Bangor City fans held an emergency meeting last week to discuss the club’s spiralling debts and the prospect of automatic relegation after the stadium was closed on health and safety grounds.
The club have debts of at least £107,000 and the stadium has been closed by Gwynedd Council after the water and electricity were cut off in January and a stadium wall collapsed during a storm in October, which has caused the stadium to become unsafe. The wall needs to be repaired if Bangor are to be successful in their Tier 2 Licence application to play in the Cymru Alliance League next season. If the Citizens fail the license application they will be relegated to the third tier of Welsh Football, the lowest level in their 143 year history.
Following the stadium closure City have been forced to play their ‘Home’ games at other grounds including Conwy and Llandudno. The 3G pitch at the stadium, which is managed by the independent group Nantporth CIC, has remained open and has a separate electricity supply connected.
City were relegated from the Welsh Premier League last season due to financial reasons and the club auditors resigned last October with an 11-point letter of concerns about how they say the club was being managed. The auditors claimed there was inaccurate information about loans to the club, lack of supporting evidence for money introduced into the club and missing accounts.
The supporters considered a number of options including an offer from the club owners Vaughan Sports Management (VSM) to buy the club for a nominal fee of £1, but this would also require the Supporters Association to take on the huge debt. Supporters were also told a third party had considered a takeover but this hadn’t progressed past a ‘preliminary discussion’.
The meeting voted in favour of the Supporters Association becoming a Supporters’ Trust – legally known as a Community Benefit Society – a ‘not for profit’ community group, which could ultimately give the supporters a way to own and run their own club.
Supporters now plan to write an open letter VSM to ascertain the “general situation” with the club and they plan to hold another Supporters Association meeting soon.
Bangor City have withdrawn their application for a Tier 1 Licence, required to play on the Welsh Premier League. The Football Association of Wales will consider City’s Tier 2 Licence application on Thursday 9th May 2019.
Storm Callum doing some damage yesterday. pic.twitter.com/bn6cmSswZK
— Bangor City FC (@bangorcityfc) October 13, 2018