Bangor 1876 complete stunning signing of goal machine McGonigle

PICTURE BY Conwy Borough FC

BANGOR 1876 have completed a simply sensational transfer today.

When it comes to scoring goals, very few have been more prolific in North Wales over the last few seasons than Corrig McGonigle.

He has hit the back of the net over 300 times in his career to date and has done that across various levels of the Welsh football system too.

In October 2021, the 24-year-old reached that magic 300 when he hit Conwy Borough’s first goal in a thrilling 3-3 home draw with Buckley Town.

McGonigle in action for Borough v Gresford Athletic.

McGonigle began his senior career at Llangoed, where he showed just how good he is by hitting 33 goals in his first season of senior football in the Anglesey League back in 2013/14.

He then moved to Pentraeth where he was again unstoppable, notching up 92 goals in just two seasons in the Welsh Alliance between 2014 and 2016.

A move to Glantraeth then followed for the talented striker and that was where he began to develop a real taste for success as he won the Division One title with the club in 2016/17.

McGonigle celebrates a goal for Glantraeth.

Upon moving to Conwy Borough the following season, he was again instrumental as he scored 59 goals to help The Tangerines onto winning the Welsh Alliance One title, as well as the FAW Trophy and the Cookson Cup during an unforgettable season.

And not even a move up to the second tier of North Wales football (JD Cymru North) could stop him from scoring goals, having consistently found the back of the net time and time again and netting 57 goals for Borough at that level.

McGonigle (furthest right) with Conwy Borough FC.

But Conwy’s loss is now very much 1876’s gain.

The club has fallen behind in the title race in North Wales Coast West Premier with Bodedern Athletic having won all 18 of their league matches to date.

Ricky Williams’ club are in such inspired form that they’re currently the most in-form non-league club in the UK.

But can this incredible signing now boost 1876 on to some sort of fight back to close what is currently a 10-point gap (with a game in hand for 1876)?

The club’s player-turned-manager Michael Johnston describes Corrig as a player “who will be a great addition to our squad and hopefully improve on his excellent record”.

New Bangor 1876 manager Michael Johnston. PIC: Eado Photo.

Johnston added: “His record is immense, both when it comes to scoring goals and creating them”.

MCGONIGLE’S CAREER GOALSCORING RECORD:

  • 2021-22: Conwy Borough (Cymru North) 9 before signing for Bangor 1876
  • 2020-21: Season cancelled
  • 2019/20: Conwy Borough (Cymru North) 25
  • 2018/19 – Conwy Borough (Huws Gray Alliance) 23
  • 2017/18 – Conwy Borough (Welsh Alliance) 59
  • 2016/17 – Glantraeth (Welsh Alliance) 59/Caernarfon Town (Huws Gray Alliance) 2
  • 2015/16 – Pentraeth (Welsh Alliance) 64
  • 2014/15 – Pentraeth (Welsh Alliance) 28
  • 2013/14 – Llangoed and District (Anglesey League) 33

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