Many happy returns to all-time island great Steve Humphreys (Bangor City and Cemaes Bay)

Bangor City and Steven Humphreys rejoice after winning the 1998 Welsh Cup

One of Anglesey’s all-time greats celebrates his 50th birthday today.

Many happy returns to Steven Humphreys, who won two League of Wales titles, a Welsh Cup and played European football in an illustrious career.

Born on March 2, 1971, Humphreys made his mark at Cemaes Bay before coming to prominence with Bangor City in the 1993/94 season when the all-blues were crowned LoW champions for the first time under player-boss Nigel Adkins.

Steve Humphreys (front row, third from right) lines up with Cemaes Bay in 1992-93

Right-sided attacker Humphreys played in 24 matches during the campaign, notching six goals.

City sealed the title on a memorable Tuesday evening when hundreds of Bangor supporters made the trip down the Llyn Peninsula to give Porthmadog their reported record gate of over 3,500. An early Mark Rutter free-kick and a late Lee Noble goal secured the championship for Adkins’ heroes with a 2-0 triumph..

Who can spot Steve on the open-top bus?

The following season saw Humphreys a key man again, scoring another six goals and featuring in 34 games as the Citizens made it back-to-back titles.

Humphreys left Farrar Road early in 1995/96 to join Cemaes Bay, newly-promoted to the LoW and the first club from his native Anglesey to appear in the national league.

Cemaes held their own for two seasons, Humphreys impressing in making 69 appearances and bagging 18 goals.

The following campaign did not go so well for the island club, who lost their main sponsor, had to see out the season with local, lower league players and ended up relegated. Humphreys briefly returned to Bangor.

His overall LoW record read: 118 starts, plus 23 substitute appearances and 30 goals.

Steve Humphreys (fourth from right, front row) with a classic Bangor City line-up from the early 1990s

That 1997-98 season did have an upside for Humphreys as he played in the Bangor side which beat Connah’s Quay Nomads on penalties in the Welsh Cup final at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground. 

His Bangor stats were: 59 starts, 13 sub appearances and 12 goals.

A speed merchant down the right wing, Humphreys was always exciting to watch and proved as consistent a provider as he was a goal-getter.

Dangerous and skillful, at Bangor he was renowned for being able to beat his man and send over crosses for the likes of Frank Mottram or cut inside and score himself.

He was described as a consistent, popular team player who always gave of his best and played with a smile on his face.

Humphreys also played in two European campaigns with City, taking the field in the 1994/95 and 1995/96 Uefa Cup competitions.

He featured in both legs of Bangor’s 4-1 aggregate loss to IK Akranes of Iceland in the first season, laying on City’s goal for Mottram in the 2-1 home reverse, and then the following term was a starter in the home leg against Widzew Lodz of Poland, which resulted in a 4-0 defeat, the Citizens eliminated 5-0 overall across the two games.

Another claim to fame for Humphreys is the fact he scored the winning goal when the Ynys Môn men’s football squad won gold at the Island Games in 1999 when the tournament was held in Gotland, Sweden.

The final saw Humphreys net the decider in a 1-0 victory over Isle of Man.

Steve (No 9) models a Liverpool away shirt donated to Cemaes Bay by ex-Reds and England defender and later Cemaes joint-manager Chris Lawler in the 1990’s

Humphreys continued to serve as player and manager for Cemaes Bay into the 2000’s.

Penblwydd hapus Steven – Bangor City and Cemaes Bay legend.

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