(Posted: Wednesday, 29th December 2021)
There was little Christmas joy for Bangor at Clandeboye Park this afternoon as the Seasiders struggled to find a way through a stubborn Banbridge Town defence.
After falling behind to a Reece Doyle strike just before half-time, the Seasiders dominated the play throughout the second half. Ben Arthurs, Ryan Arthur, Gareth Beattie and Karl Devine went close for Bangor. Michael Halliday came closest to finding an equaliser in the 87th minute when his clever back heel struck the upright.
M.Anderson, Z.Fletcher(K.Storey), R.Neale. G.Beattie, R.Arthur, D.Hume(L.Blackstock), K.Devine(K.Woods), L.Harrison, M.Cooling(J.Wasson), B.Arthurs, M.Halliday.
Subs not used: D.Gibbons, M.Dzirvinskis
Moyola Park 2-2 Newington, Limavady United 1-1 Dollingstown, Portstewart 3-1 PSNI, Tobermore United 0-4 Lisburn Distillery.
01.01.2022 - BANGOR v. LIMAVADY UNITED, PIL, 3:00PM
(Posted: Saturday, 18th December 2021)
Following an end to end first half, Ben Arthurs headed home a Reece Neale corner kick to put Bangor in front on the stroke of half-time.
Captain Mark Cooling struck home a spectacular 30 yard free kick in the 51st minute and six minutes later Michael Halliday scrambled home Bangor's third.
Mark McCabe hit home a penalty for Dollingstown in the 65th minute to cause Bangor some concerrn, but substitute Jack "The Assassin" Wasson came off the bench to head in a Ben Arthurs pull back for Bangor's fourth in the 81st minute.
M.Anderson, Z.Fletcher, R.Neale, P.Dickson, D.Hume, L.Blackstock, K.Devine, M.Cooling, B.Arthurs(K.Storey), M.Halliday(K.Woods), M.Dzirvinskis(J.Wasson). Subs: J.Angus, T.Millar-Wilson
TODAY'S OTHER PIL FIXTURES:
Armagh City 3-1 Portstewart, Lisburn Distillery 0-0 Moyola Park, PSNI 3-2 Tobermore United, Newington 2-0 Limavady United.
18.12.2021 - BANGOR v. BANBRIDGE TOWN,
(Posted: Saturday, 11th December 2021)
Bangor will face Comber Rec. in the third round of the McComb's Coach Travel Intermediate Cup. The tie will be played at Clandeboye Park on Saturday, 22nd January 2022, 1:30pm kick off.
(Posted: Wednesday, 8th December 2021)
The Seasiders fell to their first league defeat of the season this afternoon, losing 3-1 to Armagh City at Clandeboye Park.
The game started well for Bangor, with Michael Halliday firing the Seasiders ahead in the 11th minute. However Armagh were back in the game 10 minutes later when Matthew Anderson conceded a penalty from a mis-timed challenge at the edge of the area. Anderson, who was treated for a head injury had to be replaced by substitute keeper Darren Gibbons. Gibbons could do little to stop Duffy's well struck penalty which drew Armagh level.
Armagh were ahead within a minute when McConnell fired low into the corner of the Bangor net from the edge of the area.
Bangor suffered a further setback in the 38th minutes when substitute 'keeper Gibbons was also forced to retire with a head injury. Striker Michael Halliday then had to pull on the goalkeeper's shirt.
Bangor fell further behind in the 50th minute when a 20 yard free kick from Mullen deceived Halliday and found its way into the bottom corner.
An unsettled and injury-ravaged Bangor side struggled to maintain any significant pressure in the second half, although Ben Arthurs came close in the 85th minute with a low shot that went just wide of the upright.
M.Anderson(D.Gibbons)(M.Halliday), Z.Fletcher, J.Doey(D.Hume), L.Blackstock(K.Storey), R.Neale, L.Harrison, M.Cooling, K.Devine, B.Arthurs, M.Halliday(E.O'Neill). Subs: P.Dixon, Millar-Wilson
OTHER PIL RESULTS:
Banbridge Town 0-0 Dollingstown; Tobermore United 1-3 Newington; Limavady United 2-1 Lisburn Distillery; Moyola Park 9-2 PSNI
11.12.2021 - DOLLINGSTOWN v. BANGOR, PIL, Planter's Park, 2:00pm
(Posted: Saturday, 4th December 2021)
Bangor were today paired with Larne in the draw for the first round of the Samuel Gelston’s Whiskey Irish Cup. The tie will be played at Clandeboye Park on Saturday, 8th January 2022.
(Posted: Thursday, 2nd December 2021)
First half goals from Zac Fletcher and Ben Arthurs were enough to secure Bangor a place in the draw for the 1st Round of the Sadler's Peaky Blinders Irish Cup this afternoon.
The Seasiders had squandered several early chances before Zac Fletcher finally stole in to poke home a Michael Halliday flick on after 8 minutes. Ben Arthurs rifled home Bangor's second on the half-volley from the edge of the area after 21 minutes to secure the win for Bangor at a chilly Valley Park.
D.Gibbons, Z.Fletcher, R.Neale, J.Doey, R.Arthur(P.Dickson), L.Blackstock, L.Harrison(M.Dzirvinskis), K.Devine, M.Cooling, B.Arthurs(K.Storey), M.Halliday.
Sub not used: E.O'Neill.
04.12.2021 - Bangor v. Armagh City, PIL, Clandeboye Park, 3:00PM
TODAY'S LEAGUE RESULT:
Lisburn Distillery 1-0 Armagh City
(Posted: Saturday, 27th November 2021)
The Seasiders edged past Larne Tech Old Boys to progress to the next round of the McComb's Coach Travel Intermediate Cup at Clandeboye Park this afternoon.
Despite dominating for long spells throughout the game, Bangor had to wait until the first period of extra time to find a way past the stubborn Larne Tech defence. Michael Halliday popped up in the 98th minute to prod home in the winner.
D.Gibbons, Z.Fletcher, G.Beattie (G.Anderson), R.Neale,R.Arthur, L.Blackstock, L.Harrison, M.Cooling, M.Halliday, J.Upritchard (M.Dzirvinskis),K.Storey.
Subs Not Used: J.Angus, B.Nicholl
27.11.2021 - COLIN VALLEY v. BANGOR, Sadler's Peaky Blinders Irish Cup, Valley Park, 1:30PM.
(Posted: Saturday, 20th November 2021)
Battling Bangor missed out on the Steel & Sons Christmas Day Final in a thrilling game with Newington at Seaview this evening.
Newington were quick out of the blocks and raced into an early, but deserved 2-0 lead as the Seasiders struggled to cope with their slick passing.
Michael Halliday gave Bangor a lifeline in the 38th minute when he headed in a Reece Neale corner kick. Just before half-time, Ryan Arthur headed in another Reece Neale corner kick to put Bangor level at the break.
HALF-TIME: NEWINGTON 2-2 BANGOR
Ryan Arthur volleyed Bangor into a shock 3-2 lead in the first minute of the second half. Newington scrambled home an equaliser through Gowdy in the 65th minute to send the game into extra time.
FULL-TIME: NEWINGTON 3-3 BANGOR
Two quickfire goals in the first period of extra time from former-Seasider Daire Rooney sealed the 5-3 victory for Newington.
M.Anderson, Z.Fletcher(G.Beattie), R.Neale, J.Doey, R.Arthur, D.Hume, L.Harrison(J.Upritchard), M.Cooling, M.Halliday(B.Arthurs), K.Devine, K.Storey(E.O'Neill).
Subs not used: L.Blackstock.
Saturday, 20th November 2021 - BANGOR v. LARNE TECH. O.B, McComb's Coach Travel Intermediate Cup, Clandeboye Park, 1:30pm
(Posted: Tuesday, 16th November 2021)
Bangor maintained their 100% league record with 2-0 win over Lisburn Distillery at New Grosvenor this afternoon.
In a scrappy first half, Ben Arthurs came off the bench to replace the injured Kyle Woods and scored with his first touch. Arthurs tapped in the rebound after Nicholl had kept out a fiercely struck Mark Cooling effort.
Arthurs was on target again in the 65th minute when he raced through the middle to slot the ball into the bottom corner past Nicholl.
M.Anderson, Z.Fletcher, D.Hume, J.Doey, R.Arthur, L.Blackstock, L.Harrison(E.O'Neill), M.Cooling, K.Woods(B.Arthurs), M.Halliday(K.Storey), J.Upritchard(G.Beattie)
Subs Not Used: D.Gibbons, P.Dickson, K.Devine
Portstewart 6-1 Dollingstown, Armagh City 5-1 Moyola Park, PSNI 1-2 Limavady United, Tobermore United 0-0 Banbridge Town
(Posted: Saturday, 6th November 2021)
Bangor have been drawn at home to Larne Tech.O.B. in the 2nd Round of the McComb's Coach Travel Intermediate Cup. The tie will be played on Saturday, 20th November at Clandeboye Park.
(Posted: Wednesday, 3rd November 2021)
Bangor have been drawn away to Colin Valley in the 4th Round of the Sadler's Peaky Blinders Irish Cup. The tie will be played on Saturday, 27th November.
(Posted: Tuesday, 2nd November 2021)
The confirmed date for Bangor's ToalsBet.com Steel & Sons Cup semi-final game against Newington is Tuesday, 16th November. The tie will be played at Seaview.
(Posted: Tuesday, 2nd November 2021)
The draw for the ToalsBet.com Steel & Sons Cup Semi-Final is as follows:
Semi-Final Dates (to be confirmed).
(Posted: Monday 1st November 2021)
Bangor made it through to the 4th Round of the Sadler's Peaky Blinders Irish Cup with a 2-0 win over St.James Swifts at Clandeboye Park this afternoon.
The Seasiders dominated much of the first half and squandered numerous chances, with Reece Neale hitting the crossbar, Zac Fletcher, Ben Arthurs, Ryan Arthur and Kian Storey all going close. It was Ben Arthurs who scored the only goal of the half, striking a half-volley into the bottom corner of the net after 15 minutes.
St. James rallied in the second half and came close to levelling it when Donnelly hammered one off Anderson's crossbar in the 54th minute. The Bangor defence held firm and in the closing stages, as St. James pressed for an equaliser, substitute Kyle Woods broke free and sent the ball past Schiavoni at the second attempt to seal the victory for Bangor.
M.Anderson, Z.Fletcher, R.Neale, J.Doey, R.Arthur, L.Blackstock, K.Devine, L.Harrison, B.Arthurs(K.Woods), M.Cooling(J.Upritchard), K.Storey(M.Halliday).
Subs: E.O'Neill, D.Gibbons.
06.11.2021 - Lisburn Distillery v Bangor, PIL, 2:00PM
(Posted: Saturday, 30th October 2021)
SEASIDERS CRUISE INTO SEMIS
Bangor swept Crewe United aside with a four goal blitz in tonight's Toals Steel & Sons Cup Quarter-Final at Clandeboye Park.
Michael Halliday flicked in the first goal after 20 minutes despite Crewe United defender Dean Youle's best efforts to clear the ball off the line.
Ben Arthurs doubled Bangor's lead in the 24th minute when he was quickest to react to Burig's fumble from a Reece Neale free kick.
Arthurs it 3-0 nine minutes later with a tap in after Karl Devine had driven his way through the Crewe defence.
Arthurs rounded off the scoring after 64 minutes when he produced a bullet header into the bottom corner from a pinpoint Reece Neale cross.
M.Anderson, Z.Fletcher, R.Neale, J.Doey, R.Arthur, D.Hume, K.Devine(K.Storey), M.Cooling, B.Arthurs, M.Halliday (E.O'Neill), L.Harrison (L.Blackstock)
Subs: D.Gibbons, J.Upritchard
Many thanks to tonight's ball sponsor Gordon Boal.
The Toals Steel & Sons Cup semi-final fixtures are scheduled to be played on Friday, 19th November and Monday, 22nd November.
30.10.2021 - Bangor v. St. James Swifts, Sadler's Peaky Blinders Irish Cup, 1:30pm
(Posted: Wednesday, 27th October 2021)
(Posted: Sunday, 24th October 2021)
Bangor will face Crewe United in the ToalsBet.com Steel & Sons Cup Quarter Final at Clandeboye Park on Wednesday evening.
Crewe United defeated Crusaders U20's 3-1 in today's 4th Round tie.
(Posted: Saturday, 23rd October 2021
The Seasiders put on a valiant performance against Premiership leaders Cliftonville at Solitude in the County Antrim Shield this evening.
Bangor took the lead in the 7th minute when central defender Ryan Arthur converted at the back post.
Despite having to soak up lengthy spells of first half pressure from Cliftonville, Bangor managed to hold on to their 1-0 lead until the break.
Gerard McMullan stunned Cliftonville in the 58th minute when he scrambled home Bangor's second of the night.
The game changed when Joe Gormley came off the Cliftonville bench on the hour. The Reds pulled one back through Daniel Kearns within minutes of Gormley's introduction. Aaron Donnelly levelled it soon after, and Gormley found the net in the 73rd and 75th minutes to completely turn things around for the home side.
Full credit to all the players tonight for a remarkable performance against a top tier side.
M.Anderson, G.Beattie, R.Neale, Z.Fletcher, R.Arthur, D.Hume, K.Devine, L.Harrison(E.O'Neill), B.Arthurs(F.Moffett), M.Cooling, G.McMullan(K.Storey).
Unused Subs: D.Gibbons, J.Angus, L.Blackstock, P.Dickson
Bangor's Steel & Sons Cup Quarter Final match will take place at Clandeboye Park next Wednesday (27th).
The Seasiders will take on the winners of Saturday's tie between Crewe United and Crusaders U20.
Match Kick Off 7:45pm
(Posted: Tuesday, 19th October 2021)
Bangor made it comfortably through to the second round of the McComb's Travel Intermediate Cup this afternoon with a 4-0 victory over Mossley.
Two first half headers from striker Michael Halliday gave the Seasiders a 2-0 lead at the break and Halliday completed his hat trick in the 47th minute when he converted a penalty kick which had been awarded for hand ball.
Gerard McMullan broke the offside trap to fire home Bangor's fourth in the 52nd minute before Jack Wasson saw red for a rugged challenge on the touchline on the hour.
The ten men of Bangor had a great chance to extend their lead in the closing stages when Kian Storey broke free for a one on one with the keeper, but he fired his shot just wide of the upright.
B.Nicholl, G.Beattie(Z.Fletcher), J.Doey(R.Arthur), D.Hume, R.Neale, P.Dickson, J.Wasson, K.Devine, M.Halliday, G.McMullan(K.Storey), M.Cooling.
Subs: D.Gibbons, L.Blackstock
(Posted: Saturday, 16th October 2021)
MATCH SPONSOR: Jim Kelly, BALL SPONSOR: Mr & Mrs Todd
The Seasiders put on an impressive display at Clandeboye Park this afternoon, hitting five goals against Moyola Park without reply.
Gareth Beattie got Bangor on their way after 5 minutes when a ricochet bounced off his head and flew into the corner of the Moyola Park net.
Beattie struck again in the 33rd minute with a low drilled shot into the bottom corner. Veteran striker Michael Halliday produced a neat lob in the 43rd minute to give the Seasiders a 3-0 lead at half-time.
Gareth Beattie missed the chance of grabbing a hat-trick in the 66th minute when he saw his drilled penalty kick come back off the upright. However, it wasn't too long before substitute Kyle Woods extended Bangor's lead by heading in a Mark Cooling cross from close range in the 73rd minute.
Another substitute, Louis Blackstock opened his account for Bangor by latching on to a Moyola defensive mistake and drilling the ball into the bottom corner in the 86th minute.
M.Anderson, G.Beattie, R.Neale, J.Doey, R.Arthur, P.Dickson(Z.Fletcher), K.Devine, L.Harrison(L.Blackstock), B.Arthurs(G.McMullan), M.Halliday(K.Woods), J.Wasson(M.Cooling)
Subs Not Used: F.Moffett
OTHER LEAGUE RESULTS:
Banbridge Town 2-0 Lisburn Distillery, Dollingstown 2-0 PSNI, Limavady United 2-0 Portstewart, Newington 2-2 Armagh City.
16.10.2021 - MOSSLEY v. BANGOR, McComb's Travel Intermediate Cup, Mossley Pavilion, 1:30pm.
(Posted: Saturday, 9th October 2021)
Bangor have been drawn at home to either Crewe United, Crusaders U20s or St. James Swifts in the quarter-finals of the Toals Steel & Sons Cup. The tie will be played on Saturday 23rd October.
Meanwhile, Bangor have been drawn away to Cliftonville in the Toals County Antrim Shield. The tie is scheduled to be played on Tuesday, 19th October at Solitude.
(Posted: Saturday, 2nd October 2021)
The Seasiders made it through to the last eight of the Toals Steel & Sons Cup with a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over East Belfast at Clandeboye Park this afternoon.
Bangor fell behind in the 22nd minute when Annett broke free to finish well with a curling effort past Anderson. Reece Neale came closest to an equaliser for Bangor just before half-time when he struck a 20 yard free-kick against the upright.
Ben Arthurs finally got Bangor level in the 68th minute when he raced through to slot low past Haggan.
Two periods of extra-time produced no further scoring and the match ended in a penalty shootout.
Once again, goalkeeper Matthew Anderson was the hero of the day - twice diving low to save two East Belfast spot kicks.
Gareth Beattie, Michael Halliday, Reece Neale and Ben Arthurs converted their penalties.
M.Anderson, G.Beattie, R.Neale, D.Hume, J.Doey, P.Dickson (Z.Fletcher), L.Harrison, K.Devine, B.Arthurs, K.Storey (J.Upritchard)(J.Wasson), G.McMullan (M.Halliday)
Unused Sub: D.Gibbons
09.10.2021 - BANGOR v. MOYOLA PARK (PIL), Clandeboye Park, 3:00PM
(Posted: Saturday, 2nd October 2021)
Bangor will play St. James Swifts in the 3rd qualifying round of the Sadler's Peaky Blinders Irish Cup.
The tie will be played at Clandeboye Park on Saturday, 30th October.
(Posted: Tuesday, 28th September 2021)
Bangor made it through to the next round of the Sadler's Peaky Blinders Irish Cup with a 2-1 win over Killyleagh YC at Clandeboye Park this afternoon.
Ben Arthurs gave Bangor the lead when he tapped in from close range after 28 minutes, but Keegan Rice struck back for Killyleagh three minutes later.
The winner came on 64 minutes when Ben Arthurs flicked on a Reece Neale corner kick for David Hume to head home at the back post.
D.Gibbons, R.Neale, G.Beattie, J.Doey, D.Hume, R.Arthur, L.Harrison, K.Devine, K.Storey(J.Upritchard), B.Arthurs, G.McMullan(K.Woods)
Unused Subs: P.Dickson, L.Blackstock, B.Nicholl
(Posted: Saturday, 25th September 2021)
Bangor eased into the second round of the ToalsBet.com County Antrim Shield with a 2-0 win over PSNI at Clandeboye Park this evening.
The Seasiders took the lead in the 26th minute when Gerard McMullan squared the ball across the six yard box to an unmarked Reece Neale who casually passed the ball into the PSNI net.
Bangor extended their lead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time when Michael Halliday picked himself up to fire the ball past Hegan.
Louis Blackstock, Gerard McMullan and Kian Storey all went close for Bangor in a scoreless second half.
D.Gibbons, G.Beattie, R.Neale, J.Doey, R.Arthur, D.Hume, L.Harrison(J.Wasson), K.Storey(P.Dickson), L.Blackstock, M.Halliday, G.McMullan(E.O'Neill)
Unused Subs: B.Arthurs, M.Dzirvinskis, B.Nicholl, Z.Fletcher
25.09.2021 - BANGOR v. KILLYLEAGH YC, Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup, Clandeboye Park
(Posted: Tuesday, 21st September 2021)
A neat finish from Karl Devine after 55 minutes was enough to give the Seasiders the win at Mullaghacall this afternoon.
D.Gibbons, R.Neale, G.Beattie, J.Doey, R.Arthur, D.Hume, K.Devine, L.Harrison, K.Storey, B.Arthurs, M.Cooling(J.Wasson)(L.Blackstock).
Unused Subs: M.Halliday, P.Dickson, J.Upritchard, B.Nicholl, M.Torrens
OTHER LEAGUE RESULTS:
Armagh City 6-1 Tobermore Utd, Dollingstown 0-1 Newington, Moyola Park 0-3 Limavady Utd, PSNI 2-1 Banbridge Town
(Posted: Saturday, 18th September 2021)
Bangor FC has restored their stadium name to Clandeboye Park.
The Seasiders had a naming rights agreement with Bangor Fuels for the previous eight years. Bangor FC Chairman Graham Bailie said: "As a board of directors, we decided as a collective not to renew our naming rights at the end of the current agreement and to revert our ground name back to Clandeboye Park.
"We appreciate that many of our supporters will be happy to have the traditional name of the football ground restored to Clandeboye Park.
We would like to place on record our thanks to Bangor Fuels for their tremendous support over the past eight years."
(Posted: Thursday, 16th September 2021)
MATCH SPONSOR: JIM KELLY
Bangor were knocked out of the BetMcLean League Cup at the first hurdle by holders Coleraine at Clandeboye Park this evening . Goals from Evan Tweed, Conor McKendry and a hat-trick from Cathair Friel gave the Bannsiders a convincing 5-0 win.
Lee Feeney gave a full debut to goalkeeper Ben Nicholl, while second half substitutes Kristian Trainor and Mark Dzirviniskis were also given their first taste of action for the seniors.
B.Nicholl, G.Beattie, R.Neale, J.Doey, R.Arthur, D.Hume, L.Harrison(B.Arthurs), M.Cooling(M.Halliday), K.Storey(K.Trainor), K.Woods(M.Halliday), L.Blackstock(M.Dzirvinskis).
Unused Subs: D.Gibbons, Z.Fletcher, M.Torrens.
18.09.2021 - PORTSTEWART v BANGOR, (PIL), Mullaghacall, 3:00PM
(Posted: Tuesday, 14th September 2021)
Bangor eased into the last 16 of the Toals Steel & Sons Cup with a 6-1 win over St. Luke's at Brook Leisure Centre this afternoon .
Mark Cooling opened the scoring for Bangor in the 8th minute with a low shot into the bottom corner. Kian Storey bagged a first half double and Michael Halliday scored from close range to make it 4-0 to the Seasiders at the interval.
Sean McAteer pulled a goal back for St. Luke's in the second half, but further goals from Michael Halliday and substitute Finn Moffett, who was making his full debut for the first team made the final score 6-1 to the Seasiders.
Bangor will face East Belfast at Clandeboye Park on Saturday, 2nd October in the Round of 16.
East Belfast defeated Kimore Rec 3-0 in Crossgar today.
D.Gibbons, M.Torrens, R.Neale, J.Doey, R.Arthur, D.Hume, K.Storey, K.Devine, M.Halliday, M.Cooling, L.Blackstock.
Subs: F.Moffett, B.Gordon, L.Harrison, B.Arthurs, D.Snodden
14.09.2021 - BANGOR v. COLERAINE, BetMcLean.com League Cup, Clandeboye Park, 8:00pm
Congratulations to Bangor Reserves who eased into the 2nd round of the fonaCAB Irish Junior Cup today with an emphatic 13-0 win over Riada.
(Posted: Saturday, 11th September 2021)
World Suicide Prevention Day takes place every year on the 10th of September. The day promotes open, honest and genuine conversations about suicide. It's been running across the world since 2003 and this year the theme is: 'Creating Hope Through Action'.
This year's theme serves to remind us all that we can help to reduce the number of suicides by reaching out to friends, family, strangers and colleagues. There has been a 33.5% increase in suicide deaths in Northern Ireland between the data reported in 2019 (197 deaths) and the data reported in 2020 (263 deaths).
We at Bangor FC would like to let the whole community know there is support out there. You can contact:
Lifeline - a 24 hour support for those in distress or despair 0800 808 8000
There are other supports and services within the South Eastern Area:-
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(Posted: Friday, 10th September 2021)
Match Kick-off: 2:00pm
(Posted: Thursday, 9th September 2021)
We want to add a Physio/Sports Therapist to our backroom staff. The role will involve working closely with the first team squad at training and on match days.
If you are interested in this role get in touch.
(Posted: Wednesday, 8th September 2021)
Bangor FC has appointed Kenny Greenhill as the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Officer at the club.
He will work directly with the Bangor FC Chaplaincy team.
Kenny is currently a tutor for the IFA's Ahead of the Game mental health workshops and a workshop facilitator for the Sport NI Reaching out through Sport programme. He is also a student councillor with SERC and has completed numerous mental health courses.
Bangor FC Chairman Graham Bailie said: "Kenny will work with the Chaplaincy team to shape a calendar of workshops and programmes around mental health for the entire football club.
"He will be responsible for providing information and raising awareness about mental health and wellbeing, providing opportunities for people at the club to look after their mental wellbeing and promoting policies and practices that promote wellbeing.
"We want to utilise the power of the club to reach out to people and share the importance of looking after your mental health."
Kenny Greenhill said: "I'm delighted to get involved in such an important and vital role at Bangor FC. We know that Covid-19 has had a severe impact on the mental health of many people. My work, along with others, is targeted at working with those who need support.
"My aim is to plan, deliver and manage health and wellbeing initiatives at Bangor FC, in order to support people across the club and make a positive impact on their health and wellbeing."
Graham concluded: "Volunteers are the heartbeat of everything we do at Bangor FC. As we continue to expand, they will become even more important and I would like to place on record our thanks to all our volunteers for their amazing work and dedication."
(Posted: Wednesday, 8th September 2021)
Two late strikes from Ben Arthurs got the Seasiders out of jail in a closely fought match against PSNI at Clandeboye Park this afternoon.
Bangor failed to clear their lines from an 18th minute corner-kick and McGeown was on hand to fire PSNI ahead. Chances for The Seasiders were few and far between and Hegan in the PSNI was rarely troubled.
The game changed in the 89th minute when a long diagonal ball from substitute Ryan Arthur was nodded on by Halliday to the feet of Arthurs who then slotted home.
The Seasiders pressed forward as the game drifted deep into injury time, and following several blocked attempts at goal, the ball fell kindly for Arthurs who stroked the ball into the bottom corner with virtually the last kick of the game.
M.Anderson, D.Snodden, G.Beattie, J.Doey, D.Hume(R.Arthur), M.Cooling, K.Storey(K.Woods), B.Arthurs, J.Upritchard(E.O'Neill), G.McMullan(M.Halliday)
Unused Sub: L.Blackstock, M.Torrens, D.Gibbons
Banbridge Town 1-1 Moyola Park, Dollingstown 0-2 Armagh City, Lisburn Distillery 2-3 Newington , Tobermore United 1-1 Portstewart
(Posted: Saturday, 4th September 2021)
We are delighted to welcome Kyle Woods back to Clandeboye Park.
The 22 year old striker joins us from Comber Rec. having previously scored six goals for the Seasiders in the early part of the 2017/18 season. Kyle scored our first ever goal in the Ballymena and Provincial Intermediate League.
Also joining the Seasiders this evening is 18 year old goalkeeper Ben Nicholl. Ben joins us on a season long loan from Premiership side Carrick Rangers.
(Posted: Tuesday, 31st August 2021)
Ben Arthurs slotted home the only goal of the game in the closing stages of today's friendly against Dromara Village at Clandeboye Park.
SATURDAY'S PIL RESULTS:
Armagh City 1-2 Banbridge Town, Limavady United 3-0 Tobermore United, Moyola Park 1-0 Dollingstown, Portstewart 3-2 Newington
(Posted: Saturday, 28th August 2021)
Paul Cain has been appointed as the new Bangor FC Community Relations Liaison Officer.
Paul has volunteered with the club in the past three seasons. He recently returned to Bangor following a time in Dublin working in sports management.
Bangor FC Club Secretary Gerry Watson said: "Paul will be responsible for developing a programme of grassroots initiatives within the local community. This will involve local schools, youth groups, community groups and other community initiatives.
"Community involvement is one of our key objectives at Bangor, as it is our ambition to make progress not just on the pitch, but off it as well. We want to promote openness and explore how we can grow in terms of providing better links within the community."
Paul Cain said: "This is a highly significant and wide-reaching role at the club and I'm delighted to take up the mantle.
"I plan to identify and establish key positive relationships in the local Bangor area and explore how the club can better meet the needs of the community.
"I know the board is working tirelessly to ensure that the connection between the club and community is strengthened further in the coming months and years."
Gerry concluded: "Volunteers are the heartbeat of everything we do at Bangor FC. As we continue to expand, they will become even more important and I would like to place on record our thanks to all our volunteers for their amazing work and dedication."
Paul can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Posted: Wednesday, 25th August 2021)
Bangor have this evening been drawn to play PSNI at Clandeboye Park in the first round of the ToalsBet.com County Antrim Shield. The tie will played on Tuesday, 21st September with a 7:45pm kick off.
(Posted: Tuesday, 24th August 2021)
Bangor made it through to the 3rd round of the Toals Steel & Sons Cup with a narrow penalty shootout win over Islandmagee at Clandeboye Park this afternoon.
Ben Arthurs struck home the decisive penalty for the Seasiders to make it 3-2 in the shootout after Bangor 'keeper Matthew Anderson saved three of the Islandmagee spot kicks.
Defender Matthew Torrens stabbed home a loose ball from close range early in the second half to put Bangor in front, but McMurty swept home a cross from the right in the 81st minute to level it for Islandmagee as the game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.
Following two scoreless periods of extra-time, Mark Cooling, Reece Neale and Ben Arthurs converted their spot kicks while Michael Halliday and Kian Storey saw their efforts saved.
M.Anderson, D.Snodden, M.Torrens, D.Hume, R.Neale, L.Harrison(M.Cooling), K.Devine, K.Storey, B.Arthurs, J.Upritchard(P.Dickson)(M.Halliday), E.O'Neill(G.McMullan). Unused Sub: D.Gibbons
TODAY'S PIL RESULTS:
Banbridge Town 2-0 Limavady United; Tobermore United 1-1 Moyola Park
Bangor will travel to play St. Lukes on Saturday, 11th September in the 3rd Round of the Toals Steel & Sons Cup.
(Posted: Saturday, 21st August 2021)
Bangor kicked off the new Lough 41 PIL season with a convincing 3-1 win over Tobermore United at the Bangor Fuels Arena this evening.
The Seasiders dominated the opening minutes, and should have taken the lead when Ben Arthurs miscued a ball across the area with the goal at his mercy. The lively Jack Upritchard eventually gave Bangor a deserved lead when he found space on the edge of the area to rifle a shot into the top corner after 15 minutes. However, Tobermore fought back and levelled it 12 minutes later when Martin bundled the ball over the line following a fine save from Anderson.
HT: Bangor 1-1 Tobermore United
A dramatic opening to the second half saw Bangor defender Reece Neale strike home a 20 yard free kick on his debut to regain the lead, but several minutes later he saw his spot kick was well saved by Bednarz. Ben Arthurs made it 3-1 when he tapped home a trademark close range finish in the 58th minute.
FT: Bangor 3-1 Tobermore United
M.Anderson, P.Dickson(D.Snodden), R.Neale, J.Doey, D.Hume, L.Harrison(M.Cooling), K.Devine(L.Blackstock), K.Storey, E.O'Neill(G.McMullan), J.Upritchard, B.Arthurs (M.Halliday) Unused Subs: F.Moffett, D.Gibbons
Dollingstown 2-0 Lisburn Distillery; Limavady United 3-4 Armagh City; Portstewart 1-0 Banbridge Town; PSNI 1-3 Newington
The draw for the Sadlers Peaky Blinders Irish Cup was made this evening and Bangor will play Killyleagh YC. The match will be played on Saturday, 25th September. Match Kick off: 1:30pm
(Posted: Tuesday, 17th August 2021)
Bangor have been drawn at home to Coleraine in the second round of the Bet McLean League Cup.
The tie will be played on Tuesday, 14th September at the the Bangor Fuels Arena. Match KO 8:00pm
(Posted: Friday, 13th August 2021)
Signing for the Seasiders this week is Karl Devine. The 25 year old joins from Dundela where he had spent six seasons. The midfielder has featured for the Seasiders in recent games and scored on Tuesday night in the friendly against Tullycarnet.
(Posted: Thursday, 12th August 2021)
A Seasiders XI defeated Tullycarnet 9-1 in a friendly at the Hanwood Centre last night. Jack Upritchard(4), Kian Storey(2), Michael Halliday(1), Eoin O'Neill(1) and Karl Devine(1) were among the goals for Bangor.
(Posted: Wednesday,11th August 2021)
The Seasiders were given a good workout in Saturday's friendly against Premiership side Crusaders. Two goals in each half, including one from former-Seasider Jordan Forsythe gave the Crues a 4-0 victory.
Preparations continue at the Bangor Fuels Arena for the start of the LOUGH 41 PIL season which kicks off on Tuesday, 17th August with a home tie against Tobermore United.
(Posted: Sunday,8th August 2021)
A second half strike from 17 year old Eoin O'Neill gave the Seasiders victory in today's friendly against Monaghan United at Gortakeegan.
(Posted: Saturday, 31st July 2021)
Bangor's pre-season continued last night with a 3-1 home defeat to Championship side Knockbreda.
Knockbreda raced into a three goal lead before Jack Upritchard pulled back a consolation goal for the Seasiders.
Saturday, 31st July 2021 - MONAGHAN UNITED v BANGOR, Friendly
(Posted: Wednesday, 28th July 2021)
Bangor FC season tickets are on sale for the 2021/22 Premier Intermediate League season.
Supporters can order season tickets now by emailing email@example.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 2021/22, sponsored by McKeown's Fish and Poultry shop, will be £70 and includes all home Premier Intermediate league (PIL) matches, including those after the league split, and all home Reserve team league matches. Concession season tickets are priced at £40 for the same games. Under 16s remain free, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
Supporters who purchased season tickets for the 2020/21 season will be able to exchange them for a 2021/22 ticket at no additional cost.
Bangor FC Vice-Chairman Jim Russell said: "Season ticket value has been at the forefront of our thinking for the 2021/22 season. As the PIL is operating a split format this year, it will mean at least two extra home matches this season. So our season ticket is representing great value for money. 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.
"After the disappointment of no Premier Intermediate league last year, I am really looking forward to the new campaign. I will be following the team's progress throughout the season, and I wish them every success both on and off the field."
(Posted: Tuesday, 27th July 2021)
A last gasp penalty denied Bangor a share of the spoils at Iveagh Park this afternoon. Young substitute Eoin O'Neill gave Bangor the lead with 15 minute to go, but Rathfriland hit back several minutes later before clinching the victory in injury time.
Tuesday, 27th July - Bangor v. Knockbreda, Bangor Fuels Arena, 7:45pm
(Posted: Saturday, 24th July 2021)
Bangor FC has announced Graham Bailie as its new Chairman. He replaces Nicky Davidson who recently retired.
Graham joined the club in 2017, after helping to take charge of the club as part of a new board of directors.
Graham Bailie said: "As a supporter and season ticket holder, I am delighted to become the new Chairman at Bangor FC. It is a privilege and honour to lead the club into, what I and the others directors believe will be, one of its most exciting periods in its history.
"The club has come a long way since the board took charge four years ago. We have stabilised the finances, developed and modernised the social club, improved and cleaned up the ground and set up a new academy with 150 local players. On the field, the team has won its first league title and will now challenge for promotion back to the NIFL Championship.
"We must not forget that all of this has been completed in partnership with supporters, friends and the local community. We are very lucky at Bangor to have people around that care so much and are so passionate about the club."
The new Chairman continued: "But this is only the start and I'm confident that we can do a lot more.
"It has been a challenging year for football locally, following COVID and the cancellation of the Premier Intermediate League and many cups. But throughout this period, the board of directors continued to work to move the club forward.
"With this in mind, we now have plans for a new community hub and grandstand, as our ambition is to make progress on and off the pitch. We also want to continue to expand our new Academy by introducing mini soccer and girls teams to feed into Bangor Ladies.
"On the pitch, we are backing our manager Lee Feeney and his team to get us back into the NIFL Championship. Everyone understands it'll be extremely tough, but he has already shown in the two cup matches he was involved in, that we will be a competitive outfit this coming season."
Graham concluded: "Finally, I would also like to thank my predecessor Nicky Davidson for his hard work over many years on behalf of the club. His work dedication and diligence have greatly benefited the club and we all appreciate his efforts over the past few seasons."
(Posted: Wednesday, 21st July 2021)
H&W Welders defeated the Seasiders 4-2 in last night's friendly at the Bangor Fuels Arena. Gareth Beattie and Ben Arthurs were on target for Bangor.
(Posted: Wednesday, 21st July 2021)
We are delighted to welcome Reece Neale to the Seasiders. The 23 year old left back has been a regular with Carrick Rangers over the past three seasons and has made 94 appearances for the 'Gers.
Welcome to the club Reece!
(Posted: Tuesday, 20th July 2021)
Bangor will now take on H&W Welders in Tuesday evening's friendly at the Bangor Fuels Arena.
Match Kick Off: 7:45pm
(Posted: Sunday, 18th July 2021)
Bangor kicked off their pre-season fixtures this afternoon with a 1-1 home draw with East Belfast.
Ben Arthurs had fired the Seasiders ahead in the opening minute before Wesley Patterson levelled it for East Belfast midway through the second half.
Tues, 20th July, 7:30pm - BANGOR v. SHANKILL UNITED, Friendly - Bangor Fuels Arena
(Posted: Saturday, 17th July 2021)
We are delighted to welcome attacking midfielder Lucasz Gwiazda back to the club. Lucasz spent six months with the Seasiders back in 2017 and has had spells with H&W Welders and Glentoran since then.
(Posted: Friday, 9th July 2021)
The proposed friendly match with H&W Welders has now been cancelled.
(Posted: Friday, 9th July 2021)
Nicky Davidson has retired as chairman of Bangor FC.
Nicky was appointed chairman in 2017, shortly after helping to take charge of the club as part of a new board of directors. He had previously been a director and Chairman with the Seasiders during the 1990s.
Vice-Chairman Jim Russell said: "Nicky will be a real loss to the board for his friendship and humour as much as all the sterling work he's done.
"His hard work and diligence have greatly benefited the club, and the board members, management team and supporters appreciate all his efforts and dedication over the past few years. He retires with our genuine thanks and best wishes
"As a respected figure at Bangor, Nicky's contributions will be missed, however, I hope he will remain around the club as a volunteer and will continue to assist with various projects. Everyone connected with the club wishes Nicky well and thanks him for the incredible amount he’s done for the club."
During his tenure, Nicky helped secure the club’s future after it was relegated to the Ballymena League and led it back into the NIFL structure following the team’s first league title win in history.
Nicky Davidson said: "It has been an honour and a privilege to have been at the helm of this great football club for the past four years and previously in the 1990s.
The club has come a long way and I will always be very proud of what we have achieved together. It has been a particular privilege to be involved during the club’s centenary period and winning our first league title.
"However, I believe now is the right time to step down and retire as chairman at the Seasiders. I will, of course, be giving my full support to my successor. I know that the board possesses talented and hardworking members and that the club rests in good hands.
I will also continue to support the club, as I always have, and look forward to cheering on my beloved team into the Championship and beyond. I believe there is much to come, on-and-off the field, over the next few years."
(Posted: Wednesday, 7th July 2021)
In tonight's ToalsBet.com Steel and Sons Cup draw, the Seasiders received a bye in the opening round.
We will then welcome Islandmagee to the Bangor Fuels Arena in the 2nd Round on Saturday 21st August.
(Posted: Monday, 5th July 2021)
We celebrated our Youth Academy end of season awards day with sponsors Denroy Plastics today. Well done to all of the award winners!
(Posted: Sunday, 4th July 2021)
It has been a busy week for Bangor Manager Lee Feeney who has retained the services of first team players Gareth Beattie, Ben Arthurs, Michael Halliday, Kian Storey, Matthew Torrens, Matty Anderson and Darren Gibbons for the forthcoming season.
Lee has also secured the services of 19 year old Dylan Snodden. A former Northern Ireland schoolboy international, the defender joins the Seasiders from Cliftonville where he captained his side to the NIFL Development League title and the Harry Cavan Youth Cup.
Returning to the Seasiders this week is attacker Jack Uprichard. Jack performed well for Bangor during the recent Sureseal Tournament and has had spells with Ards and Loughgall since he was last with the Seasiders in 2016.
We can expect more player announcements in the coming weeks.
(Posted: Saturday, 3rd July 2021)
Our first set of provisional pre-season fixtures have been released. We kick off pre-season next Saturday with a home game against H&W Welders and then round off July with a cross-border trip to play Monaghan United.
Please continue to monitor the club website and our social media feeds for any fixture changes.
(Posted: Saturday, 3rd July 2021)
Well done to our U16 side who won the Jerry Thompson Premier Trophy at Seaview on Saturday evening. They defeated Newhill 3-2 in a thrilling final.
MATCH HIGHLIGHT can be viewed HERE (Starting@5hr:10mins)
(Posted: Sunday, 27th June 2021)
Congratulations to East Belfast who lifted the inaugural Gifford McConkey Cup on Saturday afternoon, defeating Comber Rec 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw at the Bangor Fuels Arena.
Congratulations also go to Ards Rangers who defeat Rosemount Rec 2-0 on Friday evening to win the Neville Philips Shield.
(Posted: Sunday, 27th June 2021)
Stuart Mellon has been appointed as Chief Scout at Bangor FC.
The role will see the former Crusaders league and cup winner heading up the scouting network to identify key players for Bangor FC.
Director of Football Graham Bailie said: "The chief scout role will be pivotal in the ongoing development at the football club. Stuart will be a highly active in the identification and recruitment of players for the club.
"He will ensure there is a clear scouting strategy and will manage scouts to cover matches as agreed with the first team management and academy director.
"Stuart has a lot of experience in the local game and is highly professional in his work and outlook. His attention to detail is superb and I believe his appointment will further strengthen Lee’s backroom staff."
For the last four years, Stuart has worked as the assistant manager with Crusaders U20s development squad.
Stuart said: "I'm delighted to be given this opportunity at Bangor FC. It is a key role and I will be working closely with the management team to identify talent to bring into the football club, both in the short and long-term."
"The Seasiders are my hometown club and I’m looking forward to being part of the journey of bringing Premiership football back to the Bangor Fuels Arena."
(Posted: Thu, 17th June 2021)
(Posted: Sat, 12th June 2021)
(Posted: Sat, 12th June 2021)
Bangor FC has a small band of volunteers who continue to provide support for our club. Their work is vitally important in helping it to achieve Bangor FC's ambition of playing at the highest level of football in the country, and to develop young talented players who can help the club attain its goals.
I am writing to ask for additional support in a number of ways. We have volunteers who are working in the following areas:
In addition, we also are looking for help with our match-day operations, in areas such as stewarding, hospitality, turnstile duty, first aid, photography, videography, not just for 1st team games, but also for games throughout the club.
The easing of the Covid restrictions in relation to sport has been welcomed by all at Bangor FC. We are now able to play competitive games in front of spectators, and this goes a long way to helping us develop our football community at the club.
Bangor Ladies have already started their season and preparations are well underway, from 1st team right through our Academy teams, for the imminent start of their 2021-2022 league season.
Of course, not all preparations are limited to the playing pitch. Over the recent weeks, the Board of Directors and our volunteer workers have been busy preparing the ground facilities to comply with the Covid-related protocols for the return of football.
We've also recently launched the first phase of our ground development project and submitted plans for a new grandstand and community hub at the Bangor Fuels Arena. This work is being driven by a team of volunteers.
On the administration side, we have successfully applied for the Championship Licence which enables the 1st team to continue to play in the Premier Intermediate League, and we are working with our Academy coaches on the applications for league membership, and for the registration of players. We are also looking at exploring various grant-funding options for support.
I hope you enjoy your association with Bangor Football Club, and if you feel that you would like to be part of our journey upwards, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be glad to discuss the various opportunities with you.
In the meantime, thank you for your continuing support to all our players and officials.
Nicky Davidson - Bangor FC Chairman
(Posted: Wed, 9th June 2021)
Two goals from striker Ben Arthurs gave the Seasiders a victory over neighbours Bangor Amateurs at the Bangor Fuels Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Seasiders take on Comber Rec at the Bangor Fuels Arena next Saturday in a tie that will decide the winner of Group 1. Match Kick-Off 4:00pm
(Posted: Sunday, 6th June 2021)
Bangor FC has submitted a planning application for a new 480-seater grandstand and community hub.
The grandstand will be located at the current away side of the ground and will include:
Bangor FC Vice-Chairman and stadium development lead Jim Russell said: "A new modern grandstand and community hub is an exciting step forward in the evolution of our plans to bring Premiership football back to Bangor FC. This clearly shows our aspirations for the future, including new potential income generating facilities to help sustain the Club financially, as we progress onwards.
"Plans for a new grandstand have been developed following public and fan consultation that was undertaken at the start of the year. Lots of hard-work has taken place by a small group of Bangor FC volunteers, supporters and officials to get us to this stage. I hope fans and members of the local community will take the time to look at these plans and will be as equally excited as us at the prospect of a new grandstand at the Bangor Fuels Arena."
Also included in the application are plans for a new perimeter wall & gates fronting at the Clandeboye Road end of the ground. Additionally, there are plans for a new workshop, garage, accessible toilets and parking spaces up to the new grandstand.
Mr Russell continued: "Our ambition is to continue making progress on the pitch, and supporting the local community off it. That is why we have included a community hub at the heart of this project.
"The vision is that this facility will help to cement the club further in the community, with the building being available for use by people in the local area."
Mr Russell concluded: "The new grandstand and community hub will be dependent on securing a combination of public funds, from the Sub Regional Stadia Programme, and private investment opportunities.
"Bangor is one of the largest conurbations in Northern Ireland, and our vision is to upgrade the ground to match this position, as we progress through the leagues and return to the Irish Premiership."
North Down & Ards MLA Alex Easton said: "This is great news for the club, the community and the Ards and North Down area. A new grandstand would have a wonderful impact on and off the pitch at Bangor, especially with plans to include a new community hub for the Clandeboye area.
"Bangor FC has a vision to return to the Irish Premiership, and become a top local club. It is great to see their vision for the area and I will continue to support the Seasiders as they progress with this project."
Plans were designed by architect and Bangor FC supporter Nigel Barton.
(Posted: Wed, 2nd June 2021)
Bangor kicked off the SureSeal Invitational Tournament on Saturday afternoon with a 2-2 draw with Ards Rangers at Drome Park.
Bangor looked to be heading for victory with second half goals from Michael Halliday and Ethan Boylan before an injury time equaliser from former Seasider Ben Roy salvaged a point for Ards Rangers.
Anderson, Snodden, Arthur, Doey, Beattie, Harrison, Cooling, Wasson, Davidson, Arthurs, Halliday.
Subs: Boylan, Gibbons, Dickson, Mallin, Gallagher, Upritchard, Curran.
Group 1: Comber Rec 5-1 Bangor Amateurs,
Group 2: East Belfast 2-0 Portavogie Rangers, Rosemount 3-2 Sirocco
UPCOMING SURESEAL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT MATCHES:
03.06.2021 - GROUP 2 - Rosemount v Portavogie Rangers, Drome Park, 7:00pm
05.06.2021 - GROUP 1 - Bangor v. Bangor Amateurs, Bangor Fuels Arena, 3:00pm
05.06.2021 - GROUP 1 - Ards Rangers v Comber Rec, Park Way, 2:00pm
05.06.2021 - GROUP 2 - East Belfast v Sirocco, Drome Park, 2:00pm
(Posted: Sunday, 30th May 2021)
The SureSeal Bangor FC Invitational Tournament trophy will be named in honour of former Bangor FC President Gifford McConkey.
Gifford passed away in 2017. Prior to becoming President, he had previously served as Club Secretary and Director before becoming Chairman in 1987, a role he held for eight years.
Bangor FC Chairman Nicky Davidson said: "It is with great pleasure that the McConkey family agreed to let Bangor FC name the new SureSeal tournament trophy after Gifford.
"Gifford was a lifelong supporter and official with the Seasiders. This is a small gesture to thank his family for the countless hours he gave to the Club and local football over many years."
Mr McConkey was also a former President of the Irish League and a life member of the Irish FA.
Elizabeth McConkey said: "This is a lovely tribute to my husband, Gifford. It is comforting that he is still remembered so fondly at Bangor FC, and he would have been delighted to have a trophy named in his honour by the Club.
"As a family, we are very proud of his involvement with the Club and the positive impact he had with local football over many years."
The SureSeal tournament will also have a Plate competition for the 3rd and 4th placed teams in the two groups. This trophy will be called the Neville Philips Plate, in honour of the aforementioned local football stalwart.
Ards Rangers Football Secretary Dessie Adams said: "The naming of the trophy in honour of Neville Philips is a lovely gesture. Neville had a long career in local football with successful spells at clubs such as Killyleagh YC, Loughgall and Ards Rangers.
"After retiring as a player, Neville continued serving Ards Rangers teams on a Saturday in various roles such as Manager, Team Attendant and Kit-man. He even had a long period as Head Groundsman at Drome Park until ill-health forced him to give up some of the more strenuous jobs.
"Unfortunately, his long and hard battle against cancer ended with his passing in May last year. At his funeral, the hearse did a lap of Drome Park, with the socially-distanced crowd lining the touchlines, as a tribute to the esteem he was held in at Ards Rangers."
The SureSeal Bangor FC Invitational Tournament will involve eight local football teams with matches being played across three grounds. The games will kick-off on 29th May and the final matches will be played on the 25th and 26th June.
Saturday 29th May
Group 1 – Ards Rangers v Bangor FC (Drome Park, 2:00pm), Comber Rec v Bangor Amateurs (Park Way, 2:00pm)
Group 2 – East Belfast v Portavogie (Bangor Fuels Arena, 1:15pm), Rosemount v Sirocco (Bangor Fuels Arena 4:00pm)
Thursday 3rd June
Group 2 – Rosemount v Portavogie (Drome Park, 7:00pm)
Saturday 5th June
Group 1 – Ards Rangers v Comber Rec (Park Way, 2:00pm), Bangor FC v Bangor Amateurs (Bangor Fuels Arena, 3:00pm)
Group 2 – East Belfast v Sirocco (Drome Park, 2:00pm)
Saturday 12th June
Group 1 – Ards Rangers v Bangor Amateurs (Drome Park, 2:00pm), Comber Rec v Bangor FC (Bangor Fuels Arena, 4:00pm)
Group 2 – East Belfast v Rosemount (Park Way, 2:00pm), Portavogie v Sirocco (Bangor Fuels Arena, 1:15pm)
Saturday 19th June
Cup Competition - Semi Final
Group 1 1st v Group 2 2nd (Bangor Fuels Arena, 1:15pm)
Group 2 1st v Group 1 2nd (Bangor Fuels Arena, 4:00pm)
Plate Competition - Semi Final
Group 1 3rd v Group 2 4th (Drome Park, 2:00pm)
Group 2 4th v Group 1 3rd (Park Way, 2:00pm)
Friday 25th June
Final (Drome Park, 7:00pm)
Saturday 26th June
Cup Competition - Final (Bangor Fuels Arena, 2:00pm)
(Posted: Wed, 26th May 2021)
Bangor took on Carrick Rangers at the Loughshore Hotel Arena for a place in the Quarter-Finals of the Sadler's Peaky Blinders Irish Cup on Saturday afternoon.
CARRICK RANGERS GO THROUGH ON PENALTY KICKS
FINAL SCORE: BANGOR 2-2 CARRICK RANGERS
BANGOR GOALS: Gareth Beattie, Ben Arthurs
M.Anderson, G.Beattie, M.Davidson, D.Hume, R.Arthur, J.Doey, L.Harrison, M.Cooling, B.Arthurs, E.Boylan, G.McMullan.
Subs: P.Dickson, P.McLaughlin, Z.Fletcher, M.Johnston, K.Storey, J.Wasson, M.Halliday.
(Posted: Saturday, 8th May 2021)
The tournament will involve eight local football teams with matches being played across three grounds. The games will kick-off on 29th May and the final matches will be played on the 25th and 26th June.
Bangor FC Director of Football Graham Bailie said: "The football club is delighted to host a new invitational tournament. This event will help get our players and those from other local teams playing again at a competitive level before the start of next season.
As a community-based club, we wanted to organise a tournament for local football teams to help build momentum and inject passion back into our game before the new season begins. It has been fantastic to see the appetite from other local clubs to get playing again. We also appreciate their help and support, as we've worked together to arrange this event."
Teams involved in the competition include: Group 1 – Abbey Villa, Ards Rangers, Bangor Amateurs and Bangor FC. Group 2 – East Belfast, Portavogie Rangers, Rosemount Rec and Sirocco Works.
Bailie continued: "Everyone is excited to see the return of local football and this is a perfect start. The tournament will have two groups of four teams and each team will play each other once. The highest placed teams will proceed into the finals and the remainder of the clubs will proceed into the Plate competition.
"Huge thanks must go to our key sponsor SureSeal, who wanted to be involved right from the start. SureSeal are more than just as a sponsor, as they are an active partner who have invested in the club for many years. We appreciate their ongoing support, especially during these trying times."
SureSeal NI's Sam McKee said: "I’m committed to being an active community partner with Bangor FC. As a fan and someone who has held many roles at Bangor FC, I was pleased to play my part and sponsor the invitational event for the club.
This tournament will bring together a number of local clubs in a sociable and exciting competition that will wet our appetites for the start of the new season. It would be perfect if supporters could attend as well.
"As Bangor's premier window installation service, it’s great to be in a position where I can support the local community. I am delighted to sponsor this tournament organised by the Seasiders and I wish them well in the Irish Cup and the oncoming season."
Saturday 29th May
Group 1:- Ards Rangers v Bangor FC (Drome Park, 2pm Kick Off); Abbey Villa v Bangor Ams (Adams Park 2pm, Kick Off)
Group 2:- East Belfast v Sirocco (Bangor Fuels Arena, 1.15pm Kick Off); Rosemount v Portavogie (Bangor Fuels Arena, 4pm Kick Off)
Saturday 5th June
Group 1:- Ards Rangers v Abbey Villa (Adams Park, 2pm Kick Off); Bangor FC v Bangor Amateurs (Bangor Fuels Arena, 1.15pm Kick Off)
Group 2:- East Belfast v Rosemount (Drome Park, 2pm Kick Off); Sirocco v Portavogie (Bangor Fuels Arena, 4pm Kick Off)
Saturday 12th June
Group 1:- Ards Rangers v Bangor Amateurs (Drome Park, 2pm Kick Off); Abbey Villa v Bangor FC (Bangor Fuels Arena, 4pm Kick Off)
Group 2:- East Belfast v Portavogie (Adams Park, 2pm Kick Off); Rosemount v Sirocco (Bangor Fuels Arena, 1.15pm Kick Off)
Saturday 19th June
Cup Competition - Semi Final
Group 1 1st v Group 2 2nd (Bangor Fuels Arena, 1.15pm Kick Off)
Group 2 1st v Group 1 2nd (Bangor Fuels Arena, 4pm Kick Off)
Plate Competition - Semi Final
Group 1 3rd v Group 2 4th (Drome Park 2pm Kick Off)
Group 2 4th v Group 1 3rd (Adams Park 2pm Kick Off)
Friday 25th June
Plate Competition Final (Drome Park, 7pm Kick Off)
Saturday 26th June
Cup Competition Final (Bangor Fuels Arena, 2pm Kick Off)
(Posted: Fri, 30th April 2021)
Bangor FC has established a new partnership with financial management team Trusthouze.
Trusthouze provide a confidential advice service for residential and commercial mortgage products and other financial needs.
Bangor FC Chairman Nicky Davidson said: "We are pleased to launch this new partnership with Trusthouze. They are a long-established business that prides themselves in putting the customer first.
"As a partner with Bangor FC, Trusthouze will also donate 10 per-cent of their commission to the football club on any work they complete with Bangor FC supporters and friends.
"Our relationship with Trusthouze fits well with our community-based objective. I would like to thank them for their support and I wish them continued success."
Trusthouze Mortgage and Protection advisor Elaine Morrow said: "Trusthouze is delighted that we can actively contribute to the local Bangor FC community.
"Trusthouze provides advice on many financial services. I focus on mortgage and protection advice, because the most important purchase you will ever make is your home. I help all my clients through every stage of the mortgage process. By appointing me as your mortgage advisor, I will provide excellent support and advice throughout the process and beyond. And fans will also be delighted to know that their club will receive a financial boost.
"Trusthouze has an established team of advisers who have a wealth of financial services knowledge. We aim to build long-term working relationships with people and we plan to do the same with the Bangor FC community."
Fans and friends of Bangor FC can contact Elaine to discuss their finances by emailing: email@example.com, or phoning: 07549 120 309.
(Posted: Tues, 23rd March 2021)
Bangor FC has welcomed confirmation that they will receive financial support from the Sports Sustainability Fund.
The fund, administered by Sport NI, is designed to help sporting organisations who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bangor FC Vice-Chairman Jim Russell said: "This funding is a major boost for the club. It is a lifeline that will enable us to withstand the worst impacts of Covid-19.
"It will minimise the financial stress we've been feeling over the past months due to lost income in areas such as: pitch hire, match day sales, hospitality and sponsorship. At the same time, we've still had a number of outgoings that have required ongoing payment.
"This funding will provide us with the financial interventions needed to stabilise and sustain Bangor FC into the near future."
The full list of funding is available to see on the Sport NI website.
Bangor FC Vice-President Peter Vannucci said: "The application process for the fund was a detailed but essential procedure in order to minimise the financial stress on the Seasiders during this health pandemic
"The club would like to thank Sport NI, the NI Executive and the Department for Communities for acting on behalf of football clubs, such as Bangor FC. The financial support that we will receive is key to ensuring our ongoing survival in this current climate."
(Posted: Wed, 10th March 2021)
Bangor FC has expressed their disappointment that the NIFL Premier Intermediate League (PIL) has been cancelled.
Bangor FC Chairman Nicky Davidson said: "We're disappointed that the league season has been declared null and void. We would have preferred if the league had waited a little longer, in order to see if the restrictions would have eased in March and we could have potentially played a shorter season.
"The key issue was that when the Championship clubs voted to cancel the season, it left PIL clubs with no option but to end the season. The decision by the Championship to null and void their league meant there couldn't be any promotion possibilities. And without this, there was little or no point in playing the league fixtures.
"However, we understand and respect the decision and outcome of the vote. We also recognise that we are all in the midst of a global pandemic and that football isn’t the most important thing in the world right now."
Davidson continued: "This decision will be a real frustration for all Bangor fans. However, there may be a glimmer of hope as NIFL is considering a group stage competition involving teams form the PIL and Championship, if restrictions on non-elite sport are eased in the spring. We may also be asked to play in this season's Irish Cup and Intermediate Cup, following some warmup matches.
"I also want to assure supporters who purchased season tickets for this season that they will be carried forward into next season. We appreciate the support from fans, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic."
Davidson also fears that the ban non-elite sport has had a negative impact on the club's footballers.
Davidson said: "In the summer we launched our new youth setup, and I have real concerns for the mental health and emotional wellbeing of these players, along with the Reserves, Bangor Ladies and the Bangor FC senior squad.
"Sport is a great outlet and taking part in physical activity can have a profound and positive impact on mental wellbeing. Being physically active can improve mood, decrease anxiety and lead to a more balanced lifestyle.
"We want to get back on the pitch as soon as it is safe to do so and look after the welfare of all our players. And if restrictions are lifted soon, we will do everything in our powers to create a safe and welcoming environment for our players and supporters."
(Posted: Wed, 17th February 2021)
Bangor FC has invited applications for two Board of Director positions.
The Seasiders are looking to the fill both the Finance Director/Treasurer and Stadium Development Director posts.
Bangor FC Vice Chairman Jim Russell said: "Football might be thin on the ground at the moment with the Covid pandemic affecting so many walks of life, but at Bangor Football Club we are still forging ahead with our twin objectives of bringing Premiership football to Bangor, and becoming a truly community club.
"To help us achieve this, we need to recruit a Finance Director/Treasurer. Our current treasurer Peter Vannucci is retiring from his long career on the Bangor Board of Directors, but will continue to support the club in the role of Company Secretary and Vice President.
"Duties of the Finance Director will include monitoring cashflow, preparation of management reports, budget setting and monitoring, managing HMRC tax compliance, liaising with the Club's bank and accountant, and guiding the Club's efforts at a strategic level towards, and maintaining, financial stability."
Jim explained that the Bangor FC had grown considerably in the last 3 years and are proud to now have around 100 people carrying out roles for the Club.
Jim continued: "We are constantly making improvements to the ground, in tandem with our main objectives. With this in mind, we are now also looking for a Stadium Development Director. This is new board position necessary to help develop facilities to meet the requirements of the club and that of the local community. Our aim is to provide Bangor Fuels Arena as a community hub for the people of the Clandeboye area and the wider Bangor community, and provide modern changing rooms and spectator facilities.
"The Director will work with our appointed consultants S3 Solutions, to develop a plan for submission to the NI Executive's £36m Stadia Programme. This will include working with S3S, architects, the local planning department, the Programme owners, Sport NI, and eventually through to implementation. The community aspect will also involve working with local groups, residents and other stakeholders, in order to gauge their needs.
"These posts provide an excellent opportunity for people with an interest in moving the footbal Club and town forward, to get involved."
If you are interested in helping the Club drive forward, please submit a CV/résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware these positions are voluntary roles and non-paid.
(Posted: Tues, 19th January 2021)