A football legend has called on Bath to get behind the campaign to bring community ownership to Twerton Park.
Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona, has thrown his support behind the drive to save non-league Bath City.
Now a crowdfunding initiative has been launched to enable people to pledge whatever they can afford to boost the BBCB’s efforts.
Cantona became an iconic and controversial figure in English football during his five years Manchester United. He has since forged a career in acting and is known for his role in searching for Eric, directed by City fan Ken Loach.
The former footballer visited the city and Twerton Park back in 2009.
In his video message to the fans he said: “Great news! The fans of Bath City are buying the club. I’m supporting them, and buying a share myself. You must support them too. It’s a great club – I saw it for myself. Now we can make it even greater. So help make it a great club. Buy shares – now.”
BBCB spokesman, Steve Bradley, said: “Eric Cantona has been to Bath City himself, so it’s fantastic that he’s supporting our drive to make it a community club.
“The backing of celebrities like Eric and Ricky Tomlinson is in addition to over one hundred and fifty Bath residents and businesses who have so far bought shares to help create a club deeply ingrained in the life of our city. We would urge anyone who wants to help give Bath the football club it deserves to follow Eric’s example and buy shares today.”
The crowdfunding scheme is also asking for people to chip in donations from £10, enabling them to sponsor a section of the pitch.
Mr Bradley added: “We appreciate that some Bath City fans are not in a position to invest £250 in shares. And we are also encouraged that many supporters of other clubs want to help our cause too. So this crowd-funding initiative will enable and encourage smaller contributions from those groups. We would still encourage anyone who is able to buy shares to do so, as it not only offers personal tax relief but also provides a direct say in the running of the community club.”
Crowd-funding donations can be made online via : http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/big-bath-city-bid