The Nathaniel MG (League) Cup First Round match between Conwy Borough and Bangor City has been postponed until further notice pending the outcome of the independent arbitration hearing between Bangor City Football Club and the Football Association of Wales (FAW). The game was due to be played at Conwy on Saturday 3 August.
Bangor City have lodged an appeal in relation to the decisions of an FAW Appeals Panel, that sat on 24 June 2019. As a result, the case will now be heard by an Independent Arbitration Panel at a date yet to be decided.
The club were charged with a number of alleged breaches of FAW rules during the 2019/20 season which included failing to adhere to the correct registration procedures of players, fielding ineligible players in a number of games and failing to comply with their financial obligations towards six of their players. Bangor were initially given a 42 point deduction but this was halved on appeal, to 21 points, which meant the club narrowly avoided relegation by goal difference.
City have subsequently been charged with another offence of playing an ineligible player in a game against Prestatyn, which could see the club relegated to the third tier of Welsh football if proved.
The club have also been placed under a transfer embargo until 31st December 2019. Despite this City have signed a number of players for the new season, which are pending approval from the FAW.
Bangor City were demoted from the Welsh Premier League at the end of the 2017-18 season after being refused a domestic licence for financial reasons and have been beset by off-field problems.
In January 2019 Bangor’s Nantporth Stadium was closed for two months after the electric and water supply was turned off due to unpaid bills totalling £24,000. The club also announced debts of £80,000 in unpaid bills which included unpaid players’ wages and a settlement for a former groundsman who has left the club.
In May, Bangor City FC Supporters Association (BCFCSA) voted in favour of forming a new club, after concerns about by the way Bangor City was being run. The new club – Bangor 1876 – has been granted permission by the FAW to play in the fifth-tier Gwynedd League next season.
Bangor City are due to play their first league fixture in the newly named Cymru North at home to Colwyn Bay on 17th August.
A statement form Bangor City read: “Bangor City Football Club is disappointed to confirm that its Nathaniel MG Cup first round tie this weekend has been postponed until further notice.
“The club had been set to meet Conwy Borough away on Saturday, but the Football Association of Wales notified the Citizens at 9:03pm on Monday that the game would not take place as planned.
“Mr. Andrew Howard, from the FAW, said that this is due to the Arbitration hearing between the club and the Football Association of Wales not being concluded this week.
“No further comment will be made at this stage.”