Posted by sean on January 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm in Bath City with No Comments


It is well known that that football fans are also like elephants. Not because we eat a lot of peanuts and buns, but because we never forget. Non-league referee Antony Coggins is very much disliked at Bath City for an incident which dates back to 2008, where he sent off player Lewis Hogg unfairly. Today saw Coggins’ latest blunder, which upset a lot of fans and certanly diminished any chance of a stand at the Twerton Park ground being named after him in in his honour…

After Monday’s match against Havant was called off, I was eagerly awaiting today’s game against Weston Super Mare. It hasn’t been that cold, so I was hopeful of seeing some New Years Day football. My prayers appeared to have been answered, when at 1pm, I was given the news that Coggins, had inspected the pitch and declared it safe to play.

Therefore, when I arrived at Twerton Park at 2pm to discover the match was off, I was more than a little surprised. I think ‘stunned’ is the best word to describe how I felt as the steward broke the news to me. At first, I almost didn’t believe him. I wanted to call him a liar and go into the ground anyway.

Eventually reality kicked in. I had to face facts and go back home. Luckily for me, the ground is only a 10 minute walk from my flat. Many fans have travelled a long way to get to today’s game. Those are the ones I feel sorry for.

Yes, games fall victim to the weather all the time, but today’s instance begs the question ‘why did Coggins pass the pitch just an hour before he deemed it unplayable?’ Maybe he had one too many Panda Pops the night before and was still feeling the ill effects. I think in this instance, the famous terrace chant is most fitting… the referee doesn’t know what he’s doing!

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