Sponsors boost for Citizens as season closes
NEW and renewed sponsorship agreements have given Bangor City a welcome offthe-field season-ending boost.
The Citizens were “delighted to confirm” that Coleg Menai and the University of Bangor have renewed their respective deals with the club, with that news topped off by a sponsorship deal with a multinational pizza giant.
Papa John’s Pizza have agreed to come on board during a hugely important period for the club as they look to avoid further complications of the sort that hampered this season’s challenge in the Huws Gray Alliance.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher’s side were in contention to chase down eventual champions Airbus Broughton until club debts of £80,000 were revealed, causing a number of influential squad members to depart.
Off the field the club, which plays its games at Nantporth, has suffered months of serious problems, such as bills going unpaid, players not being paid wages and the resignation of club auditors.
But the club have given members of their academy structure some valuable first team experience, with the likes of Gethin Thomas and Sam Jones impressing considerably during the latter stages of the campaign.
The club also revealed that “discussions are ongoing with a number of potential local sponsors as they see value in backing their club”, with further details set to be revealed in due course on the status of those negotiations.
It’s been a turbulent season for the Citizens which has led to supporters
possible forming their own breakaway club.
The decision was made at an Extraordinary General Meeting last month by Bangor City Football Club Supporters Association.
A statement by the association said it had agreed to incorporate as a Community Benefit Society (or Supporters’ Trust) and set up a new club, not in opposition to Bangor City FC “but as insurance against what we consider to be the real threat to top level football being played in the city.”
The statement continued: “Over recent months the SA Committee have taken some initial steps in preparation for the possibility of a new club through liaison with the FAW and local stakeholders, as a result we have a provisional agreement to use a Tier 3 compliant ground in the Bangor area.
“We have also approached a well-respected local management team and come to preliminary agreements with a kit supplier.
“We will now ensure that new club is registered with the FAW before a deadline of 1st June.
“The new club is a creative and positive solution for an everchanging 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.”
In March, former Bangor City FC boss Stephen Vaughan Jr returned to the club as chairman.
The former director of football and manager of the team quit his role as assistant manager of Maltese club Mosta FC in order to return to the Cymru Alliance club.
He said takeover interest had not come to fruition and he needed to return to the helm to prevent the club from falling into administration.
● Bangor City’s stadium at Nantporth: the club has been able to announce good news as the season ends, with the confirmation of existing sponsorships and a new agreement with Papa John’s, inset