Bangor City
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The Welsh Cup Final
Season 1997-98
Bangor City 1 v 1 Connahs Quay
played at the The Racecourse on 18th May 1998

Bangor City 1 
 1 Connahs Quay
Ken McKenna 

  Steve Futcher


  A sixth minute sending off scarcely seemed the best of starts for Bangor but that is what happened as Chris Whelan was rightly sent off by Referee Ceri Richards for kicking out.
  But with a rearguard action underway Graeme Sharp's men stood firm - goalkeeper Dave Williams outstanding throughout - until the 75th minute when midfielder Steve Futcher gave Nev Powell's Nomads the lead in pouring rain.
  With hope fading in the downpour City won a last minute corner which Ken McKenna headed past the startled Collister for a late equaliser.
  Thirty minutes of extra time followed but they remained goalless and a penalty shoot out was needed to seperate the two sides.
  Those Connahs Quay ribbons had to be taken off the cup...
  But despite losing a penalty shoot out a week earlier - in the League Cup Final - this time around goalkeeper Dave Williams saved two penalties to achieve hero status on the day as Nicky Brookman netted the final decisive kick!

  Bangor City:
  Dave Williams, Steve Humphreys (Danny McGoona 44’), Mark Edwards, Mark Allen, Chris Whelan, Steve Ashton, Chris Waring,
  Marc Lloyd-Williams, Nicky Brookman, Ken McKenna, Lee Noble. Subs not used: Derek Highdale, Craig Dulson
  Connahs Quay
  Phil Collister Andy Thomas (Mike Cody 93’), Mike Carroll, Craig Hutchinson, Jamie Jardine, Carl Smyth, Steve Futcher,
  Chris Davies (Neil Davies 60’), Jamie Hughes, Vernon Keep (Paul Allen 67’), Darren Wynne.

 Referee:  Mr Ceri Richards
 Attendance:  2023


Bangor City
Connahs Quay
Dave Williams
Goalkeeper signed from Ebbw Vale at the start of the season, featured in Vale's Inter Toto cup campaign during the summer.
Phil Collister
An experienced goalkeeper with over 150 LoW appearances for The Nomads as well as a season spen with local rivals Flint.
Steve Humphreys
Right winger or wingback Steve was a member of the LoW title winning side and comes from Cemaes Bay on Anglesey.
Andy Thomas
Hard working fullback who began his career at Wrexham where he appeared in Europe.
Mark Edwards
A summer signing from Conwy United. Mark is a strong defender who can operate at fullback or centrehalf. Previously played for Rhyl and Caernarfon.
Mike Carroll
Long serving defender with more than 150 LoW appearances for the club.
Mark Allen
A strong a skilful central deender currently studying at Bangor University.
Prior to joining City he was captain of Watford reserves.
Craig Hutchinson
Powerful Whitehaven born midfielder Craig spent four seasons with Holywell Town either side of one with Llansantffraid.
Chris Whelan
Joined Bangor along with his twin brother John from TNS. Versatile and whole hearted competitor.
Jamie Jardine
Tall centreback half who joined The Nomads as a twenty year old after spending nine years at Tranmere Rovers.
Steve Ashton
Signed from Runcorn in October 1996. Hard working and fearless in the tackle, can play in defence or midfield.
Carl Smyth
Tough tackling defender or midfielder previously with Mold Alexandra.
Chris Waring
Experienced midfielder signed from local rivals Conwy United, previously played for Caernarfon Town.Wigan, Knowsley, Southport, Witton, Colwyn Bay and Rotorua of New Zealand
Steve Futcher
Talented Chester based midfielder from a famous footballing family, son of Paul Futcher,nephew of Ron and Graham. He is also related to Ben Futcher and Danny Murphy.
Marc Lloyd Williams
In his third season with the club Marc was a member of the 1994-95 title winning side. Has also played in the Football League for Stockport County and Colwyn Bay. Netted four goals on his return to Bangor at Caernarfon in January 1997.
Chris Davies
A well travelled striker Chris began his career with Mold Alex before moving on to Flint and first joining Connahs Quay in 1993. Has also played for Cwmbran Town.
Nicky Brookman
A reliable midfielder who joined Bangor from Conwy United during the summer.
Jamie Hughes
A former Tranmere Rovers striker Jamie joined Connahs Quay from local rivals Rhyl at the end of last season.
Ken McKenna
A goalscoring forward whose previous clubs include Tranmere Rovers, Runcorn and Altrincham.
Vernon Keep
A rugged midfielder whose previous clubs include Conwy United and Mold Alexandra, Vernon joined The Nomads from Porthmadog in 1995.
Lee Noble
Pacey and hard working left winger who starred in both Bangor's title winning sides. Rejoined the club from Conwy United.
Darren Wynne
Gary joined The Nomads in 1995 after making over 80 LoW appearances for local rivals Flint Town United in a three year spell.


Danny McGoona
Tall and deceptively fast left winger joined Bangor after fifty appearances in three seasons for Connahs Quay. Has also played for Altrincham and Colwyn Bay.
Mike Cody
Young midfielder who has yet to break into the first team.
Derek Highdale
In his second spell at Farrar Road after a brief spell with Conwy United.
Can play in midfield or upfront, Derek has previously played for Fleetwood, Caernarfon Town and Runcorn.
Neil Davies
Neil spent four goalscoring seasons with Holywell before signing for Bangor City in 1995. He soon returned to Holywell and then signed for Connahs Quay in 1997.
Craig Dulson
Signed in December 1997 from Winsford United. Began his career as an apprentice at Everton, has since played for Scarborough and Colwyn Bay.
Paul Allen
Midfielder who has previously made over 100 LoW appearances for Holywell Town before joining The Nomads.


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Welsh Cup Final Programme




The Road to The Final 1997-98
Bangor City

Connahs Quay
Second Round
Welshpool Town
0
v
7
 Bangor City

Connahs Quay
4
v
1
 Porthmadog




  Ken McKenna 3
  Marc Ll Williams 2
  Chris Whelan
  Mark Allen







Third Round
Flint Town  United
0
v
3
 Bangor City

Connahs Quay
1
v
1
 Goytre United




  Marc Ll Williams 2
  Steve Ashton












Goytre United
0
v
2
 Connahs Quay











Fourth Round
Aberystwyth Town
1
v
3
 Bangor City

Connahs Quay  4
v
0
 Llanwern




  Marc Ll Williams 2
  Craig Dulson






Fifth Round
Bangor City
2
v
0
 Caernarfon Town

Connahs Quay  3
v
2
 Cwmbran Town
 Marc Ll Williams 2 













 

















Semi Final
Newtown
1
v
1
 Bangor City

Barry
1
v
2
 Connahs Quay






Danny Carter 



  Chris Davies
  Steve Futcher
Bangor City
2
v
1
 Newtown






Marc Ll Williams 
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