Bangor City F.C.

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Bangor City
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Full nameBangor City Football Club
Nickname(s)The Citizens
Founded1876;145 years ago (1876)
(as Bangor Football Club)
Ground Nantporth Stadium, Bangor
Capacity3,000 (1,100 seated)
ChairmanDomenico Serafino [1]
Manager Hugo Colace
League Cymru North
2019–20 Cymru North, 5th
Website Club website

Bangor City Football Club (Welsh : Clwb Pêl-droed Dinas Bangor) is a Welsh football club from the City of Bangor, Gwynedd. They currently play in the Cymru North, the second level of the Welsh football league system, and host games at Nantporth.

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Founded in 1876, Bangor City have been founder members of the North Wales Coast League, the Welsh National League, the North Wales Combination, the Welsh National League (North), the Northern Premier League, the Alliance Premier League and the League of Wales, as well as playing in the inaugural Welsh Cup. The team has won the Welsh Cup eight times and the Welsh Premier League three, as well as taking part in European competitions.

The club's home colours have traditionally been royal blue shirts, royal blue shorts and royal blue socks, although over the years home colours have varied to include royal blue and yellow [2] and scarlet and Royal blue. [2]

History

Pre-League of Wales era (1876–1992)

Bangor City F.C. is one of Wales' older football clubs, and has played in European football, the English pyramid system and the Cymru Premier.

Bangor was a founding member of the North Wales Coast League in 1893, the Welsh National League in 1921, the North Wales Combination in 1930, the Welsh League (North) in 1935, the Northern Premier League in 1968, the Alliance Premier League (now National League) in 1979, and in 1992 the League of Wales.

In the 1961–62 season, Bangor City won the Welsh Cup, and consequently entered in the European Cup Winners' Cup for the first time. In the first round, Bangor was drawn against the Italian Cup winners, Napoli. In the first leg, played at Farrar Road, Bangor won 2–0; three weeks later, in front of a crowd of 80,000 in Naples, the result was 3–1 in Napoli's favour. A playoff had to be played, at Arsenal's Highbury Stadium, in London and AS Napoli won 2–1.

At the end of 1977–78 when Southport was relegated from the English Football League Fourth Division, Bangor City, Boston United and Wigan Athletic were considered for promotion instead. Due to Wigan Athletic having installed crush barriers, Bangor missed out on promotion.

In 1979–80 Bangor City was invited to compete in the Alliance Premier League, which would become the English game's de facto fifth division.

On 12 May 1984 Bangor became the first Welsh club to play at Wembley since Cardiff in 1927, when reaching the FA Trophy final against Northwich Victoria. The match finished 1–1. The replay was played in Stoke's Victoria Ground and Bangor lost 2–1.

In 1985 Bangor City was back in the ECWC, in the first round drawn against the Norwegian Football Cup winners, Fredrikstad. The first leg in Norway was a 1–1 draw, while the return leg in Bangor was a 0–0 draw, resulting in Bangor progressing to the second round on the "Away Goal Rule", where the club was drawn against the Spanish side Atlético Madrid. The first leg in Bangor was won 2–0 by Atlético. In the return leg in Madrid, Bangor lost 1–0.

The captain of Bangor that season was midfielder Mark Palios, who later became chief executive of the English Football Association during 2004–05.

Early League of Wales years (1992–2007)

In 1994 as League of Wales Champions, Bangor City entered the UEFA Cup. They were drawn against the Icelandic champions, IA Akranes. Akranes won the tie 4–1.

In 1995 Bangor City retained the League of Wales championship and this time drew the Polish champions Widzew Łódź in the preliminary round of the UEFA Cup. Łódź triumphed over Bangor City, winning 4–0 in Bangor and 1–0 in Łódź.

In 1998 Bangor were back in the Cup Winners' Cup, having won the Welsh Cup under the management of Graeme Sharp. Between winning the Welsh Cup and playing their opponents, FC Haka, the manager and most of the team had left, so new manager John King had to put together a completely new side, a week before the start of the Welsh football season (and three-quarters of the way through the Finnish football season). Bangor were beaten 3–0 on aggregate.

In 2006 the club made it to the Welsh Cup final where they were beaten by Rhyl 2–0 at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground.

Powell years (2007–2016)

The club won back the Welsh Cup in 2008 defeating Llanelli 4–2 after extra time at Latham Park, Newtown. Victory in the Welsh Cup meant that Bangor had again qualified for Europe and in the following seasons Uefa cup they were drawn to face FC Midtjylland of Denmark. The tie saw Bangor beaten 10–1 on aggregate.

Bangor ended the 2008–09 season with yet more silverware as they retained the Welsh Cup by defeating Aberystwyth Town 2–0 in a match held at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli.

The 2008–09 Welsh Cup success meant that Bangor participated in the inaugural Europa League competition at the start of the 2009–10 season. They were drawn to face Honka Espoo in the second qualifying round and were eliminated at the first hurdle losing 3–0 on aggregate.

Bangor made it three Welsh Cup wins in a row in 2009–10 with a 3–2 success against Port Talbot in the Welsh Cup Final, [3] again held at Llanelli.

In the 2010–11 Europa League campaign, Bangor City were drawn against Honka Espoo. They overcame the Finnish side in the Europa League second qualifying round with a 3–2 aggregate scoreline. [4] Bangor succumbed to Portuguese side Marítimo in the third qualifying round. Marítimo won 10–3 on aggregate.

The 2010–11 season marked a significant change in the set-up of the Welsh Premiership, with Bangor one of the 12 sides (down from 18) contesting the championship. They won their opening 15 games of the season, eventually winning their first league title in 16 years on the final day of the season. This was achieved by beating TNS, 1–0.

By winning their competitive league, they were involved in the 2011–12 Champions League campaign. Bangor City were against HJK Helsinki in the second qualifying round but lost 3–0 at home. In the away fixture, Bangor City were beaten 10–0 in the game and 13–0 on aggregate. Bangor finished second in 2011–12's Welsh Premiership, keeping in contention for the title until the final game of the season, a decider against TNS who won the league.

In July 2012 Bangor City forward Les Davies made the 32-man longlist for UEFA's best player in Europe award. [5] [6] [7] [8]

2012–13 began with a 0–0 home draw against Moldovan side FC Zimbru Chisnau in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League, first qualifying round. The Citizens lost the away leg 2–1 to bow out. City finishing third in the league, losing the Welsh Cup Final 3–1 after extra time to Prestatyn Town and then being defeated days later in the European playoffs by Bala Town.

Bangor finished fourth in 2013–14. The team did qualify for 2014–15 Europa League but lost 8–0 on aggregate to Icelandic side Stjarnan. It heralded a slide during which the side was in real danger of relegation for much of the season. The team stayed up in tenth position. 2015–16 was another struggle for the blues, who ended up in ninth place.

In June 2016 it was announced that a Cheshire-based consortium [9] was to take over, promising large investment in the team, plus ground improvements.

On 25 July 2016 Neville Powell was sacked, according to a statement released by the club.

The Vaughan era (2016-2019)

In August 2016 Andy Legg was appointed manager of the club. [10] His departure in November 2016 due to his inability to commit to a full-time contract [11] paved the way for Ian Dawes. [12] However, with Welsh Premiership licensing rules stating that every club's head coach/manager must have, or be in the process of attaining, the UEFA Pro Coaching Licence [13] and in the absence of such a qualification, Dawes was gone by March 2017. [14] Gary Taylor-Fletcher then became player-manager. The Club qualified via the playoffs for the Europa League under Fletcher’s guidance with a 1-0 win at Nantporth against Cardiff Met. [15]

In May 2017, Kevin Nicholson was named as manager with Gary Taylor-Fletcher as assistant. [16] Nicholson holds the UEFA Pro licence. [17] The Club qualified automatically for the Europa League for the second successive season, finishing second under Nicholson’s guidance [18] as well as being beaten in the semi-final of the Welsh Cup.

In 2016 a company called VSM (Vaughan Sports Management), which became the main shirt sponsors of the club, took over the club. Although convicted criminal [19] Stephen Vaughan Sr. was present at the launch of the new ownership, the new chairman Ivor Jenkins insisted that Vaughan – who is banned from being a company director – was not involved with running the club. [20] Fellow criminal [21] and ex-professional, Stephen Vaughan Jr., was later appointed as Director of Football and a coach at the club. [22]

On 26 April 2018 the FAW Club Licensing Appeals Body decided to revoke the club's Tier 1 and UEFA license due to not meeting financial criteria [23] meaning that they would automatically drop down to the second level of Welsh football the next season, despite a second-placed finish in the Welsh Premier League, and would not be able to compete for a place in the following season's Europa League. [24]

In June 2018 Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs issued up a second winding up petition against the club. [25] This was later dismissed as the tax owed had been paid, albeit late. [26]

In October 2018 the club' auditors, the accountancy firm Salisbury resigned, with a public letter citing 11 points of concern in relation to how the club's owners were managing the club's financial affairs. [27] These concerns included gaps in the clubs' accounts, missing financial documents and around a lack adequate documentation received in relation to cash shares totalling £258,000. The BBC reported that "Those concerns relate to the transfer of 25,800 shares to the company Vaughan Sports Management Ltd, a move which gave the firm significant control of the club". [28]

In March 2019, Vaughan Jnr returned to the club as Chairman, having formerly been both Director of Football and interim Manager at the club. [29]

In May 2019 the club were found in breach of various league and FAW regulations by the Football Association of Wales (FAW), fined and docked 42 points from their 2018–19 Cymru Alliance points total. The club had until 29 May 2019 to appeal against these findings. [30] Should the appeal be unsuccessful the club will be relegated to Tier 3 of the Welsh league structure for the 2019–20 season. The club was also left facing a transfer embargo until 31 December 2019 and was facing a third winding up order from HMRC over further unpaid tax. [31] The club and the FAW confirmed that an appeal had been lodged. [32] The FAW confirmed on 5 June that the club were unable to appeal against the FAW Panel's decision to place a transfer embargo on the club as the deadline for an appeal had lapsed - and as such the club was suspended from registering any professional players (or renewing current contracts) with immediate effect up to and including 31 December 2019. [33] The appeal date was set for the 18 June [34] where the original points deduction was nullified. [35] The FAW confirmed that at the meeting the appeal panel took the decision to adjourn the hearing until 24 June 2019, at which point the panel would be reconvened to consider the appeal submitted by the club. [36] The appeal found the club guilty of most of the original charges and issued revised penalties including a reduced 21-point deduction, which meant the club remained in the second tier on goal difference. [37]

In June 2019 it was reported that the club had avoided the winding up order by paying the outstanding debt in full. [38] However on 5 August of that year Bangor were suspended from playing competitive matches pending an arbitration hearing on 16 August following allegations that they fielded an ineligible player the previous season. [39] On 16 August 2019, Bangor City won their appeal against the FAW in Birmingham and were reinstated the 21 points that were originally deducted from them in the 2018–19 Cymru Alliance season, a campaign they finished in fourth spot. [40]

In September 2019 the club announced that VSM had sold their shares in the club to an Italian-based consortium headed up by Argentine musician Domenico Serafino. [1]

New start under Domenico Serafino

Italian musician and producer Domenico Serafino took over the club on 2 September 2019. [41] His son Francesco Serafino, a Bangor player, had appealed to him to rescue the club. [42] Serafino brought in Argentine World Cup winner Pedro Pasculli as the new manager of the team and he was given the task of helping Bangor back into the top flight. His first win was a 2-1 victory over Rhyl in November. Pasculli had been a roommate of Diego Maradona at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. [43] Bangor used the January 2020, transfer window to bring in new players including former Barnsley FC Player Of The Year Hugo Colace. [44] In April 2020, Serafino made a £5,000 donation to local hospital Ysbyty Gwynedd to help it fight the outbreak of coronavirus. [45]

Stadium

Maes-y-Dref (1876–1919)

When the club was first founded, Bangor played their home games on a small field called Maes-y-Dref in the Hirael area of the City. However, visiting teams often protested about the condition of the playing area and the cramped conditions. [46] Despite this Bangor remained at their Maes-y-Dref ground until being evicted to make way for allotments in 1919. Residential housing now stands on the site.

Farrar Road (1919–2011)

Needing to fulfill their home fixtures in the league the club used the Bangor Cricket Club ground at Farrar Road. The Farrar Road ground served as home to the club for many years afterwards and has hosted two Welsh Senior Cup Finals, in 1928 and 1953. The ground has also hosted various other domestic finals and tournaments over the years. Bangor played their last match at Farrar Road, a 5–3 win over Prestatyn Town, on 27 December 2011 before moving to Nantporth. An Asda supermarket now stands on the site.

Nantporth (2012–)

The new stadium is away from the city centre, at the University's former Nantporth playing field near the Menai Strait. The stadium was completed in January 2012, the first game took place on 24 January, where Bangor hosted local neighbours Caernarfon Wanderers, the score ended 6–1 to the Citizens. In July 2012 Nantporth played host to Bangor City's first European game at Bangor for 14 years; 1022 people attended to watch Bangor City take on FC Zimbru of Moldova. Starting in 2012–13 the ground became known officially as " The Book People Stadium" after a three-year deal with the literary company. [47] The new ground hosted its first competitive international on 13 August 2013 as Wales U21 lost 5–1 to Finland U21, [48] the first U21 international held in Bangor since 1983. Nantporth has hosted various other Welsh youth and schools matches and also gone on to host more Wales U21 games. [49] In August 2015 Bangor University announced that a new partnership had been agreed with the club, announcing the new name of the ground as Bangor University Stadium. [50]

Colours

Kit evolution

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Early years
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1890's
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December 1900 v Oswestry
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Turn of the 20th century
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20th century
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20th / 21st century
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2003–04
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2004–07
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2008–present

Kit manufacturers and sponsors

PeriodKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
2003–04?Pentraeth Group
2004–05 Nike
2005–06JLS
2006–07 Puma Audi
2007–08Pentraeth Group
2008–09 Suzuki
2009–11 VW Pentraeth
2011–13 Macron
2013–15 Kia Pentraeth
2015–16Dafydd Hardy (Home)

Anglesey Sea Zoo (Away)

2016–17 Uhlsport Vaughan Sports Management
2017–19 Kappa
2019–2020Evol [54] EUROGOLD
2020–Present Nike Sudaires

Support

Supporters' Association

Formed in 2001, the Bangor City Football Club Supporters' Association (or BCFCSA) is independent of the club itself but its representatives are members of the management board, [55] giving the fans a voice in the running of Bangor City. The association has been responsible for raising almost £70,000 [56] for the club since its inception and regularly arranges travel for fans to away matches. BCFCSA membership is open to all supporters of Bangor City.

In April 2019 the Supporters Association voted overwhelmingly to create a breakaway club in order to protect football in the city from the Vaughan's. They stated, “We want fans to reconnect with each other and restore the pride and feeling of being a supporter of our historic club. The new club is a creative and positive solution for an ever-changing and precarious situation. We are not disowning Bangor City FC or its history, the club is OURS, it belongs to the fans and local community. “Owners” will come and go but the people remain. Keep the faith.” [57] The new club, named Bangor 1876, were accepted into the Gwynedd League for the 2019/20 season. [58]

Rivalries

Bangor City's main rivalries are with Caernarfon Town and were with Rhyl.

Biggest attendances

CompetitionAttendanceOpponentSeasonResult
Cymru Premier 2,593 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Prestatyn Town 2011–12 5–3
Cymru Alliance 739 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Porthmadog 2018–19 1–2
Welsh Cup 12,000 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Cardiff City 1927–28 0–2
UEFA Champions League 1,189 Flag of Finland.svg HJK Helsinki 2011–12 0–3
UEFA Europa League 1,022 Flag of Moldova.svg Zimbru Chișinău 2012–13 0–0
UEFA Cup 1 3,426 Flag of Iceland.svg ÍA Akranes 1994–95 1–2
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 2 12,000 Flag of Italy.svg Napoli 1962–63 2–0
UEFA Intertoto Cup 2 1,032 Flag of Romania.svg Gloria Bistriţa 2003 0–1
UEFA Europa League 1,089 Flag of Denmark.svg Lyngby BK 2017–180–3
Friendly 2,567 Flag of England.svg Liverpool FC U23 2017–180–3

Academy

Bangor City has youth sides at U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 and U19 level. [59] The U19 side compete in the Welsh Premier U19 League. [60]

Current squad

As of 20 Aug 2021 [61]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Shane Owen
2Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Jack Cain
3 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Tyler Garratt
4 DF Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN Philippe Edmonds
5 MF Flag of Albania.svg  ALB Eridion Dida
6 MF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Jack Walsh
7 MF Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG Hugo Colace
8 MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Taylor Thain
9 FW Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG Dante Isla Cacciavillani
10 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Mello
11 FW Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Alex Boss
12Flag of England.svg  ENG Daniel Mullarkey
No.Pos.NationPlayer
13 FW Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG Agustin Zicarelli
14 DF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Ryan Evans
17 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG David Carty
18Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Cai La Trobe-Roberts
19 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Scott Reed
20 MF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Gethin Williams
21 DF Flag of Uruguay.svg  URU Ignacio Torres
22 DF Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG Lucas Surber
23Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Joshua Swindell
25 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Lewis Brass
33 DF Flag of Uruguay.svg  URU Federico Tobler

Club officials

As of 9 July 2019 [62]

Management board

Current technical staff

PositionName
Manager Hugo Colace
Assistant managerRiccardo Pellegrini
First-team CoachMatthurin Olivier Ovambe
Goalkeeper CoachChristian Minardi
TherapistLuke Bailey

European record

SeasonCompetitionRoundOpponentHomeAwayAggregate
1962–63 European Cup Winners' Cup PR Flag of Italy.svg Napoli 2–01–33–3 1
1985–86 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Flag of Norway.svg Fredrikstad 0–01–11–1 (a)
2R Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid 0–20–10–3
1994–95 UEFA Cup PR Flag of Iceland.svg ÍA Akranes 1–20–21–4
1995–96 UEFA Cup PR Flag of Poland.svg Widzew Łódź 0–40–10–5
1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR Flag of Finland.svg FC Haka 0–20–10–3
2000–01 UEFA Cup QR Flag of Sweden.svg Halmstads BK 0–70–40–11
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg Smederevo 1–00–21–2
2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Flag of Romania.svg Gloria Bistriţa 0–12–52–6
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Flag of Latvia.svg Dinaburg FC 1–20–21–4
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Flag of Denmark.svg FC Midtjylland 1–60–41–10
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2Q Flag of Finland.svg Honka Espoo 0–10–20–3
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 2Q Flag of Finland.svg Honka Espoo 2–11–13–2
3Q Flag of Portugal.svg Marítimo 1–22–83–10
2011–12 UEFA Champions League 2Q Flag of Finland.svg HJK Helsinki 0–30–100–13
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Moldova.svg Zimbru Chișinău 0–01–21–2
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Iceland.svg Stjarnan 0–40–40–8
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Denmark.svg Lyngby 0–30–10–4
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Honours

League

Cups

The Welsh Cup is the second oldest national trophy in world football. Above, on display before Bangor City's victory over Cymru Premier rivals Llanelli in the 2008 final at Latham Park, Newtown. Welsh cup.jpg
The Welsh Cup is the second oldest national trophy in world football. Above, on display before Bangor City's victory over Cymru Premier rivals Llanelli in the 2008 final at Latham Park, Newtown.

History in domestic competitions

Since the formation of the League of Wales in 1992.

SeasonLeaguePositionPldWDLGFGAGDPts Welsh Cup League Cup
1992–93 League of Wales 5th38197127758+1964Fourth roundFirst round
1993–94 League of Wales 1st3826578226+5683Semi-finalsRunners-up
1994–95 League of Wales 1st3827749626+7088Quarter-finalsQuarter-finals
1995–96 League of Wales 4th40216137265+769Third roundFirst round
1996–97 League of Wales 8th40205158262+2065Third roundRunners-up
1997–98 League of Wales 6th38208107254+1868WinnersRunners-up
1998–99 League of Wales 11th32116154449–539Third roundSemi-finals
1999–2000 League of Wales 9th34153165661–548WinnersRunners-up
2000–01 League of Wales 14th34107175684–2837Quarter-finalsFirst round
2001–02 League of Wales 3rd3421678338+4569Runners-upQuarter-finals
2002–03 Welsh Premier League 3rd3422577534+4171Quarter-finalsRunners-up
2003–04 Welsh Premier League 6th32166107247+2554Second roundSemi-finals
2004–05 Welsh Premier League 3rd3420777344+2967Fourth roundFirst round
2005–06 Welsh Premier League 9th34143175154–345Runners-upFirst round
2006–07 Welsh Premier League 9th32146125547+848Third roundFirst round
2007–08 Welsh Premier League 5th34151096231+3155WinnersSemi-finals
2008–09 Welsh Premier League 6th34167115840+1855WinnersRunners-up
2009–10 Welsh Premier League 5th3419697545+3063WinnersFirst round
2010–11 Welsh Premier League 1st3222468044+3670Runners-upSemi-finals
2011–12 Welsh Premier League 2nd3222377245+2769Third roundSecond round
2012–13 Welsh Premier League 3rd3214996553+1251Runners-upSecond round
2013–14 Welsh Premier League 4th32146124750–348Fourth roundFirst round
2014–15 Welsh Premier League 10th3298154862–1435Quarter-finalsThird round
2015–16 Welsh Premier League 9th32136134952–345Third roundFirst round
2016–17 Welsh Premier League 4th32164125355–252Quarter-finalsThird round
2017–18 Welsh Premier League 2nd32193104932+1760Semi-finalsSecond round
2018–19 Cymru Alliance 4th30163116848+2051Fourth roundFirst round

Biggest victories and losses

Managerial history

DatesNameNotes
1876–28Unknown
1928–?? Flag of England.svg Sydney Beaumont
1932–35 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Len Davies
1935–36 Flag of England.svg Harry Hadley
1937–39 Flag of Scotland.svg David Pratt Manager until the outbreak of World War II
1948–52 Flag of England.svg George Richardson
1952–57 Flag of England.svg Roland Depear
1957–67 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg T. G. Jones
1967–70 Flag of Ireland.svg Mick McGrath
1970 Flag of England.svg Ken Barnes
1970–72 Flag of England.svg John Doherty
1972–74 Flag of England.svg Alex Smith Player-manager
1974–75 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Dick Jones
1975 Flag of England.svg Barry Ashworth Caretaker player-manager
1975–76 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Roy Rees
1976–78 Flag of England.svg Dave Elliott
1978–79 Flag of England.svg Stuart Mason Player-manager
1979–80 Flag of England.svg Stan Storton
1980–81 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Colin Hawkins
1981–84 Flag of England.svg Dave Elliott
1984–86 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg John Mahoney
1986–?? Flag of England.svg John Aspinall
19??–?? Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Kevin Mooney
19??–89 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Brian Owen
1989–92 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg John Mahoney
1992 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ernie Walley
1992–93 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Paul Rowlands
1993–96 Flag of England.svg Nigel Adkins
1996 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Bryan Griffiths
1996–97 Flag of England.svg Kevin Langley
1997–98 Flag of Scotland.svg Graeme Sharp
1998 Flag of England.svg Johnny King
1998–99 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Lee Williams
1999–2001 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Meirion Appleton
2001–05 Flag of England.svg Peter Davenport
2005–06 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mel Jones Caretaker manager
2006 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Clayton Blackmore
2006–07 Flag of England.svg Steve Bleasdale
July 2007–25 July 2016 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Neville Powell
1 August 2016 – 22 November 2016 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Andy Legg
24 November 2016 – 29 March 2017 Flag of England.svg Ian Dawes
29 March 2017 – 22 May 2017 Flag of England.svg Gary Taylor-Fletcher Caretaker player-manager
22 May 2017–May 2018 Flag of England.svg Kevin Nicholson
May 2018–19 October 2018 Flag of England.svg Craig Harrison
19 October 2018 – 25 November 2018 Flag of England.svg Stephen James Vaughan Caretaker
27 November 2018 – 7 May 2019 Flag of England.svg Gary Taylor-Fletcher
5 July 2019 – 5 June 2020 Flag of Argentina.svg Pedro Pasculli
5 June 2020–present Flag of Argentina.svg Hugo Colace

Notable former players

Notes

  1. a Prior to 2002 the Cymru Premier was known as the League of Wales.
  2. a Between 2002 and 2019 the Cymru Premier was known as the Welsh Premier League.
  3. b Originally known as North Wales Coast Senior Cup.

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