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Bangor City
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Full name Bangor City Football Club
Nickname(s) The Citizens
Founded 1876; 142 years ago (1876) as Bangor F.C.
Ground Nantporth, Bangor
Ground Capacity 3,000 (1,100 seated)
Chairman Gordon Craig
Manager Kevin Nicholson
League Welsh Premier League
2017–18 Welsh Premier League, 2nd (relegated)
Website Club website

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 competed in the Welsh Premier League, being ever present since the league was founded in 1992.[a] Due to failing to get a domestic license, Bangor City will compete in the Cymru Alliance as of the 2018-19 season.

Founded in 1877, 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]


Pre-League of Wales era (1876–1992)

Bangor City F.C. is one of Wales' older football clubs, and has played in European football, the English pyramid system and 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 entered in the European Cup Winners' Cup for the first time. In the first round, Bangor was drawn against the Italian Cup winners, Napoli. In the first leg, played at Farrar Road, 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. A playoff had to be played, at Arsenal's Highbury Stadium, in London and AS Napoli won 2–1.

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. The replay was played in Stoke's Victoria Ground and Bangor lost 2–1.

In 1985 Bangor City was back in the ECWC, in the first round drawn against the Norwegian Football 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 Spanish side Atlético Madrid. The first leg in Bangor was won 2–0 by Atlético. In the return leg in Madrid, Bangor lost 1–0.

The captain of Bangor that season was midfielder Mark Palios, who later became chief executive of the English Football Association during 2004–05.

Early League of Wales years (1992–2007)

In 1994 as League of Wales Champions, Bangor City entered the UEFA Cup. They were drawn against the Icelandic champions, IA Akranes. Akranes won the tie 4–1.

In 1995 Bangor City retained the League of Wales championship and this time drew the Polish champions Widzew Łódź in the preliminary round of the UEFA Cup. Łódź triumphed over Bangor City, winning 4–0 in Bangor and 1–0 in Łódź.

In 1998 Bangor were back in the Cup Winners' Cup, having won the Welsh Cup under the management of Graeme Sharp. Between winning the Welsh Cup and playing their opponents, FC Haka, the manager and most of the team had left, so new manager John King had to puttogether 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). Bangor were beaten 3–0 on aggregate.

In 2006 the club made it to the Welsh Cup final where they were beaten by Rhyl 2–0 at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground.

Powell years (2007–2016)

The club managed to win back the Welsh Cup in 2008 defeating Llanelli 4–2 after extra time at Latham Park, Newtown. 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 tie saw Bangor beaten 10–1 on aggregate.

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 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 made it three Welsh Cup wins in a row in 2009–10 with a 3–2 success against Port Talbot in the Welsh Cup Final,[2] again held at Llanelli.

In the 2010–11 Europa League campaign, Bangor City were drawn against Honka Espoo. They overcame the Finnish side in the Europa League second qualifying round with a 3–2 aggregate scoreline.[3] Bangor succumbed to Portuguese side Marítimo in the third qualifying round. Marítimo won 10–3 on aggregate.

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 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 beaten 10–0 in the game and 13–0 on aggregate. Bangor finished second in 2011-12's Welsh Premiership, keeping in contention for the title until the final game of the season, a decider against TNS who won the league.

In July 2012 Bangor City forward Les Davies made the 32-man longlist for UEFA's best player in Europe award.[4][5][6][7]

2012–13 began with a 0–0 home draw against Moldovan side FC Zimbru Chisnau in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League, first qualifying round. The Citizens lost the away leg 2–1 to bow out. City finishing third in the league, losing the Welsh Cup Final 3–1 after extra time to Prestatyn Town and then being defeated days later in the European playoffs by Bala Town.

Bangor finished fourth in 2013–14. The team did qualify for 2014–15 Europa League but lost 8–0 on aggregate to Icelandic side Stjarnan. It heralded a slide during which the side was in real danger of relegation for much of the season. The team stayed up in tenth position. 2015–16 was another struggle for the blues, who ended up in ninth place.

In June 2016 it was announced that a Cheshire-based consortium[8] was to take over, promising large investment in the team, plus ground improvements.

On 25 July 2016 Neville Powell was sacked, according to a statement released by the club.

Andy Legg

In August 2016 Andy Legg was appointed manager of the club.[9]

Ian Dawes

Andy Legg's departure in November 2016 due to his inability to commit to a full-time contract[10] paved the way for Ian Dawes.[11] However, with Welsh Premiership licensing rules stating that every club's head coach/manager must have, or be in the process of attaining, the UEFA Pro Coaching License[12] and in the absence of such a qualification, Dawes was gone by March 2017.[13] Gary Taylor-Fletcher then became player-manager.

Kevin Nicholson

In May 2017, Kevin Nicholson was named as manager with Gary Taylor-Fletcher as assistant.[14] Nicholson holds the UEFA Pro license.[15]


Maes-y-Dref (1876–1919)

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.[16] Despite this Bangor remained at their Maes-y-Dref ground until being evicted to make way for allotments in 1919. Residential housing now stands on the site.

Farrar Road (1919–2011)

Needing to fulfill their home fixtures in the league the club used the Bangor Cricket Club ground at Farrar Road. The Farrar Road ground served as home to the club for many years afterwards and has 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. A supermarket now stands on the site.

Nantporth (2012–)

The new stadium is away from the city centre, 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; 1022 people attended to watch Bangor City take on FC Zimbru of Moldova. Starting in 2012–13 the ground became known officially as "The Book People Stadium" after a three-year deal with the literary company.[17] The new ground hosted its first competitive international on 13 August 2013 as Wales U21 lost 5–1 to Finland U21,[18] 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.[19] In August 2015 Bangor University announced that a new partnership had been agreed with the club, announcing the new name of the ground as Bangor University Stadium.[20]


Kit evolution

Early years
December 1900 v Oswestry
Turn of the 20th century
20th century
20th / 21st century

Kit manufacturers and sponsors

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2003–04 ? Pentraeth Group
2004–05 Nike
2005–06 JLS
2006–07 Puma Audi
2007–08 Pentraeth Group
2008–09 Suzuki
2009–11 VW Pentraeth
2011–13 Macron
2013–15 Kia Pentraeth
2015–16 Dafydd Hardy (Home)

Anglesey Sea Zoo (Away)

2016–17 Uhlsport Vaughan Sports Management
2017– Kappa


Supporters' Association

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,[24] giving the fans a voice in the running of Bangor City. The association has been responsible for raising almost £70,000[25] 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.


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

Biggest attendances

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 Zimbru Chișinău 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
UEFA Europa League 1,089 Denmark Lyngby BK 2017–18 0–3
Friendly 2,567 England Liverpool FC U23 2017–18 0–3


First-team squad

As of 30 January 2018

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

No. Position Player
1 Wales GK Connor Roberts
2 Wales MF Gethin Thomas
3 England DF Tom Kennedy
4 England MF Luke Wall
5 England DF Anthony Miley
7 England FW Gary Taylor-Fletcher
8 Wales FW Alex Darlington
9 France FW Yves Zama
10 England FW Dean Rittenberg
12 Wales FW George Harry
13 England GK Matthew Hall
No. Position Player
14 Wales DF Cai Owen
15 England DF Danny Holmes
16 Wales MF Danny Gossett
17 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Joel Bembo-Leta
18 Wales FW Sam Jones
19 England MF Laurence Wilson
23 England MF Brayden Shaw
24 England MF Steven Hewitt
28 Wales DF Guto Williams
30 England DF Paul Connolly (captain)


Bangor City has youth sides at U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 and U19 level.[26] The U19 side compete in the Welsh Premier U19 League.[27]

Club officials

As of 7 August 2017.[28]

Management board

  • Director of Football: Stephen Vaughan
  • Chairman: Vacant
  • Honorary President: Gwyn Pierce Owen
  • Commercial Director: James Lees
  • Club Accountant: Andy Haslam
  • Director: Luke Purcell
  • Secretary: Gwynfor Jones
  • Director of Youth Development: Melfyn Jones
  • Media Officer:

Current technical staff

Position Name
Manager England Kevin Nicholson
Player-Assistant Manager England Gary Taylor-Fletcher
Goalkeeper Coach England Graeme Classon
Therapist England Matthew Donnelly
Child Welfare Officer Wales Myrddyn Hughes

European record

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 Honka Espoo 0–1 0–2 0–3
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 2Q Finland Honka Espoo 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 Chișinău 0–0 1–2 1–2
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Iceland Stjarnan 0–4 0–4 0–8
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Denmark Lyngby 0–3 0–1 0–4
  • 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




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

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
1992–93 Welsh Premier League 5th 38 19 7 12 77 58 +19 64 Fourth round First round
1993–94 Welsh Premier League 1st 38 26 5 7 82 26 +56 83 Semi-finals Runners-up
1994–95 Welsh Premier League 1st 38 27 7 4 96 26 +70 88 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
1995–96 Welsh Premier League 4th 40 21 6 13 72 65 +7 69 Third round First round
1996–97 Welsh Premier League 8th 40 20 5 15 82 62 +20 65 Third round Runners-up
1997–98 Welsh Premier League 6th 38 20 8 10 72 54 +18 68 Winners Runners-up
1998–99 Welsh Premier League 11th 32 11 6 15 44 49 –5 39 Third round Semi-finals
1999–00 Welsh Premier League 9th 34 15 3 16 56 61 –5 48 Winners Runners-up
2000–01 Welsh Premier League 14th 34 10 7 17 56 84 –28 37 Quarter-finals First round
2001–02 Welsh Premier League 3rd 34 21 6 7 83 38 +45 69 Runners-up Quarter-finals
2002–03 Welsh Premier League 3rd 34 22 5 7 75 34 +41 71 Quarter-finals Runners-up
2003–04 Welsh Premier League 6th 32 16 6 10 72 47 +25 54 Second round Semi-finals
2004–05 Welsh Premier League 3rd 34 20 7 7 73 44 +29 67 Fourth round First round
2005–06 Welsh Premier League 9th 34 14 3 17 51 54 –3 45 Runners-up First round
2006–07 Welsh Premier League 9th 32 14 6 12 55 47 +8 48 Third round First round
2007–08 Welsh Premier League 5th 34 15 10 9 62 31 +31 55 Winners Semi-finals
2008–09 Welsh Premier League 6th 34 16 7 11 58 40 +18 55 Winners Runners-up
2009–10 Welsh Premier League 5th 34 19 6 9 75 45 +30 63 Winners First round
2010–11 Welsh Premier League 1st 32 22 4 6 80 44 +36 70 Runners-up Semi-finals
2011–12 Welsh Premier League 2nd 32 22 3 7 72 45 +27 69 Third round Second round
2012–13 Welsh Premier League 3rd 32 14 9 9 65 53 +12 51 Runners-up Second round
2013–14 Welsh Premier League 4th 32 14 6 12 47 50 –3 48 Fourth round First round
2014–15 Welsh Premier League 10th 32 9 8 15 48 62 –14 35 Quarter-finals Third round
2015–16 Welsh Premier League 9th 32 13 6 13 49 52 -3 45 Third round First round
2016–17 Welsh Premier League 4th 32 16 4 12 53 55 -2 52 Quarter-finals Third round

Biggest victories and losses

  • 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

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
1984–86 Wales John Mahoney
1986–?? England John Aspinall
19??–?? Wales Kevin Mooney
19??–89 Wales Brian Owen
1989–92 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 2007–25 July 2016 Wales Neville Powell
1 August 2016 – 22 November 2016 Wales Andy Legg
24 November 2016 – 29 March 2017 England Ian Dawes
29 March 2017 – 22 May 2017 England Gary Taylor-Fletcher Caretaker player-manager
22 May 2017– England Kevin Nicholson

Notable former players


  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.



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  27. ^ "Latest results and data". 
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  • 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. 

External links

  • Bangor City F.C. official website
  • Bangor City's official Facebook page
  • Bangor City's official Twitter page
  • @BangorCityFans – Independent fans' Twitter page
  • The Citizens Choice – Independent fans' site
  • – Fans' forum with full radio commentary of every game
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