forward Graham Bennet joined City too late
in the 1980-81 season to fight off relegation, but netted 14 goals in
less than half a season in the Alliance Premier (now Conference).
Bangor were relegated but bounced back immediately in
1981-82 as Champions of the Northern Premier League. Graham Bennett led
the way with 53 goals and attracted the attention of Sunderland whose
reported £32,000 bid was somehow to be rejected and "Benno" moved
on to Altrincham instead.
He was scarcely an all action striker, often seen to be
languid and lazy, but once the ball came anywhere near him in the box
he was deadly. Off the field a pleasant bloke, perhaps one season
or a touch more does not seem long, but in this history we do not have
many championships to celebrate and this one was partly (largely
perhaps) down to him
| Born in Cardiff, Bennett began his
career with Barry Town before scoring 90 goals in three seasons with
Bridgend. He joined Bangor under the management of Colin Hawkins and
left after a spell with Dave Elliott to join Altrincham and scored 74
goals from 130 starts for The Robins. Benno also went on to play for
Northwich Vics, Stafford Rangers and Marine.
| Winger Bruce
Urquhart joined City from Wrexham after relegation from the Alliance in
1981 and ahead of the championship tilt of 1981-82 and
quickly established himself as a fans favourite with tricky footwork
and skills that would have graced a higher level of football.
However, small and slim, Bruce was deemed to slight for
action. This was to the benefit of the Bangor fans who enjoyed
his trickery as Bruce scored and created goals from his right wing
Two of his best remembered goals came in cup matches. The
Welsh Cup semi final tie with Swansea City at Farrar Road before a
crowd of 6000, Bruce put Bangor ahead before The Swans featuring Bob
Latchford, Robbie James and Bob Latchford - fought back to win 2-1. In
1983-84 City hosted Blackpool in the FA Cup with Bruce Urquhart
equalising for Bangor who bowed out in a replay at Bloomfield Road.
| Bruce Urquhart was born on 21 January
1961 and lived in Llandudno whilst playing for Bangor. He began his
career as a Wrexham apprentice
before joining City.
the skilful winger made twenty LoW appearances for Conwy United during
the first season of the new league, 1992-93.
Trevor Ball who was the man
behind the John Mahoney inspired tilt at
the NPL at the end of the eighties, a man with safe hands, brilliant
reflexes and a wicked sense
Trevor won the Bangor faithful after some initial
trepidation which included his appearance on A Question of Sport (in a
video clip) during "What happened next" when his intended throw looped
back into his own net!
| Trevor had been a youth team player
with Chester City before
joining City via Rhyl. A kneee injury hampered his early career and
later on he was hounded by a bad back. Went on to play for Northwich
Vics including a Wembley appearance in the FA Trophy Final and the
occasional outing as an outfield player.
Defender Derek Goulding stood tall on his
exile in Oswestry, to partner
Kevin Mooney in centre defence, Spreader was the dedicated
club man travelling from
near Preston for training and home games.
Never one to forgive Dave Elliott for "bombing" him out
the top Bangor centre half of these decades, able to head a ball,
tackle and be feared on
the pitch, but a truly nice guy once he crossed the white line.
| Derek began his
football career with Everton where he played for The Toffees A team
alongside future blues boss Peter Davenport. After being released by Everton he took in brief spells with
Altrincham and Prescot Cables before initially joining Bangor under
Dave Elliot. During his time away from Farrar Road Derek played for
Stafford Rangers (alongside Kevin Mooney) and Oswestry Town before John
Mahoney brought him back to Bangor once more.
He returned for a brief third spell but injury took a hand, but
upon moving to Southport in 1992 where he went on to make 130
Moved on to manage Burscough and then AFC Liverpool.
Defender Phil Lunn still watches
Bangor these days, a different era from the one he graced with a left
foot most professionals would envy. Also featured at centre half
in the Northern Premier League, able to cross with precision, shoot and
of course tackle as if his taxi depended on it. Phil
scored the less well remembered
Bangor goal of 1984, the solitary strike in the losing replay at Stoke.
He was still at Farrar Road at the start of the LoW and made
dozen starts for City in the 1992-93 season.
And one of the men whose pride in
wearing the blue
was evident at all times.
| As a youngster Phil Lunn left Farrar
Road for Sealand Road and a couple of years with Chester City.
He did not break into the Chester first team but returned to
Bangor as a better player for the experience and one who had switched
from left wing to defence.
Morris formed a formidable midfield
Bobby Peel which steered Bangor City to Wembley in
Tall and elegant, capable of
just about anything; pass any distance, shoot and score for fun, even
nod in the odd
header. A top man, cheery and mischievous, would often wander
onto Chester railway station on a Saturday morning with a groaning
"don't tell Dave Elliot". A
tremendous character, sadly no longer with
| Alan joined Bangor
local rivals Caernarfon Town along with centre half Jerry Banks.
Morris was a cultured figure in the FA Trophy run alongside
Bobby Peel but was tempted into full time football with his home
town side Chester City. After one appearance in the
1984-85 season he was released and returned to part time football and
Midfielder John Aspinall arguably the most
complete centre midfield player in
this Legends section, Azzer would drop back to centrehalf if the need
arose. From the middle he would win the ball and split defences
with the calm authority of a spiteful Italian. Sullen perhaps but
generally a superb performer.
The central on field figure in the Goulding,
Mooney, Dale side.
| Birkenhead born John
Aspinall began his league career with his local side Tranmere Rovers
where he totted up
He signed for Bangor in 1984 under
the management of John Mahoney having already made 77 league
appearances for Tranmere Rovers
scoring 19 goals. He has also played
for Cammell Laird and Altrincham.
He left Bangor for a
spell with Rovers in the 1987-88 season where he made a dozen first
league appearances before returning to Farrar Road where he eventually
became manager. Made 50 WP appearances for Caernarfon, Holywell and
Bangor lad Paul Whelan was the man who scored
that Wembley goal in '84 and
was always a popular figure with the Farrar Road crowd.
that though "Wheelo" was a hardworking skilful central midfielder whose
level whilst he was still a teenager.
He could set off on a mazy run with no one quite sure where it
would all end up; this was undoubtedly part of his appeal and arsenal!
| Paul Whelan broke into the Bangor
team whilst still a youngster and, with no offence intended, probably
enjoyed the highlights of his career before he was old enough to absorb
them. Paul drifted away from Farrar Road and when the LoW was
launched he played for Porthmadog whom he eventually managed. He also
took the helm at Glantraeth and unearthed some talented local players,
none more so than brothers Ryan and Les Davies.
Seldom has a stronger more physical right
winger been seen at Farrar Road, bulldozing his way down the
right wing to launch perfect crosses for the likes of Carl
Dale, Mark Ferguson and of course Tony Livens to convert.
But that is
precisely the legacy left by Steve Crompton who joined Bangor during
the mid eighties and won the hearts of blues fans with his strong
running but more importantly telling crosses.
In a crisis Steve could drop into centre half and defend
with immense force and purpose.
born winger Steve Crompton began his career
with Wolves but spent three years with Hereford
United (six goals from 30 starts) and several more with
(64 goals in 287 appearances) before returning to North Wales in
1986. At Worcester he played in the Southern League and The
Alliance (now Conference) and did so along side Bobby Gould and Kevin
He also spent a brief loan spell with Runcorn. City
snapped him up from
under Rhyl's noses and the rest is history.
blacksmith by trade his son Sam recently completed an academy period
with Shrewsbury Town.
| Forward Mark Carter signed from South
Liverpool. "Spike" was the
compliment to Alan Morris in the 1984 FA Trophy side, consistently
"one on one" chances, prospering alongside Ian Howat, and always at his
best in big matches.
one to let a gashed shin or elbow in the face deter him from the
of the day.
Quiet, determined and
purposeful, a match for any Bangor forward in this Legends section,
later to move to Runcorn, Barnet and Bury.
| Having joined Runcorn from Bangor,
February 1991 Mark - better known as Spike - joined Barnet
000 who were fighting for the Conference title and with it promotion to
the Football League. This they achieved and after 30
goals in 82 League matches Carter headed north to Bury for
£8 000 in September 1993. A four year spell at Gigg Lane yielded
62 goals in 133 appearances. In August 1997 he made the short
journed to Rochdale (2 goals in 11) from where the
complete with a move back into non league circles with Gateshead and
then Runcorn once more.
Football League career totals 95 goals in 228 appearances.
International [13 Caps]
Forward Carl Dale signed from Rhyl and
went on to Chester and Cardiff
City, should have played for Wales.
If memory serves me, Carl lived in the Deganwy area and was
watched from the stand by his father and other family members.
Carl was the powerful, energetic menace in front to
John Aspinall and Nev Powell. With tremendous pace and all the
attributes of natural
goalscorer Carl was a huge favourite with City fans. Also a useful
electrician responsible for installing
cashpoints in town centre banks!
| Colwyn Bay born
striker Carl Dale
terrorised Northern Premier League defences before earning a £12
000 transfer to Chester City in May 1988. He 41 goals in
116 league appearances for The Seals.
August 1991 his goalscoring prompted a £100
000 transfer to Cardiff City where won The Welsh Cup in 1992
and 1993 and the Third Division Championship in '93. Carl scored
67 goals in 172 games for The Bluebirds before moving back into non
league circles with Yeovil and Newport County.
Football League career
totals 116 goals in 320 appearances
| Forward Viv Williams from
Llanerchymedd made his City debut in August 1984
against Buxton. His natural skill, pace and strength allied to an
eye for goals made him a firm candidate for legend status.
may rightly comment that
he remained a unfulfilled talent with Bangor, but one eye catching
season with those performances against Fredrikstad and Atletico Madrid
- and then playing in goal at Hereford in The Welsh Cup - make his
a fair one!
| Viv never played at a higher level
than Bangor could offer, be it Northern Premier League or Welsh Premier.
should not be seen as a limit to his talents which would rank him above
some of those who have made the step up to English League football.
He did though manage successfully with the likes of
Porthmadog where he gained respect throughout Welsh football circles
for his management skills and modest, approachable nature. A familiar
site at Farrar Road on match days; ever the gentleman and never the