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Bangor City plan to restore women’s football team

These players represented Bangor City in 2017-18. Picture: Andy Matthews

Bangor City are planning to reintroduce a women’s football team for the 2020-21 season.

The previous Bangor ladies side folded at the end of 2017-18 after a promising campaign in the North Wales League.

Its former players have gone on to enjoy great success with teams like Bethesda and Amlwch Town, winners of Division Two over the past two seasons respectively.

Bangor City owner Domenico Serafino wants to encourage community integration at the club and sees the next logical step is to bring women’s football back.

With the facilities and strong foundations that Bangor can offer it is in a great position to build a formidable ladies team.

“We are a club of the Bangor community and of course we need to have a women’s team,” said Serafino.

“As with the men’s team we want a side that will be the pride of Bangor.”

Men’s first-team manager Hugo Colace has also taken an active interest in the development of the women’s team and will oversee its implementation.

Bangor would like to encourage anybody who would like to get involved to contact the club for more details.

E-mail: Andrea.Rigamonti@BCFC.Wales

History

In the 1990’s and early 2000s, the Bangor City Girls team (they were actually an adult side) were the envy of Wales.

Under manager Keith Fearns, they first lifted the Welsh Cup in 1996/97 and were to repeat the feat back-to-back in 2000-01 and 2001-02.

Senior ladies football was re-organised by the FA in 1998 and run on a pyramid basis with the Axa Premier League at the top.

Bangor flew the flag for North Wales in the second-tier Axa Northern Division in 2000-01, finishing fourth and gaining promotion to the Premier where the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City were regular opponents the following season.

The Citizens were also to celebrate their second and third Welsh Cup triumphs in these 2000-01 and 2001-02 campaigns.

Welsh internationals Cheryl Foster, Ceryl Jones and goalkeeper Nicola Davies were among the stars of a side which shone brightly before a mass exodus of players to Liverpool FC broke the squad up.

The Bangor City name returned through the women’s team five years ago.

While it did not reach anywhere near the heights of its predecessor Bangor City Girls, the side was making good progress before disbanding in summer 2018.

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