City have added a fifth fixture to their pre-season campaign with League 2 side Cheltenham Town visiting Twerton Park on Saturday 26 July (ko 3pm). The Robins last faced City during the 2011 close season and ran out 4-0 winners, with future City player Josh Low netting two of the goals. After reaching the play-offs in 2011-12 and 2012-13, Cheltenham have just endured a disappointing year, spending the majority of it in the bottom half before finishing in 17th place.
The Watershed in Bristol is the venue for a special screening of Ken Loach’s (pictured) latest film “Jimmy’s Hall” with all proceeds being shared between the Club, the Foundation and the Supporters’ groups. The event will take place on Monday 2 June starting at 6pm, with an introduction by City supporter Ken and star Barry Ward (who plays Jimmy) and a Q&A session following the showing. The film concerns the deportation to the United States of Jimmy Gralton, a 1930s Irish political activist, and stars Irish actor Ward, along with Simone Kirby and Jim Norton. The title refers to a rural dance hall built by Gralton to expound his political views. It has been selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. For further details visit the Watershed website at www.watershed.co.uk.
City are pleased to announce two more signings for the 2014-15 season. Left sided defender Martin Slocombe returns to the Club and is joined by forward Chas Hemmings both of whom played for Weston-Super-Mare last season. Martin has been watched many times and has continued to improve since he first joined us as a youth from Bristol City in 2007. Director of Football, Adie Britton said “We tried to sign him last season and he has developed into one of the best left backs in the League. He is exciting going forward with a great left foot and gets into intelligent forward positions.” Chas is another player whose career has been followed closely since he was at Clevedon Town as a youngster. After failing to obtain his services during last season, Adie said “We are pleased that Chas has joined us. He holds the ball up well, has a good touch and is different to what we have and will provide options going forward.” Both players have expressed their delight at having signed for the Club and are looking forward to the new season.
City will begin their preparations for the 2014-15 season with a short trip to face Western League Premier Division Champions and Les Phillips Cup winners Larkhall Atheltic in their Centenary year on Thursday 10 July (ko 7.30pm). They have confirmed three further friendlies with Premier League Swansea City bringing their U21 squad to Mayday Trust Park on Tuesday 15 July (ko 7.45pm), old friends Bristol Rovers returning to their former home on Saturday 19 July (ko 3pm) and a trip to Southern League Yate Town on Saturday 2 August (ko 3pm), a week before the start of the 2014-15 Conference South season. Further fixtures will be announced as soon as finalised.
Dave Pratt was the big winner at City’s end of season presentation event held at Twerton Park this evening. The striker picked up the Golden Boot award, players player of the year and supporters’ player of the year, after netting 18 goals for the Romans during thie 2013-14 campaign. He was only denied a clean sweep of the players accolades when Dan Ball was named managers player of year. The full list of winners is:
- Academy Supporters Player of the Year: Elliott Gibbens
- Academy Players Player of the Year: Elliott Gibbens
- Academy Managers Player of the Year: Ryan Mitchell
- Golden Boot: Dave Pratt
- Players Player of the Year: Dave Pratt
- Supporters Club Special Award: Rob Bullock
- Supporters Player of the Year: Dave Pratt
- Supporter of the Year: Phil Newman
- Young Supporter of the Year: Thomas Baer
- Managers Player of the Year: Dan Ball
- Club Volunteer of the Year: Graham Weeks
- Goal of the Season: Noah Keats (vs Whitehawk)
This is the time of year when football clubs up and down the country make announcements about player movements. Bath City are no different and the latest news from the Club is the departure of Noah Keats who is leaving to pursue his education, taking up the opportunity to study for a Masters degree in San Antonio, Texas. Sad as City are to see Noah go, having performed so well over the last two seasons, they wish him well and hope to see him back one day. Noah made 84 appearances for the Romans, scoring ten goals, including a 2013-14 goal of the season contender against Whitehawk back in February.
The good news is that the Club has secured the signing of Ashley Kington from Weston-Super-Mare. He is a player that the football management have been aware for many years and City are pleased he has agreed to switch to Twerton Park. On signing Ash said “I am happy to sign for Bath City, looking forward to the new season and hopefully promotion.”
Already known by anyone with even a passing connection to the club, lifelong City fan Martin ‘Basil’ Brush has deservedly received official recognition with the award of the 2014 Budweiser Club Futures Programme Unsung Hero title. He was presented with the award at the Non-League Paper’s National Game Awards dinner at Craven Cottage this week. Congratulations, and thanks for all you do for the club, Bas.
City’s offical matchday programme narrowly missed out on winning the 2013-14 The Catalogue programme Awards for the Skrill South, finishing runner-up to Chelmsford City. Congratulations to editor Mark Stillman for all his hard work on putting such a consistently excellent publication together.
Following discussions with the player, City can announce that Aaron Brown is set to leave Twerton Park and sign for a Southern League Premier division club for 2014-15 season. The 34-year old defender joined City at the start of the 2012-13 season and made 70 appearances, scoring four goals, for the Romans. The directors and management of Bath City thank Aaron for his time at the club and wish him all the best for the future.
Season 2014-15 marks a special time in the history of Bath City FC, it is the Club’s 125th Anniversary season. As part of the celebrations, we plan to have a special shirt to mark this event which not only will be worn by the team, but will be a must-have for all our supporters. As part of initiatives aimed at widening the Club’s commercial partnerships, the Club has decided to hold a sponsorship draw providing the chance for local businesses to have their name on the Club’s home and away shirts for season 2014-15 for a price of £250 plus VAT. This allied with other sponsorship packages that are available will help to increase the Club’s income and profile within the City. Already the Club has obtained a sponsor for its new academy partnership with City of Bath College and more details of this will be announced shortly. Bath City’s two commercial executives. Bob Chester and Carolyn Briscoe, have already hit the streets selling tickets. These can be purchased until 30 June 2014 with the draw taking place at Twerton Park on 2 July. All entrants will be invited to this event.
Bath City Chairman, Paul Williams said “In our 125th anniversary season, we look forward to welcoming a new shirt sponsor and hope they will be as active and supportive of the Club as our friends at Moore Stephens have been.” Bath City would like to place on record their thanks to Moore Stephens who have been the Club’s main sponsor for the last four seasons. They have been extremely active in their support of the Club and have provided assistance in many other ways during that time.
For further details on the draw please contact Bob Chester on 07786 092836 or Carolyn Briscoe on 07971 146504.
City are holding a Supporters Meeting on Thursday 8 May at Twerton Park in the TR Hayes Lounge beginning at 7pm. The Meeting is to discuss the 2014-15 season which marks the 125th anniversary of the club. Director of Football Adie Britton and members of the board will in attendance. For all those supporters who are able to attend and have an interest in and care about the Club it should be a very interesting meeting.