Bangor City Football Club will be relegated from the Welsh Premier League after failing in their appeal to obtain the domestic license that is required for them to play in the league.
The appeal hearing took place at the Football Association of Wales headquarters in Cardiff today, Thursday, 26th April. Bangor will now forfeit their place in the Welsh Premier League and will be relegated to the Huws Gray Alliance, the second tier of Welsh football. Should Bangor City qualify for Europe by finishing 2nd in the Welsh Premier League this season, that qualification will also be revoked.
A statement from the FAW read: “In relation to Bangor City, the Appeals Body upheld the decision of the First Instance Body to refuse both the UEFA and Tier 1 Licences.
“The Appeals Body were not satisfied that Bangor City has rectified the original concerns of the First Instance Body. As a consequence, Bangor City will be demoted to Tier 2 of the Welsh football pyramid for the 2018/19 season. In addition, the club will not be permitted to participate in the JD Welsh Premier League Europa League Play-Offs.”
Bangor City have been ever present in the Welsh Premier since the league’s formation in 1992, winning the league on three occasions, the last time in 2011. The license decision means that Bangor City’s last game in the Welsh Premier League will be away at Bala Town on Friday night, 27th April.
An FAW Tier 1 Licence is required for clubs to participate in the JD Welsh Premier League and for those clubs who qualify for European competitions, a UEFA Licence is also a pre-requisite.
The Club Licensing system aims to assist the continual improvement and development of football clubs at the top level within Wales. Licensing is a transparent process that enables clubs to demonstrate to their stakeholders that they meet quality standards.
Clubs are assessed on the following criteria:
- Sporting: Youth & Coaching
- Personnel & Administration
- Financial and Codes of Practice
Connah’s Quay who also failed with their initial application for the Welsh Premier domestic license have successfully appealed the decision and will remain in the league next season.
In June 2016 Bangor City FC were taken over by a Cheshire-based consortium promising major new investment with the aim of returning the club to the peak of Welsh football.
A statement form Bangor City this evening read: “At 4.10pm today we received the news that our Welsh Premier League licence and Europa league qualification appeal has been revoked for failure to meet the financial criteria requirements.
“Bangor City FC having gained automatic Europa qualification to find ourselves without a Welsh Premier League licence for 2018-2019. Incredibly the football club has built a championship contending squad with excellent sponsorship, investors and shareholders who have backed the club for the past 2 seasons.
“On the field we’ve finished 3rd and off the field we find ourselves up date with HMRC VAT and PAYE, all wages squad and staff paid up to date, no football creditors, no pressing debt, stadium grants being matched by new investment to find ourselves now without a WPL licence for season 2018- 2019!
“We will take stock of the situation over the next few days and make further announcements in due course. In the meantime we ask all the supporters to stand with us as we aim to get the club back in the WPL as soon as we can. We will work with the relevant parties at the FAW to ensure we are never in this position in the future.”