Season 2018-19 Match Preview No 38

Saturday 20th April 2019
HuwsGray Alliance
Llanrhaeadr YM v Bangor City

    Bangor travel to Llansantffraid on Saturday afternoon
That is because Llanrhaeadr have been forced to play all their CA home matches at Treflan whilst their own pitch is widened to meet league criteria.
And after both sides were rained off last month both will be glad of better weather and a playable Treflan pitch after what has been mainly a bright sunny week.
   This two sides met at Nantporth in November when Alex Darlington scored four to lead City to a nine nil win. The other goals came from Jordan Piggott, Jake Phillips, Jacob Farleigh, Marc Williams and Robbie Parry.
  Llanrhaeadr will take comfort from the fact that Darlington and several others will not be a threat this weekend regardless of the weather.
  Oswestry based Llanrhaeadr manager Mark Griffiths is well known in Mid Wales football circles as a goalscorer with Caersws and Newtown.
  Goalkeeper Jimmy Hayns came through The New Saints academy after moving into the area from London.
  Leftback Iain Edmunds joined the Shrewsbury Town academy and has since played for Caersws. Central defence is anchored by the powerful Glenn Evans.
  Midfielder Joe Vaughan is a tireless, hard working midfielder whose supply to frontmen Iwan Matthews and player manager Griffiths will be vital to the Tanat Valley sides hopes.
  Llanrhaeadr operate has an amateur side but as the league table shows those who decided to write them off as no hopers during pre season have been proved badly wrong.
   Blues boss Gary Taylor Fletcher would have been pleased by his young sides performance in the victory over Flint last weekend.
The result being he will keep as close as possible an unchanged side for the viist to Treflan..
  One player who cannot return is long serving and recenlty returned defender Michael Johnston who is serving a three match ban. Johnno answered the call to help out at Nantporth under difficult circumstances and with no financial reward.
  He has played with pride and courage despite being visibly handicapped by injury.
  Given that a change may well occur during the summer it is a shame he has been denied a farewell appearance.
  In his absence 20 year old Jordon Piggott has stepped up to the role of experienced head and guided the likes of Kian Owen and Cian Williams to some fine performances in the blue shirt.
  Further up the field Tom Reilly has grafted tirelessly in the midfield whilst the return of the Robbie Parry has been a booost to the front line.
  It is unfair to leave anyone out of this preview, credit is due to the local lads like Gethin Thomas, Osian Hughes, Alex Boss and Sam Jones but also to those like Jacob Farleigh travelling from the Nantwich area.
  With Llanrhaeadr safe from relegation and City needing a point to finish above old rivals Rhyl a relaxed atmosphere is likely at Treflan, a ground the blues have not visited since the TNS era...
  Cmon City!

Check out the two sides

 Supporters Opt to Launch new Club

At a meeting of the Bangor City Supporters Association on Wednesday evening the members elected to launch a new club.
The details of  a press release as reported by the BBC can be found here
Clearly the Supporters Association have spoken to the FAW (the new club would play in Wales) and have some form of agreement with regard to a level or league they would enter for the 2019-2020 season.
There is also talk of a Level Three compliant ground in the Bangor area and of manager(s) being provisionally agreed.
Level Three would suggest Welsh Alliance League football.
Watch this space!

  EuroGold Announced as Stadium Sponsors

  Bangor City have announced that shirt sponsors EuroGold are the new ground sponsors, and that they will contiue as shirt sponsors until the end of next season in what is described as a five figure sum.

 Steve Vaughan Jnr Returns - As Chairman

  Bangor City have announced that Steve Vaughan Jnr has returned from his spell in Malta and is the new club chairman.

  This comes against a backcloth of unpaid bills, the club being unable to use Nantporth for home matches, and an ongoing boycott by large numbers of supporters.
  Rumour at Flint on Saturday suggested the Inland Revneue and Water Bill had been paid and the latter reconnected.

  The official statement and related detail can be found here

  Johnno Returns

  Bangor have signed Michael Johnston

  The experienced central defender rejoins City from Wrexham based Brickfield Rangers.
  Since leaving Bangor in 2015 Michael has played for Llandudno, Caernarfon and briefly Runcorn.

  Welcome to Nantporth Johnno

  A Liverpool born centre back, Michael Johnston moved to Farrar Road on a loan period from Tranmere Rovers just before the September 2007 transfer window.  During the summer of 2008 he was released by Rovers and wasted no time in signing for City on a permanent basis.  
   Michael has represented Wales and Under 17 and 19 level and was voted the outstanding player in North Wales at the end of the 2007-08 season. During the 2009-10 season Michael represented Wales Under 23s (semi professional) side.
  He has won three successive Welsh Cup Winners medals in 2008, 09 and 10 and in 2011 added
a Welsh Premier Championship winners medal. Michael represented the club in the Champions League matches against HJK Helsinki at the beginning of the 2011-12 season and again in the Europa League a year later to bring his total European appearances for the City to a dozen starts - a club record.

 Tom Reilly Signs

  Bangor have signed former Accrington youth team player Tom Reilly.

  The eighteen year old left footer can play fullback or midfield and also has experience playing in Sweden with Eskilstuna City.
  Tom is available for selection now after awaiting International Clearance.

  Gresford Game - and More - in Doubt...

  Saturday afternoon's CA visit of Gresford Athletic is in doubt.

  After a great deal of speculation on social media - much of it unreliable it has to be said - things came to a head after the Welsh Cup visit of Caernarfon.
  Events - or an eventuality which many City fans had feared when Steve Vaughan under the guise of VSM, took over the club in 2016.
  Chief amongst them strong rumours of unpaid wages, not only to players but ground staff, and of unpaid bills.

  It was unpaid bills to companies with well rehearsed debt collection systems that proved most significant and led to the club releasing the following statement

  Recent Events:

  On Monday morning Bangor City Football Club was issued with a 16,000 demand for electricity. The electric has been used by Nantporth CIC and Bangor City Football Club. This led to its disconnection.
 We understand Nantporth CIC are in the process of changing over to a different supplier for the 3G pitch floodlights which makes up a majority portion of the overall bill. This has not happened as yet.
  However, unjustly the bill is in the name of Bangor City Football Club.

  This was followed by a water rates demand of 9,000 the same day which has now also been turned off.
  The Football Club is responsible to pay this bill.

 Negotiations are in place to get both bills settled and brought up to date as soon as possible.
 We are still waiting on funds being released from the FAW which has also hindered our cashflow.
 Bangor City's creditors list is approximately 80,000 in its entirety. This includes bringing players and staff wages up to date as well as paying compensation to our former groundsman.
 The club has been in negotiations with investors and sponsors for the past two months and are very close to securing a new stadium sponsor.
  The Football Club will be requesting its shareholders to assist with the current financial situation and the club endeavours to get ready for Saturday's league fixture v Gresford FC.

   There has been a sense of inevitability leading up to this, accelerated no doubt by the departure of Steve Vaughan jnr to Malta.
   What happens next is unclear but it seems highly unlikely that all the funds needed will be forthcoming although it might be possible to reach an agreement with creditors based on part payment to the water and electricity suppliers.
   How long such interim payments would be effective for is another question.
   There has been a good deal of ill informed speculation on social media, to which this website will not be adding.
   News will be reported as it unfolds, in particular with one eye on the weekend visit of Gresford.
   Watch this space...


 Barnes follows Darlington out of Nantporth
  Bangor City have announced that Sam Barnes has joined Newtown.

  The former Colwyn Bay centrehalf has played most of City's games this season, allowing for a couple of breaks through injury.

  A powerful centreback Barnes joined City during the summer and became a favourite with City fans.

  This comes hot on the heels of news that Aled Darlington had joined Mosta in Malta.

  Darlington was - and still is - the club's leading goalscorer due in no small part to scoring nine goals in three games in November.

  Good luck to both players, with doubts surrounding the club's future there may be more to follow.

 Bangor Land Midfielder Menagh

 Bangor City have signed former Blackpool
  youngster Jamie Menagh

 The 25 year old Liverpool born midfielder was noted by Gary Taylor Fletcher when both played at Bloomfield Road.

 Since which time Jamie has played for Prescot Cables, Chester, Marine, Altrincham and Airbus UK.
 He gained most first team experience with Chester in the National League and Airbus in the Welsh Premier for whom he played against Bangor twice in the 2016-17 season. losing at Nantporth but winning at Broughton with The Planemakers.
 The signing had been delayed due to International Clearance but with that now gained Jamie can hope to make his debut for City at Holyhead on Friday evening.
 Welcome to Nantporth!

  Les Gone. Darlington and Stephens to follow?

 Bangor legend Les Davies has joined Llandudno.

  The 33 year old has moved to Tudno who this week allowed John Owen to join Cefnm Druids.
  There had been suggestions that the Maesgeirchen marauder was unsettled and from my perspective he cut a glum figure in the Boxing Day fixture at Porthmadog. He was replaced by player manager Gary Taylor Fletcher against Guilsfield.
 Les is a hugely popular figure with Bangor fans and will be sorely missed.

  No sooner had this story started to gather dust than news broke that leading goalscorer Alex Darlington and defender Ashley Stephens had been the subject of substantial offer from Mosta FC of Malta. The club Steven Vaughan jnr joined  a month ago.
  Of course not every part timer footballer with a job and family can uproot - but that is very much up to the players involved if the offer is accepted.

  Older Bangor fans might be reminded of the exodus of 1980 when Stan Storton left to take over as manager of Telford United.
 If memory serves me Kevin Charlton, Alan Walker, Dave Barnett and Dave Mather went with him, possibly one more too.
  It has to be said that didnt end well, City fans will be interested to see if the manager has replacements on the way or..

  Bangor City To Be Sold?

  New Owners Poised to Takeover...

  The story broke on local media and is well summarised in this article:
  Bangor City set for takeover
There is no indication as yet quite what this means in terms of who the new owners might be or what control or influence they would have.
  It seems odd given the appointment of Alan Moogan today and Gary Taylor Fletcher before the weekend, but with more new expected over the next few days the situation will soon be clearer.

   Alan Moogan Arrives

  Bangor City have appointed Alan Moogan as Assistant Manager

  Blues boss Gary Taylor Fletcher has brought former Southport midfielder to Nantporth as his assistant.

  The former Everton youth teamer and reserve retired from playing in 2014 after several years with Southport, Burscough and Telford.
  Since 2014 he worked as a player coach at Southport and then Telford and more recently as a coach with Liverpool FC.

  Welcome to Nantporth Alan

 Taylor Fletcher Returns

 Gary Taylor Fletcher is back at Nantporth

  The vastly experienced Gary Taylor Fletcher is the new manager, in place of caretaker Steven Vaughan who has moved to Malta.
  Since leaving Nantporth at the end of last season after the licence failure Taylor Fletcher has been out of football. But a couple of weeks ago he linked up with Llandudno and scored three goals in his three appearances for the relegation strugglers.
  Technically he replaces Craig Harrison who left to join Connahs Quay in mid October, but the nine game winning streak inherited by GTF is as much down to Vaughan and his assistants.
  Taylor Fletcher will be a player manager at Nantporth although any return on the pitch will be on hold until around the New Year due to FAW regulations.
  His tenure as manager begins at Belle Vue on Friday night.
  Welcome back GTF.
Gary Taylor Fletcher in action against Carmarthen with thanks EventPhoto Wales

  Steven Hewitt Flies South

  Bangor midfielder Steven Hewitt has moved to Australia

  The creative midfielder had been linked with a move to a local WP side but this proved to be wide of the mark.
  The former Burnley youngster scored eight goals from 27 starts for City last season and rejoined the blues during the autumn after training with the club.
  This is a life changing opportunity and a chance too good to pass up.
  Good luck Steven.

   In recent weeks Lee Owens, Tom Field and Andy Jones have also left the club.
   Good luck to them also.

 Harrison Goes Nomad

  Bangor manager Craig Harrison has resigned and taken up a coaching position at Connahs Quay.
  This may well be the post left vacant by the return of Neil Gibson to Prestatyn but the net effect is another managerial change at Nantporth.
  For the Welsh Cup visit of Mold tomorrow Steve Vaughan jnr will take charge, assisted by Luke Purcell and Alan Lewer.
  As the resignation was only received this morning no further news on a likely longer term replacement for the former TNS boss has been announced.
  Quite why Harrison chose to leave at this particular moment may become clearer in time, but his first duty is to accompany Jock Morrison to Park Hall tomorrow for a top of the table clash with his former club.
  Strange times.

  City Mourns Dick Rigby

  Bangor fans have been saddened today by the news of the death of long time supporter Dick Rigby.

 A familiar figure home and away, home and abroad, Dick was often to be seen stopping for a chat, a moider, with fellow City supporters.
 Dick was an active and loyal supporter of both the football club and supporters association.
 Literally hundreds of City fans have taken to social media to offer messages of support to Dick's wife Anora and their family at this very sad time.
 Gone but not forgotten,
 Rest in Peace Dick Rigby