Organised football in Bangor dates from a meeting held in the city’s Magistrates’ Rooms on 18 December 1876 – but not football as we might imagine because it was the handling variety that was first played in the city. It wasn’t until nearly a year later that it was decided to abandon rugby, to concentrate on association football, and to join the Football Association of Wales. The reason for the change of code? The number of players injured in that first experimental season!

At that time, the club played at the Maes y Dref ground, at the lower end of Bangor’s High Street, and in the early years concentrated on playing challenge (friendly) fixtures and competing in the various cup competitions. Obviously, the club had no lack of ambition as on Easter Monday 1880, they took on the mighty Blackburn Rovers, giving a good account of themselves in a narrow 2 – 1 defeat.

Nine years later, Bangor won the Welsh Cup for the first time, beating Northwich Victoria 2 – 1 at Wrexham before a crowd of 4,000, and in 1895-96 put on an even more impressive performance, beating north Wales giants Wrexham 3 – 0 at Llandudno to win football’s second-oldest cup competition for the second time.

The Welsh Cup has been a favourite trophy of Bangor City over the years. City has won the trophy eight times – only Wrexham, Cardiff and Swansea have won it more often.

Despite, or perhaps because of, City’s success in cup competitions, it became clear that the Maes y Dref ground was not up to standard, attracting complaints from visiting teams. At first for a trial period, and then permanently, the club reached an arrangement to move to the High Street ground, better known as Farrar Road, to share with the city’s cricket club. Shortly after the First World War, the cricket club found an alternative home, and Bangor City Football Club was to make Farrar Road its respected – some might say feared – home for the next ninety years and more.

Eager to broaden its horizons and play against opposition of the highest possible level, in 1932 Bangor City was elected into the Birmingham and District League, then the Lancashire Combination and the Cheshire League. Of course there was no all-Wales league at that time and City’s outstanding successes still tended to come in cup competition, notably in 1962, when the team won the Welsh Cup.

That Welsh Cup triumph led to one of the most famous episodes in the Club’s history, when, under the management of former Everton and Wales player TG Jones, City played the famous Italian team Napoli in the European Cup Winners’ Cup. Bangor thrilled their fans by winning 2 – 0 at home in the first leg. City lost 3-1 in Naples and finally went out after losing 2 – 1 in the playoff game at Arsenal’s famous Highbury stadium. As City fans never fail to mention, Bangor would have progressed in the competition had the away goals rule been in place at the time!

Non-league football in England was re-organised in the late 1960s, a period which saw Bangor take a step up to become members of the Northern Premier League, and ten years later, founder members of the Alliance (now Conference) League. City’s first stint in the Alliance lasted only two years, as the club was relegated at the end of the 1980-81 season, but it bounced back straight away, winning the Northern Premier League, and promotion back to the Alliance, in 1981-82. At the end of the 1983-84 season, however, City were relegated back into the Northern Premier League.

One of the highlights of City’s final ten years playing in the English footballing pyramid was an appearance at the ‘old’ Wembley stadium in the 1984 FA Trophy Final against Northwich – the first Welsh team to appear at the historic ground since Cardiff City in 1927. The match ended in a 1 – 1 draw, and Bangor, under the management of former Sunderland midfielder Dave Elliott, narrowly lost the replay, played at Stoke City’s ground.

City also had their moment in the European spotlight during that period. Qualifying for the 1985/86 European Cup Winners’ Cup, and under the management of former Stoke City and Wales midfielder John Mahoney, City exceeded expectations by beating Norwegian team Fredrickstad on the away goals rule, then played Spanish giants Atletico Madrid, going out of the competition 0 – 3 on aggregate. Over 7,000 packed into Farrar Road for the home leg of that tie.

In 1947, 1950 and 1972, the ambitious City had applied to join the English Football League (this in the days before automatic promotion from the Conference), but the fortunes of the club took a momentous turn in 1992, when it elected to join the new League of Wales, severing its historic links with the English system.

After a slow start, Bangor won the League of Wales title in 1994 and 1995 under the management of Nigel Adkins (former manager of Scunthorpe United, Southampton, and Reading, now with Sheffield United) leading to more European exploits in Iceland and Poland.

1998 and 2000 saw further Welsh Cup victories, and these, along with high League placings, led to further European campaigns in Finland, Sweden, Romania, Yugoslavia and Latvia.

Consistent success however was hard to find, but this changed with the appointment of former City player Neville Powell as manager in May 2007. In his first three seasons, Nev guided Bangor to a hat-trick of Welsh Cup wins and European qualification. In 2011 he won Bangor City’s first league championship since the Adkins era of the mid-1990s.

Away from the playing side, protracted negotiations between the club, councils and developers led to Bangor City leaving the much-loved Farrar Road ground in late 2012 and moving to a new purpose-built stadium at Nantporth, on the banks of the Menai Straits. Immediately popular due to its excellent playing surface and facilities, the stadium has become the venue of choice for representative matches in North West Wales.

Results

20th November 2021
0 - 3
JD Cymru North
2022
N/A

Bangor City vs Colwyn Bay

6th November 2021
5 - 2
JD Cymru North
2022
N/A

Llanidloes Town vs Bangor City

30th October 2021
Postponed
JD Cymru North
2022
N/A

Bangor City vs Penrhyncoch

22nd October 2021
4 - 2
JD Cymru North
2022
N/A

Conwy Borough vs Bangor City

9th October 2021
1 - 2
JD Cymru North
2022
N/A

Bangor City vs Ruthin Town

18th September 2021
3 - 3
JD Cymru North
2022
N/A

Holywell Town vs Bangor City

11th September 2021
0 - 2
JD Cymru North
2022
N/A

Bangor City vs Gresford Athletic

27th August 2021
6 - 0
JD Cymru North
2022
N/A

Bangor City vs Llangefni Town

24th August 2021
1 - 1
JD Cymru North
2022
N/A

Llanrhaeadr vs Bangor City

20th August 2021
3 - 1
JD Cymru North
2022
N/A

Bangor City vs Holyhead Hotspur

14th August 2021
4 - 2
JD Cymru North
2022
N/A

Guilsfield vs Bangor City

10th August 2021
3 - 3
JD Cymru North
2022
N/A

Bangor City vs Llandudno

31st July 2021
1 - 4
JD Cymru North
2022
N/A

Airbus UK vs Bangor City

27th July 2021
0 - 1
JD Cymru North
2022
N/A

Penrhyncoch vs Bangor City

23rd July 2021
1 - 0
JD Cymru North
2022
N/A

Buckley Town vs Bangor City

22nd May 2021
2:30 pm
JD Cymru North
2021
N/A

Bangor City FC vs Penrhyncoch FC

8th May 2021
2:30 pm
JD Cymru North
2021
N/A

Airbus UK Broughton FC vs Bangor City FC

3rd May 2021
2:30 pm
JD Cymru North
2021
N/A

Bangor City FC vs Guilsfield FC

24th April 2021
2:30 pm
JD Cymru North
2021
N/A

Gresford Athletic FC vs Bangor City FC

10th April 2021
2:30 pm
JD Cymru North
2021
N/A

Bangor City FC vs Ruthin Town FC

6th April 2021
7:30 pm
JD Cymru North
2021
N/A

Colwyn Bay FC vs Bangor City FC

2nd April 2021
7:30 pm
JD Cymru North
2021
N/A

Bangor City FC vs Prestatyn Town FC

20th March 2021
Postponed
JD Cymru North
2021
N/A

Llangefni Town FC vs Bangor City FC

5th March 2021
Postponed
JD Cymru North
2021
N/A

Bangor City FC vs Holyhead Hotspur FC

27th February 2021
Postponed
JD Cymru North
2021
N/A

Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant FC vs Bangor City FC

13th February 2021
Postponed
JD Cymru North
2021
N/A

Bangor City FC vs Llandudno FC

6th February 2021
Postponed
JD Cymru North
2021
N/A

Conwy Borough FC vs Bangor City FC

29th January 2021
Postponed
JD Cymru North
2021
N/A

Bangor City FC vs Buckley Town FC

23rd January 2021
Postponed
JD Cymru North
2021
N/A

Holywell Town FC vs Bangor City FC

16th January 2021
Postponed
JD Cymru North
2021
N/A

Llanidloes Town FC vs Bangor City FC

12th December 2020
3 - 0
Nathaniel MG Cup
2021
N/A

Bangor City vs Gresford Athletic

25th April 2020
Postponed
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

CPD Bangor City FC v Rhyl FC

21st April 2020
Postponed
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Buckley Town v Bangor City

18th April 2020
Postponed
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Gresford Athletic FC v CPD Bangor City FC

11th April 2020
Postponed
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

CPD Bangor City FC v CPD Corwen FC

28th March 2020
Postponed
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Guilsfield FC v CPD Bangor City FC

21st March 2020
Postponed
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

CPD Bangor City FC v CPD Penrhyncoch FC

14th March 2020
Postponed
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

CPD Llanfair United FC v CPD Bangor City FC

7th March 2020
1 - 0
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

CPD Bangor City FC v Ruthin Town FC

22nd February 2020
Postponed
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant FC v CPD Bangor City FC

18th February 2020
2 - 0
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

CPD Bangor City FC v Conwy Borough FC

15th February 2020
Postponed
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

CPD Bangor City FC v Prestatyn Town FC

7th February 2020
0 - 2
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Llandudno FC v CPD Bangor City FC

1st February 2020
1 - 1
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Corwen v Bangor City

25th January 2020
0 - 0
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Penrhyncoch v Bangor City

17th January 2020
3 - 1
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

CPD Bangor City FC v Llangefni Town FC

11th January 2020
1 - 0
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Flint Town United FC v CPD Bangor City FC

27th December 2019
1 - 0
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

CPD Bangor City FC v CPD Porthmadog FC

7th December 2019
1 - 0
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Bangor City v Llanfair United

29th November 2019
1 - 1
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Colwyn Bay v Bangor City

23rd November 2019
1 - 2
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Rhyl v Bangor City

16th November 2019
1 - 1
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Bangor City v Gresford Athletic

2nd November 2019
0 - 2
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Bangor City v Guilsfield

29th October 2019
2 - 3
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Bangor City v Colwyn Bay

12th October 2019
1 - 1
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Ruthin Town v Bangor City

5th October 2019
3 - 2
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Bangor City v Llanrhaeadr

27th September 2019
7 - 0
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Prestatyn Town v Bangor City

21st September 2019
2 - 3
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Bangor City v Llandudno

13th September 2019
0 - 1
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Llangefni Town v Bangor City

10th September 2019
1 - 1
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Bangor City v Flint Town Utd

31st August 2019
0 - 1
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Porthmadog v Bangor City

27th August 2019
3 - 1
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Bangor City v Buckley Town

Attendance: 156
24th August 2019
0 - 0
JD Cymru North
2020
N/A

Conwy Borough v Bangor City

20th April 2019
2 - 2
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Llanrhaeadr vs Bangor

13th April 2019
2 - 1
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Bangor vs Flint

9th April 2019
1 - 3
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Bangor vs Penrhyncoch

5th April 2019
2 - 1
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Holywell vs Bangor

2nd April 2019
1 - 6
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Bangor vs Airbus

29th March 2019
4 - 3
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Bangor vs Rhyl

22nd March 2019
6 - 2
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Prestatyn vs Bangor

2nd March 2019
0 - 0
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Flint vs Bangor

22nd February 2019
0 - 4
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Bangor vs Ruthin

15th February 2019
0 - 1
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Conwy vs Bangor

2nd February 2019
1 - 2
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Bangor vs Gresford

18th January 2019
1 - 4
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Holyhead vs Bangor

11th January 2019
5 - 0
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Bangor vs Denbigh

5th January 2019
0 - 2
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Buckley Town vs Bangor

Attendance: 212
29th December 2018
0 - 2
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Bangor vs Guilsfield

26th December 2018
0 - 2
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Pothmadog vs Bangor

Attendance: 576
14th December 2018
5 - 2
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Bangor vs Holywell

30th November 2018
2 - 1
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Rhyl vs Bangor

23rd November 2018
3 - 0
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Bangor vs Prestatyn

3rd November 2018
9 - 0
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Bangor vs Llanrhaeadr

27th October 2018
0 - 2
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Penrhyncoch vs Bangor

25th September 2018
1 - 0
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Bangor vs Conwy

22nd September 2018
0 - 3
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Gresford vs Bangor

15th September 2018
5 - 3
2019
N/A

Bangor vs Gresford

8th September 2018
3 - 2
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Airbus vs Bangor

31st August 2018
1 - 1
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Bangor vs Holyhead

24th August 2018
3 - 2
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Denbigh vs Bangor

21st August 2018
1 - 2
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Bangor vs Pothmadog

18th August 2018
1 - 3
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Guilsfield vs Bangor

14th August 2018
1 - 2
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Ruthin vs Bangor

11th August 2018
5 - 1
Huws Gray Alliance
2019
N/A

Bangor vs Buckley Town

Attendance: 403
Leagues
Huws Gray Alliance, JD Cymru North
Seasons
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