By Chris Wright
Never one for being backward in coming forward when it comes to social activism, Eric Cantona has pledged his support to Bath City fans in their ongoing attempts to fund a community takeover of their cash-strapped football club.
With the non-league side currently dangling over the edge of a financial precipice, Bath City fans have launched the Big Bath City Bid (BBCB) crowd-funding campaign in the hope of raising the £750,000-£1.25million needed to complete the buyout, after which they plan to run the National League South club as a community-owned asset.
As it happens, Bath sort of count Cantona as a celebrity fan, with the legendary Manchester United forward having paid a visit to Twerton Park in 2009 as the guest of his friend, film director Ken Loach, is a lifelong supporter of The Romans.
Cantona actually appeared in one of Loach’s films a few years ago, transforming himself entirely to play the role of Eric Cantona in ‘Looking For Eric’.
Anyway, the French luvvie has formally backed the campaign by appearing in a video on the official BBCB website in which he promised to buy shares in Bath City once the takeover goes through.
“It’s a big challenge to raise the money but don’t be scared,” he proclaims.
“It’s a great club – I saw it for myself – now we can make it even greater.”
Joining Cantona in a high-profile backing of the BBCB is fellow actor Ricky Tomlinson, he of Royle Family and Mike Bassett fame.
We ask thee, how can they possibly fail?