Ten years ago today Bangor City were well into a headline-making winning run which culminated in a modern-day British record.
On this date (first Saturday of the month) in September 2010, the Citizens made it five straight Welsh Premier League victories with a 1-0 result at Carmarthen Town.
Neville Powell’s side were to go on and win their first 15 league matches.
No-one had done that in a top division from the start of a season since the late 1800’s, when Rangers achieved the feat in Scotland.
Bangor eventually drew their 16th game and lost their 18th.
Despite a few blips thereafter, Bangor City claimed their first Welsh Premier championship in 16 years that 2010-11 season after beating The New Saints 1-0 in a final-day title-decider at Farrar Road.
September 4, 2010
Carmarthen Town 0 Bangor City 1 (Dave Morley pen 47)
Welsh Premier League
Carmarthen battled hard but it was Bangor who emerged with the points from a tough examination at Richmond Park.
Bangor boss Nev Powell was able to welcome Nicky Ward into midfield and offer a first glimpse of young Tom Dix on the bench.
It was Alan Bull whose tremendous turn and run from halfway created the first opening as he rode two tackles to slide a straight ball into the path of Jamie Reed, which forced Mike Lewis to smother at his feet.
Moments later Reed turned provider with a break down the left, his cross found Chris Jones but again the acrobatic Lewis intervened with an instinctive block.
Carmarthen went close after Paul Smith miskicked to Darren Grififths but the resilient stopper threw himself to block the shot and the ball was hacked out for a corner.
City won a free kick on halfway but Peter Hoy headed wide then on the half hour Craig Garside saw his 25 yarder flash just past the post, Moments later Carmarthen’s Kieran Howard forced a good save from Smith.
Bangor won a corner which Ward delivered but Reed’s clean header flashed wide. Sacha Walters went close for Carmarthen as the open nature of the game grew.
Honours even at the interval and both sides with chances not taken to rue.
HALF TIME: 0-0
Barely had Bangor fans taken up their places behind the goal at the clubshop end of the ground than they had cause to celebrate.
Reed ran into the box and was felled by substitute Antonio Faccutio. Penalty.
Up stepped the tall figure of Dave Morley to beat the despairing Lewis with a well-placed kick.
Carmarthen pushed City back, Darren Griffiths and Andy Evans threatening, but the visitors stayed in front.
The move of the game came with 20 minutes left. Chris Jones’ clever turn on the right released Bull whose inviting cross was headed narrowly off target by Reed.
Lively sub Craig Frater had introduced the menace of pace into the home side’s attacks and he kept Michael Johnston and braveheart James Brewerton on their toes.
As the home side pressed it was often City’s captain who was on hand to head or kick clear.
With some 15 minutes remaining Bangor brought on Eddie Jebb for Ward and then Les Davies for Bull.
The Old Gold produced a series of determined attacks, but Smith saved well from Howard at close quarters and did likewise to deny Frater.
Sion Edwards replaced Chris Jones on the left.
One final chance saw Town’s bandaged centre-back Gary Bansor head over as the fourth official announced five minutes of added time.
Davies used his power and determination to good effect as City tried to spend as much time as possible in the Carmarthen half.
At the death Bangor might have doubled their advantage when Jebb crossed from the right but Lewis saved well from Sion Edwards, who struck the ball well.
Moments later the final whistle blew (at last) and the blue contingent on and off the pitch celebrated loudly!
Five out of five but definitely one of the harder-earned victories on the record-setting run.
Bangor: Paul Smith, Peter Hoy, Chris Roberts, Dave Morley, James Brewerton, Craig Garside, Chris Jones, Michael Johnston, Alan Bull (Les Davies 76), Nicky Ward (Eddie Jebb 73), Chris Jones (Sion Edwards 84). Sub: Tom Dix.
Huge thanks to Mike Smith of the Citizens Choice for report details.