New foot­ball club in Ban­gor is a step nearer

Sup­port­ers’ trust to start trad­ing im­me­di­ately

Bangor Mail - - Sport -

A NEW foot­ball club in Ban­gor is a step closer as fears grow over the fu­ture di­rec­tion of the his­toric club.

A sup­port­ers’ trust is be­ing set up and will start trad­ing im­me­di­ately after an ap­pli­ca­tion to the Fi­nan­cial Con­duct Au­thor­ity was suc­cess­ful.

An ap­pli­ca­tion has al­ready been sub­mit­ted to the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of Wales (FAW) to en­ter the new club in the Welsh sys­tem.

The de­ci­sion was made at an Ex­tra­or­di­nary Gen­eral Meet­ing (EGM) held in April by Ban­gor City Foot­ball Club Sup­port­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

Ban­gor fans’ ac­tions are not the first time sup­porter dis­en­fran­chise­ment had led to new clubs be­ing formed, with Ch­ester FC, AFC Wim­ble­don and FC United of Manch­ester the most prominent phoenix clubs.

It comes after a tor­rid time which last sea­son saw the for­mer Welsh Premier League cham­pi­ons de­moted from the top tier of the Welsh do­mes­tic pyra­mid to the Huws Gray Al­liance (sec­ond tier), de­spite the Cit­i­zens sit­ting in third place in the league at the time, after fail­ing to ob­tain their do­mes­tic li­cence.

The club have had a trans­fer em­bargo placed on them un­til the end of the year and have also been hit with a 42-point de­duc­tion after an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of Wales found the club had breached mul­ti­ple rules though it has ap­pealed this de­ci­sion.

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.

A state­ment from the Ban­gor City Sup­port­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion said: “In April, we held a meet­ing at which it was de­cided to be­come in­cor­po­rated as a Sup­port­ers’ Trust, fol­low­ing the ex­am­ple of a num­ber of other sup­port­ers’ groups, in­clud­ing those run­ning Ch­ester FC and Wrex­ham AFC.

“With a view to ac­tively en­gag­ing with, and in­volv­ing, the whole com­mu­nity, and work­ing with part­ners who share its vi­sion for a co­he­sive, sus­tain­able and in­clu­sive fu­ture for com­pet­i­tive foot­ball in Ban­gor, the As­so­ci­a­tion ap­plied to the Fi­nan­cial Con­duct Au­thor­ity to be­come a Sup­port­ers’ Com­mu­nity Mu­tual widely known by the de­scrip­tion Sup­port­ers’ Trust.

“On May 31 it was in­formed that its ap­pli­ca­tion had been ap­proved and the new trust will start trad­ing im­me­di­ately.

“With a view to en­sur­ing the con­ti­nu­ity of com­pet­i­tive foot­ball of the high­est pos­si­ble stan­dard in the city, and its catch­ment area, the trust is in the process of es­tab­lish­ing a new foot­ball club which seeks to play at the high­est pos­si­ble level.

“An ap­pli­ca­tion for mem­ber­ship has been lodged with the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of Wales and a de­ci­sion is ex­pected in mid-June.

“The trust al­ready enjoys wide­spread sup­port in the com­mu­nity which has seen hun­dreds of in­di­vid­u­als be­com­ing mem­bers (and fu­ture share­hold­ers of the trust) in the early part of the year.

“Later this month there will be an open meet­ing to launch the new club and it is ex­pected the share­hold­ers’ ranks will swell sub­stan­tially over the next cou­ple of months as foot­ball sup­port­ers and the com­mu­nity in gen­eral be­come the own­ers of their own foot­ball club.”

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