Bangor 1876
Full nameBangor 1876 Football Club
Founded2019; 2 years ago (2019)
(as Bangor 1876)
GroundTreborth, Bangor University
ChairmanGlynne Roberts
ManagerDylan Williams
LeagueNorth Wales Coast West Football League Premier Division
2019–20Gwynedd League, 1st

Bangor 1876 Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-Droed Bangor 1876) are an amateur Welsh football club from the City of Bangor, Gwynedd, who play in the North Wales Coast West Football League Premier Division.

History

Formation of the club

In April 2019 the Supporters Association of Bangor City voted overwhelmingly to create a breakaway club in order to protect football in the city, given the recent history of the club under VSM (Vaughan Sports Management). They stated, “We want fans to reconnect with each other and restore the pride and feeling of being a supporter of our historic club. The new club is a creative and positive solution for an ever-changing and precarious situation. We are not disowning Bangor City FC or its history, the club is OURS, it belongs to the fans and local community. “Owners” will come and go but the people remain. Keep the faith.”[1]

An application was submitted in May 2019 to the Football Association of Wales to enter the new club in the Welsh football league system.[2] In June it was confirmed that a Supporters' trust was being set up and would start trading immediately after an application to the Financial Conduct Authority had been successfully made and approved.[3] Later that month, the name and crest of the new club, Clwb Pêl-Droed Bangor 1876 Football Club, was announced<[4] and in June 2019, the club announced the formation of Bangor 1876 Women's FC with the intention to enter teams in various age categories in two girls' leagues in North Wales. The also club confirmed they would be playing their home matches at Treborth, Bangor University.[5]

First season

On 19 June it was announced by the FAW that the club would compete in the tier 5 Gwynedd League for the 2019–20 season[6] and the first manager was announced as Mel Jones, with Dylan Williams confirmed as his assistant.[7] Former Llandudno and Caernarfon Town manager Iwan Williams was also appointed as Director of Football.[8]

The club's inaugural match was against fellow fan-owned team FC United of Manchester[9] and the first competitive match, which took place in the Gwynedd League, saw the club record a 4–1 away victory against Ogwen Tigers on 10 August 2019. A successful first season saw the club leading the league, with a 100 percent win ration when the season was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. They were crowned league champions following the announcement that all Welsh football seasons would finish with a table decided on a 'points per game' basis.[10]

Second season

The club joined the newly formed North Wales Coast West Football League in the tier 4 Premier Division when announced in 2020.[11] The inaugural season was cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic and instead started in August 2021.

Current squad

As of 22 November 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Wales WAL Mark Hawkins
GK Wales WAL Ben Heald
DF Wales WAL Tom Clarke
DF Wales WAL Joe Culshaw
DF Wales WAL Aaron Heald
DF Wales WAL Michael Johnston
DF Wales WAL Corey Jones
DF Wales WAL Cian Williams
MF Wales WAL Cameron Barry
MF Wales WAL Sion Edwards
MF Wales WAL Harry Galeotti
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Wales WAL Shaun Lock
MF Wales WAL Ben Owen
MF Wales WAL Sam Roberts
MF Wales WAL Luke Steele
MF Wales WAL Gethin Thomas
MF Wales WAL Dylan Williams
MF Wales WAL Lennon Williams
FW Wales WAL Sam Ashworth
FW Wales WAL Les Davies
FW Wales WAL Chris Jones
FW England ENG Jamie Petrie

Club staff

Honours

Records

References

  1. ^ "Bangor City Supporters vote to start new football club". The Bangor Aye. 10 April 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  2. ^ "New Bangor Football Club takes a step forward". The Bangor Aye. 9 May 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  3. ^ Bissett, Daniel (6 June 2019). "New Bangor Football Club takes a step forward". Daily Post. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  4. ^ Pritchard, Tom (12 June 2019). "Newly-formed Bangor phoenix club unveil name and new crest". Y Clwb Pêl-Droed. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  5. ^ Jones, Dean (17 June 2019). "Bangor 1876 have Treborth base inspected by FAW ahead of tier placing decision". North Wales Chronicle. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Bangor 1876 To Start In The Gwynedd League". The Bangor Aye. 19 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  7. ^ Jones, Dean (23 June 2019). "Mel Jones confirmed as new manager of fan-owned Bangor 1876". North Wales Chronicle. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  8. ^ Jones, Dave. "Iwan Williams lands top role at Bangor 1876". Grassroots North Wales. Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  9. ^ Griffiths, Rob (21 June 2019). "Bangor 1876 gear up for inaugural fixture". Daily Post. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Table Terfynol - Final Standings". Gwynedd League. Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Nine Anglesey teams to compete in new Tier 4 football league". Anglesey Môn News. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  12. ^ Jones, Jordan (9 January 2020). "Iwan Williams: Former Cofis boss named Director of Football of Bangor 1876". Y Clwb Pêl-Droed. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  13. ^ Owen, Kevin (15 October 2019). "March overview: Bangor 1876 14-0 Bethesda Athletic". CPD Bangor 1876 FC. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  14. ^ "MATCH REPORT; Bangor 1876 Back to Winning Ways in Goal Spree".
  15. ^ Ervine, Jonathan (14 December 2019). "Bangor 1876 score six in win at Caergybi". CPD Bangor 1876 FC. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  16. ^ Owen, Kevin (12 October 2019). "MATCH REPORT; Bangor 1876 Through to Round Two of the NWCFA Junior Cup". CPD Bangor 1876 FC. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  17. ^ Ervine, Jonathan (30 December 2019). "Thirteen goal table toppers". CPD Bangor 1876 FC. Retrieved 23 November 2021.