Hard to get our heads around rel­e­ga­tion - but we WILL sur­vive

Bangor Mail - - BUSINESS -

THERE can only be one thing in our minds – the fail­ure to gain a li­cense and en­su­ing rel­e­ga­tion.

Even after nearly a week it’s still a dif­fi­cult sce­nario to fully con­tem­plate.

We may have been warned a few weeks ago when our ini­tial ap­pli­ca­tion was re­jected but the shock of the news still wasn’t less­ened.

It was heart­en­ing to see so many heart­felt com­ments from ex-Ban­gor play­ers in the hours after the an­nounce­ment. It shows the place that our club oc­cu­pies in Welsh foot­ball.

With that in mind I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank the nu­mer­ous fans and of­fi­cials of other clubs, as well as mem­bers of the foot­balling me­dia, who have ex­pressed their sym­pa­thy and sol­i­dar­ity con­cern­ing our very dis­ap­point­ing news.

How should we deal with this sit­u­a­tion? The first thing is to deal with the sit­u­a­tion in a dig­ni­fied man­ner. The na­ture of the an­nual li­cens­ing pro­ce­dure is now well es­tab­lished.

The sec­ond thing is to re­mem­ber our place within the scheme of things. Peo­ple and play­ers come, peo­ple and play­ers go. Tro­phies come and tro­phies go.

We will re­main, we will al­ways re­main. We, the fans that is, rep­re­sent a run­ning thread be­tween the past, present and fu­ture.

Our foot­ball club, like all foot­ball clubs, means what it does be­cause it is a re­pos­i­tory of mem­o­ries and a liv­ing and breath­ing arte­fact of so­cial his­tory. We all have our own cher­ished mem­o­ries to trea­sure.

Our jour­ney may have an un­cer­tain des­ti­na­tion but the fu­ture is never ex­actly de­ter­mined by the present.

A foot­ball club that rep­re­sents us will con­tinue sim­ply be­cause peo­ple will con­tinue to care.

We can all re­mem­ber what a great club we have by at­tend­ing James Brew­er­ton’s tes­ti­mo­nial in Rhyl on Fri­day (7:30pm kick­off ). Let’s join with one of the great sides from re­cent his­tory and cel­e­brate to­gether!

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