The Bath City Shirt Sponsorship Draw took place on Wednesday evening, 25th May, in the TR Hayes Premier Lounge at the ground. A total of 58 businesses entered the draw which was made by Bath City manager Gary Owers. The results are as follows:
2nd Prize: Gradwell Communications Ltd who will have their name on the back of Bath City’s home and away shirt for the coming season.
3rd Prize: St Michael’s Chiropractic Clinic who will have a match sponsorship for 6 people during the coming season.
4th Prize: Perma Frame who will have a ball sponsorship for 6 people during the coming season.
5th Prize: ASE Courier Services who will have a hospitality package for 2 people for a League game this coming season.
David Medlock of Sitec, design and development engineers based in Bath, was pleased to hear the news of his win as were the people from Gradwell Communications Ltd, based in James Street West, Bath, who were in attendance at the draw. The club would like to thank all the businesses who entered the draw for their support.
Striker Nick McCootie has become the latest City to player to agree a new deal for the 2016-17 season. He joins Frankie Artus, Dan Ball, Jack Batten, Chas Hemmings, Billy Murphy, Andy Watkins and Steve Phillips in remaining at Twerton Park, along with new signing George Rigg.
Tyler Harvey’s stunning stoppage time strike against Weston Super Mare has been named the Huck Nets Goal of the Season in the 2015-16 National Game Awards. The on-loan Plymouth Argyle striker netted from just inside the Weston half to complete a remarkable turnaround in the game, City winning 2-1 after falling a goal behind to the Seagulls in the 90th minute. Harvey, who had seconds earlier equalised from the penalty spot, secured the honour last night at the annual award cermony held at Stamford Bridge. You can relive the goal here.
City are pleased to announce their first new signing for the 2016-17 season with George Rigg joining the club from Weymouth. The Bristol-based midfielder came up through the junior ranks with Bristol City before spending a couple of years with Stoke City. He moved to the South Coast with Weymouth in January 2014 and was soon a vital part of the Terras midfield. The 22-year old said, “I’m very excited to sign. It’s a big club and I’m raring to go. It all happened fairly quickly after the end of the season at Weymouth. I know Gary [Owers], and we spoke throughout last season after he took over at Bath. When the season closed we had another chat about what was right for him and right for me, and it happened from there. I’m looking forward to it. I know I can play at that level and it will be a good challenge, so I can’t wait.”
City have annouced three further pre-season matches. They will welcome Vanarama National League champions Cheltenham Town to Twerton Park on Saturday 16 July (ko 3.00pm). The Robins returned to the Football League just 12 months after slipping back into non-league football, finishing 12 points clear of local rival Forest Green Rovers in the title race. The clubs last met in a pre-season game before the 2014-15 season, with Richards’ penalty cancelling out a first-half Ross Stearn strike in the 1-1 draw.
And they have arranged trips to Toolstation Western League Division 1 winners Chipping Sodbury Town on Wednesday 6 July (ko 7.30pm) and Southern League Division 1 South & West side Shortwood United on Tuesday 19 July (ko 7.30pm).
In player news Andy Watkins has agreed terms for the 2016-17 season.
Following their successful promotion from League Two Bristol Rovers will be coming to Twerton Park for a pre-season friendly on Tuesday 12 July (ko 7.45pm). The Pirates secured back to back promotions with a dramatic injury-time winning goal against Dagenham & Redbridge just over a week ago, having returned to the Football League 12 months earlier via the Football Conference play-offs. This will be City’s first meeting with Rovers since the famous FA Trophy win at the Memorial Stadium in December 2014. Admission prices will follow in due course.
City have also announced a second pre-season match. They will travel to Vanarama National League side Torquay United – managed by ex-City player Kevin Nicholson – on Friday 29 July (ko 7.45pm).
With the 2015/16 season just ended there is no time to rest as work progresses in advance of the 2016/17 season. The Club is pleased to announce that Gary Owers has agreed terms and looks to build upon what he achieved over the last three months. Gary has been busy in preparing for the new season by having discussions with the squad to build his team for next season.
We are also pleased to announce that Frankie Artus, Dan Ball, Jack Batten, Chas Hemmings, Billy Murphy and Steve Phillips have all signed with negotiations ongoing with other players. Details of further signings will follow.
Leaving the Club are Andy Gallinagh, Ash Kington and Brad Williams. We thank them for their time at City and wish them well for the future.
The Club, management and players thank the supporters for their great backing during the last season and we all look forward to the new season, with details of some exciting pre season fixtures to follow.
Now is the time for supporters to help take the Club forward by purchasing your season ticket, joining the Goalden Gate Lottery and making a contribution to the Players Pledge Fund. The Pledge assisted in the signings of Tyler Harvey, Liam Kelly, Jack Batten, Billy Murphy and Danny Greenslade and really made a difference to our season.
Together we make the Club stronger and successful.
City supporters can now purchase a season ticket for the club’s 2016-17 Vanarama National League South campaign. To download the application form click here.
Dan Ball was the main winner at City’s end of season awards presentation, held following yesterday’s 2-0 win over Margate at Twerton Park. The versatile defender picked up both the supporters’ player of the year and player’s player of the year award. Goalkeeper Steve Phillips was named manager/chairman’s player of the year and Dave Pratt secured the Golden Boot award. The youth team awards went to Gavin Rochford-Smith (players’ player of the year), Ryan Bole (supporter’ player of the year) and Josh Howlett (manager’s player of the year). And Michael York was named supporter of the year, Owen Pass young supporter of the year and Mark Stillman picked up the Volunteer of the Year award. Congratulations to everyone who won an award.