Former Bangor City Football Club president and lifelong fan, Gwyn Pierce Owen, has passed away this morning, aged 85.

 

A former top-level referee who officiated at Football League, European and international matches, Gwyn Pierce Owen was involved with his beloved Bangor City for over 70 years.

Gwyn was an official in the Football League between 1967 and 1976 and recalled his experiences in his autobiography ‘C’Mon Reff’ which was published in the 1990s. In the book Gwyn recalled George Best as the greatest footballer he has ever seen. He said: “Many times I have been asked who is the best player I have seen, and every time in the last 40 years I have answered George Best, and I have seen some very good players. He was amazing though and his ball control incredible.“

Widely respected within Welsh football, Gwyn had a true passion for Bangor City, always with a welcoming and friendly face at Farrar Road and Nantporth.

Affectionately known as “GPO“ by the fans, he would attend Bangor City matches home and away, although in the later years this was only when his health allowed.

The main stand at Bangor City’s Nantporth Stadium was named after Gwyn in celebration of his 80th birthday in 2014.

Wales and Liverpool legend Joey Jones said: “He was a character on and off the field, shorts really short and he had this funny running action. He was the type of referee I used to like playing the games he was in charge of, because you knew to a certain extent he’d let you get away with something, but when he had to clamp down on something he would do.”

Former Bangor City player Jamie Reed Tweeted: “So sad to hear the news about Gwyn pierce Owen. Absolute gent who during the warm up in my first game for Bangor told me what it meant to be a Bangor player and part of such an amazing club! He was not wrong! He is a Bangor legend.”

Sgorio’s Welsh Football presenter Nicky John said: “Extremely sad to hear that we lost Gwyn Pierce Owen this morning. A gentleman always with a smile, always a chat, and plenty of fun and banter! Bangor was in his blood. Thanks Gwyn, for everything.”

Our Thoughts with Gwyn’s family and friends at this sad time.