Bangor City Supporters’ Association have moved a step closer to forming a breakaway football club by applying to join the Welsh Football Leagues.
Members of Bangor City Supporters Association voted overwhelmingly in favour of starting a new club, which is yet to be named, at a meeting last month.
The new club has been formed in response to Bangor City’s well publicised problems which have caused increasing tensions between the club owners Vaughan Sports Management (VSM) and the Supporters Association. Off-field problems have seen the club relegated from the Welsh Premier League due to financial reasons, resignation of the club’s auditors, unpaid utility bills resulting in the stadium being closed and debts of over £100,000.
A statement from the Supporters Association released today, 9 May, said: “The city of Bangor has been represented by a senior football team since 1876 and that mantle has been worn with some success and honour in recent times by Bangor City Football Club. However in recent times supporters have had serious concerns regarding the continuation of the club and its ability to fulfil its fixtures.
“The club’s Supporters’ Association has become increasingly concerned that there is increasing and continuing uncertainty as to the continued status of Bangor as the major football centre serving north west Wales and it has taken action to ensure the continuity of competitive football of the highest possible standard in the city and its catchment area.
“This involves the establishment of a new football club for which membership of the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been sought. Should the application be successful, the FAW will place the club in an appropriate league in the Welsh Pyramid.
“At the same time, the Supporters’ Association is in the process of becoming a Supporters’ Trust, regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. It will result in the formation of a community business that is sustainable, transparent and credible. There is widespread support in the community which has seen hundreds of individuals becoming members and future shareholders of the Trust, in the last three months.
“The Trust will aim to be a positive, inclusive and representative organisation, open and accessible to all those sharing its vision, actively engaging with and involving the whole community, and working with its partners who share its commitment to deliver a cohesive and inclusive future, maintaining and developing sustainable and competitive football at all levels in Bangor and the surrounding areas.
“The proposed Trust emphasises that its goal is not to be regarded as a club seeking to undermine Bangor City FC, but rather to provide the ethical, practical expression of an organisation respecting, promoting and valuing the history of Bangor City Football Club and its predecessors.”