Bangor City are set to return to their Nantporth stadium this Friday for a Cymru Alliance fixture against Rhyl. The electric and water supply were cut off in January because of unpaid bills and stadium was closed for safety reasons.
The club were issued with a £16,000 demand for unpaid electricity and a £9,000 water bill and also had a creditors list of £80,000, which included unpaid players and staff. As a result a number of first team players left the club in January and City were forced to play their ‘home’ games at Conwy and Llandudno.
Earlier this month Bangor City announced that Stephen Vaughan Jnr had been appointed as the new chairman of the club and he vowed to start “tackling all the off field issues and the outstanding creditors which includes the players and staff.”
Bangor City also confirmed they will not be applying for the Tier 1 Licence this season (required for the Welsh Premier League) after all that has happened in recent months, but they hope to be successful in their application for the Tier 2 License (required for the Cymru Alliance).
The club said in a statement there had been interest from two parties in taking over Bangor City – one from Canada and the other was from the North West of England – but neither party were in the ‘position to do so‘. The statement said: “The Supporters Association had also been given the opportunity to take over if they could come up with the funds to keep the club going.”
The statement confirmed that Vaughan Sports Management (VSM) will “remain the club’s major creditor and continue to be the person with significant control.”
The Citizens recently announced a new ’five figure’ stadium sponsorship deal with Liverpool based civil engineering contractor EuroGold and the stadium will be renamed the ’EuroGold Stadium’ for the duration of the sponsorship deal.
In preparation for Friday’s game work has been completed repairing the perimeter fence around the stadium and the club have achieved the required safety certificate from Gwynedd Council. The club house has also been refurbished, which includes a new pool table and fruit machines.
To celebrate the re-opening of the stadium and the new sponsorship deal with EuroGold, Admission to Friday’s fixture is just £1 per person.
Bangor City Supporters Association will meet next month (10 April) to consider their options, which includes the possibility of forming a Supporter’s Trust and a new ‘breakaway’ football club.
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