NEWS FROM NANTPORTH
| Friday Night Action
Bangor host Bala at Nantporth on Friday night
And as the season - and the race to reach Europe - comes to a climax these home league matches have addied importancefor City.
Bala have recovered impressively after making a dismal start to the season which appeared to threaten their top six status.
But a revival saw them not only reach the top six at the January split but also push for the runners up spot along with Bangor and Connahs Quay.
This being the second phase of fixtures, the two sides met twice in the league before the break.
Back in October 2017 a solitary second half goal from James Demetriou gave visitors Bangor a win at Maes Tegid.
Then on to November and a thumping five nil win for City at Nantporth with Luke Wall adding a late brace after earlier strikes from Gary Taylor Fletcher, Steven Hewitt and Dean Rittenberg had put City three up.
So definitely advantage Bangor in phase one.
Bala did not have a game.
Since the two sides last met Bala boss Colin Caton has stengthened his injury ravaged squad.
The main departure was defender Will Bell who moved to Cymru Alliance hopefuls Rhyl.
With injuries affecting defensive options it was not surprising that Altrincham pair John Disney and Lewis Short returned to the Welsh Premier, both having previously played for Connahs Quay.
Caton also strengthened his midfield with the return of old boys Rob Pearson and Kieran Smith who had both in playing in New Zealand with Tasman United.
The name most City fans wil look out for though will be Les Davies whose popularity amongst Bangor supporters does not dimish.
The starting line ups are likely to be:
Bangor will be keen to carry on with their impressive form against one their main contenders for runners up.
The big issue for City last weekend was defensive injuries, with Cai Owen, Paul Connolly and Laurence Wilson all ruled out.
Player coach Gary Taylor Fletcher also watched from the sidelines.
Added to which Brayden Shaw was also unable to play along with cup tied Alex Darlington.
All of which suggests that recent signing Darlington is the most likely to return against The Lakesiders.
Not that he is guaranteed a starting berth though after that fine goalscoring performance against the plucky Merthyr based side who to their credit breathed some life into the Welsh Cup quarter finals.
So a big test for City and the chance to put daylight between themselves and third placed Euro rivals Bala.
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| One in One Out...
Bangor City have signed Alex Darlington
The 29 year old striker joins City from WP rivals TNS
A Wrexham born attacker Alex came through the ranks at his home town club but left after serious injury.
He then embarked upon a lengthy spell with TNS where he scored 94 WP goals from 144 starts (plus 90 sub) whilst winning numerous League and Cup medals.
Alex has been capped by Wales Semi Pro U23s on several occasions.
Welcome to Nantporth!
| Jimmy The Greek Heads for Barry Island
As new faces arrives at Nantporth so a familiar one departs.
Centre forward James demetriou has joined Barry Town to join a small number who have played for both clubs.
Others include Phil Johnson and possibly Terry Boyle.
Australian born James scored on his debut at Bala in October 2017 but despite this promising start was only to score once more, against Cwmamman two months later.
A powerful striker James just never quite found his feet at Nantporth but looked like he had plenty to offer.
| Blues in Double Swoop
Bangor City have announced the signing of a defender & striker.
The defender is Joel Bembo-Leta (left) who joins from Witton Albion.
Described as an imposing 6'2 defender Joel has previously played for Stalybridge Celtic.
The 25 year old was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo but has played for a host of clubs in the North West including Altrincham, FC United, Mossley, Colwyn Bay, Marine, Buxton and Droylsden.
Manchester based Joel made more than 150 first team appearances for Celtic after graduating through their youth system.
The striker is Yves Zama (right) signs from Ramsbottom Town.
The Ivory Coast born attacker has previouly played for Hesketh Bank, Nelson, Bacup Borough and Burscough. He also spent a brief spell with Southport.
Welcome to Nantporth!
| DAMO DEPARTS
Blues midfielder Damien Allen has left the club to join WP rivals Averystwyth.
The 31 one year old had joined City under the management of Nev Powell in 2011 and will link up with the Flint based boss at Park Avenue.
Damien scored eleven goals for City in 151 WP appearances and was a popular figure with City fans.
Good luck Damo
| Saturday Tea Time..
Bangor travel to Shropshire on Saturday tea time.
And although this final match of phase one against league leaders The New Saints kicks off at 5.15pm it will not be on TV. The live broadcast match is ten minutes north at The Rock as Cefn Druids host Llandudno.
You might then ask why the other five matches have to kick off at the same time. Who on earth can watch the live fixture when the most likely viewers are watching their own side?
Nevertheless this is how things are in Welsh football.
So whilst Sgorio broadcast Cefn v Llandudno live and Spurs v Everton is live on Satellite TV the rest of the clubs have to take it on the chin and carry on regardless.
This is the second meeting between Bangor and TNS this season. The opening game of the season in August drew a crowd of around 600 which saw City pull off a stunning 5-2 win over the opponents for this last game of phase one.
It was two all at the break as City went ahead twice through Brayden Shaw and Gary Taylor Fletcher but the Saints equalised twice through centreback Connall Rawlinson and winger Jamie Mullan.
The second half was a different affair though as Taylor Fletcher and Shaw netted again before Bolivian striker Anderson Cayola added a late penalty for a five two final score.
Last weekend City won 3-1 against Newtown at Nantporth with nineteen year old George Harry scoring twice.
The New Saints won 4-1 at struggling Prestatyn where midfielder Jon Routledge also grabbed a brace.
The Park Hall side's Paul Harrison holds the clubs WP appearance record with 336. He missed a match recently, Newtown away on Boxing Day, when young Aaron Jones deputised.
The only other Saint with 20 (from 21) league starts this season is rightback Simon Spender whilst leftback Ryan Pryce has returned to the club after a successful loan spell at Cefn. He played for The Druids in their one nil win at Nantporth in mid October.
Midfield options include Jon Routledge and the long serving Aaron Edwards who made 215 starts for the club since joining from Caersws in 2009.
One man due back for the home side is winger Robbie Parry who was red carded against Newtown on 30th December 2017. He has served a two match ban.
Conversely leading goalscorer Greg Draper was also sent off against The Robins at Latham Park on Boxing Day but the club were successful in an appeal and the red card was rescinded by an FAW Disciplinary Panel.
The starting line ups are likely to be:
Bangor are likely to stick pretty closely to the side which played Newtown last weekend.
The main concern for City will be at centreback where seventeen year old Guto Williams played alongside Tom Kennedy against The Robins.
Both Anthony Miley and Paul Connolly missed out, whether either is fit to return remains to be seen.
One man still on the sidelines is Damien Allen who is recovering from an operation. Felinheli based Danny Gossett will be keen to get a chance to impress against his old team.
Big James Demetriou scored a hatrick for the Development side against Connahs Quay last weekend as he bids to find match sharpness.
With Anderson Cayola having departed for warmer climes rumours suggested a new striker could be on his way into Nantporth.
No sign of inbound activity yet but there is still time...
Bangor have secured their place in the top six but as the WP table shows a win is the only way to close the gap on the Park Hall side this weekend.
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| Adios Anderson
Bangor City have announced the departure of Anderson Cayola.
The 21 year old Bolivian joined City during the summer and made his debut in the 5-2 opening day defeat of The New Saints at Nantporth.
A small skilful striker Cayola was a popular figure with City fans but could not score the goals to hold down a regular place in the blues starting line up. A couple of strikes, one against Welsh Cup opponents Cwmamman were the highlights of his stay at Nantporth.
Reports suggest Anderson is on trial with Maltese side Birkirkara as he looks to find a new club.
| Sion Edwards Joins Porthmadog
| The long serving left winger announced he was leaving Bangor City a week ago.
Today he was revealed as Porthmadog's newest recruit.
He will team up with former blues Chris Jones, Sion Bradley and Ifan Emlyn Jones at Port.
Good luck Sion.
Bangor Bound for Barry
Bangor travel to Jenner Park on Saturday afternoon
And hosts Barry will be keen to complete the double of City.
In the Welsh Cup weekend fixtures Bangor won 4-3 over Welsh League visitors Cwmamman with four different scorers on target, Danny Gossett, Anderson Cayola, James Demetriou and Brayden Shaw.
Barry on the other hand were obliged to travel to Caernarfon on Sunday where Cymru Alliance side side ran out 2-0 winnners in front of the Sgorio cameras.
This is the second meeting between the two clubs this season.
In late September the South Walians won 1-0 at Nantporth thanks to a well taken goal from leading goalscorer Kayne McClaggan.
This was a game best - or worst - remembered by City fans for a simply dreadful refereeing display from Iwan Griffiths who decision to award and then not award City a penalty for handball was a pivotal moment.
A month ago Barry shocked the WP scene with a one nil in at Park Hall against The New Saints.
Since when they have beaten Llandudno 2-0 but lost against Newtown and Cefn Druids
Manager Gavin Chesterfield will doubtless shuffle his pack after the Welsh Cup set back.
Goalkeeper Mike Lewis is one of five ever presents in the Barry side, behind a defence which is likely to include fellow ever presents Luke Cooper and Chris McHugh.
Midfielder Troy Greening is another as is leading goalscorer Kayne McClaggan who has eight WP strikes to his name.
Barry only have twelve league goals to their name this season - two thirds scored by McClaggan - and defender McHugh has two of those!
The starting line ups are likely to be :Bangor made several changes from the side which started against Barry for the cup game with Cwmamman, and are likely to revert to the former for the trip to Jenner Park.
This would mean a recall for Matthew Hall in goal.
Rightback Danny Holmes is a likely starter but who plays alongside Anthony Miley in central defence is less clear, as is whether Tom Kennedy or Laurence Wilson play leftback.
Midfield should see the return of Damien Allen with Gary Taylor Fletcher another strong contender.
Leading goalscorer Dean Rittenberg is another likely starter.
What they Welsh Cup win showed is that City have options and whichever side is selected is capable of winning the match..
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| Welsh Cup Weekend
Cwmamman United FC 2017-18
WELSH CUP MATCH PREVIEW
City Welcome Cwmamman
Bangor welcome Cwmamman United to Nantporth on Saturday
The Welsh League side are making their first appearance at Nantporth in what seems to be the first meeting between the two.
Based on the outskirts of Ammanford, north of Llanelli, the visitors play their home matches at Grenig Park and are currently lying in 14th position in the Welsh League First Division.
This is their first season in the top flight after gaining promotion from Division Two and has sparked a series of ground improvements as the club aim for Welsh Premier status.
A trip to Nantporth is something of a journey into the unknown for United but one they are doubtless keen to make. And of course with Sgorio highlights and live broadcasts available via the internet they have every chance to do their homework before setting off!
Cwmamman have fought their way through two rounds of The Welsh Cup so far this season.
In the First Round Ammanford beat WP old boys Rhayader Town 3-1 with goals from Colin Harris, Ryan Thomas and Ashley Curtis. On to Round Two and a 3-0 win over Bridgend Street with Tom Blackburn, Colin Harris and Ashley Curtis once again on target.
Goalkeeper Chris Curtis played for Afan Lido in the First Round and so is likely to be replaced by long serving Rob Jones.
The Cwm defence includes brothers Jack and Josh Medwin who come from a football family which includes father Cameron and grandfather Terry.
Cameron was at Swansea City with Glan Letheran and John Mahoney in the early 1980s. Wiinger Terry Medwin played for Swansea and Spurs and won thirty caps for Wales from 1953-63.
Back to today and defender Jordan Vickers was in the Garden Village squad which played at Nantporth in November 2014
Captain and midfielder Craig Spring is another with plenty of Welsh League experience as is former Wales U19 cap Declan John who also made a dozen or so Welsh Premier appearances for Afan Lido and Llanelli between 2007-2012.
Two more midfield options are Colin Harris and Ryan Thomas.
Twenty two year old Colin Harris joined from Goytre United was also at Nantporth in 2014 whilst Garden Village old boy Ryan Thomas (pictured left) was Cwmamman's leading goalscorer last season.
The attacking threat should come from Chris Allen, another who came to Nantporth with Garden Village, former Port Talbot striker Jordan Langley and Tom Blackburn whose previous clubs include Ragged School.
The starting line ups are likely to be :Bangor should be able to field pretty much the side which played Bala last weekend.
Despite the scoreline one man who impressed was young glovesman Matthew Hall who would make his Welsh Cup debut if he gets the nod.
The 20 year old former West Bromich Albion youngster has started the last five games for City.
Centrehalf Paul Connolly made his long awaited return at Connahs Quay and continued against Bala.
His presence could mean Laurence Wilson has to be content with a place on the bench now he has served his one match ban.
Midfielder Steven Hewitt has now scored in each of his last three games.
Ahead of him leading goalscorer Dean Rittenberg now has ten for the season in all competitions which puts him four ahead of Gary Taylor Fletcher.
City have home advantage and are in a fine run of form but blues fans who remember Glantraeth will know that counts for nothing when cup football comes along...
|Grateful thanks to Laurence Molloy for his help preparing this preview
| Blues Legend Sion Edwards Signs Off..
Along with many other Bangor fans I was saddened by the news that Sion Edwards had left the club.
I have to say though I was not surprised. He cut a forlorn figure in the stand at Connahs Quay on Friday night and was clearly fed up with not being part of the match day side.
This is not a dig at the current management, they have the right to pick the team and of course players come and go.
But Sion is no ordinary player. He is the club's longest serving player and has made a Welsh Premier record number of appearance. Sion started 231 league matches and came off the bench on a further 92 occasions to total 323 appearances.
No one else has made the 300 barrier and as Anthony Miley leads the current squad on 118 the achievement is astonishing.
A skilful left winger Sion notched 58 league goals along the way. He made his Bangor debut in the opening game of 2006-07, the visit of Cefn Druids on 19th August 2006. A memorable game which City won six nil despite a goalless first half under the management of Clayton Blackmore.
Two goals from Marc Lloyd Williams, one apiece from Paul O'Neill and Ashley Stott set the scene for the young substitute to trot on and make his mark with two goals from outside the box in the closing ten minutes.
Sion went on to win three Welsh Cup Winners Medals and the Welsh Premier Championship in 2011.
He made 14 appearances for City in Europe in all its many forms, including the UEFA Cup, Europa League and Champions League.
None of this tells you though that Sion Edwards was a local lad, a product of the Penrhosgarnedd youth system who was picked up by Wrexham where I first came across him watching an evening match at Gresford, close to the Colliery training ground.
Like a number of outstanding local players to wear the famous blue shirt Sion had a left foot to die for.
My memory places him alongside Ellis Wyn Jones, Phil Lunn, Marc Lloyd Williams and of course Les Davies. Good company.
At thirty Sion has a good few years left him in him yet, there is every chance that he might return to Nantporth in the future, be it in new colours or the famous blue shirt once more.
| Sam Henry Departs
Bangor striker Sam Henry has today left the club to joined North West Counties side Widnes FC.
The 25 year old joined City in the summer having scored prolifically for Blacon Youth but found opportunities limited at Nantporth.
Sam will link up with another former blue River Humphreys at his new club.
Good luck at Widnes Sam.
| Welsh Cup Third Round Draw
City have been drawn home to Ammanford based Cwmamman United in the Third Round of The Welsh Cup.
The Welsh League side are due to visit Nantporth on the weekend of 3/4 December 2017 which in all probability will be Saturday 3rd December 2017.
Two years ago United travelled to Guilsfield in the corresponding fixture.
(Cwmamman in blue)
| Bangor City have signed James Demetriou
Born in Sydney in 1995 the Australian Cypriot striker played for Western Sydney Wanderers and then Sydney Olympic before signing a two year deal with Nottingham Forest in 2013.
A year later he moved to Swansea where he was a team mate of former blue Henry Jones.
Whilst with The Swans he spent a loan period with Wealdstone in the Conference South.
More recently he has played in Cyprus for Karmiotissa
James is described as all action centre forward and should go straight into the squad for the trip to Bala tomorrow.
| Dan Nardiello Leaves Nantporth
| Bangor City have announced the departure of experienced forward Dan Nardiello
The 34 year old former Wales International thirteen goals from 32 Welsh Premier appearances for Bangor after joining the club in August 2016.
Nardiello, who lives in the Midlands, was a member of the Manchester United youth set up who enjoyed a lengthy playing career before signing for City. Barnsley, QPR and Blackpool are amongst his former clubs.
This season though Nardiello had appeared to struggle for fitness and had only made two league starts.
What turned out to be his final appearance came at Connahs Quay in the League Cup in midweek.
A skilful striker who tested the alertness of linsemen with his "last line" positioning, Nardiello will be missed at Nantporth but clearly both the club and player feel the time is right for a clean break.
Good luck Nards.
| League Cup Poser
| The League Cup comes back on the horizon this week in the form of a quick fire rematch with Connahs Quay at The Deeside Stadium.
In the first round Bangor beat visitors Denbigh Town 5-2 at Nantporth with Dean Rittenberg scoring four.
This though will be a much tougher test, not least as City have to travel to Bala in the league on Saturday. Although The Nomads face The New Saints next up that match is not scheduled until next Tuesday 10th October.
So in simple terms this could be a changed City against full strength Nomads.
Hard to say of course but in that match with Denbigh starters included Matthew Hall, Cai Owen, Paul Connolly, Sam Henry, George Harry and Sion Edwards.
With recent selections in mind Anderson Cayola and Dan Nardiello might also come into consideration.
Reports suggest Cai Owen and Paul Connolly are out through injury which could open the door for Guto Williams who has played in defence and midfield so far this season for the blues U19s side.
Whover is selected hosts Connahs Quay have the opportunity to field their strongest team with a blank weekend ahead.
Of course Jock Morrison could opt to pick some of the younger members of the first team squad who have come through the academy.
Either way it will be around seven o clock on Tuesday evening before we find out!
Good luck to Bangor who have never managed to win the League Cup despite reaching the final several times!
| Nev Powell - An Appreciation
| Nev Powell first turned out in a Bangor shirt during the 1984-85 season.
John Mahoney had replaced Dave Elliot just weeks into the season and set about rebuilding the side which only months earlier had reached the FA Trophy Final.
A skilful passing midfielder Powell became an integral part of a side which reached the Welsh Cup Final against Shrewsbury in 1985 to qualify for Europe. He starred in the side which eliminated Frederikstad and put up a brave fight against Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.
In a nine year stay Powell forged an impressive partnership with John Aspinall in a team which also included Derek Goulding, Kevin Mooney and Steve Crompton. A team which so nearly won the NPL in 1989.
When the newly formed LoW was launched in 1992 the curly haired midfielder made thirty appearances for City before joining Connahs Quay. In August 1996 I was on the hill in Llansantffraid when a heavy challenge from a home centreback broke his leg and ended his playing career at the age of 33.
Powell threw himself into management and under his shrewd guidance the North East Wales minnows established themselves in the national league. The team no one wanted to play.
In 2006 Clayton Blackmore replaced Peter Daveport as manager and was soon to give way to Steve Bleasdale.
The eccentric Bleo was not to last too long either so in May 2007 chairman Ken Jones beamed like a Cheshire cat as he revealed former player Nev Powell as City's new manager. (first team selection shown above)
A new era began.
Powell soon set a record as Bangor won the Welsh Cup three years in a row, 2008,09 and 10.
A year later in 2011 they went one better and won the WP Title by beating The New Saints by a Craig Garside goal to nil at Farrar Road. Along the way City had qualified for Europe in four successive seasons and along the way a two legged win over Honka Espoo.
Of course history records the downs as well as the ups and in 2016 Nev Powell was relieved of his duties as new owners took the helm at Bangor City.
But what does his record tell us and where does he rank in Bangor City history.
Only three managers have won a league title at Bangor in the past fifty years.
The quietely spoken Geordie Dave Elliot won the NPL in 1982. For good measure he took City to Wembley in 1984.
Goalkeeper Nigel Adkins won the LoW in 1994 and 1995 and moved on to better things.
Oddly all three title winners were sacked - or relieved of their duties - despite their success with the club.
It is near impossible to compare managers in different eras, better to recognise the rarity of the feat, of winning a title over a season.
Certainly Nev Powell is rightly ranked amongst the finest Bangor managers of the past fifty years and should be well received at Nantporth today and in the near future when he returns as Aberystwyth boss.
All the best Nev.
| Brayden Guides Bangor to Bay Win
Colwyn Bay 1 v 2 Bangor CityRecord signing Brayden Shaw was the leader of the pack as Bangor won another pre season, this time at the home of NPL side Colwyn Bay.
Kick off was delayed due to traffic and travelling problems (summer football anyone?) and those who did not make the eight o clock start missed an early goal apiece.
The first inside a minute came from Brayden Shaw who latched onto a pass from young George Harry to beat Matt Cooper for a one nil lead. But within a minute of this the Bay equalised as former Chorley winger Astley Mulholland fired home from twelve yards.
With the scores level at one all those arriving late were left to scratch their heads at what they had missed.
The two sides then exchanged half chances as first Sam Henry went close for Bangor before Jamie Rainford responded for the hosts. On seven minutes Brayden Shaw saw his header strike the crossbar, then goalscorer Mulholland forced a save from blues keeper Connor Roberts. Former Marine striker Jamie Rainford (right) then went close for Colwyn Bay as the home side appeared to settle after that madcap beginning.
Either side of the 25 minute mark Brayden Shaw went close twice the first a save from Matt Cooper, the second a shot over the bar. Danny Andrews fired over for the home side before the irrepresible Shaw fired narrowly wide from the edge of the box on the half hour mark. Rainford went close once again but it was City who finished the half with a series of corners following a long range shot from Laurence Wilson.
HALF TIME 1-1The second half could not hope to kick off with the same ferocity of the first.
Ten minutes after the restart Brayden Shaw passed to Sion Edwards whose powerful drive fizzed across the face of the goal.
The game was broken up now by a number of substitutions but George Harry went close as he just failed to get a touch to Shaw's cross.
On 65 minutes substitute Jack Hindle set up Rainford but the well travelled striker failed to capitalise.
With thirteen minutes to go Bangor regained the lead.
Brayden Shaw again the provider as Sam Henry ran in to chip over former Witton Albion goalkeeper Cooper.
As the game moved end to end Anthony Miley might have put City further ahead, substitute Mike Fino might have equalised, but neither could find the back of the net.
Some good passing play from Bangor whose fine pre season form continues and for both sides another useful work out as the season draws nearer.
Photo of Sam Hunt above with thanks to Bangor City
| Colwyn Bay
Matt Cooper, Dan Collins, Anthony Griffith, Josh Brizzell, Shaun Holden, Will Booth, Luke Horrocks,
Astley Mulholland, Danny Andrews, Jamie Rainford.
Subs: Jack Hindle, Mike Pino, Kris Leigh, Tom Rutter.
| Bangor City
Connor Roberts, Lawrence Wilson, Tom Kennedy, Danny Holmes, Cai Owen, Sion Edwards, Gary Taylor-Fletcher,
Danny Gosset, George Harry, Brayden Shaw, Sam Henry.
Subs: Matt Hall, Anthony Miley, Daniel Nardiello, Luke Wall, Dean Rittenberg.
| Wall Breaches Castle Defences
Flint Town 0 v 1 Bangor CityBangor edged a closely fought pre season battle at Cae Y Castell last night thanks to a first half strike from summer signing Luke Wall.
Other than that is was evenly contested with Flint working hard and putting City under pressure as they tried to play out from the back on the uncut grass.
Debutant Anderson Cayola had the ball in the net in the opening minutes but he had pushed his marker and the referee duly awarded a home freekick. Bangor went close again as Steven Hewitt forced a save from the Flint goalkeeper.
Then on 23 minutes Cty had the lead as Cayola and Gary Taylor Fletcher combined to set up Luke Wall whose left footed curler found it's way inside the right hand upright.
Defiant Flint quickly won a corner but midfielder Mark Cadwallader saw his effort cleared off the line.
Either side of the half hour both sides went close. First Gary Taylor Fletcher saw his shot crash into the advertising boards before Cadwallader fired wide. Both efforts from outside the box.
For City the purposeful Cayola, cast in the South American mould of Tevez or Aguero caught the eye with low centre of gravity and decisive running.
Ten minutes before the break Steven Hewitt had to be replaced following injury, Danny Gossett trotting on in his place.
Flint had one last effort just before the interval as the number ten shot at goal but the ball faded wide and that was about it for the first half with City leading one nil at the interval.
At half time Lee Healey replaced Ritchie Foulkes in the Flint attack.
And the introduction of the former blues frontman lifted the home side as Healey forced a good save from blues keeper Matthew Hall who could only watch as Cadwallader smashed the rebound high and wide.
Hall then saved again from Healey who also saved from another Flint substitute after Phil Doran had outmuscled the blues frontmen on half way.
With fifteen minutes to go City won a corner but Anthony Miley headed just wide and then Gary Taylor Fletcher was replaced by Dan Nardiello.
The final action saw a brilliant double save from the Flint goalkeeper. Luke Wall's cross from the left found Nardiello whose header was pushed out by the acrobatic gloveman to Dean Rittenberg whose follow up shot got the same treatment.
Moments later the final whistle blew. A narrow victory for City, an impressive competitive display from Flint and for Bangor another work out in preparation towards the league kick off against champions TNS.
Matthew Hall, Danny Holmes, Laurence Wilson, Steven Hewitt, Anthony Miley, Tom Kennedy,
Gary Taylor Fletcher, Damien Allen, Anderson Cayola, Dean Rittenberg, Luke Wall.
Subs: Connor Roberts, Cai Owen, Danny Gossett, Brayden Shaw, Dan Nardiello, Sam Henry
| Spanish Striker Signs
Bangor City have announced the signing of 20 year old Spanish forward Anderson Cayola.
The young striker has been on trial with the blues in recent weeks and played at Airbus in the 3-0 win over Skelmersdale.
Anderson came to England with a Spanish Academy side which played matches against Liverpool, Airbus and Connahs Quay.
He was spotted by Kevin Nicholson and has now agreed terms with the club.
Welcome to Nantporth Anderson
| Bangor Beat Old Rivals Skem
Brayden Shaw (23) attacks as the shaven headed Welsh Cap Gareth Roberts looks on
PHOTO ABOVE WITH THANKS TO BANGOR CITY FC
Bangor City 3 v 0 Skelmersdale United
Fourty years ago when Bangor played in English non league football, Skelmersdale were one of the famous names they encountered on a fairly regular basis.
Some big names wore that United shirt. Micky Burns and Steve Heighway, Paul and Ron Futcher, warhorse centre foward Peter Withe and Craig Noone. The club fell on hard times and in many ways will be glad these days simply to be able to play at all.
At Broughton on Wednesday night the two old foes locked horns once more.
City were able to offer debuts to recent arrivals Danny Holmes in defence and George Harry upfront.
There were also starts for Matthew Hall in goal and a welcome return for young Cai Owen at rightback. Oh and a couple of the Trialist family made an appearance.
City went ahead on 20 minutes when Damien Allen converted Brayden Shaw's assist. Ten minutes before half time Chester lad Sam Henry netted again from Shaw's enterprise.
It was two nil at the interval and three when on the hour mark Sion Edwards drove home from the edge of the box.
Three nil was how it finished as night fell at Broughton.
Matthew Hall, Cai Owen, Danny Holmes, Anthony Miley (Tom Kennedy 60'), Sion Edwards,
| Bangor Bag Harry
| Bangor have signed Wrexham striker George Harry
The eighteen year old Wirral based marksman made half a dozen National League appearances for The Racecourse side last season.
He made his debut as a substitute against Southport on Boxing Day 2016.
In total he made five appearances, two starts and three off the bench, scoring once from the penalty spot against Torquay.
Harry scored on debut for Bangor against the Anglesey Island games eleven at The Rock.
Welcome to Nantporth Harry!
| Danny Holmes Signs
|Bangor have signed York defender Danny Holmes|
The Birkenhead born defender began his career with Tranmere Rovers but it was a two year spell with TNS in the Welsh Premier which City fans maywell remember.
He left Park Hall in 2011 to rejoined Tranmere and made 133 League appearances in a four year stay.
Since 2015 Danny has played for Newport County in League Two along with Fylde in the National League North and most recently York City in the National League.
His last game for The Minstermen was in the FA Trophy win over Macclesfield at Wembley.
The 28 year old is the younger brother of Tommy Holmes who played for TNS, Airbus & Prestatyn. Their older brother Jamie also played in the WP for Connahs Quay.
His prime position is rightback, a more than able replacement for departed former captain.
Welcome to Nantporth Danny!
| Bangor Run Out Winners
Bangor City 5 v 0 Ynys Mon
This pre-season run out at The Rock ended in comfortable win for City but the contest was more evenly contested than the final scoreline suggests.
With Anthony Miley not to be seen Tom Kennedy partnered Paul Connolly in an seasoned centreback pairing whilst the rest of the starters were with the club last season.
Anglesey included Paul Pritchard in goal, former blue Craig Roberts in midfield and winger Alex Boss on the right.
It was a goal from an unlikely source which broke the deadlock inside five minutes as Danny Gossett fired home from the right.
The hard working midfielder might have doubled the lead on the half hour but he fired over. As City attacked centreback pair Rhys Brown and Tommy Taylor stood firm whilst Gavin Sharpe and Mike Kelly were effective for the islanders across the midfield.
But two goals in the closing five minutes of the first half floored Gareth Parry's side.
First Gary Taylor Fletcher headed home from Dan Nardiello's inviting cross. Then Paul Pritchard did well to push away Gary Roberts fierce drive but Dan Nardiello netted before the ball was properly cleared.
With a three nil half time cushion City made three changes as Matthew Hall replaced Connor Roberts in goal, Steven Hewitt came on for goalscorer Gossett and Luke Wall replaced Dean Rittenberg.
Ten minutes after the restart a second raft of changes as Tom Kennedy made way for a Trialist, Gary Taylor Fletcher for Sam Henry and Dan Nardiello for another Trialist.
Twenty minutes after the resumptioni Brayden Shaw made it four nil to City with a low shot. Ynys Mon were dangerous with substitute Ryan Taylor catching the eye on the left. He forced a good save from Matthew Hall with a clean strike from the right.
Ten minutes before the final whistle one of the Trialists made it five nil before Hall again saved well from the pacey Taylor.
So a comfortable win for Bangor but a solid performance from Anglesey who kept their shape and discipline and would feel well prepared for the opposition waiting for them in Gotland.
STARTING LINE UPS
1 Connor Roberts, 6 Gary Roberts, 3 Tom Kennedy, 30 Paul Connolly, 19 Laurence Wilson, 16 Danny Gossett
7 Gary Taylor Fletcher, 8 Damien Allen, 9 Dan Nardiello, 10 Dean Rittenberg, 91 Brayden Shaw
1 Paul Pritchard, 2 Brendun Hogan, 3 Guto Hughes, 4 Tom Taylor, 18 Rhys Brown, 7 Mike Kelly, 17 Craig Roberts,
8 Gavin Sharpe, 9 Jon Littlemore, 10 Danny Brookwell, 11 Alex Boss
| Henry Jones Joins Fylde
Bangor midfielder Henry Jones has joined Vanarama National League side Fylde.
The Blackpool area side won the National League North last season and are seen as an ambitious club who aspire to League status.
Henry was out of contract at Nantporth and leaves with City fans wishing him well as he aspires to reach the top level of the game.
He will not lack for quality at Fylde whose defence includes Josh Langley, son of Kevin, former TNS midfielder Sam Finley and free scoring centre forward Danny Rowe who scored 55 goals in the calendar year of 2016.
Fylde fans wondering what they are getting in Jones can expect a small, quick footed and even quicker thinking attacking midfielder with an eye for goal. He always looks for the positive option and lit up the Welsh Premier with goals and assists which made him comfortably the outstanding young player in the league.
Quite how the voting opposition managers did not rate him the top senior player is for them to explain.
Good luck Henry
| Bangor Up Against Danes
Europa League Draw
The draw for the First Qualifying Round of the Europa has paired Bangor with Lyngby of Denmark.
In simple terms this is a very uphill challenge against opponents who finished third in the Danish SuperLiga last season, behind Copenhagen and Brondby.
As a nation of clubs (if that makes sense) the Danes are ranked 18th whilst Wales lies in 50th place (of 55) according to the rankings shown here:
UEFA CLUB RANKINGS
The task facing City is difficult to say the least.
The substantially weaker nations such as the Faroe Ises, Gibraltar, Andorra, San Marino and most recent additions Kosovo would have been more realistic challenges.
Lyngby are managed by former Wimbledon and Norwich striker David Nielsen who has also played for Midtjylland but not when they played City several years ago.
Confirmed dates are not yet available but the first leg will be in Denmark on or around 29th June 2017 and then at Nantporth on 6th July 2017.
History and in some cases bitter experience tells City fans to be careful when they book their flights to be sure those away dates aree confirmed.
Bala Town v Vaduz (Liechenstein)
Bangor City v Lyngby
Connahs Quay v HJK Helsinki
1st leg in Denmark on Thursday 29th June 2017 (ko 6.30 is provisional)
2nd leg at Nantporth on Thursday 6th July 2017 (ko tba)
| Bangor Beaten in Coleraine Warm Up
Coleraine 3 v 1 Bangor City
City were beaten by their Northern Ireland hosts but would have gained match fitness from the run out on a hot June afternoon.
The match saw four goals of which two were penalties and one was scored direct from a freekick.
Coleraine went close through as Eoin Bradley saw his freekick stopped by the Bangor wall before Connor Roberts denied Ciaron Harkin. But on 25 minutes the home side went ahead as Josh Carson set up Eoin Bradley who scored with a first time effort.
Five minutes later Gary Roberts went close with a well flighted freekick. City drew level moments later as former QPR trainee Stephen O'Donnell brought down Luke Wall in the box and Dan Nardiello converted the penalty kick.
At half time Damien Allen replaced summer signing Steven Hewitt in midfield but eight minutes after the restart Coleraine regained the lead as James McLaughlin netted from a freekick.
Luke Wall and Gary Taylor Fletcher went close for City who were still very much in the game but fifteen minutes from time blues goalkeeper Connor Roberts brought down a home trialist and James McGonigle scored from the spot.
A decent workout for Bangor against the Irish side and now on to Switzerland for the Europa draw.
| BANGOR CITY:
1 Connor Roberts 6 Gary Roberts (C), 30 Paul Connolly, A.Trialist, 19 Laurence Wilson, 16 Danny Gosset,
24 Steve Hewitt, 4 Luke Wall, 7 Gary Taylor-Fletcher, 9 Daniel Nardiello, 10 Dean Rittenberg.
Subs: 13 Matthew Hall (GK), 8 Damien Allen, 11 Sion Edwards, 17 Sam Henry, B.Trialist.
Johns, Kane (Mullan ’60), Harkin, Douglas (Ogilby 46), McLaughlin, Bradley (McGonigle 60), Carson (McCauley 46), O’Donnell, Parkhill (Trialist 67), Traynor, Trialist (Kennedy 60)
Sub Not Used: Doherty
| Brayden Shaw Returns and Tom Kennedy Signs
Brayden Shaw Returns
Mercurial striker Brayden Shaw has rejoined Bangor on a permanent basis following his release by Accrington Stanley.
The twenty year old initially moved to Nantporth on loan from Stanley in August 2017 and made eighteen WP appearances before rejoining the Lancashire side in January. Brayden made six league appearances as a substitute after his return to The Crown Ground.
He was a hugely popular player with Bangor fans during this stay with the club and his re-signing represents a huge boost all round.
Brayden is the third arrival at Nantporth from Accrington following the arrival of Steven Hewitt and Luke Wall.
Welcome back Brayden
Tom Kennedy Signs
Experienced defender Tom Kennedy has joined City from Fylde. The Bury born left footer is the nephew of former Liverpool leftpeg Alan Kennedy and son of Bury defender Keith Kennedy.
Tom spent the first eight years of his career, from 2002-2010 with Bury and the Rochdale whom he joined in 2007. In total he made 280 League appearances which were roughly evenly divided between the Lancashire clubs. In 2010 he joined Leicester and made half a dozen Premiership appearances but also spent time on loan at Rochdale and Peterborough before moving to Barnsley in 2012.
Two years and 68 appearances later he returned to Rochdale, spent brief loan spells with Bury and Blackpool totting up a career total of more than 400 Football League appearances.
Tom joined Fylde in 2016 where he made 38 appearances in the National League North.
Welcome to Nantporth Tom
| Bangor Strengthen Attacking Options
Bangor have made a double signing ahead of the Europa League matches
The two are Accrington Stanley winger Luke Wall and Blacon Youth striker Sam Henry.
Twenty year old Liverpool born Wall (left) came through the academy at Blackburn Rovers and joined Stanley in 2016. He spent last season out on loan at Skelmersdale, Clitheroe and Marine in the Northern Premier League.
City have already signed Steven Hewitt from Accrington this summer (see below).
Marksman Henry (right) topped the goalscoring charts with West Cheshire side Blacon Youth for three season's in a row and has recovered from a lengthy spell out with injury. He spent part of last season in the Welsh National League with Brickfield.
Reports on the official Bangor City website confirm that both have been allocated squad numbers for the new Welsh Premier season, Luke Wall will wear 4 and Sam Henry 17.
Welcome to Nantporth both!
| City Lose @ The Etihad
Bangor played a very early pre season friendly at Manchester City's training ground on Friday against a V9 eleven.
In simple terms a team of non league trialists drawn from England and further afield all hoping to attract the eye of lazy scouts enjoying the hospitality at the state of the art facility.
Match details are sketchy although online photos show that Anthony Miley, Gary Roberts, Damien Allen, Dean Rittenberg and new signing Steven Hewitt all took part. Several trialists were also involved for City.
Bangor trailed one nil at the interval and conceded two more after the break to end up on the wrong side of a 3-0 scoreline.
One of the goals was scored by former Southend and Cray Wanderers winger Brandon Scott.
Regardless of the result this was a useful work out for City who next travel to Northern Ireland on (1pm) Saturday for an encounter with Coleraine.
| Bangor Appoint Nicholson
Bangor City have appointed 31 year old Kevin Nicholson as manager.
Nicholson was the youngest ever Englishman to hold the UEFA ProLicense. He coached at Derby County and Exeter before being head hunted by Cardiff City in the summer of 2013. When he left the Bluebirds in December 2016 he held the post of Development Manager. He had previously run the club's U23 side and been part of the first team coaching set up.
As a sixteen year old Ormskirk born Kevin was released by Derby County and like former blue Steve Cooper, realised that his best chance of a career in football came from coaching. (Cooper is now England U17s manager),
It is understood he will work alongside Gary Taylor Fletcher who will be assistant manager.
Welcome to Nantporth Kevin.
| Danny Gossett is The Citizens Choice Player of The Season
The 22 year old former Oldham and Stockport midfielder has proved himself an prominent figure in the blues side.
And in many ways he has done so in a typically understated, low key manner which can go unnoticed.
With twenty seven Welsh Premier starts this season only goalkeeper Connor Roberts made more.
His positional sense, sure footed interceptions and tackling, and accurate passing has built the platform for the likes of Jordan Davies, Brayden Shaw and Henry Jones to dazzle in attack.
Gossett has just been awarded a contract extension (see below) and would seem set for a lengthy stay with Bangor to continue to emulate some of the names of previous winners shown here...
Well done Danny
| Blues Announce Retained List
Bangor City have announced the list of players retained and released, and those who have been offered a new deal which they are considering.
Overall it makes good reading for City fans as most of the current squad have agreed to stay.
Three players are already contracted for next season:
Player manager Gary Taylor Fletcher, goalkeeper Connor Roberts and midfielder Damien Allen.
Ten more have accepted the offer of an extension to their contract
Gary Roberts, Laurence Wilson, Anthony Miley, Paul Connolly, Danny Gosset, Dean Rittenberg,
Daniel Nardiello, Sion Edwards, Cai Owen, Rodrigo Branco.
Three players are considering the offer of a new deal
Henry Jones, Yalany Baio and goalkeeper Matthew Hall.
Two players have been released
Sergio Uyi and Christoph Aziamale
And to tie things up two have been added
New signing Steven Hewitt and young fullback Cai Owen whilst Bradley Jackson has returned to Burnley.
| Cai Owen Signs Pro Deal
Young blues defender Cai Owen has signed his first professional contract with the club.
The no nonesense right back has been one of the stand out performers for City in the successive Development League North title seasons.
Cai played for City whilst on the Coleg Menai academy and has represented Wales Colleges.
Well done Cai!
| SUMMER MOVES BEGIN
Bangor manager Gary Taylor Fletcher has made his first signing.
He is Accrington Stanley midfielder Steven Hewitt.
The 23 year old was born in Wythenshawe (Manchester) and played for Blackburn Robers and then Stockport County as a school boy before signing a two year academy deal with Burnley in 2010.
After loan spells with Alfreton and then Southport Steven signed for Chester in 2015 and later the same season made the short journey to Southport. He signed a one year deal with Accrington in League Two last summer and made 14 first team appearances before his release last month.
Welcome to Nantporth Steven.
Bangor Bag Licences
Following a meeting of the FAW Licence Body in Cardiff, news emerged that Bangor City had been succesful in meeting the requirements of both Domestic and UEFA Licences at the first attempt.
This is a positive note for City ahead of the final three games of the season but also the Europa play off matches which follow.
The only problem to solve for City now is that they must appoint a suitably qualified manager within sixty days.
Given the green light to play in Europe this should not prove too difficult and spur developments of both the playing squad and of Nantporth.
It is also worth noting the promotion hopefuls Prestatyn and Barry Town have also been succesful which imay be bad news for those struggling at the foot of the WP table, but in general must be seen as a good thing. New blood of sorts next season at least...
Ian Dawes Departs
In an official club statement Bangor City announced the departure of manager Ian Dawes.
Official Bangor City FC Media Release
City now have 60 days to appoint a suitably qualified manager.
This is a strange situation but one which suggests Bangor City expected Ian Dawes to gain entry to Pro License course but he failed to do so.
From the outside it seemed Dawes did a decent job in strange circumstances, he kept his calm at pitchside, none more so than at Connahs Quay on Saturday when City were yet again on the wrong end of a poor refereeing decision.
He can take heart from a good showing albeit in a short stay at Nantporth; if of course he has wholly parted company with the club.
Good luck Ian
For a full account of first and last team selections for Bangor managers 1992 onwards
Brayden Shaw makes return League Debut
The 20 year old made eighteen Welsh Premier starts for City scoring three times after joining on loan during the summer of 2017.
He became a popular figure with City fans with his powerful long range shooting. At Connahs Quay he scored with one such effort which even drew applause from Jock Morrison!
But his loan spell ended in January and he returned to Accrington Stanley where he quickly surfaced as a unused substitute.
On Saturday 25th February 2017 Brayden came off the bench for his debut in a 2-2 draw at Doncaster, he replaced Romuald Boco.
(Brayden had four first team appearances for Stanley before joining City)
Well done Brayden!
Brayden is - by my records - the 93rd player who has progressed from Bangor City into the Football League, and within that the fourteenth from the Welsh Premier era, the last being Jamie Reed almost exactly three years ago.
Northern Boys Arrive
Bangor have signed Burnley midfielder Bradley Jackson on loan
The 20 year old has progressed through the Turf Moor side's youth and reserve sides and joins City on loan.
The Manchester born right footer is seen as an emerging talent by Burnley and both clubs hope he will benefit from this Welsh Premier experience.
Welcome to Nantporth Bradley
Bangor have signed Dean Rittenberg from Blackburn Robers
The 20 year old has been with Rovers since he was a schoolboy and has played for the club's youth and reserve sides.
He has also played for England U18s alongside the likes of Harry Winks and Brendan Galloway.
Welcome to Nantporth Dean
Sam Hart & Louis Robles Depart
Long serving fullback Sam Hart and one game striker Louis Robles have left the club.
Leftback Hart has joined local rivals Llandudno where he teams up with former blues Dave Roberts and Jamie Reed. Sam always as a wholehearted campaigner with a fierce tackle and powerful shot.
To many he was one of the Welsh Premier's best leftbacks and will be sorely missed at Nantporth.
Without doubt Sam always gave of his best in the famous blue shirt and deserves a warm welcome upon his return to Nantporth in due course - albeit in different colours.
Good luck Sam
More surprising perhaps is the immediate departure of winger Louis Robles who scored twice in his only game for City against Llandudno at the weekend.
Louis helped Bangor through to the next round of the cup and has now moved to Spain to play for Atletico Balearas in the Spanish Second Division.
A briefs stay but a mutually profitable one - good luck Louis.
Christian Langos Leaves
Winger Christian Langos has taken to twitter to announce his departure from Nantporth.
The former Marine attacker tweeted
"I would like to thank everyone from my time at Bangor City , as from today I am no longer a player at the club the decision is taken out of my hands".
To the amazing fans I say thanks for your unconditional love and support and hope things go your way for the rest of the season".
The Congolese born winger joined City in August 2015 and made fifteen starts plus a further twenty one appearances off the bench. He attracted some rough treatment from opposition fullbacks and was seldom afforded the protection he deserved by the league's officials.
With new players coming in it was inevitable some would leave, the popular youngster being one.
Good luck Christian.
| Triple Signing Boosts Blues
Three new signings have been announced by Bangor City today.
The headline name is former Leicester and Blackpool frontman Gary Taylor Fletcher.
Also joining City are former Liverpool pair striker Louis Robles and midfielder Yalany Baio.
Widnes born Taylor Fletcher began his career with Northwich Vics before joining Hull in 2001.
He then moved to a number of clubs including Orient, Lincoln, Blackpool, Leicester and most recently Tranmere and Accrington Stanley.
In all he scored 110 goals from 468 career appearances and has scored in the top five divisions of English football including the Premier League.
Another new signing is former Liverpool academy striker
Louis Robles who has also played for Wigan, Macclesfield and Gloucester.
The 20 year old has just returned from a spell in America with Limestone College Saints.
The third arrival is Yalany Baio a midfielder born in Bissau Guinea and who began his career with Sporting Lisbon before joining Liverpool in 2011. The 22 year old has first team experience with Sparta Rotterdam.
Welcome to Nantporth all three.
Whether or not all or any of the new signings can face Llandudno in the Welsh Cup tomorrow depends on International Clearance and will depend on the player's previous club co-operating at pace.
Bangor City defender Leon Clowes joins Airbus
The 24 year old centreback spent a season on loan at The Airfield in 2010-11 whilst still a Wrexham player.
He made more than eighty appearances for City after signing in August 2014 but had fallen down the pecking order at Nantporth in recent times as Anthony Miley and Paul Connelly cemented their centreback partnership. The arrival of Nigerian giant Sergio Uyi would seem to have been the final blow to his Bangor future.
Leon always gave his best in a Bangor shirt and will be well remembered by City fans.
Good luck Leon.
The announcement of Clowes' departure on the official Bangor City website suggested his departure was in preparation for further additions to the squad.
Watch this space.
|Jamie Reed Returns to Tudno|
Bangor City striker Jamie Reed has joined Llandudno
The Chester based striker switched from Tudno to Bangor during the summer of 2016 under the management of Nev Powell.
Unfortunately he was unable to recapture the goalscoring form that had boosted Bangor towards the Welsh Premier title in 2011.
He could not force his way into the starting line up under Andy Legg or Ian Dawes.
It may well be that a change of scenery will bring a change of luck, certainly he has the ability to recapture that form.
Good luck Jamie.
Ashley Young Move to Rhyl Permanent
Another on his way out of Nantporth is midfielder Ashley Young who had joined Rhyl on loan. That temporary arrangement has now been made permanent.
Ashley was a wholehearted competitor in the blues midfield.
Good luck Ashley.
|City Sign Sergio Uyi|
Bangor have signed centreback Sergio Uyi
The 24 year old defender, who holds dual Nigerian & Italian nationality, played for Bangor againts Liverpool U21s last week.
Born in Benin City he began his career with Torino in the Seria A but joined Dainava of Lithuania in August 2014.
A year later he moved to their local rivals Kruoja and in July 2015 he joined Atlantis in Finland and from there to German lower league side SSV Reutlingen whom he left in July 2016.
During his time in Germany the 6'4 defender was called up by the Nigeria U23 squad.
His registration had been cleared and Sergio is set to make his comptetitive debut for City at Airbus this Saturday.
Following famous footsteps
Older City fans will know that Sergio is the first Nigerian to play for Bangor.
In Welsh Premier times giant striker Dele Adebola played for City during the Nigel Adkins era and was followed a few years later by fellow forward Sammy Ayorinde who was capped for his country whilst with City.
|Jordan Davies Flies South To Seagulls|
Former Bangor loan Jordan Davies has joined Brighton
The deal was announced by the south coast club as involving an undisclosed fee. Rumour before Christmas suggested the amount paid would be around £75000.
Coedpoeth based Davies spent the period from August to mid November on loan with City making fourteen appearances.
The 18 year old was clearly well above the level and for a young man very composed and even tempered. He is a skilful left footer who can play full back or wide midfield.
Jordan now runs the very real risk of being moidered senseless by blues diehard supporter Matt Shooman whose family moved to Brighton some years ago...
|Goytre Expelled from Welsh Cup|
Welsh League side Goytre have been expelled from the Welsh Cup after fielding an ineligible player in the Third Round victory at Llandudno.
The FAW official website reports that Goytre fielded Ben Evans, a registered player, in the match. In fact the player was Mathew McDonald. Goytre admitted the charge and have duly been thrown out of the cup.
Llandudno are now reinstated and will visit Nantporth over the weekend of the 27th January 2017.
No specific date has yet been confirmed.
It has to be said that whilst rules are rules and Llandudno have every right to be reinstated.
But in this wretched groundhog system here we go again playing Welsh Premier opponents for the third time inside a month.
|Sion Bradley joins Port|
Bangor City youngster Sion Bradley has joined Porthmadog.
And in keeping with the departure of Sion Edwards to Rhyl, this is a loan deal until the end of the current season.
The Blaenau Ffestiniog based winger has been one of the stand out players in the Bangor City U19 (Development) side which won both the North Wales and National championships in 2015-16.
In the final held at Newtown the young blues beat South Wales winners Cambrian & Clydach thanks to a hatrick from the flame haired attacker.
Sion made his Port debut in a 4-2 home win over Llanfair United on Saturday 7th January 2017.
Hopefully he will get first team experience at Port and come back to Bangor a better player for the 2017-18 season.
He certainly has the talent.
Good luck Sion
|Sion Edwards Joins Rhyl|
Bangor City have allowed Sion Edwards to join Rhyl on loan for the rest of the current season.
The long serving left winger has made 302 Welsh Premier appearances for the blues since joining from Wrexham in 2006.
He is - in my opinion - the best left winger the Welsh Premier and should prove a big hit with The Lilywhites and their fans.
Good luck Sion, come back soon.
Meanwhile the club have released Oscar Durnin who has featured largely as a substitute since joining City during the summer.
Good luck Oscar.
Finally, here are rumours that Sion Bradley could be on his way to Porthmadog, also on loan, and stories linking Leon Clowes with a move to Airbus.
|City Confirm Connolly & Announce Metcalfe Arrival|
Bangor City have confirmed the permanent signing of Paul Connolly who has been on loan at Nantporth from Airbus UK.
A second signing announced is that of Jack Metcalf. (photo left)
The 25 year old Liverpool born right footer can play in defence or midfield and has returned to England after several years studying and playing football in America.
He played for Liverpool and Wolves as youth level but opted to study at Clemson University in South Carolina where he represented the Clemson Tigers side.
He then signed for Charlotte Independence in nearby North Carolina.
Transfer window regulations may well prevent both from playing today
| Bangor sign Michael Higdon
New signing Michael Higdon made his debut against Airbus on Saturday
The 33 year old Liverpool born striker began his career at Crewe and scored ten goals from 81 appearances for the Gresty Road side between 2003-07.
He then enjoyed six years in Scotland with Falkirk, St Mirren and Motherwell scoring 73 goals in 215 apperances.
In 2013-14 Michael spent a year in Holland with NEC Nijmegen scoring 14 goals in 32 appearances.
He then returned home to play for Sheffield United, Oldham and finally Tranmere adding a further nine goals form 35 games.
Since leaving Tranmere Michael has been a free agent which allowed him to make his blues debut against Airbus.
A strong traditonal centre forward Michael should add some power to the City front line.
| Ian Dawes Appointed Bangor Manager
Former Shrewsbury Town academy head coach Ian Dawes is the new Bangor City manager.
The 32 takes over from Andy Legg who left the club durng the week.
Dawes played on the youth set ups of both Everton and Liverpool before becoming a coach with the Anfield club.
He played football in Canada and appeared for local rivals Caernarfon Town. He has managed in Malta with Floriana.
He will be in charge for the first time against Carmarthen on Saturday.
Good luck Ian!
| Bangor City Release Official Statement
After the initial brief announcement on twitter the football club have released a fuller statement explaining the background to manager Andy Legg's departure
Make of it what you will.
There are two sides to most arguments but - in my opinion - a manager who lived in Nottingham was not ideally based or placed to be Bangor boss in the long term. The journey is more than 160 hours and a three hour drive. Training was taking place at Cefn Druids on the new 3G which is closer to Nottingham at 100 miles and two hours.
That said Andy Legg had done an excellent job and - along with those around him - recruited some very good players. And my spies tell - or told - me that training was high tempo and very purposeful from start to finish.
My best guess is that a new manager will be announced sooner rather than later, whether this is before the weekend visit of Carmarthen Town is another issue. On that front of course will be Mark Aizlewood who was instrumental in setting up the full time structure at TNS, before going home to West Wales, when of course travelling led him to sever those ties...
| Andy Legg Departs
Bangor City have parted company with manager Andy Legg
The surprise announcement came out mid afternoon today (Tuesday) via Twitter.
An interim statement issued by Commercial Director James Lees said:
"Due to long term plans with Bangor City and the need for a contracted manager the decision was made not to offer a full time contract. Thank you Leggy (twitter abbreviation) for everything. All the best."
"An official press release will follow".
To which Andy Legg replied:
"Good luck to Bangor City and their fans for the rest of the season thank you for the warm welcome I received from you all the best."
And so that is about it for now.
Legg had been warmly received by Bangor fans, partly it must be said because he wasnt Andy Preece who was widely (and wrongly) tipped to be heading to Nantporth.
However he transformed the style of play, introduced a quick fire pass and move style and won games in style. He soon put the smile back on supporters faces. Crowds are good and the league position healthy.
In all these situations two things stand out.
Firstly that the board are paying the bills and they can - and do - call the shots.
Secondly today's decision can only be weighed up once a replacement is announced.
| Airbus Captain Connolly Signs
Bangor City have signed Airbus defender Paul Connolly.
The experienced 33 year old Liverpudlian joined the Broughton side from Stockport County during the summer of 2016.
Connolly came through the youth system at Plymouth Argyle and made more than 160 appearances inbetween 2000-2008.
He then enjoyed a two year spell with Derby County and a brief loan spell at Sheffield United, totalling 68 appearances.
From 2010-13 he was with Leeds United for whom he played 58 times whilst also making four appearances on loan for Portsmouth and fifteen for Preston North End.
He then played briefly for Millwall, Crawley and Luton before joining Stockport in 2015.
| Humphreys & Vieira Sign
Bangor City have announced a double signing ahead of the transfer window closing tonight (Wednesday)
Defender River Humphreys (left) has joined City from Cefn Druids, although thanks to international clearance issues he was unable to make his debut for the Druids at Nantporth a fortnight ago - or at any other time for that matter.
A former Wrexham and Everton academy player the 25 year old came to prominence when he won "The Fiat Professional Tradesmen Trials" in 2016, a competition judged by Stuart Pearce, Dean Windass and Geoff Horsfield.
Stuart Pearce commented that Humphreys was "head and shoulders" above the others. Offered a one month trial at a professional club he chose Rochdale and featured in pre season friendlies for the club, but was not offered a contract.
The second newcomer is 24 year old Pavel Vieira (right) who has played for Prescot Cables and Nelson in the NWCFL.
Prior to that though the Guinea Bissau born midfielder had won an Intenrational cap for his country after beginning his career with Estoril Praia, Farense and SC Olhanense in Portugal.
Welcome to Nantporth!
| From Brazil To Bangor
Bangor City have announced the signing of Brazilian striker Rodrigo Branco Araujo.
But with international clearance to be be confirmed the 25 year old may have to wait for his Bangor bow.
He was most recently with Tennessee based Knoxville Force in the National Premier Soccer League in the USA.
Born in Brazil Rodrigo played youth football for Sao Bernardo and Sao Paulo before arriving in England via an unsuccessful trial with Blackburn Rovers which led Fleetwood to take a chance on the young striker.
He then played for Lancaster on loan before moving to Malta to play for Floriana in 2013.
Rodrigo then moved to Hastings United and Horsham before moving to Knoxville for the 2015-16 season in a stay cut short by visa restriction.
Now a Portugese passport holder he is available to play for City, once international clearance is secured.
Welcome to Bangor Rodrigo!
| Loan Pair Sign In
The first arrival was 18 year old Wrexham leftback Jordan Davies. (photo left with Andy Legg)
A Welsh U17 International Jordan lives in Coedpoeth on the outskirts of Wrexham and was promoted to the first team squad this season.
Also joining City on a temporary move is 6'4 Accrington Stanley striker Brayden Shaw. (right)
The nineteen year old Blackburn born attacker came through the youth system at Bury and joined Stanley in January 2016.
| Rio Ahmadi Departs
Bangor City striker Rio Ahmadi has left Nantporth
The popular striker took to twitter to announce his departute and thanks fans for their support.
Ahmadi joined City during the summer of 2015 and scored eight goals from twenty WP starts.
Rio had previously played for Chorley, Skemersdale and Droylsden.
The thought remains that it would have been interesting to see the classy striker in this stronger looking Bangor side, but with so many arrivals some one had to give way.
Good luck Rio
| Laurence Wilson Signs
Bangor City have signed Laurence Wilson
The 29 year former Everton trainee joins City from Morecambe.
After leaving Goodison the left footed defender made more than 300 Football League appearances for a handful of clubs including Mansfield, Chester, Morecambe, Rotherham and Accrington Stanley.
As a youngster he represented England at Under 17, 18 & 19 level.
Laurence has played at both fullback and wingback during his career and along with the likes of Dan Nardiello brings vital experience to the club.
Welcome to Nantporth Laurence
| Five Years Ago Today
Name all four for a bonus prize.....
| Bangor Bag Double
Bangor City have signed Dan Nardiello
The 33 year old former Manchester United striker joins City from Plymouth Argyle.
After leaving Old Trafford in 2005 Dan has notched up over a hundred goals in some three hundred league appearances for clubs including Swansea, Barnsley, QPR, Blackpool, Oldham and Bury.
Although born in Coventry he was capped once by Wales in 2007 as a substitute for Robbie Earnshaw.
His father Donato Nardiello also played for Wales, although both also qualified for Italy.
Welcome to Nantporth Dan
And Swansea youngster Henry Jones
The 22 year old midfielder first linked up with The Swans as an eight year old which was a dream move for a schoolboy fan of the club.
He impressed for the Swansea City youth side which knocked Liverpool and Portsmouth out of the FA Youth Cup in 2011-12 and caught the eye with a stunning freekick against Manchester United in that competition.
Welcome to Nantporth Henry
| Bangor Sign Oscar Durnin
Bangor City have signed Oscar Durnin
The 21 year old Warrington born striker came through the youth system at Tranmere Rovers but then joined Stalybridge Celtic.
He spent a brief spell with Cefn Druids in August 2014 before moving on to Warrington Town, and has also played for Accrington Stanley and Prescot Cables.
Oscar is the son of former Liverpool, Oxford and Portsmouth strriker John Durnin.
Welcome to Nantporth Oscar
| Bangor Sign Jamie Reed
Bangor City have re-signed Jamie Reed
The 28 year old year old Chester based striker starred for Bangor during the championship winning season of 2010-11. In a two year spell from 2009 Jamie scored 41 goals from 52 appearances.
His goalscoring prowess took him to York, Cambridge and Chester before travelling down under to play for South Melbourne in 2014. Upon his return Jamie joined full timers TNS and spent the 2015-16 season at Llandudno and Aberystwyth scoring ten goals WP in 22 starts.
Reed becomes new manager Andy Legg's first signing for the club.
Welcome to back Nantporth Jamie.
Bangor City have confirmed that former Airbus players Lee Owens and Ryan Wade have left the club by mutual consent.
Bala Town have since announced the signing of defender Owens.
| Blues Announce New Manager
Bangor City apoint Andy Legg
The 50 year old Neath born left peg played for Briton Ferry, Swansea, Birmingham, Notts County and Cardiff amongst others before moving into Welsh Premier circles with Maesteg Park and Llanelli.
Legg played six times for Wales.
He then managed Llanelli and clearly has a good knowledge of football at all levels - including Welsh Premier.
Speaking of his appointment Legg said:
"For me, Bangor City FC is the biggest club in the Welsh Premier League and enjoys the best support," said Legg.
"There was only one team that would bring me back to the Welsh Premier League and that's Bangor City."The post became vacant when the new board, led by Ivor Jenkins, decided they wanted a change at the helm.
This led to the departure of long serving boss Nev Powell who had led the club to three Welsh Cup wins and the Welsh Premier title. But had found the going tougher as the budget was systematically tightened and other clubs upped their spending.
This is a positive appointment - in my view - and one which should keep most people happy!
Welcome to Nantporth.
| Bangor Sign Irlam Defender
Bangor City have signed promising defender Jacues Kpohomouh.
The nineteen year old centreback impressed in City's one al draw with Wrexham last weekend.
He spent the 2015-16 season with Irlam in the North West Counties and he was voted NWC Division One Player of the Season, an impressivement achievement for a young defender.
Jac enjoyed a trial period with Crewe Alexandra and has also played for Macclesfield U18s & U19s.
He is described as a powerful and athletic defender.
Welcome to Nantporth Jac.
Photo courtesy Bangor City & Andre Pepper
Players leaving Nantporth catch the headlines this week.
They include Adam Cummins (see also below), Mike Elstone and Steve Lewis.
First news that centrehalf Adam Cummins has signed for Scottish side Queens Park.
Further up the field centre forward Steve Lewis has signed for Droylsden.
And finally great news that former Crewe Alexandra youngster Mike Elstone has signed scholarship forms with Fulham.
Good luck to all three as the head off in their different directions!
| News Round Up
Midfielder Ashley Young has opted to stay with the club after earlier signalling his departure.
The former Ashton midfielder has started work on the Crewe Alexandra academy and felt he would be unable to commit to a season of weekend matches with City. But with the decision to play most weekend games on a Sunday afternoon he has been able to change his mind.
Meanwhile centre back Adam Cummins has left the club and reportedly moved back up to Scotland.
Finally news that the well travelled Alan Lewer has joined the managerial set up at Nantporth. With Damien Allen becoming assistant to manager Nev Powell, sixty year old former Histon manager Lewer has joined as head coach.
His managerial travels have taken in Histon, Cambridge, Weymouth, Forest Green and Nuneaton.
| Squad Update
With the various comings and goings announced so far, the situation with the playing squad as far I understand
| Blues Announce Lucrative Kit Deal
The deal runs for three years with the German based uhlsport proving kit sponsored by Stephen Vaughan Promotions.
No financial details have been revealed.
| Danny Gossett Next at Nantporth
Bangor City have announced the signing of Bethel based Danny Gossett.
The 21 year old Bangor born midfielder began his career with Oldham Athletic where he made a couple of first team appearances before enjoying a loan spell with Stockport County.
But in 2014 he was released and played for Bangor in a pre season friendly at Mold (photo) before signing for coast rivals Rhyl.
During the 2015-16 season Danny took up an offer to join The New Saints where he made four first team appearances.
A highly rated midfielder Danny adds more options to a midfield which has already been bolstered in recent weeks.
Welcome to Nantporth!
| Field Deal Done
Roberts Rumbles In
First things first, the transfer of former Airbus midfielder Tom Field has been confirmed.
Today's news though is the signing of Gary Roberts formely of WP rivals Connahs Quay.
This is not the former blues left winger but a midfielder who career began with Crewe Alex.
Chester born Roberts joined Crewe as a sixteen year old and captained England U18s.
He made 122 Football League appearances for The Alex between 2003-09 before joining Yeovil after a brief loan spell. After 27 league appearances for Yeovil he moved to Rotherham and then Port Vale in 2010. Another half season or so followed with Mansfield but after off field troubles Roberts linked up with Floriana of Malta before signing for Connahs Quay durng the 2014-15 season.
He returned to Malta to play for Mosta before coming home and joining Witton Albion in 2015.
Any trawl of the internet will reveal Roberts has had to fight his demons and occasionally they have got the better of him. Neither the first not the last.
What he does bring though is a wealth of experience of more than 200 League appearances.
Along with Tom Field, Damien Allen and Ryan Edwards he gives Bangor some serious central midfield options for the new campaign.
Welcome to Bangor!
| Ashley Young Departs
As midfielders arrive Ashley Young has signalled his departure from Bangor.
The hard working schemer has thanked fans for the support and will be welcome back Nantporth any time he choses.
An honest, powerful competitor Ashley always tried his best and put in a good shift in the blue shirt.
Good luck for the future Ash.
| Blues Land Planemakers
Bangor Citysigned three players formely with North Wales rivals Airbus.
They are rightback Lee Owens, midfielder Tom Field and winger Ryan Wade.
It is worth noting that The Planemakers have already seen the likes of Ian Kearney and Mike Pearson - along with a couple of fringe players - depart for Connahs Quay.
But what do we know about the three new Citizens?
Rightback Lee Owens (pictured above centre)
A 29 year old Liverpool born defender Lee has established himself as one of the most consistent defenders in the Welsh Premier.
He began his career with Wigan Athletic before linking up briefly with Rhyl in 2008. Lee has also played for Vauxhall Motors.
Central Midfielder Tom Field (pictured above left)
Vocal Liverpool born midfielder who began his career with Everton before moving on to Leigh RMI and then Vauxhall Motors, Droylsden, Chester and Northwich Victoria.
Thirty year old Tom joined Airbus during the summer of 2012 but has played for Stockport County since March 2016.
Right winger Ryan Wade (pictured right above)
A tricky winger with an eye for goal 28 yearold Ryan joined Airbus from Northwich Victoria in July 2012.
His previous clubs include Skelmersdale United, Vauxhall Motors, Burscough, Runcorn Town and Prescot Cables.
What this does tell us is that all three are experienced, proven campaigners at Welsh Premier level in an Airbus team which has generally been one of the stronger teams.
I am told rightback Owens and midfield general Field are cousins. Both are no nonesense performers with a real will to win.
Winger Wade is an outstanding player, tricky and the type of player to get supporters out of their seats. For older fans if he has something of the Bruce Urquhart about him, although thankfully a better head of hair. (No offence Bruce!)
There have been positive and negative responses to the takeover by Ivor Jenkins and his new board but if they can deliver players of this level supporters will be filing through the turnstyles more in hope than out of a sense of loyalty.
And according to club sources, there are more to come...
Michael Johnston in red, Field & Owens in the background
| Nantporth Coup
Bangor City has been taken over by a Cheshire based consortium, the full statement issued by the club can be seen below.
The announcement was made at a press conference convened for 5pm on Monday (6th June 2016) and to be followed by a BCFCSA meeting, both held at Nantporth.
It is difficult to know how to react to this news but along with new Chairman Ivor Jenkins it would be appropriate to thank the outgoing board who have done their best in difficult circumstances.
After the initial statement below there was a brief question an answer session which included:
# £100K per yer will be pumped into the club
# The supporters terrace will be built by the start of the 2016-17 season
# We are not here to play second fiddle to any club in the Welsh Premier
Which is all good to hear and certainly after a weary few years based on wage cuts the club had to break that cycle.
There is inevitably a part of most Bangor fans concerned with the nature of the changes. Who are the new directors? Where is the money coming from? Why do they want to be involved?
But whilst it is natural to be cautious it is also right to be cautiously optimistic.
Lets hope this really is the springboard Bangor City needs to be a proper force in Welsh domestic football over the next few seasons.
| Six Young Citizens Sign Up
Bangor City have announced the signing of six of the successful U19 squad which won the Welsh Premier play off final earlier this month.
The six are defenders Cai Owen, Caio Hywel and Adam Pritchard.
Midfielder Ifan Emlyn Jones has also signed along with strikers Shaun Cavanagh and Sion Bradley.
| Chris Jones Leaves Nantporth
Long serving striker Chris Jones has signalled his departure
Right sided frontman Chris Jones took to Facebook to thanks fans for their support and announce his intention to seek pastures new...
A former Leeds United apprentice Chris joined Bangor from Porthmadog in July 2010.
He proved himself a creative right sided striker or midfielder and became a great favourite with the Bangor faithful.
In a seven season spell Chris made 141Welsh Premier starts and 34 substitute appearances for Bangor scoring 37 goals.
He was a Welsh Premier championship winner in 2011 and began that season with a goal in both legs as City knocked Honka Espoo out of the Europa League.
In recent seasons he appearances have dwindled and now at the age of thirty he has decided to move on.
A great loss to the club and a player who will be sorely missed.
|And Iolo Hughes Follows Suit|
The Young defender Iolo Hughes as also departed
Twenty year old Bethel based centreback Iolo Hughes also signalled his departure on Facebook.
Iolo made 19 Welsh Premier appearances for Bangor after making his debut in the 2013-14 campaign. He also spent a loan spell with Porthmadog in the early part of the 2015-16 season.
Iolo was also a part of the successful Bangor development squad this season and has shown himself to be a loyal clubman during the past three years.
Good luck for the future Iolo.
| The Citizens Choice Player of The Season..
The Citizens Choice Player of The Season is Sion Edwards.
The left winger has once again stayed loyal to Bangor when others chose to depart, and once again given of his best in a disappointing season.
Sion made 31 Welsh Premier appearances for City. He was denied a full set of 32 by a malicous little referee.
During this time he scored six goals and created many more. He also showed a grim determination to work hard and win tackles when others did not always share his enthusiasm.
During the final third of the season when youngsters Mike Elstone and Shaun Cavanagh became regulars in the side his presence and experience was all the more important.
Finally during the last few games of the season he passed 300 Welsh Premier appearances for Bangor City, the first player to do so (223 starts 78 sub) and has scored 57 goals.
This is the fourth time Sion has won this award.
|The Citizens Choice Young Player of The Season..|
The Citizens Choice Young Player of The Season is Shaun Cavanagh.
The 18 year old Caernarfon based striker has impressed for both the Under 19s and first team.
At U19 level he has been outstanding, only outscored by the prolific Corrig McGonigle.
Shaun scored 25 goals for the all conquering youngsters who won the title and scored 99 league goals along the way.
But the test of many a youngster is the step up to mens football.
To his credit Shaun looks a better player amongst the men of the first team and has improved alongside the likes of Sion Edwards and Damien Allen.
Even more creditable when you realise his first team role has been midfield whilst at U19 level he is a striker.
During this breakthrough season Shaun made 21 appearances, including eight starts, and scored three goals.
A an impressive performance from an eighteen year old.
This is the first Young Player Award
| End of Season Awards
The annual end of season awards for 2015-16 have been announced.
The winners are
In these circumstances it is easy to overlook the efforts of those players who have plugged away and done their best week in week out.
Goalkeeper Connor Roberts is one of the outstanding peformers in the Welsh Premier whilst Damien Allen has worked tirelessly and purposefully in the engine room often with different team mates alongside him. Rio Ahmadi has finished top scorer at the first attempt and impressed with his skilful touches and movement.
Congratulations to all three and thanks for your efforts.
The Citizens Choice Player of The Season will be announced over the weekend.
Eighth v Ninth
Bangor Against Aber..
Bangor travel to Aberystwyth on Saturday teatime
With both sides battling for European qualification
The casual reader, not familiar with the odd World of Welsh domestic football, might rub his eyes at that statement.
He - or she of course - might scrutinise the league table and wonder how two teams who are closer to relegation than promotion (there is none) are still in with a chance of European football. Well luckily casual visitors are few and far between and the rest of us know about the play off system. For those that dont follow the link below.
What we do know is that Bangor need a win to have any chance of overhauling Carmarthen into seventh place. The Old Gold travel to Rhyl whose fans are less than delighted to have gained their license (at the first attempt) and today been given a probably reprieve from relegation as Port Talbot slip into the second tier.
Aberystwyth meanwhile have accepted the resignation of Anglesey based boss Ian Hughes who has been absent from the club in recent months following an operation. In the interim Wyn Thomas has been in charge but both will be in attendance on Saturday.
Whoever picks the team midfielder Luke Sherborn is an injury doubt but their outstanding player Chris Venables is their chief threat and is again in the hunt for the leading goalscorer trophy.
Bangor meanwhile will hope to have Damien Allen back in charge after his one match band but must rule out Anthony Miley who was red carded at Carmarthen. Ryan Edwards and Dec Walker are also missing along with Steve Lewis who starts a two match ban.
Unless City win it will most probably be the last fixture for assistant manager Derek Goulding who has decided to seek a manageral post of his own at the end of the season.
This is a big game for both clubs - Aber cannot reach seventh but eighth might do - so a decent crowd boosted by a family funday is expected.
As part of an ongoing experimental "fast track" programme a thirteen year old school pupil from Brecon has been chosen to referee the match. (PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A JOKE)
All the final matches of the season are to be played at 5.15pm with one selected for live S4C broadcast, at time of writing no announcement has been made to identify the televised fixture.
So for what could be the last time this season the blues faithful set of south and hope to cheer City to a European play off place...
Just a note that Aber v Bangor is not live on S4C - the live fixture is Connahs Quay v Bala Town
The European play off scenario
check out the two squads and numbers
| Nathan Broadhead Pens Goodison Deal
Former Bangor City youngsters Nathan Broadhead has signed his first professional contract with Everton
The seventeen year old has been on Everton's books since he was ten, having previously been associated with Bangor City and Wrexham.
Bangor born Nathan is the grandson of Bangor legend Tony Broadhead who was also a striker and a regular goalscorer for City in the Seventies.
Nathan Broadhead has played a big part for Everton under-18s this season, scoring nine goals.
“I’m really pleased,” Broadhead said.
“It’s been a long journey, I moved away from home when I was 12 and ever since then I’ve been trying to kick on, working hard and now I’m here so I couldn’t be happier.
“I was made up when I first found out about the contract. Sean Lundon gave me the call and said I was going to get offered a contract so I was really made up.
“This season has been good for me. I just need to keep on working hard in training and in the games you’ll get your rewards.”
Bangor fans may recall that Sean Lundon made twenty appearances for City in the 1996-97 season mainly under the management of Kevin Langley, although he moved to Farrar Road under Langley's predecessor Bryan Griffiths.
Everyone connected with Bangor City is thrilled at the progress Nathan has made and look forward to his Premier League debut.
Second Phase Blasts Off..
Lilywhites at Nantporth
Bangor welcome Rhyl to Nantporth on Friday evening
And with top six now done and dusted this is down to the second phase of fixtures, ten matches against the other five clubs, with the highest placed in this bottom half earning a shot at Europe through the end of season play offs.
With City long since out of the Welsh Cup this unlikely chance of European qualification gives these final ten matches bit of spice.
Not that there is usually much need to spice up matches between the two old Northern Premier League rivals.
The opening fixture in the Dafabet League back in August was a one all draw at Belle Vue as Sam Hart netted from the penalty spot to put Bangor ahead but big Aeron Bowen used his head to level the scores in the closing minutes.
In the return match at Nantporth at the end of October a solitary strike from Rio Ahmadi gave City all three points.
And a look at the "end of phase one" league table shows that Rhyl have struggled for consistency this season and currently occupy one of the possible relegation slots.
Rhyl boss Gareth Owen has largely kept faith with his side with the tried and trusted Terry McCormick always a thorn in City's side. One who departed, towering defender Ryan Astles, has joined Conference side Chester since leaving Belle Vue.
Owen has strengthened his midfield with the arrival of former Witton schemer Zac Corbett from Colwyn Bay and Felinheli based winger Corey Williams whose previous clubs include Chester and Colwyn Bay.
Nineteen year old Corbett was with Nantwich, Crewe and Stoke City as a youth whilst 20 year old Williams spent two years with Hereford United whom he joined from Caernarfon Town.
One familiar face in The Lilywhites attack is John Owen who played for Bangor City and Conwy Borough.
Bangor boss Nev Powell will be pushing his side to fight for that seventh placed which the club currently occupy.
Powell will be hoping to have defenders Matty Woodward and Leon Clowes back from injury although he may be tempted to leave his back line unaltered after the home defeat of Haverfordwest.
In midfield the form of Damien Allen whose range of passing has certainly expande along with that amazing goal against County.
But the name the travelling Lilywhites will dread is Steve Lewis who was a popular figure during his time at Belle Vue.
The big Liverpudlian has filled the shirt left vacant by the departure of Les Davies and should lead the line against his old side this weekend.
Overall Bangor dropped daft points against the lower placed sides during the first phase of matches.
To reach seventh they must put that right and win those home games.
Lets hope for a few goals and a home win..
check out the two teams
| Blues Bag The Beast
Bangor City have confirmed the signing of Holywell Town striker Steve Lewis.
The big centre forward, known as The Beast, has scored thirteen goals for the Wellmen whom he joined in August 2015.
Before that the 28 year old has played for Marine, Rhyl and Bala Town.
Bangor have been looking for a big strong forward; they have certainly got one now.
Back To League Action
Bangor welcome Newtown to Nantporth on Saturday evening
And after the midweek difficulties on Holy Island this is a welcome return to league action for the blues.
Whilst City had their Saturday appointment cancelled The Robins were in action at Cae Castell against Flint. Despite windswept conditions Newtown ran out two nil winners with Craig Harris and Matty Owen on target from distance.
But this is league action and a glance at the Welsh Premier table tells its own story. Newtown in fourth seem nailed on for a place in the coveted top six, whilst Bangor have one eye on joining them and the other on results lower down the table.
The two sides met earlier in the season when City ran out three nil winners at Latham Park. On 24th October 2015 goals from Damien Allen, Rio Ahmadi and Adam Cummins sent the Bangor horde home happy.
Newtown manager Chris Hughes can be pleased with the progress his side have made again this season.
The win at Flint confirms their positive interest in the second half of the season.
Robins goalkeeper Dave Jones can expect another warm reception from the home fans whilst fullbacks Craig Williams and Steffan Edwards will look to raid down the flanks.
Midfielders Matty Owen and Tom Goodwin will be looking for control of the engine room to supply leading goalscorer Neil Mitchell and former Rhyl striker Jason Oswell,
Bangor boss Nev Powell will take some solace that Matty Woodward made a goal scoring return in midweek but Anthony Miley and centre forward Rio Ahmadi remained sidelined by bans.
Midfielder Ryan Edwards may return which leaves Powell to contemplate his striking options which include Mike Elstone and Shaun Cavanagh who both featured at The New Oval.
After a sobering week it is worth pointing out that a win for Bangor could lift them into sixth place.
A positive note to end on...
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| Arnold Dargie
Arnold Dargie was educated at Grove Park School in Wrexham. His parents were Mr & Mrs Thomas Dargie of Derwen Deg, Upper Bangor.
He excelled as a footballer, playing for Bangor and three times for the Wales amateur international side from 1909 to 1911. He was a prolific goal scorer, notching up more than 100 goals for Bangor. He played briefly for Liverpool FC’s reserve side.
Before the outbreak of war he
received a commission with the Welsh (Caernarvon) Royal Garrison Artillery.
He went to France as a Lieutenant in 1916, soon to become Captain of the Battery. Serving with the RGA’s 137 Heavy Battery in 1917, he was killed in France on 18 September 1917. Welsh soldiers stood around his grave and sang the hymn Beth sydd i mi yn y byd (“What is there for me in the world”) to the tune of “Aberystwyth”. He is buried at Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery.
On 3 October 1917 a service in his memory was held at the English Presbyterian Church in Princes Road, Bangor. Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig mentioned him in a dispatch on 7 November.
In 1936 his father funded a new
grandstand at Farrar Road in his memory.
Wrexham Recall for Joe Williams
Bangor have said goodbye to young loanee Joe Williams who has returned to Wrexham.
The Llandderfel based striker scored twice from a dozen appearances for City, although many of these were from the bench.
He showed a good attitude during his time at the club but could not claim a regular starting place in the Welsh Premier side.
Manager Nev Powell commented
"Joe scored a couple of goals for us and always gave his best. He's a great lad and we wish him well for the future."
"We've also got youngsters Shaun Cavanagh, Phil Warrington and Michael Elstone pushing for a place in attack , so we've got enough cover in that department to allow Joe to move on."
Siôn Edwards Named WPL Clubman of the Year
Bangor winger Sion Edwards has been honoured by the Football Association of Wales.
He was rewarded for his long service to Bangor City whom he joined in 2006 after being released by Wrexham FC.
Sion now holds the record for the number of Welsh Premier appearances for Bangor with 201 starts and 78 as substitute adding up to 279 with every prospect of that becoming 280 at Haverfordwest this weekend.
He has scored 53 Welsh Premier goals for Bangor during that time.
Sion has won three Welsh Cup winners medals and one Welsh Premier title with Bangor and has represented the club in Europe several times.
He is the longest serving player at the club and has emerged as a crowd favourite for his commitment and consistent displays.
What none of this says is that Sion is a modest, affable personality who is a proud to play for Bangor as we are to support the club.
Well done Sion !
|Bangor Set to Sign Rio Ahmadi, Adam Cummins & Chris Langos
Bangor City are set to sign of Manchester based striker Poyra "Rio" Ahmadi.
A member of the Sheffield United side which reached the FA Youth Cup Final in 2011, Rio has since played for a number of non league clubs in the North West.
These include Chorley, Skelmersdale United, Droylsden, Ramsbottom United and Mossley.
The Iranian born striker grabbed the headlines earlier in 2014 when he netted hat-tricks in consecutive games for Salford City.
To the best of my knowledge Rio should be the first Iranian to play football for Bangor City.
Good luck - and welcome to Nantporth!
Winger Chris Langos also due to arrive at Nantporth
The Congolese born wideman played at Holywell on Friday night then lit up the show against Llandudno at Nantporth with a wonder goal.
Langos has been a student at the Liverpool FC Foundation Football College at Liverpool University (Pictured right at Holywell Town)
He is 21 years old and has previously played for Marine.
Completing the new arrivals is Adam Cummins
The tall centrehalf made his debut against Llandudno and headed the first goal.
A Liverpool born product of the Everton academy Cummings joined Mothewell as an eighteen year old and went on to make 26 appearances for the club. He enjoyed loan spells with Dundee, Ayr United and Stirling Albion.
Bangor have been bedevilled by injuries to centrebacks in recent seasons with Leon Clowes and Anthony Miley laid low, and with Iolo Hughes also missing much of last season.
So the 22 year old six foot two inch defender could be just what the doctor ordered...
| Better from Bangor
Bangor City 3 v 0 Llandudno
A better display from Bangor and a deserved final pre season win over WP newcomers Llandudno.
The trialist centreback saw his header go close early on as did former blue Michael Johnston in the visitors first clear threat.
But on fifteen minutes it was Bangor who took the lead as the big centeback Trialist lost his marker to nod home from an inviting cross. Ten minutes later Chris Jones saw his header strike the cross bar but not such good news moments before half time when Anthony Miley limped off to be replaced by Iolo Hughes. The scored remained one nil to Bangor at the interval.
At the interval Bangor sent on Sam Faulkner and lively left wing Trialist in place of Damien Allen and Sion Edwards.
But it was Llandudno who went close as Nathan Quirk hit the crossbar after tricking his way past a couple of home defenders.Former Caernarfon defender James Joyce also went close for the visitors.
On 70 minutes a raft of changes and ten minutes later one of them Phil Warrington netted from close range to put City two nil ahead.
But the goal of the game was still to come as the left wing Trialist who had also played at Holywell cut in from the left to rifle a long range effort into the roof of the Llandudno net for a three nil scoreline.
Connor Roberts, Caio Hywel, Sam Hart, Trialist, Anthony Miley, Chris Jones, Ryan Edwards, Damien Allen, Ashley Young,
Joe Williams, Sion Edwards
| Blues Sign Quartet
As City look to rebuild following the shock departure of Les Davies, four new signings have been announced.
They are defender Matty Woodward, midfielder Ashley Young and forwards Joe Williams and Mike Elstone.
Right footed fullback or centre half Woodward spent last season at Rhyl having also played for Airbus. Midfielder Ashley Young (left) signs from Ashton United where he was voted into the EvoStik Team of The Year.
The third recuit is teenage loanee Joe Williams (right) who signs from Wrexham the club he joined as an eleven year old. Joe has been involved in a couple of Conference games with Wrexham and had a brief loan spell with Colwyn Bay.
Finally pacey young striker Mike Elstone who is a friend of player coach Damien Allen. All four were involved in the Friday night friendly at Holywell.
But the approach seems to be with Les having gone, there should be more to come.
| Les Davies Joins Connahs Quay
In a brief statement on the club's facebook page, Bangor City have confirmed that Les Davies has joined Connahs Quay.
Rumours on social media in recent weeks had linked the big striker with a move along the coast, but most City fans have dismissed them as groundless.
There has been an angry reaction on the same social media as the thirty year old has now made short journey to Deeside where he will link up another summer signing from Nantporth in the form of Callum Morris.
My understanding is that an offer was received for Les which the club felt they had to consider, and were obliged to inform the Maesgeirchen left footer. From that it would appear it was an offer too good to turn down all round.
Supporters, partisans, cannot endorse this and there is considerable anger towards both the buying and selling club. But most people would do the same from a work point of view, take a move to a new job for a lot more money. Les has a young family and has had look at the bigger picture.
Bangor now face the difficult task of filling those big boots with just three weeks of the transfer window remaining. Something to keep Nev Powell and Derek Goulding busy!
Good luck Les
For the record Les scored 88 league goals in 275 appearances for Bangor City.
| City Lose at Halkyn Road
Holywell Town 2 v 1 Bangor City
On Friday night Bangor played their final away friendly at Halkyn Road, Holywell.
And with a couple of trialists on the wings City took a fourth minute lead through Anthony Miley who crashed home from close range.
Both sides had their moments with Dan Drazdauskas missing some gilt edge openings for Holywell, but it was City who led at the interval when Les Davies and Ashley Young were replaced by Sion Edwards and Chris Jones. Left winger Edwards made mincemeat of the Holywell right back but Bangor failed to convert the chances.
Bangor made more changes with Caio Hywel and Adam Pritchard on as fullbacks, and Sam Faulkner catching the eye in midfield.
But City were made to pay a high price for the wasted chances as The Wellmen struck twice very late on to snatch the win.
An equaliser came from Connor Littler and moments later a fierce rasping drive from young Tony Roebuck flashed past Antoni Sarnowski.
Connor Roberts, Matty Woodward, Sam Hart, Iolo Hughes, Anthony Miley, Ashley Young, Ryan Edwards, Damien Allen, Les Davies, Trialist, Trialist.
| Bangor Launch 2015-16 Kits
The new home and away kits for the 2015-16 season have been released.
Sponsors for the blue home kit are estate agents Dafydd Hardy whilst Anglesey Sea Zoo are sponsoring the away red kit.
|City Win at Talwrn Road|
Pre Season Friendly
Llangefni Town 0 v 4 Bangor City
Bangor eased to a 4-0 win at Llangefni last night against spirited Welsh Alliance opposition
City lead one nil at the interval thanks to a third pre season strike from Chris Jones on twenty minutes.
Soon after the interval Sam Hart carved an opening for Damien Allen which the player coach converted before centre forward Les Davies chipped the home keeper with a calm finish. 0
In the closing minutes the hugely promising Phil Warrington (photo left) netted to give the scoreline an emphatic look.
GethinRoberts, Caio Hywel, Anthony Miley, Iolo Hughes, Sam Hart, Ryan Edwards, Damien Allen, Ashley Young, Sion Edwards, Les Davies, Chris Jones.
| Bangor Pay Litherland Penalty
This was an undeserved defeat for Bangor as NWCFL visitors Litherland won and converted a late penalty at Nantporth on Saturday afternoon.
Les Davies and new signing Sam Jones went close in the opening stages but failed to make the break through. Anthony Miley also had a chance from a Sion Edwards corner but no again with no luck. In the second half, with the pattern of play disrupted by a string of subtitutions Damien Allen forced a save from the Litherland goalkeeper.
Then on 82 minutes a penalty awarded to the visitors calmly converted by Shaun Chart and that was about it. In case you were wondering, and I guess I must have been, Litherland is close to Bootle and Crosby.
Connor Roberts; Woodward, Miley, Clowes (c),Chris Roberts; Petrie, Ryan Edwards, Allen, Sion Edwards; Sam Jones, Davies.
| Bangor Strengthen Management Team
Bangor boss Nev Powell has moved to strengthen his management team
Midfielder Damien Allen has become a player coach whilst Steven Owen has returned to the club.
Damien with more than a hundred first team appearances for Bangor to his name is about to embark upon his fifth season with the club. He is pursuing his UEFA A Coaching badge via the FAW and this new arrangement would seem to suit both parties.
Goalkeeping coach Steve Owen worked alongside both Peter Davenport and then Clayton Blackmore before the latter departed in November 2006.
After a few weeks as caretaker manager at Farrar Road the well respected glovesman departed when hot headed Steve Bleasdale was appointed.
Steve has worked with the Wales Ladies football team and brings a wealth of experience - to the benefit no doubt of Connor Roberts and young Antoni Sarnowski.
Along with the appointment of the experienced Derek Goulding in January 2015, Bangor has done much to build the team behind the team ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.
| City Sign Wellman Jones
Bangor City have signed Holywell striker Sam Jones.
The 27 year old scored 44 goals from 36 appearances for Holywell last season.
Previously with his local side Flint, the hardworking marksman was one of the stand out performers in the Holywell side which won promotion to the Cymru Alliance last season.
City have also announced that youngsters Ifan Emlyn Jones and Adam Pritchard will be part of the first team squad for the 2015-16 campaign.
Ifan, who hails from Llanrug, is pictured right being coached by Thierry Henry at Dragons Park last week.
| Captain Johnston Departs
Bangor City defender Michael Johnston has joined Llandudno
This news was always likely after the retained list was announced - and Johnston was not on it.
A 27 year old who joined City from Tranmere durng the summer of 2007, Johnston became a popula figure with the Bangor faithful with his calm assured displays at the heart of the blues defence.
After initially arriving at Farrar Road on loan "Johnno" made the switch permanent when he was released by Rovers the following spring.
His partnership with Jamie Brewerton became the rock on which several succesful seasons were built, flanked by Chris Roberts to the left and Peter Hoy on the right. Now only Roberts remains.
Johnston made 239 Welsh Premier appearances (and fifty plus in cups) for Bangor and was variously player of the season and voted into the "Dream Team" by other Welsh Premier managers. He was capped for Wales at U17 and U19 level and represented Wales at Semi Professional level.
He won Welsh Cup Winners medals in 2008, 2009 and 2010 before playing a pivotal role in the championship winning side of 2011. He also made more than a dozen starts for City in Europe.
At all times he acquited himself with dignity and evident pride in the blue shirt most of us would give our right arm to wear once let alone 300 or more times.
After a difficult 2013-14 season - for reasons he has outlined himself - it was always possible that a move could be on the cards.
Nonetheless Johnno will be missed by everyone connected with Bangor City.
| Blues Announce Retained List
Bangor City have announced their retained list for 2015-16
And the good news is that most of last season's squad will be back at Nantporth after the summer break.
Chief amongst them highly rated goalkeeper Connor Roberts who impressed after his arrival in January.
Those resigned are goalkeeper Connor Roberts, defenders Anthony Miley, Chris Roberts, Sam Hart, Iolo Hughes and Leon Clowes. Dec Walker was already under contract.
Midfielders Ryan Edwards and Damien Allen were already under contract as was Sion Edwards. Chris Jones & Les Davies have also penned new deals.
Youngsters Caio Hywel, Sam Faulkner, Shaun Cavanagh and Phil Warrington are also staying at the club.
That leaves doubt surrounding captain Michael Johnston, midfielder Callum Morris and winger Liam Caddick.
It would be a great shame to see Johnston leave Bangor City but of course that is the nature of football.
| End of Season Review
The season got off to a bad start with four nil home and away Europa League defeats to Stjarnan.
But before that the pre-season sequence had been difficult, best illustrated by Bangor travelling to Mold only to find the Alex double booked. They fielded a woefully weak side, the worst I have ever seen City face in 40+ years. City could happily have sent the U19s had they known.
Bangor were making mistakes of their own but were not helped by some dreadful refereeing, such as in late August when Kevin Parry awarded a penalty and sent Leon Clowes off for a well time tackle on Airbus attacker Andy Jones. Does it even out?
But weak defending and woeful defending were also big contributors to a barren spell.
It was to be November before City won a league game, a two nil success at Carmarthen.
Sion Edwards scored twice in what was was a rare positive display from Jack Cudworth whose error strewn performances had unsettled his defence and blues fans alike.
Of course goalkeeper Cudworth did not set out to play badly, but it happens, especially to goalkeepers. He must felt his every mistake was being harshly punished.
The other crucial signing, Jack Laird, did not score until mid September and then hit three in four games. But again he failed to fire, hit by shin splint injury and a lack of form. His final goal in this run, in a 1-2 defeat against Carmarthen, was to be only goal Bangor scored in October.
In December a crucial win against Prestatyn and with the window now open the rugged figure of Lee Healey arrived...
The table above shows that Bangor ended the first phase one point above Prestatyn and eight behind Cefn Druids...
The stats below show Lee Healey only scored three goals for Bangor.
But what Healey did was lead the line, hustle and bustle, shooot on sight, and take some weight off Les Davies.
I remain convinced his contribution was far greater than those three goals. Another newcomer was goalkeeper Connor Roberts. His early displays were rusty as might be expected but he did stand tall and gradually work his way into form. At his peak he saved headers, shots and penalties and claimed crosses for fun.
Crucially in front of him Leon Clowes was fit and free of suspensions. Fiesty left footer Sam Hart had settled at leftback whilst Callum Morris took command of the midfield. Morris scored seven goals from thirteen WP appearances and generally played with a welcome mixture of power and aggression - as well as any eye for a goal.
Bangor went on to win six of the closing nine league matches with victories of fellow strugglers Cefn Druids and Prestatyn proving crucial.
The closing table shows Bangor seventeen points above Prestatyn and eight above Cefn Druids - quite a turn around.
| Chairman Jones Speaks...
Bangor Busy Behind The Scenes
Bangor chairman Dilwyn Jones has spoken to The Chronicle about the state of affairs at Nantporth.
“Players are in negotiation, we’re sorting contracts out and some will be coming and going. We’ve got nothing concrete to announce so far though.
“It’s a quiet period but there is a lot going on in the background. Everything is ongoing, on the players front and on the stadium improvement front.
“There’s nothing concrete yet, but we are talking with a number of clubs about pre-season friendlies too.
“As soon as we can make an announcement, we will do that.”
Which is pretty much what you might expect.
What I can see from Oswestry with my long range field glasses is Nev and Derek working hard at keeping the players they want to keep. Other North Wales clubs have deep pockets and a couple have qualified for the EuroMillions bonus.
Perhaps fortunately for Bangor neither Connahs Quay nor Rhyl did so - but the Nomads in particular remain ambitious and apparently very willing to speculate to accumalate. Its a free world.
Lets hope some positive news is forthcoming over the next week or so.
| Sgorio Switch to Saturdays
Faced with seemingly relentless competition from Sky and BT Sports the Welsh language broadcaster Sgorio has opted to switch its live WP broadcasts to Saturday afternoon.
The live match will kick off at 5.30pm.
| The Citizens Choice Player of The Season
The Player of The Season is Sion Edwards
This has been a difficult season for Bangor nor has it been easy selecting a player of the season.
No less than fourteen players have been noted as Man of The Match (in citizens choice match reports) during the season, and with around forty games played the fact that no one emerged with more than four nominations scarcely helps.
So in the end it comes down to something else, goals scored (or saved) or games played or even a gut feeling.
Only three players played thirty of the thirty two Welsh Premier games possible, Ryan Edwards, Sion Edwards and Chris Jones, although of course Chris made more than half from the bench. So it came down to a straight fight between centre midfielder Ryan and left winger Sion.
And then I went back to the criteria and picked out "goals scored" as the decisive factor which singled out Sion Edwards.
He might feel he has not been as penetrative as in 2011-12 but the team was stronger and more successful then.
Sion has evolved, matured from a "hit and miss" winger to a hard working, dependable team player with a strong desire to see Bangor win, and if not win then not lose. He is physically stronger and less reliant on starting well, more able to work his way into a game and make his mark as time ticks by. And he has added goals to his repertoire in particular eight WP strikes this season. (nine in all)
He is also the only player to win this award twice and now the first to win it on three occasions.
Well done Sion, lets hope you are amongst the contenders again in twelve months time.
| BCFC U19s End of Season Awards
Bangor City presented the Under 19 awards after the match with Flint
Players Player of the Year - Ifan Emlyn Jones
Managers Player of the Year - Adam Pritchard
Man of the Match Award - Ifan Emlyn Jones (right)
Golden Boot - Shaun Cavanagh (left)
Congratulations to all of you for your achievement, well done!!!
After the presentations Mel Jones
Bangor City FC Academy Director said
"It has been another good season here for our U19 squad, I would like to say a huge thank you to all of players they have done very well, worked hard and put in some excellent performances, well done lads keep up the hard work"
All of the Directors & Club Officials at Bangor City FC would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the U19 players for their hard work and commitment over the season, it has been excellent and great to have such a good group of young lads here and part of our club. Also, we would like to thank all of the parents and coaches without whose hard work and dedication the team would not be here.
| U19s End of Season Report
The Awards to Ifan, Adam and Shaun highlight three players who have done well for the Bangor this season.
But others also deserve credit including Mel Jones whose vast knowledge and experience provide them the opportunity to learn and play in a positive environment.
Bangor are lucky of course to have a high quality grass pitch and a new 3G for the youth team to use at Nantporth, although most games are played on grass.
Goalkeeper Gethin Roberts is often the first name on the team sheet - in more ways than one - but he has also been a familiar figure for the first team as understudy to Jack Cudworth and then Connor Roberts.
But the likes of Ieuan Lloyd, Iolo Hughes, Caio Hywel, Adam Pritchard and midfielder Sam Faulkner have also been on the first team squad on matchdays.
So too young strikers Phil Warrington and Shaun Cavanagh.
Some have got into the action. Iolo made six starts before injury cut his season short, whilst Phil Warrington made the same number off the bench.
On two less with four sub appearances is Shaun Cavanagh whilst young midfielder Sam Faulkner (left) made two. In the final game of the season he came on with two minutes left as Bangor trailed 3-2 and in the short time remaining City won 4-3!
Of course it has been a difficult season alround, and certainly not one to throw in too many youngsters.
But these teenagers represent the future of the club, if they stick around, work hard and grow physically.
Which is one reason why Sam Faulkner catches the eye. He does seem bigger and stronger than some, more able to match the demands of playing against powerful, heavy opponents.
A few years ago, November 2007, Bangor won two one in the League Cup at TNS. A gangly centreback called Rob Williams got a good buffeting off Les Davies who ran him over a few times and scored twice. To be fair Rob got one goal back, but he was very disappointed and realised he had to do something He asked all his sports lecturers for advice, one was a fitness fanatic and iron man competitor. Rob took himself off to the gym and literally built himself up step by step. Altrincham, Telford and the Conference beckoned.
A fortnight ago he won the Conference North with Barrow and is back again in Conference football. It can be done.
On a classroom wall I often see the Sam Goldwyn quote "The harder I work the luckier I get". I am not the biggest fan of inspirational quotes and cliches but this one fits the bill and certainly applies to young sportsmen.
So the message is, if you really want it, work hard.
Finally, thanks to the likes of Peter Davies and Dave Hayes who have regularly provided the Under 19s section on this website with reports.
Also to youngsters like Iolo Hughes and Rhys Cooper who have helped with missing pieces of information along the way.
All much appreciated.
review the 2014-15 season
| End of Season Awards
Bangor City supporters presented the end of season awards after the end of season victory over Rhyl.
The awards presented were the Supporters player of the season which was won by Callum Morris and the Directors player won by Sam Hart
Supporters Player of The Year
Directors Player of The Year
Bangor City has been saddened today to hear of the death of Ken Birch, aged 81.
In an era when the words "great" and "legend" are bandied around, Ken Birch was a player for whom those terms were truly intended.
He captained Bangor to the 1962 Welsh Cup win over Wrexham and the the European encounters with AC Napoli.
Born in Birkenhead Ken made 43 appearances for Everton before leaving in 1958 for Southampton where he added a further 34.
After a season with Chelmsford he arrived at Farrar Road in 1960 and left an incredible legacy before leaving two years later.
In January 1963 Ken left Bangor and the UK to take up a position as manager of Benoni in South Africa.
Older Bangor fans happily reminisce about that Cheshire League era, about Ken Birch and his team mates Iorys Griffiths, Eddie Brown, Eddie Murphy and of course manager Tommy Jones. This was without question the greatest team Bangor have known in the past fifty or so years and Ken Birch could rightly stand tall and proud amonst them.
Condolences to his family and friends.
|Bangor Given Licence Lift....|
As predicted by Chairman Dilwyn Jones the licence appeal has been successful and Bangor are free to continue in the Welsh Premier next season, with results on the field deciding the clubs fate.
Relegated Prestatyn were also successful with their appeal.
For the full ruling click the Welsh Premier Logo
Bangor welcome Rhyl & their fans to Nantporth on Sunday
And after some nerve biting moments City have avoided relegation and can face their old rivals without fear of the drop.
A year ago it was Bangor who had cause to celebrate as UEFA Place Play Off winners.
This time around it is visitors Rhyl who could clinch seventh place and - unlikely as it might seem to the neutral - win a place in Europe through the ensuing play off matches.
So it is Rhyl who have more to play for and they will be keen to have first choice keeper Alex Ramsay in goal after young Mike Askew deputised in recent matches. To be fair though the former Upton AAA teenager has done well.
The Lilywhites were the victims of such bad refereeing against Cefn Druids last weekend that even the Welsh Premier felt they had to act.
Match official Huw Jones sent Ryan Astles off for a pefectly good tackle by Greg Strong! To make things worse he then sent manager Greg Strong to the stand for comments passed to the fourth official. Both have had their red cards rescinded and both can now take their rightful places on Sunday afternoon.
Rhyl must also rule out left sided Dave Thompson who is suspended.
Bangor are likely to be at full strength although January signing Lee Healey appears to have signalled his departure from the club on social media - this of course could be one match premature.
This final game of what has been a poor season for Bangor and the league in general cannot come soon enough for many City fans. The league is crying out for change but there are more deaf ears in Welsh Football than in doll factory.
However any thought of not taking any game with Rhyl seriously is wide of the mark and a fierce battle is on the cards as usual when these two meet.
If you didnt know the Sgorio live game on Sunday is Bala v TNS so the only way to see Bangor v Rhyl is by coming through the gates at Nantporth. And those gates could be busier than usual with students being admitted for £1 both as an incentive to the thousands of young academics in the City and as a thank you to our local partners.
There could also be a good number journey along the A55 from Rhyl for this game, a throw back to the days when clubs has supporters and they followed their team..
May the best team win!
The Match Referee on Sunday is Bryn MarkhamJones
Admission £9 adults, £6 concessions Students £1
|Bangor Bound for Bastion Gardens..|
Bangor travel to Prestatyn on Sunday
And with Cefn Druids playing at Rhyl the day before, this will doubtless be another important game for Bangor in this relegation white knuckle drive.
The league table shows Bangor held a two goal advantage after both sides lost last weekend (but before Cefn visited Belle Vue). City can draw some comfort from their superior goal difference.
Of course the two sides have met before this season.
In late September it was a three all draw at Nantporth followed days later by a one nil win for Town in the League Cup. The draw game featured a brace from Chris Jones and a single from Jack Laird offset by Lee Hunt, Mike Pritchard and Jack Lewis. The Cup match was settled by Dave Hayes.
Bangor won the WP return fixture at Bastion Gardens by 2-1 just before Christmas with Les Davies and Chris Jones again on target against a solitary Jordan Davies strike. To bring things up to date City won 4-0 at Nantporth in the final days of February with goals from Lee Healey, Callum Morris, Sion Edwards and Liam Caddick.
Prestatyn have been hampered by budgetary cuts which have seen some senior players leave. As a result the club has struggled and was relegated weeks ago but, in fighting fashion, won at The Rock last week, and will doubtless be keen to add Bangor to their scalp belt.
Whilst a number of youngsters have broken into the team the familiar figure of Scott Williams is usually to be found between the sticks, behind a defence built around the reliable Dave Hayes and leftback Jack Lewis.
More experience in midfield in the form of Gareth Wilson and the impressive Michael Parker whilst the front line still features the vastly experienced Andy Parkinson.
Of the youngsters 20 year olds Tom Kemp and Alex Jones, 19 year old former Borras striker Jordan Davies and Glyndwr University student Liam Walsh who was previously with Swindon Town.
It has to be said that whilst some of their former team mates departed in the "dash for cash" the likes of Dave Hayes, Mike Parker, Gareth Wilson and Andy Parkinson deserve immense credit for the loyalty they have shown their club in very difficult times.
From Bangor's point of view Dec Walker is still out but Iolo Hughes is back in contention after his lengthy injury layoff. The versatile Ryan Edwards could be switched to rightback if manager Nev Powell opted to change formation to 4-4-2 and reinstate Chris Jones on the right after his goalscoring substitutes appearance last weekend.
City will hope Lee Healey rediscovers his goalscoring form. The former Druid has worked hard in recent games but not had much luck in front of goal.
With Prestatyn already relegated two schools of thought exist.
One that they are down and out, couldnt care less and that City only have to turn up to win.
The other that they still have some dangerous attacking talent and will have a point to prove - and be desperate to win their last Welsh Premier match at Bastion Gardens for at least a year. I tend to think they will want to win!
Either way Bangor need to get something from this game - lets hope they do..
The Match Referee on Sunday is Mark Petch
Admission £ adults, £ concessions
|Relegation Fight Rumbles On..|
Bangor welcome Connahs Quay to Nantporth on Sunday
And this is another important game for Bangor as the matches run out and the spectre of relegation looms large.
As the league table shows the visitors have risen out of the mire but Bangor are still very much caught up in the struggle, and with Cefn Druids hosting doomed Prestatyn on Friday night things will change before this Sunday afternoon kick off.
And as is the case at this time of the season the two sides have met before...
The first encounter at Nantporth on Friday 24th October saw the visitors run out 2-0 victors with goals from former blues midfielder Ricky Evans and young Sean Miller.
A fortnight later another defeat for the blues with Sean Miller snetting at Deeside. Finally a mid February draw again at Kelserton with Sam Hart and Rob Jones both firing home from outside the box.
So honours definitely to the Nomads in the games so far.
Connahs Quay certainly have a powerful experienced side, perhaps the most strongest in the league from that perspective. Beginning with long serving Terry McCormick in goal behind a defence which boasts Steve Evans, a full Welsh International, alongside veteran campaigner Kevin McIntyre.
Wrexham based Evans, probably the best defender the league has seen, rose through the Welsh Premier ranks to the national side, a feat unlikely to be repeated as standards slide year on year.
Alongside the experience there is youthful promise in the form of Merseysiders Jack Riley and Sean Miller who play wide in what is often a three man defence.
Midfield options revolve around former blue Rob Jones and the vastly experienced former Tranmere schemer Danny Harrison. Steve Evans' brother Ricky is no longer a threat - he has joined Airbus.
Upfront Alan Bull may well partner surprise loan signing Cortez Belle who, despite talk of a rift with his "parent" club Carmarthen, will be able to rejoin The Old Gold on 26th April 2015 in time for their Europa play off matches, unless of course Rhyl upset that apple cart on Saturday at Richmond Park.
Bangor boss Nev Powell will doubtless have one eye on the Friday night action at The Rock between relegated Prestatyn and our main rivals Cefn Druids. A win for the Ancients would lift them a point above City ahead of Sunday's match.
With Dec Walker and Iolo Hughes ruled out until next season Michael Johnston seems likely to continue at rightback. That would leave Anthony Miley to continue in the middle of defence unless Chris Roberts come back into the reckoning.
Bangor have the option of pushing the versatile Sam Hart into midfield where Callum Morris has caught the eye since his arrival in January 2015. Upfront Les Davies and Lee Healey have formed a dangerous partnership which should test the experienced Nomads backline.
This all takes place against an uncertain backcloth but that serves no purpose here.
A win for Bangor would boost their survival hopes and there is nothing else to play for.
On the field matters are the only ones worth considering now - certainly Connahs Quay will not be distracted nor can City afford to be.
So a fourth and final meeting between the two sides with Bangor keen to improve on their lost two drawn one record.
The Match Referee on Sunday is Iwan Griffiths
Admission £9 adults, £6 concessions, 12 & Under free
Friday 10th April 2015
Cefn Druids v Prestatyn Town
Saturday 11th April 2015
Carmarthen Town v Rhyl
Sunday 12th April 2015
Bangor City v Connahs Quay
| Licence Statement from Dilwyn Jones
Bangor City chairman Dilwyn Jones issued this statement on Wednesday evening
So from the club's point of view the suggestion is that the main problem lies with the timing.
No schedule of payment(s) could be agreed because the amount had not been finalised when the paperwork was submitted to the FAW for the licence.
Dilwyn states that repayments will be agreed within seven days which fits within the licence timeframe. Any appeal to Cardiff will be heard on Friday 24th April 2015 which is a fortnight away.
This is clearly a difficult time for everyone connected with the club, none more so than the club officials who are being pilloried on social media and doubtless challenged on the streets on Bangor and further afield to explain themselves.
We can only assume that a deal will be struck with the HMRC as suggested above and that this satisfies the Licence body when they meet at the end of the month.
| Licence Setback Stuns City
Bangor City has been refused the FAW Domestic & UEFA
Licence for the 2015-16 season.
The club has the right to an appeal which will be heard in Cardiff on Friday 24th April 2015.
The only other Welsh Premier club to be refused the licence is Prestatyn Town who have been dogged by rumours of financial problems since the season began.
No official response or explanation has been issued by the club as yet.
The full list of clubs who have gained the licence can be found on the FAW site.
(click on the Neptune Court photo)
| Corey Jones Moves On
Bangor midfielder Corey Jones has left the club.
The former Penrhosgarnedd youth teamer spent time with Oldham and Chester before rejoining Bangor from Conwy Borough in January 2013.
A hard working midfielder Corey made one Welsh Premier start for City plus another eleven off the bench. He scored one goal in those games, a header equaliser against The New Saints at Nantporth.
Twenty year old Corey was perhaps unlucky to be at Bangor when a circumstances restricted the chances on offer to younger players as results generally went against the team.
As yet he has not linked up with another club but is sure to attract attention of a number of North Wales clubs.
Good luck Corey.
| Druid Healey Moves To Nantporth
Bangor City have signed Cefn Druids striker Lee Healey
The 28 year old was the Welsh Premier Player of The Month for October and goes straight into the reckoning for the Port Talbot game on Saturday afternoon.
Lee joined Cefn Druids during the summer from Connahs Quay and has scored nine goals from ten WP starts (plus five as sub) to be the leading goalscorer at The Rock this season.
His previous clubs include Ashville, Congleton and Droylsden.
At Ashville his manager was Mark Rutter who was the Bangor centrehalf in the Nigel Adkins championship side.
Welcome to Bangor Lee
Lee goes into a revamped Bangor squad tomorrow against Port Talbot (see below)
| as Jack Laird joins The Druids
As news came through that Lee Healey had switched from The Rock it emerged that Jack Laird had gone in the opposite direction.
Hampered by injury Jack never made the impression his reputation suggested at Nantporth.
Perhaps he will have a change of luck with Cefn where he teams up with Joe Culshaw who made his debut against The New Saints last week.
Good luck Jack
| Keeper Connor Signs for City
Bangor City have signed former Everton youth goalkeeper Connor Roberts from Chester.
The 22 year old St Martins (nr Oswestry) based glovesman started his career with Chirk AAAs before joining Tranmere Rovers and catching the eye of Merseyside giants Everton.
Connor played for Everton at U18 and U21 level featuring alongside the likes of Caernarfon Town's Nathan Craig,
Luke Garbutt, Ross Barkley and Jose Baxter and was capped by Wales at U19 and U21 level,
He spent loan spells in the NPL with Burscough (under the management of Derek Goulding) and in the Conference North with Colwyn Bay before joining Cheltenham in 2012 where he made his Football League debut against Dagenham and Redbridge in May 2014. He then joined Chester during the summer of 2014.
In June 2014 he was called up to the senior squad by manager Chris Coleman for the friendly against Holland.
Wrexham born Connor is the son of former Stoke City and Derry goalkeeper Stuart Roberts.
| Rob Jones Leaves
Bangor City midfielder Rob Jones has left the club
The hard working midfielder joined City from Connahs Quay along with striker Jamie Petrie during the summer of 2013.
He made a total of 36 Welsh Premier appearances for Bangor but only three starts this season when hampered by injury.
Rob is a wholehearted midfielder who will not have a problem finding a new club in North Wales or beyond.
Good luck Rob.
Rob is the third Bangor player to leave after Jamie Brewerton and Joe Culshaw also left recently.
| Burscough Striker Caddick Arrives
Bangor City have signed Burscough striker Liam Caddick
The tall attacker joined Cymru Alliance side Buckley Town from Formby in 2011 and has since found goalscoring form with Burscough for whom he caught the headlines in mid December 2014 with a hatrick inside six minutes for Burscough in a 4-0 win at Kendal in the NPL.
The 25 year old can also play in midfield.
| City Sign Midfielder Morris
Bangor City have signed Chester midfielder Callum Morris
The 22 year old right sided midfielder began his career on the academy system at Wigan Athletic but was released during the summer of 2013 and joined Tranmere Rovers.
A year later the 6'2 Birkenhead born midfielder moved to Chester where he made a couple of substitute appearances for The Seals in the Conference this season.
| Bangor Mourns Albert Jackson
Former blues defender Albert Jackson has died at the age of 71.
The rugged centreback died at Dr Kershaws Hospice in Oldham on Tuesday 2nd December 2014 after a lengthy illness.
Albert Jackson began his career with Manchester United but it didnt work out and he moved around the North West of England.
During his time at Bangor the absolute no nonesense centrehalf was a hugely popular figure in the City side. He was respected and feared by opponents in equal measure as he won tackle after tackle, header after header.
This was a golden era for Bangor in many ways, playing at the highest level of English non league football, a feat equalled briefly in the late seventies and mid eighties after the formaton of the Conference League.
It can be difficult for younger Bangor fans to appreciate the standard of football involved, but this was very much a fifth division, north and south.
The Northern Premier League launched in August 1968 included Altrincham, Bangor, Boston, Fleetwood, Morecambe, Northwich, Scarborough and Wigan Athletic. To be a good defender in that company you had to be good. (The Altrincham team line ups shown was from 12th August 1968)
What made Albert Jackson stand out - apart from the occasional maverick perm - was his humour and evident pride in the blue shirt. His will to win.
In my time watching Bangor from the terraces and stands three centre halves tower over the rest. John McClelland, Albert Jackson and Derek Goulding. Older fans like myself and Eric have been lucky enough to see all three.
Albert was without doubt the most feared!
He could also play football, get forward to score an important goal and organise those around him.
It is very sad to picture and remember him in action and then to realise he is no longer with us.
Deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
A true Bangor legend RIP
| Season Ends on a High
The final match of the season at Nantporth, a crowd of around 1500 and a noisy band of visiting supporters.
No flares nor furore, just football, although that was not without incident as the fiesty visitors picked up seven yellow cards and two reds and conceded a penalty along the way.
Goals from Les Davies and Chris Jones sealed a massive win for Bangor, for City fans and players alike.
Europa League qualification is an honour for the club, and adventure for the players and supporters, and of course a financial windfall of substantial proportions.
Fitting in many ways that it should come down to a showdown with Rhyl who were the first visitors of the season to Nantporth back in August, a game The Lilywhites won 3-2.
Since then there have been three more league matches, one in the Welsh Cup, another in the NWCFA and finally this Europa League play off. They are the only Welsh Premier team that could have brought more than fifty fans to Bangor and one of a very small number to which the term "proper club proper fans" could apply.
Understandably Bangor fans were ectastic at the final whistle.
The Daily Post sent their North Wales sport guru Dave Jones along to report events, The Chronicle Tomos Hughes and - with the European perspective UEFA sent Mark Pitman all the way from Port Talbot. Perhaps he travelled up with Mark Whitby who stood firm in the face of some self destructive nonesense from the Belle Vue boys.
The Post provided excellent coverage in their Monday edition whilst The Chronicle is due out later this week.
And it is fantastic for Bangor fans to be able to visit the UEFA website and read about the match, the manager and more:
Its unbelievable when you think about it...(click on the picture)Now this photo tells a story that will resonate with City fans.
Injured club captain Jamie Brewerton was invited onto the podium by Michael Johnston. Along side them summer signing Rob Jones and promising young local striker Jamie McDaid. The new and the old. One more too - goalkeeper Jack Cudworth who has gone from strength to strength since he stepped in when Lee Idzi left in January.
It has been at times a difficult season but one where spirited resistance has won the day after some high profile departures. A squad littered with youthful promise reflected here and in an impressive campaign by the Under 19s who finished as runners up in their league.
Blues boss Nev Powell must try and squeeze in a family holiday whilst planning for Europe, in terms of the draw, the warm up matches and the European adventure.
The dates we have to hand so far are:
Draw held on 23rd June 2014 followed by matches staged on 3rd & 10th July 2014.
Experience suggests dates and venues can change in European football so at this stage sort your passport and wait.
European football is back in Bangor, back at Nantporth and for Nev Powell, who played in those fanstastic matches against Frederistad and current Spanish champions Atletico Madrid its yet another proud achievement.
Well done Nev.
|Player of The Season Awards
||Bangor City FC Awards 2013-14
the Rhyl match was the final league game of the season the Player of The
Season awards were announced.
of The Year
Les has enjoyed his most prolific goalscoring season yet with 14/15 goals for Bangor all scored in the Welsh Premier.
Add to this great all around season where he has led the line and visibly matured as a centre forward, back to goal and often up against two or three defenders.
And of course he wears his Bangor heart on his sleeve.
Well done Les!
Player of The Year
Anthony Miley made his Bangor debut at Newtown and was welcomed
to the Welsh Premier by Luke Boundford's elbow!
(no harm done or intended)
Undeterred the composed centrehalf slotted in alongside captain
Michael Johnston and put in a series of commanding performances
home and away.
A great first season and hopefully the first of many!
| Big Investment Boost for
Before the Welsh Premier visit of Afan Lido on Saturday a press conference was convened to announce funding for major building developments at Nantporth.
The brief details of this are:
a new 3G artificial training pitch
the extension to the main stand
the installation of an education suite
the construction of a supporters' terrace
and other ground enhancements
External funding of £500 000 has been secured, £350 000 from the FAW and £150 000 from Bangor University.
FAW President Trefor Lloyd Hughes (right) said
"This is a major investment in the future of
football here in Wales. We are delighted that Bangor City, one of our biggest
clubs has bought into the scheme. We hope that this announcement here today
is the first of many and shows the FAW’s commitment to improving facilities
throughout the country.”
"This facility will not only benefit Bangor City but will also benefit the City and the wider community. We want this facility to be a focal point for football, to develop skills but more importantly to give everyone the chance to play the game on a fantastic surface."
work to start early in the New Year, probably at the beginning of February."
And with Trefor Lloyd Hughes a powerful
influence at the FAW it would seem North Wales has a good friend in Cardiff.
| Bangor Mourns Richard Wallis
Former Bangor City Supporters Club stalwart Richard Wallis has died.
Richard worked tirelessly alongside the likes of Gary Stubbs to run the Bangor City Supportes Club in the late nineties.
These were difficult times as the club had a tendency to shoot itself in the foot off the field. Richard tried hard to counter this and bring supporter power to help things move forward.
He was often to be seen pitchside with a clipboard or briefcase working on behalf of the club.
In recent years Richard moved back to his native South Wales and lived outside Merthyr Tydfil.
This is terribly sad news - even more so given the headline below.
Our deepest sympathy to Richard's family and friends.
| Bangor Mourns Pete Hibbs
Bangor City fans are in shock today following the sudden death of longstanding supporter Pete Hibbs.
Pete was a well known figure around Farrar Road for many years and Nantporth for these past few. He followed Bangor home and away, the length and breadth of Engand and Wales and into Europe when opportunity arose.
Revered as a perfect gentleman and loyal Bangor follower Pete will be sorely missed by all those who knew him.
I knew Pete from the eighties, the John Mahoney era, when three of us - including Mark Thomas - put the match day programme together. In reality what this consisted of was me and Mark posting (no email in those days) random articles and statistics to Pete who did the hard work of getting the whole thing ready for the printer. It was Pete who held the whole thing together but he never sought credit or praise.
A story which I recall from that time was when Pete spent a fortnight on holiday in Morocco (if memory serves me) and during the two weeks built up a deep dark tan. To such an extent that on his return to England immigration officials did not believe he was the man photographed in the passport and cross examined him for hours before stamping the page and letting him come home!
In recent years Pete had also been involved with the Bangor City FC Supporters Club.
On Facebook today - and on the Moidering Bluies Guestbook - there are dozens of people deeply saddened by the loss of a good friend. So many of us Bangor fans - and players who knew him - held Pete in high regard and have been brought together by his loss today. So many of us saw him as our friend.
Deepest sympathies to his closest family and closest friends.
Rest in peace Pete.