Club name: Bangor City FC
Ground: Bangor University Stadium (3,000 max capacity)
Manager: Andy Legg
Arguably “The citizens” are the original big team of the Welsh Premier League and remain a highly respected and well recognised club throughout the country and beyond. Their fan base is one of the largest too and the support towards the team is unrivalled by any other.
Founded in 1876, Bangor have a vastly succesful history and have been ever present in the Welsh Premier League since its formation in 1992, winning it 3 times.
The club began playing at Maes-Y-Dref before moving to Farrar Road in 1919 and then left to play at their current stadium, recently renamed the Bangor University Stadium, which is among the biggest (capacity wise) in the league.
City’s biggest moment undoubtedly came in the 1961/62 season, when little old Bangor City were entered into the European Cup Winners’ Cup after winning the Welsh Cup. In the first round, they were drawn against the Italian Cup winners and one of Europes greatest teams at the time, Napoli. Incredibly, in the first leg, played at Farrar Road, Bangor stunned the world by winning 2–0. Napoli subsequently won the second leg 3-1 in front of a crowd of 80,000 people in Naples. Of course, had it been under modern rules, Bangor would have progressed under the “away goals” rule, but at the time the tie was drawn 3–3 and a playoff had to be played, at Arsenal’s Highbury Stadium, in London and this time Napoli were not going to be embarrassed, they won 2–1, scoring the winner seven minutes from the end of the match, to put an end to Bangor’s incredible run.
They’ve also played the likes of Atletico Madrid (Spain), Maritimo (Portugal), FC Midjtylland (Denmark), HJK Helsinki (Finland) and FC Stjarnan (Iceland) in European competitions over the years.
A number of famous names have made appearances for the club over the years to like Jackie Mooney, Dai Davies and Neville Southall. Even a certain Paul Pogba, who is now the most expensive player in football history, played against Bangor for Manchester United’s reserves a couple of years ago.
Those familiar with the WPL will know that Bangor have fallen on hard times in recent years, due to financial difficulties and star players leaving the club, which has seen them gradually slip down the league table.
The fans will be hoping that this season can be a turn around in fortunes though as they have appointed Andy Legg as their new managers who could bring a very different tactical approach to that of former boss Nev Powell.
Bangor have also managed to bring in veteran striker Daniel Nardeillo. Not since the days of Les Davies have the Citizens had a striker who will guarantee can guarantee them regular goals throughout the season. Top young prospect Henry Jones has also been bought in from Swansea City and could be a real creative spark in midfield.
They’ve started off with 3 home games which have seen them win 2-1 against Cefn Druids, a 0-2 loss against Connah’s Quay and a 2-0 win against Bala Town, they now face Newtown next Saturday. All the best for the season ahead Citizens!