Director of Looking For Eric, & Bath City fan, Ken Loach is hoping to tempt Eric Cantona out of retirement and star for Bath City if they make it through to the 3rd round of the FA Cup for the first time in 15 years.
Loach is the award-winning director behind the recent cinema smash hit Looking for Eric, in which Cantona played himself.
Cantona, 43, who retired from playing to become an actor hours after leading United to the 1997 Premier League title, sent the Blue Square South minnows a ‘good luck’ message before their shock first-round win over Grimsby.
Loach added that a dream draw for Bath would be to play Manchester United, he said: “If I were writing Bath’s Cup run for a film, the story would be us getting to the third round and then drawing Manchester United away.
“I would get Eric out of retirement and he would score the winning goal in front of the Stretford End, wearing our black and white shirt.
“When filming with Eric, I spoke to him a lot about Bath.
“I asked if he would come and do a Q and A evening to raise some money for the club and he obliged.
“He came down, posed with a Bath shirt on and spent a couple of hours chatting to supporters.
“I think a few people were surprised at how charming he was, far removed from the pictures they had seen of him snarling away and kicking that Crystal Palace supporter in the chest.
“I think Eric found the whole experience very liberating and took away some great memories.
“I spoke to him before the Grimsby game and he wished us luck, which was a nice boost for the players.”