Bangor 1876’s 10 best of their 100 wins – in our view!

PRESTATYN, DENBIGHSHIRE, WALES - 28th MAY 2023 - 1876's Corrig Mcgnonigle celebrates opening the scoring during CPD Bangor 1876 vs Cefn Albion FC in the Lockstock Ardal North League Play-Off at Bastion Gardens, Prestatyn (Pic by Sam Eaden/FAW)

1876’s Corrig McGonigle celebrates opening the scoring during Bangor’s win over Cefn Albion in the Ardal Northern Play-Off Final at Bastion Gardens, Prestatyn, on May 27, 2023 (Pic by Sam Eaden/FAW)

It’s official – Bangor 1876 have won 100 matches.

Here are what Grassroots North Wales considers their best 10 victories. What do you think?

1 – May 27, 2023: Cefn Albion (Ardal Northern Play-Off Final) 4-2

Perhaps not their greatest performance so far but definitely the game which delivered the biggest reward.

Corrig McGonigle (2, 1 pen), Tom Clarke and Liam Morris shared the goals which clinched promotion to the Cymru North on a sweltering afternoon in Prestatyn.

Cefn Albion put up a great battle, but Bangor’s fervent fans created an amazing atmosphere to carry their team to victory.

2 – July 22, 2023: Holywell Town (a – Nathaniel MG Cup) 3-2

First game of the season since your promotion to the Cymru North, you draw last season’s Tier 2 runners-up in the cup – away.

The odds were against Bangor when they travelled to mighty Holywell Town, yet they came away with a magnificent 3-2 success.

Corrig McGonigle (pen), Iolo Hughes and Tomos Clarke shared the 1876 goals.

3 – May 26, 2022: Bodedern Athletic (a – NWCFA West Premier Division Cup Final) 3-0

Although Bodedern pipped Bangor to the league title, 1876 gained revenge by beating the Anglesey side in the inaugural NWCFA West Premier Division Cup Final.

Tom Clarke, a Ryan Lees own goal and a Corrig McGonigle beauty ensured Bangor were victorious at School Lane, Cemaes Bay.

4 – Oct 22, 2022: CPD Y Rhyl 1879 (a – Ardal North West) 2-1

Although this game will sadly mainly be remembered for unpleasant reasons, the important fact for 1876 was they took the points from this first-ever meeting between these newly-formed sides.

Alex Jones put Rhyl in front, but Liam Morris equalised and then the ever-dangerous Corrig McGonigle, who had hardly threatened to that point, delivered the winner with a magnificent 78th minute header.

Whatever else happened that day is best forgotten.

5 – May 7, 2022: Bodedern Athletic (h – North Wales Coast West Premier Division) 3-1

Although Boded won the league title, 1876 did gain some satisfaction from being the only team to defeat the islanders in the Premier Division that season.

Corrig McGonigle, Corey Jones and Sion Edwards notched the goals that mattered for the blues.

6 – Oct 19, 2019: Penycae (a – Welsh Cup round two) 3-3 – won 3-2 pens

Arguably the best result of 1876’s first season as a club.

The Tier 5 Gwynedd League underdogs beat third-tier Welsh National League Premier Division side Penycae on spot-kicks in the Welsh Cup after a 3-3 draw.

Matthew Lock’s injury-time leveller made it 2-2 and forced extra time. Jamie Petrie’s equaliser in the added half-hour clinched a 3-3 split. It was Petrie’s second successful penalty of the tie.

In the shoot-out, Les Davies, Dylan Williams and Petrie sealed a 3-2 outcome, making Bangor 1876 the only Gwynedd League side ever to reach the Welsh Cup second round.

7 – Aug 9, 2022: Llanrwst United (a – Ardal North West) 3-1

Despite trailing at half time, 1876 fought back after the break to win their first league game as an Ardal North West club.

It was a highly impressive result at an established Tier 3 club – the same Llanrwst team which inflicted a first-ever defeat on Bangor in their debut 2019-20 season in an FAW Trophy tie

8 – Aug 12, 2023: Denbigh Town (h – Cymru North) 2-1

A great outcome for a Bangor side which had lost three times to fellow Cymru North newcomers Denbigh Town the previous season, when both operated in Ardal North West.

Goals from Sam Jones and Jamie Petrie sealed the points for Michael Johnston’s men at Nantporth Stadium.

9 – Apr 8, 2023: CPD Y Rhyl 1879 (h – Ardal North West) 2-1

Bangor 1876 clinched second place in Ardal North West with a vital eight-game winning run at the end of the season.

One of the most important victories along the way saw the blues complete the double over Rhyl, Jamie Petrie – who netted after 27 seconds – and a late Corrig McGonigle goal sealing the honours.

10 – Sep 28, 2019: Penrhyndeudraeth (h – WC QR2) 6-2

Les Davies (centre) lifts the 2022-23 Ardal Northern Play-Off Trophy with Jamie Petrie (Pic by Sam Eaden/FAW)

In only their second-ever Welsh Cup tie and in just their ninth competitive game as a club, Tier 5 Bangor whipped third-tier Penrhyndeudraeth 6-2 to advance to the first round proper.

Les Davies was a true star on this day, scoring four times – including a penalty – while Dylan Summers-Jones added a double in a dazzling display at Treborth.


Played 124
Won 100
Drawn 4
Lost 20
Goals Scored 559
Goals Against 137
Win percentage 80.65%

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