(Bath City Programme – 9th August 2014)

So here it is, my first programme as editor, and our first game of the 2014/15 Vanarama Conference South Season!

It?s certainly been an interesting summer period, what with the World Cup taking place and all the noise surrounding that, but the focus is finally back where it belongs, on the Beachboys and our second season in the Conference South. Last seasons sponsors Skrill ended their deal early, and as of just over a week ago the new sponsors were announced as being online van company Vanarama, who you may be familiar with due to their unique adverts on the tv! So as of this season we are playing in the Vanarama Conference South.

After an outstanding season last time out, with a 9th place finish and of course our Essex Senior Cup victory over Braintree, the lads will have to go a hell of a long way to improve this time round. I know that Danny (Cowley) is always keen to go one better each season, so it wouldn?t surprise me if the FA Trophy or the first round proper of the FA Cup are sitting high on his priority list right now along with another top ten league finish. Preseason so far has been testing, as has the training (I attended a session but there?s no way I?d get involved!), but it looks like the lads are fit & ready to get the job done now that the season is kicking off.

The fixtures were released early in July and threw up some interesting things, for example we?ll play Chelmsford City, Gosport Borough & Bishops Stortford twice before we even get to play St Albans City or Staines Town once! One to keep an eye on for later in the season though is Weston Super Mare away, due to take place on Saturday March 21st, might be worth a weekend away given that it?s a bit of a trek! Although hopefully the weather is a bit better than what we experienced this past March! As mentioned previously, we open up our campaign at home to Bath City, and will close our league campaign away to Farnborough on April 25th. Key dates include hosting Bromley on Boxing Day, playing the return match on New Years Day, and Non League Day will be Saturday 6th September when we travel to Sutton United.

One more thing that should be taken note of, due to certain issues Salisbury City were booted out of the Conference, and then the Conference South shortly afterwards. This means that our league will be running with just 21 teams this year rather than the normal 22, and two dates originally scheduled for games are empty at present, those being Saturday 20th September, and Saturday 21st February.

And with that, here?s to what we hope will be another successful and enjoyable season!

You Are My Concord!

Alan Jessup-Peacock

Concord Supporters Association Chairman (& new program editor)