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Players & Squad Numbers 2017-18

GOALKEEPER
1
 Connor Roberts
  The  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.

Dob
11
09
1990
13
 Matthew Hall
  A promising young goalkeeper who was on the West Bromich Albion academy Matthew joined Bangor in January 2017.
Dob
17
10
1997

DEFENCE
3
 Tom Kennedy
  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 joinedLeicester 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.
Dob
24
06
1985
5
 Anthony Miley
  Centreback Anthony Miley signed for City during the summer of 2013.
  During the 2012-13 season Anthony played for coast rivals Colwyn Bay and Conwy United having previously played for Liverpool based Bootle.
  During the 2011-12 season Anthony caught the eye in the Samsung competition to “Win a contract with Swindon Town” as he finished in the top ten out of 2500 entrees.
  He also represented winners Liverpool in the Dallas (International Youth) Cup. 

Dob
30
08
1992
14
 Cai Owen
  A very promising young defender who has progressed through the club's youth system Cai signed professional forms ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.
   Cai has represented Welsh Colleges U18 squad in the Roma Caput Mundi tournament.
Dob
12
07
1998
15
 Danny Holmes
  An experienced defender Danny joined City in July 2017 after leaving York City.
  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.
Dob
06
01
1989
19
 Laurence Wilson   The experienced former Everton trainee joined City from Morecambe in August 2016.
  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.

Dob
10
10
1986
30
 Paul Connolly
   Paul joined Bangor on loan from Airbus UK in November 2016.
   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 in between 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. His career total of Football League appearances stands at over 300.
Dob
29
09
1983

MIDFIELD
4
 Luke Wall
  Twenty year old Liverpool born Wall came through the academy at Blackburn Rovers and joined Accrington Stanley in 2016.
  He spent the 2016-17 season out on loan at Skelmersdale, Clitheroe and Marine in the Northern Premier League.

Dob
11
11
1996
6
 Gary Roberts   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 switching to Nantporth during the summer of 2015.
  His English Football League appearances total stands at over 200.

Dob
04
02
1987
7
 Gary Taylor Fletcher
  A hugely experienced Widnes born striker Gary began his career with Northwich Victoria in 1999 and has since played and scored at the five highest levels of English football.
  These include Hull, Leyton Orient, Dagenham & Redbrige, Lincoln, Huddersfield, Blackpool, Leicster and Tranmere Rovers. During a six year spell with Blackpool from 2007-13 he scored the club's first goal in the Premier League in a 4-0 opening day win over Wigan in August 2010.
  Gary joined Bangor from Accrington Stanley in January 2017 and was player manager for the final months of the season following the departure of Ian Dawes.

Dob
04
06
1981
8
 Damien Allen
  Stockport born midfielder Damien Allen was on Manchester United's books as a schoolboy but signed for Stockport County as a 14 year old in 2000 and went on to make 57 Football League appearances for County under the management of Sammy McIlory.
  Damien moved to Royal Antwerp on loan in 2007 where he made fifteen appearances alongside the likes of Ryan Shawcross, Darron Gibson and Frazier Campbell under the management of Warren Joyce.
   In August 2007 he signed for Morecambe in the League Two and made a further twenty appearances before joining Bury and then Halifax.  Damien joined Colwyn Bay in July 2010 and signed for Bangor City in November 2011 but had to wait for his debut due to the transfer window restriction.

Dob
01
08
1986
11
 Sion Edwards   Askilful left winger of midfielder Sion Edwards signed for City after his release by Wrexham FC in the summer of 2006.  At the Racecourse he gained youth and reserve experience.  
   Bangor based Sion first came into football through the respected Penrhosgarnedd youth system and
marked his first team debut with a brace of goals in the opening Welsh Premiership match of 2006-07 against NEWI Cefn Druids.
  
As the 2016-17 season gets underway Sion is the only Bangor player to have made more than 300 Welsh Premier appearances.
Dob
01
08
1987
16
 Danny Gossett
  Bangor born midfielder Danny joined Bangor during the summer of 2016.
  A trainee at Oldham Athletic he made a couple of first team appearances for The Latics before moving to Stockport County on loan.
   Upon his release from Oldham the young midfielder moved to Rhyl and then The New Saints. He has established himself in the first team at Nantporth at the heart of the blues midfield.
Dob
30
09
1994
23
 Brayden Shaw
  A tall powerful attacking midfielder Brayden initially joined City on loan from Accrington Stanley during the summer of 2016.
  In January 2017 he returned to Stanley but after a handful of first team appearances opted to return to Nantporth on a permanent basis in July 2017 for what was described as a club record fee for Bangor.
Dob
25
02
1997
24
 Steven Hewitt
  Midfielder Steven 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.
Dob
05
12
1993
28
 Guto Williams
  A talented youngster Guto is a member of the Under 19s Development side who has broken into the first team squad.
  He can play at centreback or in midfield.
Dob
10
05
2000

FORWARDS
9
 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.

Dob
14
08
1995
10
 Dean Rittenberg
  An England U18 International Dean came through the youth system at Blackburn Rovers where he was a member of the reserve squad before gaining first team experience during a loan spell with Conference North side Chorley.
  In January 2017 he joined Bangor on a permanent basis.
Dob
13
05
1996
12
 George Harry
  Wirral based marksman made half a dozen National League appearances for Wrexham 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.
Dob
12
01
1999
17
 Sam Henry
  Chester based Henry topped the goalscoring charts with West Cheshire side Blacon Youth for three season's in a row and has now recovered from a lengthy spell out with injury.
  He spent part of the 2016-17 season in the Welsh National League with Wrexham area side Brickfield.

Dob
27
01
1992
31
 Anderson Cayola
  Young striker Anderson signed for City in July 2017 after a successful pre season trial period with the club.
  Barcelona based Anderson came to England with a Spanish Academy side which played matches against Liverpool, Airbus and Connahs Quay.
Dob
00
00
1990
91
 Rodrigo Branco
  Rodrigo joined Bangor at the start of the 2016-17 season.
  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. He is now a Portugese passport holder.
Dob
14
07
1991
Bangor City Players 2017-18