Bangor’s new fan owned football club, Bangor 1876, has announced that the club’s inaugural fixture will be against fellow fan-owned club FC United of Manchester on Saturday, 20 July.
The pre-season friendly will take place at FC United of Manchester’s impressive Broadhurst Park home, the first ever ground to be built and funded by a supporter-owned club.
Adrian Seddon, chair of the board, FC United of Manchester, said: “The similarities behind the formation of Bangor 1876 resonate with supporters of FC United and for us the announcement of this fixture will bring back many memories of the summer of 2005. 14 years ago, almost to the day, AFC Wimbledon welcomed our fledgling club to Kingsmeadow for our second ever fixture and a bond was created between our two clubs that continues to this day.
“We are delighted that in 4 weeks time Bangor supporters will get to see the club they own run out at Broadhurst Park and we can share in that special moment just as Wimbledon fans did with us.”
In May 2005, FC United was set up as a member owned democratic, not-for-profit organisation created by Manchester United fans. The club secured a ground share with Bury FC at Gigg Lane and successfully applied for membership of the North West Counties Football League.
A hat-trick of promotions followed as the club made rapid progress through the North West Counties Football League, UniBond Division One North and UniBond Premier League. After six successive seasons in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier, the 2014-15 season saw FC United achieve promotion after four play-off heartbreaks. The season was rounded off in style as FC United opened their new Broadhurst Park home by entertaining Portuguese giants Benfica in a friendly.
Promotion to the National League North for the 2015-16 season would see FC United maintain their status until experiencing the disappointment of relegation for the first time in their history last season. FC United will begin the 2019-20 season as members of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division.
Broadhurst Park is covered on all sides, with standing and seating in the main stand and a large and expansive home standing area behind the goal, FC United’s purpose-built 4,400 capacity new ground shows what can be achieved when football fans with a vision work together and make things happen.
FC United’s members were involved at every stage during the design and construction process and the result is a stadium and community facility that is the envy of many clubs in higher leagues.
A spokesperson for Clwb Pêl-Droed Bangor 1876 Football Club said: “CPD Bangor 1876 FC would like to express their gratitude to FC United of Manchester for making the fixture possible.
“The parallels behind the foundation of both clubs reflect a common bond between the two teams and we are grateful for FC United’s support as we begin our journey as Bangor 1876.
“We hope to emulate a degree of FC United’s success as we seek to restore a sense of pride for football fans and the wider community in the Bangor area. We thoroughly look forward to what will no doubt be an auspicious occasion for both our club and fans.”