BATH CITY v BILLERICAY TOWN
Oxford C 2-0 Bath C
National League South
Tuesday 6 October 2020
P7 W3 D1 L3 F10 A11
Saturday 10 October 2020, 3:00pm
105 High Street
Bath were formed as Bath A.F.C. in 1889, changing to Bath Railway and finally Bath City.
The club joined the Western League before switching to the Southern League in the 1920’s, eventually competing in both competitions at the same time the Second World War.
It was during the 1920’s that The Romans first competed in the F.A. Cup and reached the First Round. They were beaten by league sides Hull City and Wigan Borough. During the 1927-28 season they were beaten in the Second Round by London Caledonians (0-1), and two years later by Coventry City (1-7).
During their 1931-32 cup run they beat Nunhead 9-0 in the First Round and were drawn at home to Football League Division Three South Crystal Palace. City won the match 2-1 but were beaten 2-0 at Brentford in the Third Round.
It was in 1932 that he club moved to its current home at Twerton Park.
During the 1934-35 season they reached the Third Round again, but lost 2-0 at Norwich City.
During 1952-53 Bath beat Southend United 3-1 at Roots Hall but were beaten in the Second Round by Grimsby Town.
Stan Mortensen joined the club during the 1958-59 season scoring 27 times in 45 appearances. Five years prior to this he had scored a hat-trick at Wembley against Bolton Wanderers as Blackpool won 4-3.
After the War they were beaten over two legs by Lovells Athletic in the F.A. Cup Second Round. City stayed as members of the Southern League, winning the title in 1960. Yet another cup run saw them beat Millwall and Notts County before being drawn at home to Brighton & Hove Albion. A club record attendance on 18,020 was recorded as Albion won the match 1-0.
The Southern League Premier League title was won again in 1978 and City missed out on a place in the Football League by the matter of a few votes,
Bath City were founder members of the Alliance Premier League for the 1979-80 season. This league is now known as the Conference National.
In 1984-85 The Romans finished 4th, their highest finish in the football system. In 1988 they were relegated back to the Southern League for two seasons. They were promoted back to the Conference. This stay lasted until 1997.
In 1986 City shared their Twerton Park home with league club Bristol Rovers. Rovers stayed as tenants for 10 years.
In 1988 Bath had Jason Dodds in their squad. A year later he signed for Southampton for £15,000 and would make nearly 400 appearances for The Saints.
Another cup run, this time during the 1993-94 season, was ended in a Third Round reply against Stoke City.
During 2000 Bath took a striker on loan from Bristol Rovers. Bobby Zamora scored 7 goals in 5 appearances and would go on to play for Tottenham, West Ham and England, amongst others.
In 2001 The Romans loaned Glenn Poole from Yeovil Town. Poole would go on to play league football for Brentford before joining Billericay Town in 2011 and making nearly 200 appearances for The Blues.
They won the Southern League again in 2007 and were promoted to the Conference South. In 2010 they were promoted to the Conference National for two seasons.
During the 2008-09 season The Romans won 2-0 at Grimsby Town in the First Round of the F.A. Cup. They were beating by Forest Green Rovers in the Second Round.
On 1 September 2012 Billericay Town travelled to Twerton Park for the first meeting between the two clubs. Glenn Poole scored from the spot but City won the meeting 2-1.
The clubs best F.A. Trophy run took place during 2014-15. They beat Bristol Rovers 2-0 in the First Round and went on to the Semi-Final. They drew 3-3 on aggregate with North Ferriby United. United won the fixture on penalties and went on to lift the Trophy in the Final.
The two sides met three times last season. A league fixture at New Lodge ended in a 1-1 draw, with a F.A. Trophy match ending in a 4-2 win for Town.
The last meeting, at Twerton Park, resulted in a 2-1 home win.
Recently both clubs have been represented by Michee Efete. Former Norwich City youngster Efete spent part of 2018 on loan with Bath from Maidstone United before transferring to New Lodge.
The Romans were sitting in fourth place last season when football was brought to a halt by the Coronavirus.
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