Posted by sean on December 20, 2014 at 10:07 pm in Bath City, Christmas, Ventures Outside Of Bath with No Comments

The last Saturday before Christmas is supposed to be the busiest shopping day of the year. As a rule, I would normally avoid the shops on such days. However, this morning, we went to Keynsham. We still had to buy a few more things before Christmas and Keynsham would be a lot less mental than Bath. Plus they have a massive Iceland.

I spent £6 in Poundland. As everything costs a pound, unsurprisingly, I walked away with six items. These included a new bin to go near my desk in the new office and a selection of DVDs, one of which was “England’s Road to Rio”, which ironically could be placed right into the recently purchased bin. I don’t really know why I bought it.

A DVD of England’s success in Brazil is also available. It’s 2 minutes long.

I was a little disappointed with Iceland. Despite their television adverts, which seem to be on all the time, promising that Peter Andre shops at their supermarkets, I didn’t spot him anywhere.

In the afternoon, we went to Twerton Park for Bath City’s last game before Christmas. City’s opponents – Wealdstone. ‘The Stones’ have been in the news a lot recently, thanks to their number one fan, Gordon Hill, AKA ‘The Wealdstone Raider’. I have mentioned him on my blog before, after discovering him on YouTube. He is now an internet sensation and has a Christmas single out, which is doing unexpectedly well…

There was a large crowd. Wealdstone brought a lot of supporters, which makes a change – most of the teams Bath City face have such a low away fan base, they could have come together in a taxi, or in some instances, a Smart Car. The home faithful turned out in numbers too – presumably down to a combination of the club riding the crest of a wave, following last week’s fantastic win at Bristol Rovers, the fact it’s almost Christmas, and people keen to catch a glimpse of The Wealdstone Raider.

Pav, from work, and his colleague joined me for the game. Pav and I have been watching and quoting The Wealdstone Raider for months, and while we’re delighted about his success, we were hoping to meet him, without being part of a group of hundreds of others, who have only recently found him, thanks to all the appearances on television, Facebook and Twitter. Basically, we liked him before the bandwagon started.

Shortly before kick-off, word got round that The Raider had made the trip. Pav confirmed he had spotted him in the clubhouse, where he was serenaded by Wealdstone fans with songs of “He’s coming for you, he’s coming for you, The Wealdstone Raider, he’s coming for you”

The game was a good one. Bath City started where they left off last week. Unfortunately, they were playing a decent Wealdstone side and not a poor Bristol Rovers team. Half time, the score was 0-0. The second half wasn’t quite as good. Just when it looked like it was going to be a stalemate draw, with both sides taking a share of the points, the City goalkeeper cocked up, allowing Wealdstone to score in the 94th pissing minute. Wealdstone fans celebrated and rightly so. I felt gutted. A small child stood near to us burst into tears. He’ll learn. The number of times I could have cried about Bath City, you just get used to it.

At full time, The Raider was mobbed as he left the ground – a group of local teenagers, who hadn’t been at the game, came riding into the ground on their scooters to have photographs taken with him.

Claire and I stayed behind for a while. Just before leaving, I thought we would pop into the clubhouse to say goodbye to a new legend…

The Raider was really friendly and told us both about his Christmas single, where all the money goes to charity. Whether you like the Raider’s hype or not, I would encourage anyone to buy the MP3, as it’ll help a number of good causes – plus it may even stop Simon Cowell’s X Factor winner from getting to Christmas Number One. As I promised Gordon, I bought the single as soon as I got home.


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