Unforgettable seasons – 1993/94: Nigel Adkins leads Bangor City to League of Wales title

A bus top celebration for Bangor City after their 1993-94 League of Wales title success

The newly-formed League of Wales was in just its second season when the first champions from the north were crowned – the famous Bangor City.

After close to 60 years of playing in the English pyramid, Bangor became founder members of the LoW in 1992-93 and finished in fifth place.

The following 1993-94 campaign was to be far more memorable.

The Citizens started well, boosted by the signings of top-class defender Harry Wiggins, midfield schemer Dave Barnett and former Tranmere Rovers goalkeeper Nigel Adkins.

In October, City manager Paul Rowlands decided to take over at old club Altrincham and the Bangor board did not hesitate in inviting Adkins to replace him.

Adkins brought in former Wigan defenders Jimmy Carberry and Steve Appleton, while the loan capture of future Football League striker Dele Adebola bolstered the attack, but the real ace in the pack was Frank Mottram.

The razor-sharp front man, aged 21 at the time, landed at Farrar Road in the new year and averaged a goal-a-game in the league for the rest of the season.

Magic Mottram. Pic: Citizens Choice website

Inter Cardiff held a 12-point lead at the summit at one stage, but a ruthless Bangor gradually caught them up with a series of superb wins.

From the start of 1994, the Citizens were victorious in 15 out of 20 league matches, form which carried them to the title.

By mid-May, Inter were top of the table on 81 points from 38 games and had completed their fixtures, but Bangor still had two to play.

City had 77 points from 36 matches and were EIGHT behind Inter on goal difference, so a huge victory was called for on May 14 at home to Haverfordwest to allow Adkins’ side the luxury of needing just a draw at Porthmadog three days later to wrap up the championship.

Jimmy Carberry. Pic: Citizens Choice website

The game against the Bluebirds could not have gone any better for the hosts as a Mottram hat-trick, two apiece from Lee Noble and Paul Hughes, a Lee Eason single and Carberry special saw the all-blues record what remains their biggest ever Welsh Premier win – a 9-0 hammering. The rejoicing after the Carberry goal will never be forgotten.

Now with a better goal difference of one over Inter, Bangor wanted just a point at Port to seal top spot.

Adkins’ heroes finished the job in style as in front of a reported 3,500 crowd at Y Traeth, goals from Noble and Mark Rutter delivered a 2-0 triumph and the title.

Bangor City – how the League of Wales title was won in 1993-94

1 – Aug 14, 1993
Afan Lido 2 Bangor City 3 (Paul Donnelly, Paul Hughes, Steve Buxton)

2 – Aug 21, 1993
Bangor City 6 (Steve Cross, Paul Hughes 2, Steve Buxton 2, Stuart Terry) Maesteg Park Athletic 1

3 – Aug 27, 1993
Bangor City 2 (Cross, Buxton) Conwy United 1

4 – Sep 4, 1993
Inter Cardiff 1 Bangor City 0

5 – Sep 11, 1993
Cwmbran Town 1 Bangor City 0

6 – Sep 18, 1993
Llanelli 0 Bangor City 3 (Donnelly, Ian Dunroe, Ian Henessy)

7 – Sep 25, 1993
Bangor City 2 (Mark Rutter 2) Briton Ferry 0

8 – Oct 9, 1993
Ton Pentre 3 Bangor City 1 (Lee Noble)

9 – Oct 16, 1993
Bangor City 1 (Noble) Aberystwyth Town 1

10 – Oct 23, 1993
Bangor City 1 (Lee Eason) Ebbw Vale 0

After 10 games

Won 6 Drawn 1 Lost 3 GF 19 GA 10 Points 19

11 – Oct 30, 1993
Haverfordwest County 0 Bangor City 3 (Nick Dillon, Eason, Terry)

12 – Nov 6, 1993
Bangor City 1 (Eason) Caersws 1

13 – Nov 13, 1993
Bangor City 2 (Noble 2) Afan Lido 1

14 – Nov 20, 1993
Bangor City 1 (Eason) Inter Cardiff 1

15 – Nov 27, 1993
Bangor City 5 (Eaton 2, Henessy, Noble, Steve Humphreys) Llanelli 1

16 – Dec 4, 1993
Maesteg Park Athletic 0 Bangor City 3 (Eason 2, Dele Adebola)

17 – Dec 17, 1993
Conwy United 1 Bangor City 0

18 – Dec 27, 1993
Bangor City 2 (Humphreys, Adebola) Porthmadog 1

19 – Jan 7, 1994
Bangor City 2 (Rutter, Humphreys) Connah’s Quay Nomads 0

20 – Jan 14, 1994
Holywell Town 3 Bangor City 0

After 20 games

Won 12 Drawn 3 Lost 5 GF 38 GA 19 Points 39

21 – Jan 22, 1994
Bangor City 8 (Jimmy Carberry, Dave Barnett, Eason 3, Dillon, Noble 2) Llansantffraid 0

22 – Jan 29, 1994
Mold Alexandra 0 Bangor City 1 (Humphreys)

23 – Feb 5, 1994
Bangor City 1 (Frank Mottram) Flint Town United 0

24 – Feb 19, 1994
Caersws 0 Bangor City 4 (Mottram 3, Noble)

25 – Mar 5, 1994
Bangor City 2 (Rutter, Mottram) Holywell Town 1

26 – Mar 12, 1994
Llansantffraid 1 Bangor City 2 (Mottram, Humphreys)

27 – Mar 29, 1994
Connah’s Quay Nomads 2 Bangor City 0

28 – Apr 1, 1994
Bangor City 0 Newtown 0

29 – Apr 12, 1994
Bangor City 3 (Stephen Appleton, Barnett, Eason) Mold Alexandra 0

30 – Apr 19, 1994
Newtown 1 Bangor City 1 (Mottram)

After 30 games

Won 19 Drawn 5 Lost 6 GF 60 GA 24 Points 62

31 – Apr 23, 1994
Aberystwyth Town 0 Bangor City 2 (Mottram, Noble)

32 – Apr 27, 1994
Ebbw Vale 0 Bangor City 2 (Mottram 2)

33 – Apr 30, 1994
Briton Ferry 0 Bangor City 4 (Mottram 2, Appleton, P Hughes)

34 – May 2, 1994
Ton Pentre 0 Bangor City 1 (Humphreys)

35 – May 7, 1994
Bangor City 2 (P Hughes, Mottram) Cwmbran Town 1

36 – May 10, 1994
Flint Town United 1 Bangor City 0

37 – May 14, 1994
Bangor City 9 (Mottram 2, Eason 2, P Hughes 2, Noble 2, Carberry) Haverfordwest County 0

38 – May 17, 1994
Porthmadog 0 Bangor City 2 (Rutter. Noble)

Final league stats

Played 38 Won 26 Drawn 5 Lost 7 GF 82 GA 26 Points 83

(Bangor City are crowned 1993-94 League of Wales champions)

League Goals (82)

16 – Frank Mottram
13 – Lee Eason
12 – Lee Noble
7 – Paul Hughes
6 – Steve Humphreys
5 – Mark Rutter
4 – Steve Buxton
2 – Paul Donnelly, Steve Cross, Stephen Appleton, Stuart Terry, Dele Adebola, Jimmy Carberry, Ian Henessey, Dave Barnett, Nick Dillon
1 – Ian Dunroe

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