngsters.
Martin Paul is fit and raring to go for the forthcoming Blue Square Conference South season and looking to keep the pressure on City’s other four strikers. The 32-year old, who has now scored well over 100 goals in City colours, turned down a contract offer at the end of last season, after he played a vital part in the club’s title winning run-in. However, after keeping himself fully fit over the summer he has agreed to return for pre-season training and look to provide City with even greater depth up-front, with Scott Partridge, Darren Edwards, Phil Walsh and, new signing, Dave Gilroy already giving them a strong looking forward line.
The 2007-08 Blue Square Conference South fixtures are due to be released at 10am on Tuesday 3rd July and will appear on this web site by early evening.
City boss John Relish had added a final player to his pre-season trialists with an invite to former Swindon Town midfielder Justin McKay. The 20-year old, who was recommended by ex-Twerton Park favourite Jon Holloway, joins Jason Wood, Ben Davies and Paul Keddle in attempting to earn a place in City’s 2007-08 Blue Square Conference South squad. Left-sided midfielder McKay joined Swindon Town as a schoolboy and progressed to their reserve ranks, before switching into non-league with Basingstoke Town, Farnborough Town and Swindon Supermarine.
City have appointed a community enterprise officer, Paul Gillings. Mr Gillings, a qualified FA coach, is currently a mature student taking a football studies degree at Southampton University and will take responsibility to build links with supporters and help drive ideas forward. Further tasks of the role, which will be funded by the City Supporters Society, include attracting more members to the City Sweep, a weekly lottery which raises cash for the club and local charities, and promoting bookings for the club’s bars, Charlie’s and Randall’s. He is also involved in launching new community initiatives such as coaching sessions in and around Twerton, after-school clubs and football projects for local schools. As part of this aim the club has extended the hand of friendship to the youth team, Avon Arsenal, which will now play under the mantle of Bath City Youth.
Scott Partridge looks set to be fit for the start of the 2007-08 season following his successful neck operation. The striker had an artifical disc inserted into his neck last week to correct a prolasped disc problem that he suffered in February. The injury ruled him out for the last two months of the season and he was initially advised that he’d require an operation to fuse two disc together, which would have sidelined him for over three months. However, the less invasive procedure should see last season’s top scorer with 18 goals available when pre-season training begins in a couple of weeks.
Last season’s loan striker Matt Prosser has joined British Gas Business League Premier Division side Yate Town after being released by Newport County.
Local radio station Bath FM have been named as the official radio partner of the club. Lead by match reporter Andrew Kerslake the station has covered City for several seasons now but with their promotion to the Blue Square Conference South the move is to secure a stronger relationship. The partnership will see further coverage of Bath City both home and away next season and Bath FM will also be working alongside the club to promote charitable and other promotional activities off the pitch too.
City will enter the newly formed Setanta Shield next season with the possibilty of live TV coverage should they reach the latter stages of the competition. Blue Square North and South sides will face each other until eight remain, who will then be joined by the 24 Blue Square Premier clubs. The Irish-based broadcaster has pledged to screen nine of these latter stage games as part of their package covering over 60 non-league matches. The games will be shown on the subscription channel every Thursday night with a handful taking place on other days. Should City reach the televised stage it could see them feature live on TV for the second time in their history. Their one and only previous live appearance took place on Sunday 5 December 1993 when Sky Sports covered their 2nd Round FA Cup meeting with Hereford United, which City won 2-1 through goals from Nicky Brooks and a wonder strike by Paul Batty.
City’s 2007-08 Blue Square South season will start on Saturday 11 August 2007 and, not allowing for any potential play-off games, finish on Saturday 3 May 2008.
City have announced a change to their pre-season friendly line-up. They will now face Hereford United on Tuesday 24 July (ko 7.45pm) at Twerton Park instead of Cardiff City XI.
Midfielder Dean Clarke, the only City player released from their 2006-07 Southern League winning squad, has joined his former club Merthyr Tydfil.
City’s home and away shirts will have Tilleys Bistro on their front next season following Friday nights Sponsors Draw. The French, Mediterranean, and English Cuisine restaurant is run by life-long City fan Dave Mott and his wife Dawn and is situated at North Parade Passage in the centre of Bath. The draw was the third time lucky for the pair after they had come 2nd and 3rd in previous years. The draw saw over 50 companies, including 15 first timers, enter with 2nd prize won by Dave Monks Sports Injuries Clinic and 3rd prize by Firlawn Nursing Home. City’s 2007-08 shirts will also have a sponsor on the back after SN Scaffolding paid for that honour.
Former Merthyr Tydfil defender Paul Keddle will join City for pre-season training as they look to the Welsh non-league international to strengthen their left side. The 23-year old switched to Carmarthen Town last season after four years with the Penydarren Park side and despite interest from the current Welsh Cup holders plus several other Welsh League sides, including full-time Llanelli, he has agreed to team up with City when they return to training at the start of July and then decide whether to commit himself to the club.
One player who now doesn’t look as if he will take part in City’s pre-season campaign is former Newport County midfielder Tyronne Toppar after he was offered a full-time contract with Welsh Premier Division side Llanelli.
City’s annual Sponsors Draw takes place this Friday (June 8) and interest has already increased following the side’s promotion to the Blue Square South, the 2nd tier of non-league football. Last year City’s own club shop won the prize to have their name on the front of City home and away shirt’s after they were draw out of the hat, although they then resold the prize to John Crick Investments. With a week to go entries are nearly higher than last year, inlcuding a number of new companies. Firms interested in entering the draw should contact Dave Gane on 07855 390217, or the club on 01225 423087.
City’s title winning shirts raised over £1000 when they were auctioned off at a Champions Evening held at Twerton Park on Friday evening. More than 100 City fans attended the event, including managerial duo John Relish and Adie Britten plus players Jim Rollo, Lewis Hogg and Craig Davidge, which saw auctioneer Phil Weaver take bids of between £50 and over £100 for the blue change shirts that the side wore at Yate Town when they sealed the Southern League title. In addition to the auction the evening saw extensive highlight’s from the forthcoming season review DVD plus the chance to purchase championship t-shirts and various other items of memorabilia. In total it is hoped that the night will raised in excess of £3000 to go toward City’s 2007-08 Blue Square South campaign.