A new football club is set to be established in Bangor, after an application for membership has been submitted to the Football Association of Wales (FAW).
Members of Bangor City Football Club Supporters’ Association (BCFCSA) voted overwhelmingly to start the new club at a meeting in April, after relationships between fans and the owners of Bangor City, Vaughan Sports Management (VSM), became increasingly strained.
A Cheshire-based consortium took control of Bangor City in 2016 promising major new investment with the aim of returning the club to the ‘peak of Welsh football’ and pledging a ‘six-figure sum’ annually in return for shares in the club.
Despite the initial success of qualifying for Europe at the end of the 2017 season and finishing runners-up in the Welsh Premier in 2018, Bangor were relegated to the Cymru Alliance for failing the FAW Tier One Licence for financial reasons.
Things went from bad to worse last season for Bangor, unpaid utility bills forced their stadium to be closed for a month and the club declared debts of over £100,000 with a number of players and former employees being unpaid.
City now face a transfer embargo from the FAW and a 42-point deduction for fielding illegible players in a number of games and players wages being unpaid. The club have lodged an appeal against the decision, but are likely to be relegated to the Third Tier of Welsh Football if the appeal is unsuccessful.
A statement from BCFCSA today, 6 June, read: “In April the Bangor City Supporters’ Association held a meeting at which it decided to become incorporated as a Supporters’ Trust, following the example of a number of other supporters’ groups, including those running Chester FC and Wrexham AFC.
“With a view to actively engaging with, and involving, the whole community, and working with partners who share its vision for a cohesive, sustainable and inclusive future for competitive football in Bangor, the Association applied to the Financial Conduct Authority to become a Supporters’ Community Mutual widely known by the description Supporters’ Trust.
“On 31 May it was informed that its application had been approved and the new Trust will start trading immediately. With a view to ensuring the continuity of competitive football of the highest possible standard in the city, and its catchment area, the Trust is in the process of establishing a new football club which seeks to play at the highest possible level. An application for membership has been lodged with the Football Association of Wales and a decision is expected in mid-June.
“The Trust already enjoys widespread support in the community which has seen hundreds of individuals becoming members (and future shareholders of the Trust) in the early part of the year. Later this month there will be an open meeting to launch the new club and it is expected that the shareholders’ ranks will swell substantially over the next couple of months as football supporters and the community in general become the owners of their own football club.”
Further announcements are expected from the Supporters Association over the next 2-3 weeks.