Bobby Zamora joins the fight to save National League South club Bath City amid their financial woes, it’s been revealed.
Whilst the club are fighting for their future – they are hoping to get a planning application to re-develop their stadium at Twerton Park approved by the local council.
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— Bath City FC (@BathCity_FC) January 17, 2020
However, if it doesn’t, club chiefs are fearing that they will suffer £100,000 losses per year, which will inevitably end up seeing the club fold.
Zamora joined Bath on a one-month loan from Bristol Rovers in 2000 and now he’s revealed his hopes that Bath City gets the backing from the council.
Speaking to The Times, the 38-year-old said: “Bath gave me a chance of men’s football.
“It was a baptism of fire, the Dr Martens Prem at the time, getting lumps kicked out of me.
“I’ve great memories of Bath. The fans were great, a real hardcore set, always vocal.
“I was there six weeks, played eight games, scored 11 goals and could go back to Bristol Rovers and look Ian Holloway in the eye.
“I’d like to think the council will back Bath.
“They have an opportunity to save the club. It’s going to be some nice student accommodation [356 ‘cluster bedrooms’]. It’s not luxury homes for the ultra-rich
“Bath are a community club, a big part of Bath. It would be a shame to see it go.”
The Romans are doing everything possible to raise money, and that includes renting their car park out, turning areas into a gym and even marketed themselves as a place to host a wake whith the club so close to a cemetery and crematorium.
The plan is to increase capacity of their famous ground as high as 5,000 as well as turn the ground into a community hub including a 3g pitch.
Student accommodation would also be built on the land that would bring in revenue to fund the project.
Possibility of promotion, attractive team to watch but they start from the back. Very solid defensively. Twerton Park iconic traditional non-league stadium, one of the best in Nat South. Brought great support to Hungerford last season, 100+ fans.
— Ciaran Morrison (@CiaranMorri) January 16, 2020
Great time to be an @BathCity_FC fan!
Excellent balanced article by @henrywinter on the pivotal re-development plans & with @JerryGill_2 promoting a clear & increasingly successful footballing vision on the pitch, it's a very positive vibe coming out of the club. ??⚽️#romans
— Dave Clarke (@cannonball5355) January 17, 2020
Gonna come watch them this season I reckon, use to love going there with FGR
— J.Flagg (@jamieflagg) January 17, 2020
In an era of mega TV rights money, it's always disheartening to read about the struggles of lower tier clubs
— Halsey Nim (@nimalen316) January 16, 2020
Used to watch Bath in the 80s had a brilliant side , denied promotion to football league by the FA old men brigade , then Bristol Rovers ended up at twerton park playing yes you got it football league
— Mark Cottle (@markcottle17) January 16, 2020
Great read. Nice to see some national coverage on crucial changing times at @BathCity_FC. The football being played at the moment really is a joy to watch under @JerryGill_2. If you’re in the city, get yourself to Twerton in the promotion run-in. https://t.co/u98iyRRd2T
— Bill Wilkinson ? (@DrWilkinsonSci) January 16, 2020
A slightly alarmist piece, but a good bit of coverage & very generous of Bobby Zamora to lend his voice ?
— Steve Bradley (@bradley_steve) January 18, 2020