ON THIS DAY 51 YEARS AGO: Brian Mulgrew scores but breaks a leg in a 1-0 home win over Coleraine

Physio

Bangor FC has appointed Chloe Creighton as their new club physio.

Chloe has a bachelor of science degree in physiotherapy and works at the Ulster hospital. She has previous work experience with the minor Kilkenny hurling team and senior Kilkenny football team.

As well as looking after the first team Chloe will also be involved with Bangor reserves and teams across all age groups.

In taking up the role, Chloe said: "I am excited to be appointed Head Physio at Bangor FC. Bangor is a big club with a massive history and I want to be involved in helping them progress and rise up the leagues.

"The Board of Directors have some extremely exciting plans, and it’s a great time to be joining the club. I can’t wait for the league to get started."

Bangor Director of Football Graham Bailie said: "The club is delighted to have Chloe on board. She has drive, energy, is hungry to succeed and has an appetite to get things done.

"Chloe's knowledge and expertise in physiotherapy and medical matters will be crucial to the team going forward and we're delighted to have someone of her calibre joining the Seasiders."

(Posted: Tue, 22nd December 2020)

The Bangor first team squad ran out 4-0 winners in Saturday's training match against Bangor Reserves. Michael Halliday, Jordan Lucas, Mark Cooling and Jack Henderson were all on target for the Seasiders.

(Posted: Sun, 20th December 2020)

McKeown's Fish and Poultry

Bangor FC season tickets are on sale, following confirmation that the Premier Intermediate League will begin on Saturday 2 January 2021.

Supporters can order season tickets now by emailing media@bangorfc.com. Season tickets will also be on sale at all home matches, prior to the start of the league season.

An adult season ticket for 2020/21, sponsored by McKeown's Fish and Poultry shop, will be £60 and includes all home Premier Intermediate league matches and all home Reserve team league matches. Concession season tickets are priced at £30 for the same games. Under 16s remain free, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Bangor FC Vice-Chairman Jim Russell said: "We would like to thank fans for their support during the Covid-19 pandemic and therefore we have reduced season ticket prices this season. We also hope this small gesture will go some way to compensate fans for missing the final few games from last season.

"These are challenging times for many people, including our supporters, and season ticket value has been at the forefront of our thinking. We want to continue to encourage more supporters, families and friends to join us on our journey through the leagues and back to the premiership.

"Thanks again to McKeown's Fish and Poultry shop for sponsoring our season tickets for the fourth successive season. Community based partnerships with local businesses is vital at Bangor FC, as we aim to take the club to the top level of Irish football."

McKeown's Fish and Poultry proprietor Sean McKeown said: "As a local business, I place great importance on supporting the town's football club. I'm pleased to give something back to the local community and I'm proud to be associated with Bangor FC.

"I will be following the team's progress throughout the season, and I wish them every success both on and off the field."

(Posted: Sat, 5th December 2020)

Glentoran v Bangor

FINAL SCORE:
GLENTORAN 2-0 BANGOR
Seanan Clucas rose highest to head in a corner kick with virtually the last touch of the half to give Glentoran the lead at the break. A Ciaran O'Connor strike after 67 minutes sailed into the top corner to make the final score 2-0 to Glentoran.

BANGOR SQUAD:
M.Anderson, Z.Fletcher, G.Beattie, J.Doey, M.Torrens, J.Henderson, K.Storey (D.Rooney), L.Harrison (M.Cooling), J.Wasson, M.Johnston (E.Boylan), G.McMullan.
Subs: D.Gibbons, R.Arthur, D.Hume, M.Davidson.

(Posted: Sat, 10th October 2020)

Mark Duff

Mark Duff has been appointed the new manager at Bangor Ladies FC.

Duff takes control at the Bangor Fuels Arena following coaching roles at Cliftonville Ladies and Linfield Ladies.

Mark said: "I'm pleased to get the job at Bangor and I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead. My first objective is to make the club as competitive as possible. We have a great foundation at Bangor, with an incredibly enthusiastic squad. I would like to thank the board for this opportunity and I'm motivated to ensure we all succeed at Bangor."

Bangor FC Director of Football Graham Bailie said: "Mark is an experienced coach who shares our vision for the club. We want everyone to enjoy playing football for this club and contribute to the community we are building."

Graham added: "To have Mark onboard is a real statement of our intent. He has passion and enthusiasm for the game and will help the team develop and progress. We have an opportunity to do something special at Bangor and build a successful ladies team for the local area."

(Posted: Sunday, 4th October 2020)

The Seasiders had two matches with a split first team squad today.

In the game at the Bangor Fuels Arena, Bangor racked up a 4-0 win over Kilmore Rec. Daire Rooney, Ethan Boylan, Gareth Beattie and Gerard McMullan were on target for the Seasiders.

In today's other game, Ryan Arthur scored for the Seasiders as Bangor lost 2-1 to Bangor Amateurs at Ballyvarnet.

(Posted: Sat, 3rd October 2020)

A last minute header from Jack Mllar denied Bangor a share of the spoils after Gareth Beattie had levelled matters in the 85th minute with a strike from distance in Tuesday night's match with Carrick Rangers at the Bangor Fuels Arena.

(Posted: Thu, 1st October 2020)

Second half goals from Pearse McVarnock and Kian Storey saw Bangor come away from Seycon Park with a 2-0 victory in Saturday afternoon's friendly.

NEXT FIXTURE:
Tues, 29.09.2020 - BANGOR v. CARRICK RANGERS, Friendly, BFA, 7:45pm

(Posted: Sun, 27th September 2020)

Despite losing 2-1 to Portadown, The Seasiders put in a creditable performance on their return to action at the Bangor Fuels Arena on Tuesday evening.

Matthew Johnston was on target for Bangor with an impressive strike from distance in the second half.

FRIENDLIES:
Bangor will travel to face Derriaghy C.C. at Seycon Park on Saturday with a 12:30pm kick off before welcoming Carrick Rangers to the Bangor Fuels Arena on Tuesday evening (7:45pm).

OTHER FORTHCOMING FIXTURES:
10.10.2020 - Co. Antrim Shield R1 - Glentoran v. Bangor
24.10.2020 - S&S Cup R2 - Bangor v Lisburn Distillery

(Posted: Thu, 24th September 2020)

Bangor lost 6-2 to Glentoran at the Oval in a behind closed doors friendly on Saturday afternoon.

Kian Storey raced through to give the Seasiders an early lead, but three quickfire goals saw the Glens take a 3-1 lead before the break.

Captain Lewis Harrison hooked in an impressive second half goal before the Glens took control of the game with three further second half strikes.

Bangor will face Glentoran again at the Oval on Saturday, 10th October in the first round of the County Antrim Shield.

(Posted: Sun, 13th September 2020)

Following two disappointing results against Rosario and Tullycarnet last week, Bangor return to action this afternoon with a behind closed doors friendly against Glentoran at the Oval.

Social distancing restrictions mean that no spectators will be permitted entry to this game.

Match Kick Off 2:00pm

(Posted: Sat, 12th September 2020)

Denroy

Denroy sponsor Bangor FC Youth

Bangor FC has officially agreed a two-year sponsorship deal with Denroy to sponsor their youth teams from under 11s to under 20s.

Bangor FC Vice Chairman Jim Russell said: "The sponsorship deal is a real boost for Bangor FC and our new youth team setup. I’m pleased we have been able to partner and team up with a renowned brand like Denroy, as we continue to grow as a football club. It’s a fantastic achievement by our commercial team to get them on board.

"Denroy is a forward thinking and innovative business and it is a mark of how well the new board has progessed in the last three years, that we have been able to attract such a high-calibre partner."

Denroy Chairman Dr John Rainey said: "Denroy has enjoyed a long relationship with Bangor FC. In 1988 we even celebrated the 50th anniversary of Denman in the Bangor FC Social Club.

Bangor has had much success in the past and produced players of the calibre of Terry Neill and Gerry Armstrong, who went on to have successful careers with English clubs and Northern Ireland. I have even fond memories of watching George Best guesting for the club in a friendly against Motherwell and some of us will remember the glory days which took the club into Europe.

"Fair to say that Bangor has been struggling in recent years. But an impressive new management team have convinced us that they can put matters right with an ambitious new strategy based on developing youth teams.

"The club has recruited nearly 160 young Bangor lads and will field teams from under 11s to under 20s. The intention is to develop young talent and hopefully make Bangor great again. Keith Gillespie has joined the club to provide inspiration.

"Since our arrival in here in 1972, Denroy has been striving to bring success to the town and a sense of pride. But the important thing for Denroy is involvement in the community and bring a competitive spirit back to Bangor FC to ensure our talent stays in Bangor."

Denroy is a world leading innovator in the design and manufacture of engineered polymer components and solutions. Denroy work in numerous business sectors, including aerospace, automotive, commercial and defence, with expertise in design, research, prototyping and manufacturing.

(Posted: Tues, 1st September 2020)

Bailie Property

Bangor FC has launched their new home kit for the 2020-21 season.

The kit carries the famous gold and blue colours. The gold shirt features a blue crew neckline, blue sleeves and chest graphic.

Principal club sponsor Bailie Property will feature on the front of the Bangor FC senior squad shirt for the third successive season, with G&H Film & Television Services appearing on the lower back of the shirts.

Bangor FC Chairman Nicky Davidson said: "We are incredibly proud of our new home shirt. It will be worn by 10 Bangor FC teams, including: the youth setup; Bangor Reserves; Bangor Ladies and the Bangor FC senior squad. Hundreds of players and supporters throughout the local community will be wearing the famous gold and blue colours with pride.

"Working closely with 442 Teamwear, we have launched a kit that is bold and eye-catching and I look forward to seeing current and new supporters wearing the new team wear throughout upcoming PIL campaign.

"This also marks the third season we have partnered with Bailie Property, who continue to support our senior squad in the Premier Intermediate League. We’re thankful for their great support, especially during these difficult times. Not only are they strong local brand, their ethos aligns with us being a community-based club.We’re looking forward to a prosperous season together."

Stephen Bailie from Bailie Property said: "I'm really pleased to offer our continued support to Bangor FC. We are proud of our local roots and joining up with Bangor allows our values, as a family run business, tobe represented across the borough and further afield."

Stephen continued: "This sponsorship deal is also our way of giving something back to the local community that supports our business.

"The last few years have seen some fantastic on-field success and I look forward to seeing further special moments in the coming months."

Supporters can order the new kit and other Seasider merchandise, through the online 442 Teamwear Bangor FC shop – www.442teamwear.com

(Posted: Mon, 31st August 2020)

Ards

Bangor lost 2-1 to Ards at the Bangor Fuels Arena this evening in the Spectator and Chronicle Cup.

Michael Halliday fired Bangor into a 14th minute lead, but second half strikes from McMillen and Roohi saw Ards retain the trophy.

(Posted: Fri, 28th August 2020)

Bangor came away from Parkway with a 3-0 win over Comber Rec on Saturday afternoon. Gareth Beattie, Kian Storey and Matthew Johnston were on target for the Seasiders.

Also on Saturday, Bangor Reserves recorded a 4-1 win over Bangor Swifts at the Bangor Fuels Arena. Luke McGrugan, Ben Gordon, Stuart McKibbin and Jordan Ross found the net for the Reserves.

FIXTURE NEWS:
Bangor are scheduled to be back in action on Friday evening (28th) when we compete with Ards for the Spectator and Chronicle Cup at the Bangor Fuels Arena. Match Kick-Off: 7:45pm.
(Admission: £6 Adult, £4 Concession)

(Posted: Sun, 23rd August 2020)

The Seasiders put in a fine performance against Dunmurry Rec. this evening, eventually running out 6-1 winners. On target for Lee Feeney's men were: - Chris Middleton, Pearse McVarnock(2), Gerard McMullan, Ben Roy and Jack Mallin.

(Posted: Tues, 11th August 2020)

Bangor are back in action on Tuesday evening when Crewe United are the visitors to the Bangor Fuels Arena.
Once again, we request that all supporters follow social distancing measures and adhere to the guidance displayed on the signage at the ground.
Adult:£5, Concession £3.
Match Kick-Off: 7:45pm.

(Posted: Sun, 9th August 2020)

It's been a busy couple of weeks for the Seasiders as Lee Feeney prepares his squad for the forthcoming season.

On Friday (31st July), Bangor lost 3-1 at home to Brantwood and the following day drew 2-2 with Banbridge Rangers. On Tuesday evening (4th), a young Bangor side were well beaten 5-1 by Abbey Villa in Millisle.

Yesterday, Bangor ran out 3-0 winners over Donegal Celtic in West Belfast, with Gerard McMullan, Ryan Arthur and Michael Halliday finding the net for the Seasiders.

(Posted: Sun, 9th August 2020)

In addition to having most of last season's side available, Lee Feeney has boosted his squad with several new faces.

Central defender David Hume joins the club from Tullycarnet, having previously had spells with Lisburn Distillery and Dundela.

Out on the flanks we'll see Pearse McVarnock and Kian Storey in the 2020/21 season. 21 year old Pearse has scored several times in pre-season while 17 year old Kian joins us from Knockbreda having won the Steel & Sons Cup with Linfield Swifts earlier last season.

Midfielder Jack Mallin returns to the Seasiders after a season away and fellow midfielder Jack Henderson, a former NI Youth International joins us from Glentoran.

The Bangor squad currently looks like this:
Darren Gibbons, Michael Dougherty, Matthew Anderson, Ryan Arthur, Matthew Torrens, Gareth Beattie, Jack Wasson, Zac Fletcher, David Hume, Ben Gordon, Cian Gantley, Louis Blackstock, Mark Cooling, Ben Roy, Scott McArthur, Matthew Johnston, Kian Storey, Pearse McVarnock, Gerard McMullan, Lewis Harrison, Jack Mallin, Jack Henderson, Jordan Lucas, Michael Halliday, Ben Arthurs, Ethan Boylan.

(Posted: Sun, 9th August 2020)

The Seasiders are back in action on Friday evening (31st) when Brantwood are the visitors to the Bangor Fuels Arena.

Supporters should follow the guidance below:

  • Enter the ground by the main gates on the Clandeboye Road.
  • Admission: Adults: £5, Concession £3
  • U16 - Free with paying adult.
  • 2019/20 Season Tickets are valid for this game.
  • Attendees names and contact details will be recorded for track and trace purposes.
  • Everyone should use the hand santiser stations inside the ground.
  • Please adhere to the COVID-19 signage information that is displayed inside the ground.
  • Maintain social distancing.

Match Kick-Off: 7:45pm.

(Posted Wed, 29th July 2020)

Supporters made their long awaited return to the Bangor Fuels Arena this afternoon to see the Seasiders play out a 2-2 draw with St. James Swifts.

Bangor took the lead after just 18 seconds when Gerard McMullan stroked the ball into the bottom corner of the Swifts net.

The Swifts were back level within 15 minutes and were unlucky not to take the lead when they struck the woodwork.

Ryan Arthur headed in a Mark Cooling corner kick in the 83rd minute, but a late breakaway equaliser from the Swifts pulled them back level before the final whistle.

Keep an eye out for further fixture news.

(Posted: Sat, 25th July 2020)

BANGOR v St. JAMES SWIFTS

Friendly - Sat, 25th July 2020. Bangor Fuels Arena, 2:30PM

In accordance with the latest guidelines, we are now able to welcome supporters back to the Bangor Fuels Arena. The Seasiders take on St. James Swifts in a friendly match this afternoon. Match Kick Off 2:30PM.

All supporters attending should be aware of the following information:

  1. Entrance via the Ava Street (Clubhouse) gate only.
  2. Attendees names and contact details will be recorded for track and trace purposes.
  3. Everyone should use the hand santiser stations inside the ground.
  4. Please adhere to the COVID-19 signage information that is displayed inside the ground.
  5. Maintain social distancing.
  6. Exit via the Clandeboye Road gates only.
  7. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay safe at home.
  8. Admission: £5 Adult, £3 Concession. (2019/20 Bangor FC Season Tickets are valid for this game).

(Posted: Sat, 25th July 2020)

The Keith Gillespie Soccer School opens its doors for the first time in August for all young footballers.

You can book your place today!

11-16 Year Olds - Book Now

5-10 Year Olds - Book Now

(Posted: Fri, 24th July 2020)

Bangor made their return to football today with victories in two friendly matches.

Lee Feeney split his squad in two, with a team travelling to take on Ballymacash Rangers while the other half faced Woodvale at home.

Under strict IFA protocols for a safe return to football at the Bangor Fuels Arena, the Seasiders XI, led by assistant manager John Douglas, emerged victorious thanks to second half goals from Jordan Lucas and Michael Halliday.

Meanwhile in Lisburn, the Seasiders XI struck five times. Gerard McMullan, Matthew Torrens, A.Trialist and Ben Arthurs had Bangor in control at the break. The home side pulled one back but the Seasiders had the final say with A. Trialist grabbing his second of the day

(Posted: Saturday, 18th July 2020)

Keith Gillespie has been appointed as Club Ambassador for Bangor FC.

The role will see the former Manchester United, Newcastle and Northern Ireland star work with all players, from the youth setup to the senior team, and support the visibility and growth of his hometown club. He will also mentor and inspire young players at Bangor FC and play an active part in developing the club’s coaching methodology.

Gillespie said: “I am honoured to have been appointed as an ambassador for Bangor FC. There are a myriad of important things that fall under the umbrella of a football ambassador, but nothing as important as helping local youngsters.

"Having grown up in Bangor and gone on to reach the top of my profession, it’s important for me to help create opportunities for others in the local community. I’m determined to inspire local young players to play for the Seasiders, and showcase their talent.

"I am looking forward to representing my hometown club and sharing my Premier League and international football experience with all our players and fans."

Gillespie enjoyed several successful years in the Premiership with the likes of Manchester Utd, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle Utd, with whom he almost helped win the Premier League. He also earned 86 international caps for Northern Ireland.

Bangor FC Chairman Nicky Davidson said: "I’m pleased that Keith has taken on the Ambassador role at Bangor FC and is giving back to grassroots football at his hometown club.

"Keith is truly an outstanding addition to Bangor FC. His passion, experience and commitment will help develop and inspire young players from the local community, so they can fulfil their potential and play senior football at Bangor FC.

"This is another accomplishment for Bangor FC, as we continue with our objective of being a community based club and reaching the highest echelons of football in Northern Ireland."

(Posted: Wed, 8th July 2020)

Jeff Montgomery has been appointed as Head of Youth Development at Bangor FC.

Montgomery, a UEFA A licence holder, has over 20 years management and coaching experience in senior football, including three spells with the Seasiders.

The new role has been in development over the past 12 months and will include overseeing all youth players at the Bangor Fuels Arena.

Director of Football Graham Bailie said: "Jeff’s appointment is a clear statement that building for the future is at the forefront of our thinking at Bangor FC. He has extensive coaching experience and has a strong belief in how best to develop young players.

"Jeff and the group of high-profile coaches that we have attracted to Bangor are committed to this project and truly believe in the young talent in North Down and the surrounding areas. Jeff and his team are determined to work with and develop young players from the local community, so they can fulfil their potential and play senior football for their hometown club.

Graham concluded: "This is another positive step forward for Bangor FC since the new Board took control three seasons ago. It is another accomplishment for the club, as we continue with our objective of being a community-based club and reaching the highest echelons of football in Northern Ireland."

The new underage youth structure at Bangor FC includes seven new teams, comprising of Bangor FC U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 and U18-year-olds.

Jeff Montgomery said: "Bangor FC is a progressive club and is the perfect fit for what my coaches and I are looking to achieve. We want to ensure, as quickly as possible, elite players from the local area are given opportunities with the Bangor FC senior team. This is a key objective of the Bangor manager and Board.

"I understand how ambitious and driven the current Board is at Bangor and how they want to climb through the leagues as quickly as possible. Their honesty and enthusiasm was a huge draw for me to take this position, along with a blank canvas in regards to setting up the youth structure at the club."

(Posted: Sat, 27th June 2020)

Bangor FC has launched six new youth teams.

The new teams will give talented local footballers a clear progression route from Bangor FC under-12’s into Bangor F.C.’s first team and Irish league football.

Bangor manager Lee Feeney said: "The new Bangor F.C. youth setup provides promising skilled footballers with the opportunity to be part of a progressive football club.

"I have a philosophy of integrating talented youth players into the first team, so this is the perfect time for Bangor FC underage teams and for young people to showcase their talent.

"I believe it's all about giving youngsters opportunities. I was lucky enough to have managers who believed in me when I was young. This has played, and continues to play, a huge part in my current thinking as a manager."

The new underage structure will include the formation of six new Bangor FC sides, including Bangor FC U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 and U18-year-olds.

Bangor FC Chairman Nicky Davidson said: "The launch of the youth structure is good news for future generations of young local people who have aspirations of playing for their hometown club and in the Irish leagues.

"At Bangor FC we want to give opportunities to talented local youngsters, while also providing a supportive environment for them to enjoy football.

"We have already recruited a number of high-profile coaches, ensuring our youth teams will provide players with the highest level of training. But we will also offer competitive matches on the pitch and, most importantly, an opportunity for young players to showcase their talent."

Nicky concluded: "I am pleased at the progress the club has achieved since the new Board took over three seasons ago. We started with one team in the Ballymena league and quickly gained promotion back into the NI Football League. We added a Reserve team and a Ladies team last year and we are now launching six youth teams come September.

"This is a real accomplishment for the Seasiders, as we continue with our objective of being a community-based club and reaching the highest echelons of football in Northern Ireland."

The Bangor FC youth teams will start training in September 2020, Covid-19 dependent, and will be based at the Bangor Fuels Arena.

Players and coaches are invited to email academy@bangorfc.com if they are interested in joining Bangor FC and the Bangor FC youth structure.

(Posted: Tues,9th June 2020)

Lee Feeney has been appointed the new manager at Bangor FC.

Feeney takes control at the Bangor Fuels Arena following recent managerial roles at Ards FC and Banbridge Rangers FC.

Lee said: "I’m very proud to get the job at Bangor and I’m looking forward to the difficult challenge ahead. “My first objective is to get the club promoted back to the Championship. But I’m distinctly aware that the Premier Intermediate League is tough and the team will need to fight for every point in order to make promotion a reality.

"I would like to thank the board for their belief in me and I’m highly motivated to ensure we all succeed at Bangor."

Bangor FC Director of Football Graham Bailie said: “Lee’s appointment is an exciting prospect for the Seasiders. He is young, driven and determined, which are all necessary attributes to help us gain promotion to the Championship and beyond.

"I am pleased to offer this opportunity to Lee, especially as he is a former Bangor player. He is ambitious and shares the vision we have at the club. I look forward to seeing how he will drive the football club forward and get the best out of our tight-knit and talented set of players."

Also returning to the Bangor Fuels Arena is John Douglas who takes up the role as Lee’s assistant manager.

(Posted: Mon, 1st June 2020)

Dear Bangor Supporter

It is nearly two months since our season came to an abrupt halt when the Covid-19 pandemic struck, and unfortunately it may be some time yet before we can resume. We are all missing our football but the health and wellbeing of our players, supporters and staff comes first and we hope that you, your family and friends are coping during these unprecedented times.

These are tough times for all clubs, and we at Bangor FC are no different. The sudden loss of income poses a big challenge to our football club and social club and we are currently exploring all possible sources of government intervention. Much work has also continued behind the scenes to stabilize our finances, gain our Championship licence for next season, comply with stringent health and safety ground requirements and assist with the Bangor Foodbank and Community Support initiative. Many thanks to all who supported this community venture.

More than ever, the "Friends of Bangor FC" scheme is helping to sustain us at this time and may I, on behalf of the Board of Directors, thank all who continue to contribute in this way. This regular source of funding is playing a vital role in our efforts to keep our heads above water.

Our advertisers and sponsors have played an invaluable role in supporting the re-emergence of our club over the past couple of seasons. We very much appreciate their support and intend to make contact shortly to see how we might assist one another particularly during the current crisis.

We hope to see you again soon at Bangor Fuels Arena, but until then please take care and stay safe!

Nicky Davidson (Chairman)

(Posted: Tues, 5th May 2020)

Dear Bangor Supporter

It is nearly two months since our season came to an abrupt halt when the Covid-19 pandemic struck, and unfortunately it may be some time yet before we can resume. We are all missing our football but the health and wellbeing of our players, supporters and staff comes first and we hope that you, your family and friends are coping during these unprecedented times.

These are tough times for all clubs, and we at Bangor FC are no different. The sudden loss of income poses a big challenge to our football club and social club and we are currently exploring all possible sources of government intervention. Much work has also continued behind the scenes to stabilize our finances, gain our Championship licence for next season, comply with stringent health and safety ground requirements and assist with the Bangor Foodbank and Community Support initiative. Many thanks to all who supported this community venture.

More than ever, the "Friends of Bangor FC" scheme is helping to sustain us at this time and may I, on behalf of the Board of Directors, thank all who continue to contribute in this way. This regular source of funding is playing a vital role in our efforts to keep our heads above water.

Our advertisers and sponsors have played an invaluable role in supporting the re-emergence of our club over the past couple of seasons. We very much appreciate their support and intend to make contact shortly to see how we might assist one another particularly during the current crisis.

We hope to see you again soon at Bangor Fuels Arena, but until then please take care and stay safe!

Nicky Davidson (Chairman)

(Posted: Tues, 5th May 2020)

Dear Bangor Supporter

It is nearly two months since our season came to an abrupt halt when the Covid-19 pandemic struck, and unfortunately it may be some time yet before we can resume. We are all missing our football but the health and wellbeing of our players, supporters and staff comes first and we hope that you, your family and friends are coping during these unprecedented times.

These are tough times for all clubs, and we at Bangor FC are no different. The sudden loss of income poses a big challenge to our football club and social club and we are currently exploring all possible sources of government intervention. Much work has also continued behind the scenes to stabilize our finances, gain our Championship licence for next season, comply with stringent health and safety ground requirements and assist with the Bangor Foodbank and Community Support initiative. Many thanks to all who supported this community venture.

More than ever, the "Friends of Bangor FC" scheme is helping to sustain us at this time and may I, on behalf of the Board of Directors, thank all who continue to contribute in this way. This regular source of funding is playing a vital role in our efforts to keep our heads above water.

Our advertisers and sponsors have played an invaluable role in supporting the re-emergence of our club over the past couple of seasons. We very much appreciate their support and intend to make contact shortly to see how we might assist one another particularly during the current crisis.

We hope to see you again soon at Bangor Fuels Arena, but until then please take care and stay safe!

Nicky Davidson (Chairman)

(Posted: Tues, 5th May 2020)

Bangor Bell

Bangor Football Club is pleased to announce new plans to install a Bangor Bell at one end of the ground. The massive six foot bronze bell which was recently donated to the club by a supporter has now been fully restored and will be installed alongside a new viewing gallery behind the goal at the “Wall End” of the ground. When football resumes, supporters and sponsors will be given the chance to ring the bell at the start of a game and after every Bangor goal.

A club spokesman said, “When the opportunity of installing the Bangor Bell came up, we grabbed it with both hands. This really will be something quite unique in the Irish League.”

The plans for the “Bangor Bell” will also see the “Wall End” of the ground renamed and supporters are invited to come up with their own ideas for what that new name should be. Please contact us on social media with your suggestions.

(Posted:Wed, 1st April 2020)

Bangor Football Club picked up two honours at the Ards and North Down Borough Council's Sports Award ceremony last night

The Seasiders landed the 2019 Sports Team of the Year and BFC Highlights maestro Gary Greer walked away with the Volunteer of the Year award.

(Posted: Sat, 14th March 2020)

In response to the evolving situation around Coronavirus (Covid-19), the current domestic football season has been suspended until Saturday, 4th April.

As things currently stand, Bangor's next match will be an away league game against Lisburn Distillery in three weeks time.

(Posted: Sat, 14th March 2020)

Bangor FC has parted company with first team manager Hugh Sinclair.

Sinclair took over at the Bangor Fuels Arena in May 2017 after the Seasiders had been relegated into the Ballymena Intermediate League. But after nearly three years in charge, Sinclair has left the club.

Bangor FC Chairman Nicky Davidson said: "The board of directors would like to thank Hugh for all his achievements at the club. Under his stewardship, we secured our first ever league title and won two cup competitions.

"However, our agreed objective for this season was to gain promotion. Unfortunately, we've slipped into fourth place in the Premier Intermediate League, meaning we are extremely unlikely to achieve this goal. We have also had mixed results in cup competitions. With all of this in mind, we now feel that the time is right to part ways.

"As directors and as fans, we cannot thank Hugh enough for what he has achieved at the Club. Along with his family, he will always be extremely welcome at Bangor.

"We would also like to thank his management team, including Ross Williams, Jeff Montgomery and Johnny Prentice for their dedication and hard work.

"The club will now begin the process of recruiting a new long-term successor for Hugh."

(Posted: Sat, 7th March 2020)

Armagh City

Bangor's hopes of finishing in the top two were dealt another blow with a 1-1 home draw with Armagh City at the Bangor Fuels Arena on Saturday afternoon.

A decisive finish from Jordan Lucas gave Bangor a 27th minute lead, but Armagh grabbed a last minute equaliser to take a share of the spoils.

BANGOR TEAM:
M.Dougherty, B.Walsh, Z.Fletcher, P.Dickson, R.Arthur, L.Harrison, J.Wasson(A.McDermott), M.Cooling, B.Arthurs(M.Halliday), M.Johnston, J.Lucas.
Subs: M.Torrens, D.Rooney, B.Roy.

NEXT MATCH:
Sat,14.03.2020 - Bangor v. Limavady Utd, BPIL, BFA, 3:00PM

(Posted: Mon, 2nd March 2020)

An unfortunate first half own goal by Ryan Arthur was all that separated the sides at a blustery Seahaven this afternoon.

Both side struggled with the elements in a first half which saw Bangor playing into a strong breeze. The only goal of the game came in the 20th minute when a wind-assisted free-kick from the halfway line was misjudged by Ryan Arthur who glanced the ball into his own net past the stranded Dougherty. Just before half-time, Ben Arthurs fired the ball across the goalmouth, just inches beyond the onrushing Barry Walsh.

Bangor created their best chances when playing with the breeze in the second half. Jack Wasson struck the woodwork from 20 yards and Matty Johnston saw his shot from the same distance tipped over the crossbar by the Portstewart 'keeper. Ben Arthurs blasted an effort over the bar in injury time when well placed.

BANGOR TEAM:
M.Dougherty, Z.Fletcher, R.Arthur(B.Roy), T.Wray, P.Dickson(G.McMullan), L.Harrison, M.Cooling, B.Walsh(M.Halliday), J.Wasson, M.Johnston, B.Arthurs. Subs: A.McDermott, D.Rooney

NEXT MATCH:
Saturday, 29.02.2020 - Bangor v. Armagh City, BPIL, BFA, 3:00PM

(Posted: Sat, 22nd February 2020)

Dollingstown

A first half header from Zach Fletcher and a brace from Ben Arthurs proved enough to edge it for the Seasiders in a 3-2 league win over Dollingstown at the Bangor Fuels Arena this evening.

Bangor took the lead in the 12th minute when Zach Fletcher headed in a Mark Cooling cross. However, Bangor's lead was short-lived as Liggett scored for Dollingstown on their first attack after the restart.

Ben Arthurs prodded in a cross from the left to put Bangor back in front in the 20th minute.

After withstanding long spells of Dollingstown pressure in the second half, William Bingham raced free and squared the ball acrosss the goalmouth for Ben Arthurs to poke the ball home from a few yards out.

Dollingstown converted a spot-kick for handball in injury time to make the final score 3-2.

BANGOR TEAM:
M.Dougherty, P.Dickson, T.Wray, R.Arthur, Z.Fletcher, L.Harrison, J.Wasson(A.McDermott), M.Cooling (B.Walsh), M.Johnston, B.Arthurs, W.Bingham(B.Walsh).
Subs: M.Halliday, G.Lavery.

NEXT MATCH
22.02.2020 - PORTSTEWART v. BANGOR, Bluefin Sport PIL, Seahaven

(Posted: Tues, 4th February 2020)

Newington

TEN GOAL THRILLER!
An injury time goal from Michael Halliday gave Bangor a share of the spoils as the Seasiders fought out a 5-5 draw with Newington at the Bangor Fuels Arena this afternoon.

Bangor fell behind in th 4th minute when the defence failed to deal with a corner kick and the ball was stabbed home from close range. The Seasiders were quick to respond and were level within a minute - Matthew Johnston drilled the ball past Maybin from the edge of the area.

The goal of the day came in the 15th minute when Gerard McMullan evaded several challenges to cut in from the left to blast the ball into the top corner from 25 yards. Two minutes later, Ben Arthurs broke through the lines to slot in Bangor's third.

Newington were given a lifeline five minutes into the second half when Downey found time and space to fire past Dougherty. The scores were level four minutes later when slack defending allowed Devine to find the bottom corner (3-3).

Substitute William Bingham broke free on the right in the 61st minute a delivered a cross that caused Maybin to fumble the ball into the path of Ben Arthurs who prodded the ball home from a yard out. (4-3).

Newington recovered from this setback with a headed goal from a corner kick in the 71st minute and later took the lead in the 80th minute. However, Bangor were not to be undone and when a Mark Cooling injury time free-kick was nodded into the danger area, Michael Halliday was on hand to prod the ball home from 4 yards for the leveller.

BANGOR TEAM
M.Dougherty, G.Beattie, T.Wray, P.Dickson(M.Halliday), L.Harrison, B.Walsh, D.Rooney(W.Bingham), M.Cooling, M.Johnston, B.Arthurs, G.McMullan. Subs: M.Torrens, A.McDermott, Z.Fletcher

BANGOR RESERVES
Earlier in the day, Bangor Reserves lost 5-4 to PSNI Olympic at the Bangor Fuels Arena.

TRANSFER NEWS
Hugh Sinclair brought in two new players before the January transfer window closed last night. Midfielder Lewis Harrison has joined us from H&W Welders and William Bingham has joined us from Dundela. Both players featured in today's game.

We have also seen three players leave the club this week. Midfielder James Begley has joined Lisburn Distillery, Tiarnan Mulvenna has opted to return to Newington and Chris McKay has rejoined H&W Welders. We wish all three players well and thank them for their time with the Seasiders.

BACK IN ACTION ON TUESDAY:
TUES,04.02.2020 - BANGOR v. DOLLINGSTOWN, PIL, BANGOR FUELS ARENA, 7:45PM

(Posted: Saturday 1st February 2020)

Dollingstown

A headed goal from a Dollingstown corner-kick proved enough to decide today's closely fought league encounter at Planters Park. Gerard McMullan went close for Bangor in the 45th minute when his shot from the edge of the area spun back off the keeper and just wide of the upright.

Bangor were reduced to ten men early in the second half when Ryan Arthur saw red for a second bookable offence. Substitute Ashton McDermott fizzed an angled shot just over the crossbar in the 71st minute and just before full time, Matty Johnston's 30 yard strike drifted just wide of the Dollingstown net.

A late injury to Jordan Lucas saw the Seasiders finish the game with just 9 men on the field.

BANGOR TEAM:
M.Dougherty, M.Johnston, T.Wray, R.Arthur, P.Dickson, M.Cooling, B.Walsh, G.Lavery(J.Lucas), M.Halliday(A.McDermott), B.Arthurs(D.Rooney), G.McMullan
Subs: M.Torrens, C.McKay

OTHER RESULTS:
Moyola Park 1-2 Annagh United, Newington 0-0 Portstewart, Tobermore United 1-0 Limavady United

NEXT MATCH:
SAT,01.02.2020 - BANGOR v NEWINGTON, PIL, BFA, 3:00PM

(Posted: Sat, 25th January 2020)

Immaculata

Bangor crashed out of the McComb's Coach Travel Intermediate Cup this afternoon with a 1-0 extra time defeat to Immaculata at the Bangor Fuels Arena.

Despite having the majority of possession throughout the game, chances for the Seasiders were few and far between. Bangor came close to scoring when Gareth Beattie fired into the side netting in the first half. Ultimately, an acrobatic effort from McVicker in the first period of extra time decided the tie.

New signing Daire Rooney made his debut for the Seasiders on Saturday, coming on as a second half substitute. Unfortunately Daire had to retire from the game in the closing stages of extra time following a nasty clash of heads with McVicker. We wish both players a speedy recovery.

BANGOR TEAM:
M.Dougherty, G.Beattie, R.Arthur, T.Wray, P.Dickson (G.Lavery), M.Johnston, M.Cooling, B.Walsh, J.Begley (M.Halliday), B.Arthur(D.Rooney)(M.Ballantine), G.McMullan. Subs: M.Torrens

NEXT MATCH:
Sat 25.01.2020 - Dollingstown v. Bangor, Planters Park, Bluefin Sport PIL, 2:00PM

(Posted: Saturday, 18th January 2020)

The Seasiders had to come from behind to get three valuable league points in a tense affair at the Limavady Showgrounds this afternoon. After a goalless first half, Gareth McFadden put the homesters ahead in the 54th minute, but Ben Arthurs levelled it three minutes later when he latched on to a Michael Halliday flick on to lift the ball over Kelly.

Michael Halliday found Ben Arthurs at the back post to head home Bangor’s winner in the 83rd minute.

BANGOR TEAM
M.Dougherty, Z.Fletcher, G.Beattie, R.Arthur, T.Wray, B.Walsh, J.Begley, M.Cooling, B.Arthurs, G.Lavery, G.McMullan.
Subs: P.Dickson, A.McDermott, M.Johnston, M.Ballantine, M.Halliday

BLUEFIN SPORT PIL RESULTS
Banbridge Town 1-2 Newington; Dollingstown 3-2 Moyola Park; Lisburn Distillery 1-5 Annagh United;

NEXT MATCH:
Sat, 18.01.2020 - Bangor v. Immaculata, BFA, 1:30PM

(Posted: Sat, 11th January 2020)

Tiarnan Mulvenna

INCOMING
We are pleased to welcome 22 year old forward Tiarnan Mulvenna to the club. Tiarnan joins us from fellow Bluefin Sport PIL side Newington YC. Tiarnan has previously played for 1st Bangor.

OUTGOING
Midfielder Steven Hislop, who joined us last January has moved on to Islandmagee FC. Steven played a crucial role in the closing stages of the 2018/19 title winning season and was also a member of our McReynolds Cup winning side. We wish him well at his new club.

(Posted: Wed, 8th January 2020)

The draw has been made for the third round of this season’s McComb’s Coach Travel Intermediate Cup. Bangor have been paired with West Belfast side Immaculata. The tie will be played on Saturday, 18th January at the Bangor Fuels Arena with a 1:30pm kick-off.

Fixture Schedule for the coming weeks:

  • 11.01.2020 - (PIL) - Limavady Utd v. Bangor, 3:00PM
  • 18.01.2020 - (Int.Cup) - Bangor v. Immaculata, 1:30PM
  • 25.01.2020 - (PIL) - Dollingstown v. Bangor, 2:00PM
  • 01.02.2020 - (PIL) - Bangor v. Newington YC, 3:00PM
  • 04.02.2020 - (PIL) - Bangor v. Dollingstown, tbc

(Posted: Tues, 7th January 2020)

Newry

Bangor dropped out of the Irish Cup this afternoon with a 3-1 defeat away to Newry City at the Showgrounds.

The Seasiders side, which featured three new signings fell behind in the 18th minute when King slammed the ball home with the Bangor defence appealing for a foul on Dougherty.

A composed looking Newry side extended their lead in the 79th minute when a stumble from Gareth Beattie allowed Lavery the time and space needed to drill the ball low into the corner of the net.

Gerard McMullan pulled a goal back for the Seasiders in the 84th minute when his low shot was misjudged by the Newry keeper and was fumbled over the line.

Newry took full advantage as Bangor pressed for an equaliser in the closing stages and Foley sealed the win with a low shot that gave Dougherty no chance.

BANGOR TEAM:
M.Dougherty, G.Beattie, T.Wray, R.Arthur, Z.Fletcher, M.Cooling, B.Walsh, A.McDermott(J.Wasson, M.Halliday), G.McMullan, G.Lavery(J.Lucas), B.Arthurs. Subs: D.Gibbons, M.Ballantine, P.Dickson, J.Begley.

NEXT MATCH:
Sat, 11.01.2020 - LIMAVADY UNITED v. BANGOR, 2:00PM

(Posted: Saturday, 4th January 2020)

Newry City

Bangor return to action this Saturday with an away trip to the Showgrounds to take on Newry City in the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup.
Match Kick Off 3:00pm

NEW SIGNINGS
Hugh Sinclair has added a number of new faces to his squad with the opening of the January transfer window. Experienced goalkeeper Michael Dougherty returns to the Seasiders from Premiership side Larne. Michael was with Bangor during the Marty Quinn era and has also played for Ards, Glentoran and H&W Welders.

Joining his home town team from QUB is 19 year old defender Matthew Torrens. Matthew was part of the Queens PIL title winning side and has previously played for Ards.

22 year old forward Gary Lavery joins Bangor from Knockbreda, having also previously enjoyed success with Crumlin Star.

Finally, joining the Seasiders from Carrick Rangers is 28 year old midfielder Ashton McDermott

BANGOR RESERVES
Bangor Reserves are in action on Saturday morning when Portadown Reserves are the vistors to the Bangor Fuels Arena. Match Kick Off 11:15am (Admission £2, Season Tickets are valid).

(Posted: Friday, 3rd January 2020)