Posted by sean on October 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm in Bath City with No Comments

Bath City lost again. 13 games played. Won 0. Drew 3. Lost 10. 5 goals scored. 22 conceded.

Last year, City were so good and took their new league by storm. This season, opposition teams cannot wait to play us. It’s depressing. What the hell’s gone wrong? I have absolutely no idea. The same management team who did so well in previous years remains. The core of the team from last season is still here. We simply cannot win games – or score.

I have watched football for many years. I have seen teams struggle badly (remember, my other club is Leeds). However in those instances, those clubs appeared to have other problems – off the field financial issues, change of management or players. This has not happened at Bath City.

When a club fails on the pitch, the fans form their own inquest into the problems, more often than not casting blame upon management or players. Sadly, this is happening at Bath City. The internet message board where City supporters go to air their joy and frustrations, and there have been a lot of frustrations this season, is awash with critical comments aimed at the management and team.

Have I joined in with the witch-hunt? No. Why? Because it would be unfair. As a football fan, one of my greatest annoyances is players who do not try or make the effort. It makes me mad. I will be extremely critical of any individuals I believe are not pulling their weight or appear lazy. This season at Bath City, I simply cannot fault the team for effort and desire. Every game we play, we lose (OK, apart from the 3 draws). Every time we lose, the players appear so dejected and depressed, it really is quite upsetting.

Bath City fans have been spoilt in recent years with title-winning campaigns and play off success. Now things are going wrong, it has come as a real shock. However, my view is that football fans should stick with their side through the good times and the bad; and assuming the players appear to be trying and making the effort, should receive the full backing of the supporters. After all, the dictionary definition of ‘supporter’ is “A person who approves of and encourages someone or something”

We may lose every remaining game this season. We may never score again this year. One thing is for sure, as long as those players are wearing the black and white Bath City shirt, I will be doing my job as a “supporter” and supporting my team.

The good times will return to Twerton Park, as will the crowds and positive comments from fans. However, I am like an elephant. I never forget and those individuals who turned on the club during one of its darkest days will not be forgotten or forgiven.

I love Bath City. Come on you stripes.

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