Brick Wall Time?

December 12, 2014

Does anybody expect Bath City FC to come to the Memorial Stadium with a plan to attack from the outset on Saturday?

How would their management team, their board, their players and their supporters react to a draw at the weekend?

(This article is adapted from a Bath Chronicle story written by a Bath City supporter.)

Saturday sees us make the short journey to the Memorial Stadium for an FA Trophy clash against Bristol Rovers. It should be a great occasion, and even better that common sense prevailed with the game being allowed to take place on the Saturday.

Whilst Rovers’ priority this season is hardly the cups, hopefully they’ll still come out in their droves. A bit like the Gloucester game, although the clubs are close geographically, there is no real rivalry, with Rovers using Twerton Park for ten years when they sold their Eastville home.

In pre-season friendlies since, the ‘Gasheads’ have brought a large number of supporters to Twerton without a hint of trouble.

I started going along to City games just as the Rovers ground share arrangement was coming to an end. During that time, 20 years ago, we met in the FA Cup, with us as the home side.

It put both clubs in the spotlight, but the day in question was a nightmare for us. Rovers ran riot, winning 5-0, with Marcus Stewart on target, this before his long and successful spell in the Football League. He’s now back at the club as assistant manager.

In terms of league positions, a replay could be the best we can hope for.


Now that’ll be a Tuesday night to look forward to, and definitely no sparse crowd!


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