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Organised football in Bangor has been played since 1876, City spending most of its early years competing in various cup competitions. Founder members of the North Wales Coast Football League in 1893 (Champions in 1896), 1898 saw us joining the Football Combination League and in 1910 we joined the North Wales Alliance.

During the 1930s, 40s and 50s, City competed in the Lancashire Combination, Cheshire League and Northern Premier League. City won the League Cup in the NPL’s inaugural season and consistently good performances saw City invited to become founder members of the Alliance Premier League (now the Conference) in 1979.

City spent two spells in the Alliance, and in 1984, we played Northwich Victoria in the FA Trophy Final, played at Wembley; the first time a Welsh club had played there in almost 60 years.

A Welsh Cup win in 1962 saw City qualify for a place in the European Cup Winners Cup and face Napoli. A 2-0 home win was cancelled out by a 1-3 defeat in Italy, the Italians emerged 2-1 victors in a replay played at Highbury.

In 1984-85, City once again qualified for the Cup-Winners’ Cup. Norwegians Fredrickstad were beaten in the First Round, but City lost 0-3 to Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in the Second Round.

In 1992, City became founder members of the League of Wales, finishing 5th in the first season and claiming the title in 1993-4, and 1994-5 under the management of Nigel Adkins. European campaigns in Iceland and Poland were the reward for these triumphs.

Adkins left the club in 1996, and after a succession of Managerial changes, former Everton and Scotland legend Graeme Sharp took over the reins for 1997/98. Sharp led City to yet another Welsh Cup victory, beating Connahs Quay Nomads.

Sharp’s stay was brief however, and City fans then again saw a number of short-term incumbents of the hotseat, with the highlight of this period being another Welsh Cup win, this time over Cwmbran, during Meirion Appleton’s reign as manager.

The appointment of England International, Peter Davenport during the summer of 2001 brough immediate improvement when we chased for the championship and were Welsh Cup runners-up. The Davenport era saw consistently good League positions and a number of impressive Cup runs, the bonus being European campaigns taking us to Yugoslavia, Romania and Latvia.

An inconsistent start to 2005/6 saw Davenport resigning, leading to yet another managerial merry-go-round. The few bright spots were a Welsh Cup final against Rhyl, and our U-21 string reaching the national playoff final.

Fortunes improved in April 2007 with the managerial appointment of former City player Neville Powell. In three seasons, Neville has brought home three Welsh Cups, with wins against Llanelli, Aberystwyth and Port Talbot.

There was yet further success in the 2010-11 season as City won the Welsh Premier League title with a thrilling last-day-of the season victory over reigning champions The New Saints in front of an ecstatic crowd at Farrar road.

Off the field, lengthy negotiations have been continuing between landlords and developers to find a new home for the Club, away from the historic Farrar Road stadium, the Nantporth site outside the city being earmarked.

15 May 2011


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