Season 2018-19 Match Preview No 29

Friday 15th February 2019
HuwsGray Alliance
Conwy Borough v Bangor City

   Bangor travel to Conwy on Friday evening
Less than a forntight after City played a "home" game at Yr Morfa against Gresford Athletic.
   The two teams first met in late September when City ran out one nil winnners at Nantporth thanks to a soliatry strike from Robbie Parry
   Conwy manager Warren Gibbs has been awarded the January Manager of The Month Award.
  The former Bangor defender - and ball boy - was a blue during the seasons 2001-04 and played under Peter Davenport before suffering a serious knee injury against Connahs Quay Nomads at Farrar Road.
  Goalkeeper Antoni Sarnowski a former City goalkeeper who plays behind a defence built around former Bangor pair  Iolo Hughes and  Gerwyn Jones.
  The midfield is built around ex Rhyl schemer Tom Creamer and one time Llandudno man Sean McCaffery.
  Upfront the veteran Lee Thomas adds experience to the youthful menace of ex Bangor U19 ace Corrig McGonigle who is the CA leading scorer with sixteen.
   Blues boss Gary Taylor Fletcher is again waiting on International clearance after having his plans for the cup semi final at Holyhead disrupted at the last moment.
Goalkeeper Nathan Wolland is likely to start behind a defence bolstered by the arrival of Michael Johnston whose arrival from Wrexham side Brickfield did not cross the paper tape border.
  Another new arrival Tom Reilly can play leftback, left wing or midfield so it remains to be seen where he might slot in, likewise whether or not midfielder Jamie Menagh has recovered from injury.
  A stronger midfield would allow player manager Gary Taylor Fletcher to push up alongside Sam Jones who has taken up the mantle of chief striker despite still being only nineteen years of age.
  Sixteen year old Dylan Summers Jones scored a screamer at Holyhead and will also hope to be involved.
  Of course all this goes on against a backcloth of uncertainty surrounding the club, of unpaid utitlity bills, water and electricity disconnected. At the moment none of this seems set to be resolved.
  But players play and supporters support and all both can do on Friday night is try and win a football match for Bangor City at Conwy.
  Cmon City!

Check out the two sides

  Johnno Returns

  Bangor have signed Michael Johnston

  The experienced central defender rejoins City from Wrexham based Brickfield Rangers.
  Since leaving Bangor in 2015 Michael has played for Llandudno, Caernarfon and briefly Runcorn.

  Welcome to Nantporth Johnno

  A Liverpool born centre back, Michael Johnston moved to Farrar Road on a loan period from Tranmere Rovers just before the September 2007 transfer window.  During the summer of 2008 he was released by Rovers and wasted no time in signing for City on a permanent basis.  
   Michael has represented Wales and Under 17 and 19 level and was voted the outstanding player in North Wales at the end of the 2007-08 season. During the 2009-10 season Michael represented Wales Under 23s (semi professional) side.
  He has won three successive Welsh Cup Winners medals in 2008, 09 and 10 and in 2011 added
a Welsh Premier Championship winners medal. Michael represented the club in the Champions League matches against HJK Helsinki at the beginning of the 2011-12 season and again in the Europa League a year later to bring his total European appearances for the City to a dozen starts - a club record.

 Tom Reilly Signs

  Bangor have signed former Accrington youth team player Tom Reilly.

  The eighteen year old left footer can play fullback or midfield and also has experience playing in Sweden with Eskilstuna City.
  Tom is available for selection now after awaiting International Clearance.

  Gresford Game - and More - in Doubt...

  Saturday afternoon's CA visit of Gresford Athletic is in doubt.

  After a great deal of speculation on social media - much of it unreliable it has to be said - things came to a head after the Welsh Cup visit of Caernarfon.
  Events - or an eventuality which many City fans had feared when Steve Vaughan under the guise of VSM, took over the club in 2016.
  Chief amongst them strong rumours of unpaid wages, not only to players but ground staff, and of unpaid bills.

  It was unpaid bills to companies with well rehearsed debt collection systems that proved most significant and led to the club releasing the following statement

  Recent Events:

  On Monday morning Bangor City Football Club was issued with a 16,000 demand for electricity. The electric has been used by Nantporth CIC and Bangor City Football Club. This led to its disconnection.
 We understand Nantporth CIC are in the process of changing over to a different supplier for the 3G pitch floodlights which makes up a majority portion of the overall bill. This has not happened as yet.
  However, unjustly the bill is in the name of Bangor City Football Club.

  This was followed by a water rates demand of 9,000 the same day which has now also been turned off.
  The Football Club is responsible to pay this bill.

 Negotiations are in place to get both bills settled and brought up to date as soon as possible.
 We are still waiting on funds being released from the FAW which has also hindered our cashflow.
 Bangor City's creditors list is approximately 80,000 in its entirety. This includes bringing players and staff wages up to date as well as paying compensation to our former groundsman.
 The club has been in negotiations with investors and sponsors for the past two months and are very close to securing a new stadium sponsor.
  The Football Club will be requesting its shareholders to assist with the current financial situation and the club endeavours to get ready for Saturday's league fixture v Gresford FC.

   There has been a sense of inevitability leading up to this, accelerated no doubt by the departure of Steve Vaughan jnr to Malta.
   What happens next is unclear but it seems highly unlikely that all the funds needed will be forthcoming although it might be possible to reach an agreement with creditors based on part payment to the water and electricity suppliers.
   How long such interim payments would be effective for is another question.
   There has been a good deal of ill informed speculation on social media, to which this website will not be adding.
   News will be reported as it unfolds, in particular with one eye on the weekend visit of Gresford.
   Watch this space...


 Barnes follows Darlington out of Nantporth
  Bangor City have announced that Sam Barnes has joined Newtown.

  The former Colwyn Bay centrehalf has played most of City's games this season, allowing for a couple of breaks through injury.

  A powerful centreback Barnes joined City during the summer and became a favourite with City fans.

  This comes hot on the heels of news that Aled Darlington had joined Mosta in Malta.

  Darlington was - and still is - the club's leading goalscorer due in no small part to scoring nine goals in three games in November.

  Good luck to both players, with doubts surrounding the club's future there may be more to follow.

 Bangor Land Midfielder Menagh

 Bangor City have signed former Blackpool
  youngster Jamie Menagh

 The 25 year old Liverpool born midfielder was noted by Gary Taylor Fletcher when both played at Bloomfield Road.

 Since which time Jamie has played for Prescot Cables, Chester, Marine, Altrincham and Airbus UK.
 He gained most first team experience with Chester in the National League and Airbus in the Welsh Premier for whom he played against Bangor twice in the 2016-17 season. losing at Nantporth but winning at Broughton with The Planemakers.
 The signing had been delayed due to International Clearance but with that now gained Jamie can hope to make his debut for City at Holyhead on Friday evening.
 Welcome to Nantporth!

  Les Gone. Darlington and Stephens to follow?

 Bangor legend Les Davies has joined Llandudno.

  The 33 year old has moved to Tudno who this week allowed John Owen to join Cefnm Druids.
  There had been suggestions that the Maesgeirchen marauder was unsettled and from my perspective he cut a glum figure in the Boxing Day fixture at Porthmadog. He was replaced by player manager Gary Taylor Fletcher against Guilsfield.
 Les is a hugely popular figure with Bangor fans and will be sorely missed.

  No sooner had this story started to gather dust than news broke that leading goalscorer Alex Darlington and defender Ashley Stephens had been the subject of substantial offer from Mosta FC of Malta. The club Steven Vaughan jnr joined  a month ago.
  Of course not every part timer footballer with a job and family can uproot - but that is very much up to the players involved if the offer is accepted.

  Older Bangor fans might be reminded of the exodus of 1980 when Stan Storton left to take over as manager of Telford United.
 If memory serves me Kevin Charlton, Alan Walker, Dave Barnett and Dave Mather went with him, possibly one more too.
  It has to be said that didnt end well, City fans will be interested to see if the manager has replacements on the way or..

  Bangor City To Be Sold?

  New Owners Poised to Takeover...

  The story broke on local media and is well summarised in this article:
  Bangor City set for takeover
There is no indication as yet quite what this means in terms of who the new owners might be or what control or influence they would have.
  It seems odd given the appointment of Alan Moogan today and Gary Taylor Fletcher before the weekend, but with more new expected over the next few days the situation will soon be clearer.

   Alan Moogan Arrives

  Bangor City have appointed Alan Moogan as Assistant Manager

  Blues boss Gary Taylor Fletcher has brought former Southport midfielder to Nantporth as his assistant.

  The former Everton youth teamer and reserve retired from playing in 2014 after several years with Southport, Burscough and Telford.
  Since 2014 he worked as a player coach at Southport and then Telford and more recently as a coach with Liverpool FC.

  Welcome to Nantporth Alan

 Taylor Fletcher Returns

 Gary Taylor Fletcher is back at Nantporth

  The vastly experienced Gary Taylor Fletcher is the new manager, in place of caretaker Steven Vaughan who has moved to Malta.
  Since leaving Nantporth at the end of last season after the licence failure Taylor Fletcher has been out of football. But a couple of weeks ago he linked up with Llandudno and scored three goals in his three appearances for the relegation strugglers.
  Technically he replaces Craig Harrison who left to join Connahs Quay in mid October, but the nine game winning streak inherited by GTF is as much down to Vaughan and his assistants.
  Taylor Fletcher will be a player manager at Nantporth although any return on the pitch will be on hold until around the New Year due to FAW regulations.
  His tenure as manager begins at Belle Vue on Friday night.
  Welcome back GTF.
Gary Taylor Fletcher in action against Carmarthen with thanks EventPhoto Wales

  Steven Hewitt Flies South

  Bangor midfielder Steven Hewitt has moved to Australia

  The creative midfielder had been linked with a move to a local WP side but this proved to be wide of the mark.
  The former Burnley youngster scored eight goals from 27 starts for City last season and rejoined the blues during the autumn after training with the club.
  This is a life changing opportunity and a chance too good to pass up.
  Good luck Steven.

   In recent weeks Lee Owens, Tom Field and Andy Jones have also left the club.
   Good luck to them also.

 Harrison Goes Nomad

  Bangor manager Craig Harrison has resigned and taken up a coaching position at Connahs Quay.
  This may well be the post left vacant by the return of Neil Gibson to Prestatyn but the net effect is another managerial change at Nantporth.
  For the Welsh Cup visit of Mold tomorrow Steve Vaughan jnr will take charge, assisted by Luke Purcell and Alan Lewer.
  As the resignation was only received this morning no further news on a likely longer term replacement for the former TNS boss has been announced.
  Quite why Harrison chose to leave at this particular moment may become clearer in time, but his first duty is to accompany Jock Morrison to Park Hall tomorrow for a top of the table clash with his former club.
  Strange times.

  City Mourns Dick Rigby

  Bangor fans have been saddened today by the news of the death of long time supporter Dick Rigby.

 A familiar figure home and away, home and abroad, Dick was often to be seen stopping for a chat, a moider, with fellow City supporters.
 Dick was an active and loyal supporter of both the football club and supporters association.
 Literally hundreds of City fans have taken to social media to offer messages of support to Dick's wife Anora and their family at this very sad time.
 Gone but not forgotten,
 Rest in Peace Dick Rigby