2022 is the 10 year anniversary since I nailed my colours to the Bath City mast. I had been going to Bath City since moving here almost 20 years ago. However, Bath City were my second team as I was a Cardiff City supporter at the time. Indeed, my first visit to Twerton Park was to see Cardiff play a pre-season friendly.
But my association with Cardiff City ended with Vincent Tan's decision to change the club's kit from blue to red and the badge from a bluebird to a dragon. I joined a movement protesting the change. However, there was much more support for Tan from the accepting ("It's worth it for a season in the 'Prem') to the openly hostile to any protest. I threw in the towel. I had a local club where I could walk to the ground, buy the ticket on the turnstiles, and stand where I liked in a friendly atmosphere.
I threw myself into the Big Bath City Bid as community ownership seemed like the perfect defence against what I'd seen at Cardiff. After the successful community takeover, I put a motion forward at an AGM that any change to the club's kit and badge has to be voted on by Supporters Society members. It is one of my proudest moments as a football supporter. This is why I am such an advocate of Supporters Society members having a say in the running of the club. I have seen what the alternative can be.