Bangor 1876 join Gwynedd League

Bangor’s newest football club will start in the fifth tier of the Welsh league pyrmaid.

The FAW has confirmed Bangor 1876 will enter the Gwynedd League for the 2019-20 season – the club was set up in April by Bangor City fans unhappy over how the troubled Nantporth club is being run.

The club will play their home games on Bangor University’s playing fields at Treborth – inspectors visited the ground before formally considering the club’s application to officially join the Welsh football system on Monday.

Einion Williams, from the club’s Supporters Trust, said the FAW’s decsion allowed Bangor 1876 ”to build a solid base for a supporter-owned, inclusive and family friendly club to serve the city of Bangor and the wider community.”

”Our goal is to provide a club that will provide opportunity to the footballing talent in the area and a club that the community can be genuinely proud to be involved with and support…the challenge ahead is one we are very much looking forward to and we now have clarity and certainty over the club’s position following the FAW’s ruling.”

In the past month, the club have also set up a ladies team – with the aim of entering a number of junior teams in the North Wales Girls Football League and a number of football festivals.

Although there had been some suggestion that the men’s team would been entered straight into the Lock Stock Welsh Alliance, the decision avoids a potential clash with City, who are appealing an unprecedented 42-point deduction for numerous breaches of FAW rules – effectively relegating the club from the second tier.

A decision was expected on Tuesday – but after City submitted fresh evidence for their case, the Appeals Panel adjourned the hearing until next Monday (24th June).

Meanwhile, the High Court has thrown out a third winding-up order against City in twelve months, after the club paid an overdue tax bill.

Since relegation from the Welsh Premier League for financial reasons last year, Bangor City – under the ownership of Vaughan Sports Managment – have also seen water and electricity supplies cut at their Nantporth ground because of unpaid bills, a mass exodus of senior players, fans setting up their own breakaway club, and no fewer than four different managers in charge.

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