Posted by sean on April 17, 2006 at 11:11 am in Bath City with No Comments

This afternoon I am planning on going to Twerton Park Football Ground, the home of my local non-league team Bath City. A friend of mine in The Bell last night persuaded me to go.

Bath City are currently in The Southern Premier Division (AKA The Dr. Martins League), six divisions below The Premiership (see here for the full football league pyramid) but this season they have been doing very well. At the moment Bath sit 2nd in the league, with 3 games to go.

The game today is, by all accounts a massive one. Promotion chasing Chippenham Town are coming to Bath, It’s a battle of two counties. Somerset v Wiltshire. This is the Dr. Martins League equivalent of Arsenal vs. Manchester United. Apparently there could be an attendance of anything up to 500!! Wow! :o)

Having never been to a non-league game before I don’t really know what to expect. I know a lot of it is standing, which any true football fan will agree is a positive. Do they sell pies and if so are they edible? What songs do they sing? My friend and I were pre-empting some of the songs and chants we may here, here’s a handful derived from “bigger football clubs”.

We’re Bath City,
Bath City F.C.
We’re the greatest team in The Southern League Premier Division
The West has ever seen

Doesn’t really have the same ring to it does it?

Are you Team Bath?
Are you Team Bath?
Are you Team Bath in disguise?
Are you Team Bath in disguise?

For those of you not in the know, Team Bath are a local University team also in The Dr. Martins League.

Nationwide Conference South?
You’re having a laugh!
Nationwide Conference South?
You’re having a laugh!

The Nationwide Conference South is the division which both Bath and Chippenham hope to be promoted to.

You’re just a small town in Marshfield!
You’re just a small town in Marshfield!

Marshfield being a village just outside of Chippenham

for England!
for England!

And finally if things get nasty…
You’re going in home in an Avon and West Wiltshire NHS ambulance

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