City’s squad shaping up for Alliance debut
FORMER Wrexham goalkeeper Andy Coughlin will be Bangor City’s first choice between the sticks for the 2018-19 season.
The 25-year-old, who made 62 first team appearances for the Racecourse club between 2012-15, spent last term in the Huws Gray Alliance with Airbus.
A former England C international, Bootle-born Coughlin fought off a number of other keepers who came in throughout pre-season for a trial to get the nod from new City boss Craig Harrison.
The 6ft 3ins stopper started his career in the Tranmere Rovers Centre of Excellence at the age of 15 and signed a two-year apprenticeship in the summer of 2009.
In April 2011, Coughlin signed his first professional contract, on a one-year deal.
A year later, he made his professional debut in a 1-1 draw with Hartlepool United, but was released at the end of the 2011-12 season.
Following three seasons at Wrexham, Coughlin had stints with Southport and Barrow before joining Airbus last term.
Bangor manager Craig Harrison said: “It’s great to get such an experienced goalkeeper in Andy.
“Having played almost 100 Conference games and also with a full season of experience in the Huws Gray Alliance, this will be invaluable this coming season.
“Andy is a very big, physical presence and an imposing figure. I’ve spoken to some of my best friends in football who have worked with Andy and they’ve said he is a great lad and a very good keeper, which he has shown in pre-season on more than one occasion.
“I’m looking forward to working with Andy and putting another piece in our defensive jigsaw, which has great experience in it.”
Bangor have also signed 17-year-old Elliott Fenton after a very successful pre-season.
Fenton can play across the front line as well as “in the hole” behind the strikers. He can create and score goals as well as excite fans by ghosting past defenders, which supporters have seen pre-season.
Harrison added: “It’s great to have another young talent with lots of potential joining Bangor City. It’s something that myself and Bangor City feel is very important.
“Bringing players through the fantastic academy and also attracting young talent and potential from the surrounding areas is vital. Elliott is clearly a very skilful footballer and, only just turning 17 years of age, has lots of development time left.
“Elliott has spent most of his football life playing a very high standard of futsal with the Manchester and England futsal team, which explains his fantastic ability on the ball. Pic: Aled Jones
“I’m looking forward to working with Elliott to bring out the potential in him and also helping him develop his all-round game in senior football.
“Elliott will join the likes of youngsters Alex Boss, Sam Jones, Sam Ashworth, Gethin Thomas and Leon Jones, who will all be looking to make a big impact in the first team this coming season.”
City were beaten 4-1 in last week’s midweek friendly at Colwyn Bay, where Craig Harrison fielded a mixture of first teamers and trialists. Alex Boss scored for Bangor.
Bangor begin their first-ever season in the Huws Gray Alliance at home to Buckley Town on August 11.
Bangor City (in blue) do battle with Colwyn Bay at Llanelian Road last week