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Bangor City F.C

This article is about the football club in Wales. For the club in Northern Ireland, see Bangor F.C..
"Bangor City" redirects here. For cities named Bangor, see Bangor (disambiguation).

Bangor City
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
2012–13 Welsh Premier League, 3rd
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
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]


Pre-League of Wales era (1876–1992)

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)

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, and this time drew the Polish champions Widzew Łódź in the preliminary round of the UEFA Cup. Łódź were an extremely powerful side, 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–)

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 by a talented Danish side.

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, 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. 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 demolished 10–0 in the game and 13–0 on aggregate.

Bangor started the 2011/2012 season with a 3–2 home win over Llanelli in a thrilling encounter watched by 558 fans.

In July 2012 Bangor City forward Les Davies made the 32-man longlist for UEFA's best player in Europe award.[3]


Maes-y-Dref (–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.[4] Despite this Bangor remained at their Maes-y-Dref ground until being evicted to make way for allotments in 1919.

Farrar Road (1919–2011)

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–)

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.[5] The new ground hosted its first competitive international on 13 August 2013 as Wales U21 lost 5–1 to Finland U21,[6] 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.[7]


Evolution and notable kits

Early years
1895–96 Welsh Cup
1962–63 ECWC
1983–84 FA Trophy
Early LOW years
2010–11 WPL

Manufacturers and sponsors

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
2009-2010 VW Commercial Vehicles
2010-2011 VW Pentraeth
2011–2012 Macron VW Commercial Vehicles
2012–2013 VW Pentraeth
2013– Kia Pentraeth


Bangor City has the biggest fanbase in the Welsh Premier League, achieving the highest average home attendance for the 2012–13 season.[8] The club also has over 4000 likes on Facebook[9] and over 3500 followers on Twitter.[10]

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,[11] giving the fans a voice in the running of Bangor City. The Association has been responsible for raising almost £70,000[12] 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. The club has also gained quite a big rivalry with The New Saints, due to the domestic success of both sides in recent years.

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 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


First-team squad

As of 29 October 2013.[13]

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

No. Position Player
1 Wales GK Lee Idzi
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
10 England FW Jamie Petrie
No. Position Player
11 Wales MF Sion Edwards
13 England GK Nick Bould
14 Wales DF Joe Culshaw
15 Wales FW Jamie McDaid
16 Wales DF Iolo Hughes
18 England DF Luke Gibson
19 England MF Damien Allen
20 Wales MF Ryan Edwards
21 Wales FW John Littlemore
22 Wales MF Corey Jones

On loan

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

No. Position Player
Wales DF Dylan Jones (at Porthmadog on a season-long loan)[14]


Bangor City has youth sides at U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 and U19 level.[15] The U19 side compete in the Welsh U19 Premier League.[16]

Club officials

As of 29 August 2013.[17]

Management board

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

Current technical staff

Position Name
Manager Wales Neville Powell
Assistant Manager Wales Marc Limbert
Physiotherapist Wales Tony Maguire
Child Welfare Officer Wales Myrddyn Hughes

European record

UEFA Champions League:

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2011–12 Second Qualifying Round Finland HJK Helsinki 0–3 0–10 0–13

UEFA Europa League:

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2009–10 Second Qualifying Round Finland FC Honka 0–1 0–2 0–3
2010–11 Second Qualifying Round Finland FC Honka 2–1 1–1 3–2
Third Qualifying Round Portugal Marítimo 1–2 2–8 3–10
2012–13 First Qualifying Round Moldova Zimbru Chisinau 0–0 1–2 1–2

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1962–63 First Round Italy Napoli 2–0 1–3 3–3 (Napoli won playoff game 2–1 at Highbury, London)
1985–86 First Round Norway Fredrikstad 0–0 1–1 1–1 (Away goals rule)
Second Round Spain Atlético Madrid 0–2 0–1 0–3
1998–99 Qualifying Round Finland FC Haka 0–2 0–1 0–3


Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1994–95 Preliminary Round Iceland ÍA Akranes 1–2 0–2 1–4
1995–96 Preliminary Round Poland Widzew Łódź 0–4 0–1 0–5
2000–01 Qualifying Round Sweden Halmstads BK 0–7 0–4 0–11
2002–03 Qualifying Round Serbia and Montenegro Smederevo 1–0 0–2 1–2
2008–09 Qualifying Round Denmark FC Midtjylland 1–6 0–4 1–10

UEFA Intertoto Cup:

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2003 First Round Romania Gloria Bistriţa 0–1 2–5 2–6
2005 First Round Latvia Dinaburg FC 1–2 0–2 1–4




  • Welsh Senior Cup
    • Winners: 1889, 1896, 1962, 1998, 2000, 2008, 2009, 2010
    • Finalists: 1928, 1961, 1964, 1973, 1978, 1985, 2002, 2006, 2011, 2013
  • Welsh League Cup
    • Finalists: 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2009
  • FA Trophy
    • Finalists: 1983–84
  • Northern Premier League Challenge Cup
    • Winners: 1969
  • Northern Premier League President's Cup
    • Winners: 1989
  • Northern Premier League Shield
  • North Wales Coast Challenge Cup
    • Winners: 1927, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1947, 1951, 1958, 1965, 1968, 1993, 1999, 2005, 2012
  • North Wales Coast Amateur Cup[b]
    • Winners: 1895, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1901, 1903, 1905, 1906, 1912
  • North West Wales Challenge Cup
    • Winners: 1886

Biggest victories and losses

  • Biggest win: Not recorded.
  • 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: 0–6 v. Holywell Town in 1992; 0–6 v. Cwmbran Town in 2000; 0–6 v. The New Saints in 2013.
  • 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–?? 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


  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.




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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