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The best Bangor City XI since Neville Powell departed in 2016 ?

At his best Gary Roberts (left – blue) was simply fantastic. Picture: Eventphoto Wales

When Neville Powell left Bangor City on July 25, 2016, it closed a chapter on a glorious era for the club.

The former Citizens midfielder took over as manager at Farrar Road in May 2007 and was in charge for nine seasons.

Under the ex-Tranmere Rovers player and Connah’s Quay Nomads boss, City won three Welsh Cups on the bounce, a Welsh Premier League title, achieved victory in Europe and set a modern-day British record 15 straight wins from the start of a season in 2010-11.

However, 2014-15 and 2015-16 saw Bangor struggle for the most part in the lower reaches of the Welsh Premier table (10th and 9th place finishes).

In summer 2016, the club’s new owners, a Cheshire-based consortium, felt it was time to bring in a new manager and Powell was shown the door.

For many Bangor City fans, the departure of Powell ripped the heart out of the club.

The subsequent involvement of the controversial Vaughan Sports Management created mistrust among supporters and an unsettled atmosphere at Nantporth.

Regular changes in first team management over the next three years did little to help the mood.

Andy Legg made a promising start as Bangor manager but was axed after four months in charge in November 2016 as full-time contract terms could not be agreed. Picture: Kevin Owen

Since Powell left, some pretty impressive names have been appointed as boss – Andy Legg, Ian Dawes, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Kevin Nicholson, Craig Harrison and Stephen Vaughan Jnr all had spells at the helm.

Despite their footballing pedigree, though, none stayed manager for long.

Nicholson and Taylor-Fletcher led City to runners-up in the Welsh Premier and previously into Europe, but at the end of the 2017-18 season, the club was demoted to the Cymru Alliance.

On 26 April, 2018, the FAW Club Licensing Appeals Body decided to revoke City’s Tier 1 and UEFA license due to not meeting financial criteria.

This meant they would automatically drop down to the second level of Welsh football the next season.

Bangor have remained at tier 2 ever since.

In September 2019, the club announced VSM had sold their shares to a Italian-based consortium headed up by Argentine musician Domenico Serafino.

Since then, under managers Pedro Pasculli and current chief Hugo Colace, Bangor City has built a much-improved image.

Many consider the trophy-less four years since Powell left as a totally bleak episode in the history of the club – yet between 2016-2020 some excellent players have worn the blue of Bangor.

Grassroots North Wales has chosen its Best Bangor City XI post Powell….

Connor Roberts

Connor Roberts. Picture: Bangor City FC

Former Cheltenham, Chester, Everton U-18 and U-21, Wales U-19 and U-21 and full Welsh squad member joined Bangor under Powell, but played another two excellent seasons at Nantporth. Quality all-round goalkeeper.

Gary Roberts

Gary Roberts. Picture: Bangor City FC

Ridiculously talented player whose off-field antics constantly let him down.
More than 200 Football League appearances to his credit, Roberts was very popular with City fans in the 2016-17 season. Dead-ball specialist.

Laurence Wilson

Laurence Wilson. Picture: Andre Pepper @Eventphotowales

Joined City from Morecambe in August 2016 with more than 300 Football League matches under his belt.
Left-sided defender and a real class act in two seasons at Nantporth where injuries at times held him back.

Jordan Piggott

Jordan Piggott (blue). Picture: Lee Douglas

Former East Fife and Dundee defender who finally joined City in October 2018 after a six-week wait for international clearance.
Scored on Bangor debut – a cracker in a 9-0 demolition of Llanrhaeadr.
Now with National League Solihull Moors, he played in last weekend’s 4-0 FA Cup hammering of Wrexham.

Paul Connolly

Paul Connolly. Picture: Bangor City FC

Vastly experienced defender joined the Citizens on an initial loan deal in November 2016 before making things permanent during the January transfer window.
Came through youth ranks at Plymouth Argyle and went on to make more than 300 English Football League appearances for the Pilgrims, Derby County, Leeds United, Millwall, Crawley Town and Luton Town.
Also appeared for Sheffield United, Portsmouth and Preston North End on loan.

Danny Gosset

Danny Gosset. Picture: Bangor City FC

Formerly with Oldham Athletic, Rhyl and TNS, once midfielder Danny signed for Bangor in June 2016 he really began to make an impact on Wales’ top flight.
Played more than 60 times for the club and made his Europa League debut appearance away at Danish side Lyngby BK.
Hugely popular in his time at Bangor, due largely to his tremendous heart and work-rate.

Henry Jones

The magical Henry Jones (left). Picture: Andre Pepper

One word – genius.
Joined Bangor upon his release from Swansea City in August 2016
The skilful midfielder was an instant hit at Nantporth, finishing top-scorer with 14 goals in his debut season.
Now with Cymru Premier club Bala Town.

Steven Hewitt

Steven Hewitt. Picture: Bangor City FC

Arrived at City after being released by Accrington Stanley in 2017.
Was outstanding in Bangor’s last season in the Welsh Premier, scoring nine goals including some spectacular efforts.

Brayden Shaw

The outstanding Brayden Shaw. Picture: Andre Pepper

A tall powerful attacking midfielder who initially joined City on loan from Accrington Stanley during summer 2016.
In January 2017 he rejoined Stanley but after a handful of first team appearances opted to return to Nantporth on a permanent basis in July 2017 for what was described as a club record fee for Bangor.
Brilliant in that 2017-18 campaign where City finished second in the WPL, but ended up demoted.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher

Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Pic: Andre Pepper

Another genius in the mould of Henry Jones – unbelievable on the ball.
Perhaps not surprising he was so good as he played for Blackpool in the English Premier League in 2010-11.
Played and scored at the five highest levels of English football.
GTF also had two spells as player-manager of Bangor.

Dean Rittenberg

Goal getter Dean Rittenberg (blue – left). Picture: Citizens Choice

Scored the only goal in Bangor’s 1-0 Europa League Play-Off victory over Cardiff Met in May 2017.
Top scorer for Citizens in 2017-18 campaign with 15 goals.
Could play as central striker or out wide, where he could worry defenders with his pace.
Joined City on permanent basis in January 2017, having come through the junior ranks at Blackburn Rovers before a spell with Conference North Chorley.

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