A collection of life long Bangor City fans are celebrating the football heritage of the City and at the same time raising money for the Abbey Road Centre in Bangor, which provides support for people with mental health problems.
After the end of World War One in 1918, many North Wales football clubs added the term “Comrades” to their names out of respect for the many young men who left their communities to fight on the battlefields of mainland Europe, and Bangor FC were no exception.
Bangor Comrades marked their return to the North Wales Coast League by winning the championship. During the 1919 season, the club had to vacate their Maes-y-Dref ground, which was converted into allotments, this resulted in the club having to fulfil its home fixtures by playing at the Bangor Cricket Club ground at Farrar Road, which was to become the club’s ancestral home. Bangor Comrades became Bangor Athletic in 1920 and later Bangor City.
After setting up a Facebook page which celebrates the club’s illustrious history, the Bangor Comrades group launched the Comrades shirt and sales have been overwhelming, enabling the ‘Comrades’ to present a cheque for £120 to the Abbey Road Centre, which is the profit from the shirt sales.
The group are now exploring further merchandise ideas and events, hopefully music gigs in Bangor area, to raise further funds for the Abbey Road Centre.
Following the recent tragic loss of friends, the group hope to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and well-being in the community.
Main Photo (Top): Meinir Evans , Manager at the Abbey Road Centre in Bangor, receives a cheque from the sales of the Bangor Comrades shirts, which can be purchased, costing £28, by messaging the Bangor Comrades Facebook Page