Bath City look for support from Bristol City and Bristol Rovers fans
The fans of Bristol’s two professional clubs are being urged to put aside their differences and ‘Pack the Park’ when Bath City entertain Staines today.
With Bristol Rovers having faced a crunch League Two basement battle with Barnet last night, a group of Pirates supporters are looking to take advantage of an otherwise free weekend to help their former landlords in their hour of need.
Chairman Manda Rigby’s warning over City’s financial plight a fortnight ago came the day after Sainsbury’s were given the green light by councillors to build a supermarket at Rovers’ current Memorial Stadium base.
That in turn brought the Pirates’ dream of playing at a new 20,000-seater ground at Filton tantalisingly close – but many of their fans have not forgotten the role City played in keeping their club alive when it was forced away from its old Eastville headquarters in 1986.
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Homeless Rovers spent the following ten years outside their own city at ‘Fortress Twerton’ and were remarkably successful, winning the old Division Three championship there in 1990 before playing host to the likes of Liverpool, Newcastle, West Ham and Blackburn.
With neither Bristol team at home on Saturday – City visit Blackburn in the Championship – a social media campaign has been set up in order to boost the attendance for the Staines fixture and help boost the Romans’ coffersd.
A mission statement on the #saveBathCity Facebook page reads: “We want to have a good family football day for everyone. A united West Country – just for one day – and let Bath know they are not alone.”
Meanwhile, new loan signing Elliott Chamberlain has been backed to add a missing dimension to Bath’s forward line by director of football Adie Britton.
City moved for the Exeter prospect, 20, after Tom Nichols returned to the Grecians following a two-month stay at Mayday Trust Park at the end of last week.
That left City with just one recognised striker – Charlie Griffin – for Saturday’s draw at Hayes & Yeading and a bench made up of three substitutes.
Britton said: “Elliott is very quick and that will prove a useful tool in unlocking defences. We’ve never really replaced Kaid Mohamed or Marley Watkins in that regard and having Elliott on board does give us a few more options up front.
“Paul Tisdale (Exeter boss) was kind enough to help us out again after Tom went back and we thank him for that.
“We would have been happy for Tom to stay on but, with his contract at Exeter running out, he felt he needed to be there and have the opportunity to force his way into their first-team squad.”