PICTURE by Bangor 1876
NOT MANY clubs can say they’ve won a title in their very first season as a club. And only one in the region can say they finished with a perfect record of 3.0 Points Per Game (PPG).
Step forward Bangor 1876.
The city’s Phoenix club has well-and-truly risen from the ashes in its debut campaign and stormed its way to the Gwynedd League title in incredible fashion.
16 wins in 16 games in the league, scoring a ridiculous 106 goals and conceding just nine made Mel Jones’ side the most dominant team in North Wales.
Former Bangor City legends Les Davies and Michael Johnston (now captain of 1876) added some vital experience to an otherwise youthful side which is jam-packed full of local talent. The likes of Jamie Thomas, Cameron Barry and Cian Williams have all proved themselves this season.
The most exciting prospect of all though is attacker Dylan Summers-Jones, who, despite playing in his first full season of senior football at 17 years old, has bagged 41 goals in all competitions.
Speaking to 1876’s media team about his side’s debut season, Mel Jones said: “It’s a great achievement, especially when you think that twelve months ago the team hadn’t even been formed. It’s a credit to the management, board, players and fans that we’ve been able to work together throughout the season. It’s been great the way local businesses and the local community in general have really got behind us.
“Our aim was to win the league, which we managed to achieve even if we couldn’t win it the way we would have liked to. It’s a shame we couldn’t continue in the cups as there were several we were still in, and we were particularly looking forward to the NWCFA Junior Cup semi-final. The Junior Cup has plenty of history and many great teams have won it over the years.
“During the season, you could see the togetherness of the squad with the experienced players passing on their footballing knowledge to the younger players on and off the field. The younger players really benefited from this, and it helped to create a real sense of camaraderie within the squad. Now the big task will come when we find out what league we’re going to be in next year, as we face the prospect of taking on different challenges as we come up against different teams. I’m sure that the players will be very much up for it. I hope they’ll be keeping themselves fit over the close season in preparation for the intense pre-season training that’s in store.
“Our fans have been absolutely outstanding, supporting us home and away in great spirits. They’ve been brilliant this term as we take the first step on our journey, and I hope they continue to support us in the same way next season.”
It’s been a season full of excitement and promise for 1876 and I’m sure they’ll work their way up the Welsh football pyramid in no time if they continue in the fashion they have done this season.
Runners-up in the Gwynedd League were Nefyn United who picked up 32pts in 14 matches (2.29PPG) who finished ahead of Menai Tigers (15 matches, 34pts, 2.27PPG) and Trearddur Bay Bulls (17 matches, 38pts, 2.24PPG).