In the latest of our transfer greats and flops series, MARK TANNER highlights a hero and villain of recent times down at Twerton Park.
In my view, Bath City’s greatest signing was journeyman striker Scott Partridge back in January 2004. It took the 30-year-old a whole month to score his first goal for the club, against Worcester. In the following game, City were away to Dover and trailing 3-0 at half time, which prompted the Supporters Club Chairman to shout directly at Partridge “come on at least look like you want to play for the club”. Those indignant protestations worked a treat; he scored in the second half with the team pulling back that three goal deficit to earn a draw. Partridge finished the season with 18 goals from 20 games and went on to become a City legend after scoring 78 goals in 170 games in just 4 seasons; undoubtedly the best spell of his career.
On the flip side, the signing of Joe McClennan this summer from Weston-Super-Mare has already been a disaster. The lively winger spent the whole of the 2014/15 season slagging Bath City off on social media but then surprisingly signed on back in June. Unfortunately, he couldn’t hack the high tempo play and after featuring in just a few friendlies, has been released, returning to Weston-Super-Mare. He’ll be sure to take to Twitter again this season no doubt, which should be ‘interesting’ and will no doubt add some extra spice to the derby encounters between the two this season.
Bath City are going through a community share issue at the moment, with the fans trying to buy the club for the community. They need to raise between £750,000 and 1.25 million by September 4th.
Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has even bought a share in the club, and if you want further info, contact me at the account below.