Tag: Bangor City

The 126th Welsh Cup Final

The 126th Welsh Cup should be a reason for celebration at the end of a remarkable season for football in Wales. Neil Mace looks at this afternoon’s match at The Racecourse Ground.

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A Welsh Premier League Odyssey: Part Three – Carmarthen Town vs Bangor City

With my Welsh Premier League virginity now only a distant memory, I make my way west to Carmarthen for my third match of the season. Carmarthen Town are the perennial mid-table finishers of this league, although recent seasons and form so far suggests they could be in the midst of a relegation battle. Despite this they have displayed their ambition in signing Jack Christopher over the summer; Christopher was relegated Haverford West’s top scorer and arguably the best asset in that team. His inclusion in the squad has not slowed a slide towards the relegation zone as Carmarthen have only won a single game, losing their other five fixtures.Carmarthen’s opponents today are a Bangor team that is not quite hitting the heights of last season. Bangor went on an unbeaten run last year which lasted from August until the new year, a run which included sixteen wins. They haven’t been able to reproduce that incredible form this season, much to the disappointment of the Bangor faithful. With Neath looking a stronger outfit, The New Saints being as strong as ever and Bala Town exceeding all expectations to top the league at this stage, it’s going to be harder than ever for Bangor to break into one of those coveted positions. Bangor will want to make amends for their three–nil home loss at the hands of The New Saints prior...

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Match Of The Week: Bangor City 1-0 TNS

That the English Premier League show arrive at a showdown like this. Today is the final day of the season in the Welsh Premier League, and the two teams at the top of the table, Bangor City and The New Saints, are playing each other for the league title. Going into the match, TNS are a point clear of Bangor, meaning that a draw will lift them the championship, but a home win will take the Welsh championship to Bangor for the first time in over a decade and a half. With the league championship comes a more prosaic reward than honour, as well. A place in next year’s Champions League – albeit in the qualifying round – awaits the winners, while the runners-up go into the Europa League. For clubs running on the sort of budget that WPL clubs run, this is likely to mean a significant amount of money. It is one of the quirks of Welsh league football that Bangor City have contrived to go fifteen years without a league championship. The club had an honorable history within the English pyramid until the early 1990s, including four seasons in what we now call the Blue Square Premier and and appearance in the FA Trophy final in 1984, where they only lost to Northwich Victoria in a replay, after drawing the first match at Wembley. A sense...

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