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Bangor City
Bangor City FC Logo.png
Full name Bangor City Football Club
Nickname(s) The Citizens
Founded 1876 as Bangor F.C.
Ground The Book People Stadium, Bangor
Ground Capacity 3,000 (1,100 seated)
Chairman Dilwyn Jones
Manager Neville Powell
League Welsh Premier League
2013–14 Welsh Premier League, 4th
Website Club home page
Current season

Bangor City Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-droed Dinas Bangor) are a semi-professional Welsh football club from the City of Bangor, Gwynedd. The club compete in the Welsh Premier League, being ever present since the league was founded in 1992.[a]

Founded in 1876, Bangor City have played in the inaugural season of the Welsh Cup and the UEFA Europa League, along with being founder members of the North Wales Coast League, the Welsh National League, the North Wales Combination, the Welsh League (North), the Northern Premier League, the Alliance Premier League and the League of Wales.

The club's home colours have traditionally been Royal blue shirts, Royal blue shorts and Royal blue socks, although over the years home colours have varied to include Royal blue and yellow[1] and scarlet and Royal blue.[1]

History[edit]

Pre-League of Wales era (1876–1992)[edit]

Bangor City F.C. is one of Wales' older football clubs, and has an illustrious history of competition in European football, the English pyramid system and now the Welsh Premier League.

Bangor was a founder member of the North Wales Coast League in 1893, the Welsh National League in 1921, the North Wales Combination in 1930, the Welsh League (North) in 1935, the Northern Premier League in 1968, the Alliance Premier League (now Football Conference) in 1979, and in 1992 the League of Wales.

In the 1961/62 season, Bangor City won the Welsh Cup, and consequently was entered in the European Cup Winners' Cup for the first time. In the first round, Bangor was drawn against the Italian Cup winners, Napoli, at the time one of Europe's greatest football teams. A thrashing was confidently expected. In the first leg, played at Farrar Road, unexpectedly Bangor won 2–0; three weeks later, in front of a crowd of 80,000 in Naples, the result was 3–1 in Napoli's favour. Under modern rules, Bangor would have progressed under the "away goals" rule, but at the time the tie was drawn 3–3 and a playoff had to be played, at Arsenal's Highbury Stadium, in London (this was the first ECWC tie played at Highbury), and this time AS Napoli won 2–1, scoring the winner seven minutes from the end of the match, to put an end to Bangor's dreams for the moment.

World superstar Bobby Charlton guested for the Blues in the 1978 Anglo-Italian Tournament.[2] At the end of 1977/78 when Southport was relegated from the English Football League Fourth Division, Bangor City, Boston United and Wigan Athletic were considered for promotion instead. Due to Wigan Athletic having installed crush barriers, Bangor missed out on promotion.

In 1979/80 Bangor City was invited to compete in the Alliance Premier League, which would become the English game's de facto fifth division.

On 12 May 1984 Bangor became the first Welsh club to play at Wembley since Cardiff in 1927, when reaching the FA Trophy final against Northwich Victoria. The match finished 1–1, with local boy Paul Whelan scoring for Bangor. The replay was played in Stoke's Victoria Ground, and despite a goal from another Bangor lad (Phil Lunn), Bangor lost 2–1 conceding in the last minute.

In 1985 Bangor City was back in the ECWC, in the first round drawn against the Norwegian cup winners, Fredrikstad. The first leg in Norway was a 1–1 draw, while the return leg in Bangor was a 0–0 draw, resulting in Bangor progressing to the second round, where the club was drawn against the mighty Spanish side Atlético Madrid. Atlético was expected to win easily, but in the event the first leg in Bangor was only won 2–0; in the return leg in Madrid, Bangor won much admiration with a dogged defence which only allowed Atlético one more goal, and Bangor keeper Dai Davies saved an Atlético penalty kick.

Interestingly, captain of Bangor that season was midfielder Mark Palios, who was later to find himself in the headlines as chief executive of the English Football Association during 2004–5. Against Atletico, Palios shaved the post with a header in the first minute that would have given Bangor an unlikely lead in the first leg at Farrar Road following a cross by Phil Lunn.

Early League of Wales years (1992–2007)[edit]

In 1994 as League of Wales Champions, Bangor City entered the UEFA Cup. They were drawn against the Icelandic champions, IA Akranes, and were seriously hampered by UEFA's ruling that a team could only contain three foreigners – many of Bangor's team were English, and despite some creative genealogy it was not possible to field a full-strength Welsh side. Akranes won the leg in Bangor by 2–1 (the match was played in the close season when Bangor hadn't played a competitive match in three months), while Bangor lost the match in Iceland by 2–0.

In 1995 Bangor City retained the League of Wales championship Due to the accurate service of striking from Nick Dillon, and this time drew the Polish champions Widzew Łódź in the preliminary round of the UEFA Cup. Łódź were an extremely powerful side,But Nick dominated throughout the game. Having played Liverpool, Juventus and Manchester United in earlier campaigns, and quite easily triumphed over Bangor City, winning 4–0 in Bangor and 1–0 in Łódź . Manager at the time was Nigel Adkins, now in charge of Championship side Reading F.C..

In 1998 Bangor were back in the Cup Winners' Cup, having won the Welsh Cup under the stewardship of Scottish International and Everton legend Graeme Sharp.

Unfortunately between winning the Welsh Cup and playing their opponents, FC Haka, the manager and most of the team had left, so new manager John Hulse had the impossible task of putting together a completely new side, a week before the start of the Welsh football season (and three-quarters of the way through the Finnish football season). Unsurprisingly Bangor were beaten, 2–0 at home, and 1–0 in Finland.

In 2006 the club made it to the Welsh Cup final where they were beaten by Rhyl 2–0 at Wrexham's Racecourse ground. The game turned on a controversial handball decision 3 minutes after the break when Paul O'Neill was adjudged to have handled the ball, the resulting spot kick gave Rhyl a decisive lead and a second goal added 12 minutes from the end broke Bangor hearts on the day.

Powell years (2007–)[edit]

The club managed to win back the Welsh Cup in 2008, defying the odds and defeating league high fliers Llanelli 4–2 after extra time at Latham Park, Newtown. An injury time equaliser saw a pitch invasion by celebrating Bangor fans before the Blues were able proceeding to defeat their expensively-assembled opponents during the additional period.

Victory in the Welsh Cup meant that Bangor had again qualified for Europe and in the following seasons UEFA Cup they were drawn to face FC Midtjylland of Denmark. The first leg was held at the Racecourse ground, Wrexham, saw Bangor beaten 6–1 by a talented Danish side.[3]

Despite this early setback Bangor ended the 2008–09 season with yet more silverware as they retained the Welsh Cup by defeating Aberystwyth Town 2–0 in a match held at Parc Y Scarlets, Llanelli. The result maintained manager Neville Powell's 100% record in the Welsh Cup competition since joining the Farrar Road club at the start of the 2007–08 season, the manager cementing his legendary status with the club following his lengthy period as a player in the mid to late 80s including that famous Fredrikstad/Atlético Madrid campaign in 1985.

The 2008–09 Welsh Cup success meant that Bangor participated in the inaugural Europa League competition at the start of the 2009–10 season. They were drawn to face Honka Espoo in the second qualifying round and were eliminated at the first hurdle losing 3–0 on aggregate.

Bangor – and Powell – made it three Welsh Cup wins in a row in 2009–10 with a deserved 3–2 success against Port Talbot in the Welsh Cup Final,[4] again held at Llanelli – some 40 miles from Port Talbot.

In the 2010–11 Europa League campaign, Bangor City were again drawn against Honka Espoo but this time they made history by overcoming the Finnish side in the Europa League second qualifying round with a 3–2 aggregate scoreline.[5] Bangor succumbed to Portuguese side CS Maritimo in the third qualifying round. Despite losing the first leg heavily in Portugal, Bangor restored great pride in the second leg at Wrexham, holding a 1–0 lead at half-time before going on to lose a hard-fought game 2–1.

The 2010–11 season marked a significant change in the set-up of the Welsh Premiership, with Bangor one of the 12 sides (down from 18) contesting the championship. They won their opening 15 games of the season, eventually winning their first league title in 16 years on the final day of the season. This was achieved by beating the current champions, TNS, 1–0.

By winning their competitive league, they were involved in the 2011–12 Champions League campaign. Bangor City were against HJK Helsinki in the second qualifying round but lost 3–0 at home. In the away fixture, Bangor City were thrashed 10–0 in the game and 13–0 on aggregate.

In July 2012 Bangor City forward Les Davies made the 32-man longlist for UEFA's best player in Europe award.[6][7][8][9]

Stadium[edit]

Maes-y-Dref (–1919)[edit]

When the club was first founded, Bangor played their home games on a small field called Maes-y-Dref in the Hirael area of the City. However, visiting teams often protested about the condition of the playing area and the cramped conditions.[10] Despite this Bangor remained at their Maes-y-Dref ground until being evicted to make way for allotments in 1919.

Farrar Road (1919–2011)[edit]

Main article: Farrar Road Stadium

Needing to fulfill their home fixtures in the league the club used the Bangor Cricket Club ground at Farrar Road. The Farrar Road ground has served as home to the club ever since and has also hosted two Welsh Senior Cup Finals in 1928 and 1953. The ground has also hosted various other domestic finals and tournaments over the years. Bangor played their last match at Farrar Road, a 5–3 win over Prestatyn Town, on 27 December 2011 before moving to Nantporth.

Nantporth (2012–)[edit]

Main article: Nantporth

The new stadium is on the outskirts of the city, at the University's former Nantporth playing field near the Menai Strait. The stadium was completed in January 2012, the first game took place on 24 January, where Bangor hosted local neighbours Caernarfon Wanderers, the score ended 6–1 to the Citizens. In July 2012 Nantporth played host to Bangor City's first European game at Bangor for 14 years in which 1022 people attended to watch Bangor City take on FC Zimbru of Moldova. Starting in 2012/13 the ground will be known officially as "The Book People Stadium" after a three-year deal with the literary company.[11] The new ground hosted its first competitive international on 13 August 2013 as Wales U21 lost 5–1 to Finland U21,[12] the first U21 international held in Bangor since 1983. Nantporth has hosted various other Welsh youth and schools matches and also gone on to host more Wales U21 games.[13]

Colours[edit]

Kit evolution[edit]

Early years
Turn of the 20th century
20th century
20th / 21st century
2003–04
2004–07
2008–present

Kit manufacturers and sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2002–2004 ? Pentraeth Group
2004–2005 Nike
2005–2006 JLS
2006–2007 Puma Audi
2007–2008 Pentraeth Group
2008–2009 Suzuki
2009–2011 VW Pentraeth
2011–2013 Macron
2013– Kia Pentraeth

Support[edit]

Supporters' Association[edit]

Formed in 2004, the Bangor City Football Club Supporters' Association (or BCFCSA) is independent of the club itself but its representatives are members of the management board,[14] giving the fans a voice in the running of Bangor City. The Association has been responsible for raising almost £70,000[15] for the club since its inception and regularly arranges travel for fans to away matches. BCFCSA membership is open to all supporters of Bangor City.

Rivalries[edit]

Bangor City's main rivalries are with Caernarfon Town and Rhyl.

Biggest attendances[edit]

Competition Attendance Opponent Season Result
Welsh Premier League 2,593 Wales Prestatyn Town 2011–12 5–3
Welsh Cup 12,000 Wales Cardiff City 1927–28 0–2
UEFA Champions League 1,189 Finland HJK Helsinki 2011–12 0–3
UEFA Europa League 1,022 Moldova FC Zimbru 2012–13 0–0
UEFA Cup1 3,426 Iceland ÍA Akranes 1994–95 1–2
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup2 12,000 Italy Napoli 1962–63 2–0
UEFA Intertoto Cup2 1,032 Romania Gloria Bistriţa 2003 0–1

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 01 September 2014.[16]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Jack Cudworth
2 Republic of Ireland DF Declan Walker
3 Wales DF Chris Roberts
4 Wales DF Michael Johnston (vice-captain)
5 Wales DF James Brewerton (captain)
6 England DF Anthony Miley
7 Wales MF Chris Jones
8 England MF Robert Jones
9 Wales FW Les Davies (3rd captain)
10 England FW Jamie Petrie
11 Wales MF Sion Edwards
13 Wales GK Nick Bould
14 Wales DF Joe Culshaw
16 Wales DF Iolo Hughes
17 Wales DF Sam Hart
18 England FW Jack Laird
No. Position Player
19 England MF Damien Allen
20 Wales MF Ryan Edwards
22 Wales MF Corey Jones
24 Wales MF Phil Warrington
25 Wales Shaun Cavanagh
26 Wales DF Leon Clowes
27 Wales Gethin Roberts
Wales Adam Pritchard
Wales Caio Hywel
Wales Dafydd Jones
Wales Harry Galeotti
Wales Ieuan Lloyd
Wales Ifan Emlyn Jones
Wales Liam Walker
Wales Rhys Cooper
Wales Sam Faulkner

Academy[edit]

Bangor City has youth sides at U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 and U19 level.[17] The U19 side compete in the Welsh U19 Premier League.[18]

Club officials[edit]

As of 13 August 2014.[19]

Management board[edit]

  • Chairman: Dilwyn Jones
  • Company Secretary: Brian Lucas
  • Match-day Secretary: Gwynfor Jones
  • Media Officer: Huw Pritchard
  • Director: Peter Davies
  • Director: Brian O'Shaughnessy

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Wales Neville Powell
Assistant Manager Wales Ken Price
Physiotherapist Wales Tony Maguire
Child Welfare Officer Wales Myrddyn Hughes

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1962–63 European Cup Winners' Cup PR Italy Napoli 2–0 1–3 3–31
1985–86 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Norway Fredrikstad 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
2R Spain Atlético Madrid 0–2 0–1 0–3
1994–95 UEFA Cup PR Iceland ÍA Akranes 1–2 0–2 1–4
1995–96 UEFA Cup PR Poland Widzew Łódź 0–4 0–1 0–5
1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR Finland FC Haka 0–2 0–1 0–3
2000–01 UEFA Cup QR Sweden Halmstads BK 0–7 0–4 0–11
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR Serbia and Montenegro Smederevo 1–0 0–2 1–2
2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Romania Gloria Bistriţa 0–1 2–5 2–6
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Latvia Dinaburg FC 1–2 0–2 1–4
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Denmark FC Midtjylland 1–6 0–4 1–10
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2Q Finland FC Honka 0–1 0–2 0–3
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 2Q Finland FC Honka 2–1 1–1 3–2
3Q Portugal Marítimo 1–2 2–8 3–10
2011–12 UEFA Champions League 2Q Finland HJK Helsinki 0–3 0–10 0–13
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q Moldova Zimbru Chisinau 0–0 1–2 1–2
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Iceland Stjarnan 0–4 0–4 0–8
Notes
  • Note 1: Napoli won playoff game 2–1 at Highbury, London.
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • QR: Qualifying round
  • 1R: First round
  • 2R: Second round
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

The Welsh Cup is the second oldest national trophy in world football. Above, on display before Bangor City's victory over Welsh Premier League rivals Llanelli in the 2008 final at Latham Park, Newtown.

History in domestic competitions[edit]

Since the formation of the League of Wales in 1992.

Season League Position Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Welsh Cup League Cup
1992–1993 Welsh Premier League 5th 38 19 7 12 77 58 +19 64 Fourth round First round
1993–1994 Welsh Premier League 1st 38 26 5 7 82 26 +56 83 Semi-finals Runners-up
1994–1995 Welsh Premier League 1st 38 27 7 4 96 26 +70 88 Quarter finals Quarter finals
1995–1996 Welsh Premier League 4th 40 21 6 13 72 65 +7 69 Third round First round
1996–1997 Welsh Premier League 8th 40 20 5 15 82 62 +20 65 Third round Runners-up
1997–1998 Welsh Premier League 6th 38 20 8 10 72 54 +18 68 Winners Runners-up
1998–1999 Welsh Premier League 11th 32 11 6 15 44 49 –5 39 Third round Semi-finals
1999–2000 Welsh Premier League 9th 34 15 3 16 56 61 –5 48 Winners Runners-up
2000–2001 Welsh Premier League 14th 34 10 7 17 56 84 –28 37 Quarter finals First round
2001–2002 Welsh Premier League 3rd 34 21 6 7 83 38 +45 69 Runners-up Quarter finals
2002–2003 Welsh Premier League 3rd 34 22 5 7 75 34 +41 71 Quarter finals Runners-up
2003–2004 Welsh Premier League 6th 32 16 6 10 72 47 +25 54 Second round Semi-finals
2004–2005 Welsh Premier League 3rd 34 20 7 7 73 44 +29 67 Fourth round First round
2005–2006 Welsh Premier League 9th 34 14 3 17 51 54 –3 45 Runners-up First round
2006–2007 Welsh Premier League 9th 32 14 6 12 55 47 +8 48 Third round First round
2007–2008 Welsh Premier League 5th 34 15 10 9 62 31 +31 55 Winners Semi-finals
2008–2009 Welsh Premier League 6th 34 16 7 11 58 40 +18 55 Winners Runners-up
2009–2010 Welsh Premier League 5th 34 19 6 9 75 45 +30 63 Winners First round
2010–2011 Welsh Premier League 1st 32 22 4 6 80 44 +36 70 Runners-up Semi-finals
2011–2012 Welsh Premier League 2nd 32 22 3 7 72 45 +27 69 Third round Second round
2012–2013 Welsh Premier League 3rd 32 14 9 9 65 53 +12 51 Runners-up Second round
2013–2014 Welsh Premier League 4th 32 14 6 12 47 50 –3 48 Fourth round First round

Biggest victories and losses[edit]

  • Biggest win: 14-0 v. CPD Gwalchmai in 2013
  • Biggest defeat: 0–12 v. Everton Reserves in the 1930s.
  • Biggest League of Wales win: 9–0 v. Haverfordwest County in 1994.
  • Biggest League of Wales defeat: 1–9 v. The New Saints in 2014.
  • Biggest European Competition win: 2–0 v. Italy Napoli, 5 September 1962.
  • Biggest European Competition defeat: 0–10 v. Finland HJK Helsinki, 19 July 2011.

Managerial history[edit]

Dates Name Notes
1876–28 Unknown
1928–?? England Sydney Beaumont
1932–35 Wales Len Davies
1935–36 England Harry Hadley
1937–39 Scotland David Pratt Manager until the outbreak of World War II
1948–52 England George Richardson
1952–57 England Ronald Depear
1957–67 Wales T. G. Jones
1967–70 Republic of Ireland Mick McGrath
1970 England Ken Barnes
1970–72 England John Doherty
1972–74 England Alex Smith Player-manager
1974–75 Wales Dick Jones
1975 England Barry Ashworth Caretaker player-manager
1975–76 Wales Roy Rees
1976–78 England Dave Elliott
1978–79 England Stuart Mason Player-manager
1979–80 England Stan Storton
1980–81 Wales Colin Hawkins
1981–84 England Dave Elliott
1984–?? Wales John Mahoney
19??–?? England John Aspinall
19??–?? Wales Kevin Mooney
19??–?? Wales Brian Owen
19??–92 Wales John Mahoney
1992 Wales Ernie Walley
1992–93 Wales Paul Rowlands
1993–96 England Nigel Adkins
1996 Wales Bryan Griffiths
1996–97 England Kevin Langley
1997–98 Scotland Graeme Sharp
1998 England Johnny King
1998–99 Wales Lee Williams
1999–2001 Wales Meirion Appleton
2001–05 England Peter Davenport
2005–06 Wales Mel Jones Caretaker manager
2006 Wales Clayton Blackmore
2006–07 England Steve Bleasdale
July 2007– Wales Neville Powell

Notable former players[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. a Prior to 2002 the Welsh Premier League was known as the League of Wales.
  2. b Originally known as North Wales Coast Senior Cup.

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Davies, Gareth M (1994). A Coast of soccer memories 1894–1994: the centenary book of the North Wales Coast Football Association. Gareth M Davies. ISBN 0-9524950-0-7. 
  • Garland, Ian (1993). The History of the Welsh Cup 1877–1993. Bridge Books. ISBN 1-872424-37-6. 

Citations[edit]

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