Unforgettable seasons No 5: Bangor City pip TNS to title in dramatic end to 2010-11

Picture: Citizens Choice website

After winning their first 15 league games of the season, setting a modern-day British record in the process, Bangor City looked nailed-on to land the 2010-11 Welsh Premier League title.

When the Citizens unbeaten record stretched to 17 matches with a 2-1 victory over Prestatyn Town in their final fixture of 2010, Neville Powell’s side held a 16-point lead at the summit.

However, the turn of the new year brought a heavy blow when top-scorer Jamie Reed joined York City. Nonetheless, Bangor still had a powerful squad.

This was the first season of a revamped Welsh Premier. The league had been cut from 18 to 12 clubs, and after each team had played one another home and away, the table was cut into top-half and bottom-half after 22 games.

City ended phase one top of the pile, but their lead had been trimmed to four points.

They were joined in the upper-half Championship Conference by The New Saints, Neath, Llanelli, Prestatyn Town and Port Talbot Town.

Ten more matches, each side to meet home and away.

Phase two did not go particularly well for Bangor. They won just one of their first seven matches and with three to play faced an uphill task to land the title.

But the Citizens produced three huge performances against Port Talbot and Neath (both 2-1 away wins) before beating TNS 1-0 on the final day of the season to claim the crown.

Saints had hampered their own chances of glory with a surprise 3-2 home loss to Neath in the run-in.

TNS led City by one point going into that final tussle at Farrar Road, but Craig Garside’s second-half strike clinched the championship for the all-blues.

After winning the title, Citizens boss Powell predicted it would be a long time before a part-time club like his would stop full-timers TNS being champions again.

He was right. Saints won the next eight titles on the bounce before last season Connah’s Quay Nomads ended their reign in a curtailed 2019-20 campaign due to Covid-19.

The fixtures list ceased with six rounds of matches apiece remaining and table-toppers Nomads took the championship on the unweighted points-per-game method.

Who knows, had the season gone the full course, TNS might have made it nine in a row, but the rot had been stopped and Nomads currently look a decent bet to make it back-to-back titles.

As for Bangor City, despite finishing runners-up they were relegated at the end of 2017-18 after failing to obtain Tier One and UEFA licences for the 2018-19 Welsh Premier League and UEFA Europa League respectively.

Currently in the tier-two Cymru North League, the Citizens are a long way from where they were on that unforgettable April afternoon in 2011 when they knocked TNS off their perch.

Jamie Reed finished top scorer despite leaving the club in January 2011 to join York City. Graphic: Bangor City FC

How the title was won 2010-11 season

Bangor City were already massive winners before the league season started.

They won a European tie for only the second time in their history after beating Honka Espoo of Finland 3-2 on aggregate in the Europa League.

Chris Jones scored City’s goal in a 1-1 away draw and then bagged the winner as Neville Powell’s side beat Honka 2-1 in the return at the Racecourse, Wrexham, Dave Morley also on target.

It was an extra special moment for manager Powell as he now became the only person ever to win a Euro tie as a Bangor player and manager.

League campaign

1- Aug 14, 2010
Bangor City 2 (Dave Morley, Eddie Jebb) Neath 1

2 – Aug 21, 2010
Bala Town 2 Bangor City 3 (Dave Morley, Chris Jones, Alan Bull)

3 – Aug 28, 2010
Bangor City 2 (Dave Morley, Jamie Reed) Llanelli 0

4 – Sep 4, 2010
Carmarthen Town 0 Bangor City 1 (Dave Morley)

5 – Sep 10, 2010
Bangor City 5 (Jamie Reed 3, Alan Bull, Les Davies) Airbus UK 1

6 – Sep 18, 2010
Port Talbot Town 1 Bangor City 2 (Eddie Jebb, Jamie Reed)

7 – Sep 26, 2010
Bangor City 2 (Chris Jones, Les Davies) Aberystwyth Town 1

8 – Oct 2, 2010
Bangor City 4 (Alan Bull, James Brewerton, Jamie Reed, Les Davies) The New Saints 3

9 – Oct 9, 2010
Haverfordwest County 1 Bangor City 2 (Alan Bull 2)

10 – Oct 16, 2010
Bangor City 5 (Alan Bull 2, Dave Morley, Nicky Ward, James Brewerton) Newtown 2

Bangor City’s Chris Jones (left) and David Morley celebrate after winning the Europa League, Second Qualifying Round, Second Leg at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham versus Honka. Both men were also key in the Citizens’ title success of 2010-11 (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

After 10 games

Won 10 Drawn 0 Lost 0 GF 28 GA 12 Points 30

11 – Oct 23, 2010
Neath 1 Bangor City 2 (Les Davies, Jamie Reed)

12 – Oct 29, 2010
Bangor City 3 (Jamie Reed 2, Nicky Ward) Bala Town 0

13 – Nov 20, 2010
Bangor City 5 (Alan Bull 3, Dave Morley, Sion Edwards) Carmarthen Town 0

14 – Dec 4, 2010
Bangor City 8 (Jamie Reed 5, Peter Hoy 2, Craig Garside) Port Talbot Town 1

15 – Dec 11, 2010
Aberystwyth Town 1 Bangor City 3 (Jamie Reed 2, Les Davies)

After 15 Games

Won 15 Drawn 0 Lost 0 GF 49 GA 15

16 – Dec 14, 2010
Airbus UK 1 Bangor City 1 (Alan Bull) – first points dropped

17 – Dec 29, 2010
Bangor City 2 (Chris Jones, Dave Morley) Prestatyn Town 1

18 – Jan 2, 2011
Prestatyn Town 4 Bangor City 2 (Jamie Reed, Craig Garside) – first league defeat

19 – Jan 5, 2011
Llanelli 2 Bangor City 0

20 – Jan 8, 2011
Bangor City 6 (Les Davies 2, Chris Jones, Dave Morley, Alan Bull, Peter Hoy) Haverfordwest County 0

21 – Jan 15, 2011
Newtown 0 Bangor City 1 (Craig Garside)

22 – Jan 18, 2011
The New Saints 2 Bangor City 2 (Alan Bull, Dave Morley)

End of Phase One

Played 22 Won 18 Drawn 2 Lost 2 GF 63 GA 25 Points 56

Bangor City manager Neville Powell wrote himself into the history books during the 2010-11 season. (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)

Phase Two – Championship Conference

23 – Feb 20, 2011
Prestatyn Town 1 Bangor City 2 (Dave Morley 2)

24 – Mar 5, 2011
Bangor City 1 (Les Davies) Neath 2

25 – Mar 12, 2011
Llanelli 2 Bangor City 2 (Les Davies, Craig Garside)

26 – Mar 19, 2011
The New Saints 3 Bangor City 2 (Chris Jones 2)

27 – Mar 25, 2011
Bangor City 2 (Alan Bull, Darren Moss) Port Talbot Town 2

28 – Apr 1, 2011
Bangor City 1 (Chris Jones) Prestatyn Town 2

29 – Apr 16, 2011
Bangor City 2 (Sion Edwards, Les Davies) Llanelli 5

30 – Apr 23, 2011
Port Talbot Town 1 Bangor City 2 (Alan Bull 2)

31 – Apr 25, 2011
Neath 1 Bangor City 2 (Craig Garside 2)

32 – Apr 30, 2011
Bangor City 1 (Craig Garside) The New Saints 0

(Bangor City are crowned Welsh Premier champions for a third time, finishing 2 points clear of The New Saints)

Final league record

Played 32 Won 22 Drawn 4 Lost 6 GF 80 GA 44 Points 70

GOALS (80)

Jamie Reed 17
Alan Bull 16
Dave Morley 11
Les Davies 10
Chris Jones 7
Craig Garside 7
Peter Hoy 3
Eddie Jebb 2
James Brewerton 2
Nicky Ward 2
Sion Edwards 2
Darren Moss 1

Bangor City Welsh Premier squad 2010-11

Paul Smith
Peter Hoy
Chris Roberts
Michael Johnston
Darren Moss
Dave Morley
Chris Jones
Clive Williams
Les Davies
Nicky Ward
Alan Bull
Eddie Jebb
Mark Smyth
Sion Edwards
Michael Jukes
Chris Oldfield
Craig Garside
Tom Dix
Jamie Reed
James Brewerton
John Owen
Marc Limbert

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