CRUMLIN STAR A late goal from Niall Atkinson gave Bangor a pre-season victory over Crumlin Star.

The Belfast side, who won the Premier Division of the Amateur League last season, provided a good barometer to gauge the new-look Seasiders as they continue their preparations for life in the Ballymena Provincial League.

The first half began in a competitive nature with both teams trying to assert their authority. One mistimed Bangor challenge gave Crumlin Star an opportunity from 25 yards after eight minutes. Bangor goalkeeper Darren Gibbons came to his side’s rescue to brilliantly keep out Barry McKervey’s curling effort.

Neil Graham, a new signing from Derriaghy CC, did well to beat his man inside the visiting penalty area but his left footed shot lacked enough power to trouble Thomas Turley.

Bangor continued to press forward but Michael Edgar could not get enough direction to his header from a deep Eddie Williamson free kick.

It was a familiar story at the other end of the pitch when Joe McNeill headed over from a McKervey corner in the 25th minute.

After a feisty start the game settled down with neither side troubling either goalkeeper until the 43rd minute when a driving run and shot from Joseph McNeill was deflected just wide of the Bangor target.

The second half began in at a fast pace with the visitors on top. James Doyle created space for himself but his dipping effort from 20 yards was straight at Darren Gibbons.

A great run from Doyle upset the Bangor defence but Noel Halfpenny couldn’t get the connection he needed as the ball rolled wide of the target in the 53rd minute.

Bangor had to weather a Crumlin Star storm as Gibbons held a Joseph McNeill drive before he tipped a Barry McKervey effort around the post.

The visitors looked certain to take the lead in the 80th minute but just as Aiden McNeill shaped to shoot from 16 yards, Dean Justin made a last ditch challenge to deny the visiting midfielder. That tackle made the difference for Bangor and when substitute Ross Craig broke clear on the right wing, his low cross found the advancing Niall Atkinson who was able to squeeze the ball into the bottom corner in the 87th minute.

With only moments to go, Darren Gibbons once again had to be alert to keep out a drive from Miguel Chines.

Bangor:
Gibbons, Justin, S Woods (’83 McGregor), McClean, Edgar, Williamson (’46 Craig), Graham (’86 Emerson), Armstrong, K Woods (’63 D Beattie), Atkinson, Bowers (’75 Ogle).

Crumlin Star:
Turley, Pridgent, McConnell, Gormley, McLaughlin, J McNeill, A McNeill, Halfpenny, Doyle, Lavery, McKervey.
Subs: Murphy, Chines, Mullen, Beattie.

NEXT FIXTURE:
Thu, 27th July 2017 - Groomsport v BANGOR at The Meadow, Groomsport
Match Kick off 7:00pm

 

(Posted: 25th JULY 2017)

Linfield A bumper crowd poured into the Bangor Fuels Arena on Saturday to see reigning NIFL Champions Linfield get the better of Bangor.

An 11th minute Aaron Burns penalty was added to by Cameron Stewart in the 22nd minute to give Linfield a half time lead.Reece Glendenning scored the third from close range while Aaron Burns slotted home the fourth of the day in the last minute.

Many thanks to Joshua Greer for supplying us with match video highlights from Saturday!.

NEXT FIXTURE:
Tues, 25th July 2017 - Bangor v. Crumlin Star at the Bangor Fuels Arena
*Match Kick off 8:00pm*

 

(Posted: 22nd JULY 2017)

Club News

Bangor FC will postpone the introduction of a reserve team until 2018/19 season.

The decision was made following discussions between the Bangor FC board and management team. Bangor FC chairman Nicky Davidson said: "We have decided to postpone a reserve team until next season. This is because of financial restrictions we've encountered since taking charge, coupled with player issues. Many of our U20s had already departed the club before we had even arrived."

"Hugh and his management team agree that we need to be focussing on first team issues to ensure we only spend one season in the Ballymena Intermediate League. However, we plan to introduce a reserve team from 2018/19."

Nicky concluded: "Thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to apply for the reserve team manager position. We appreciate the application and will keep it on file until next season."

 

(Posted: 20th JULY 2017)

Niall AtkinsonBangor kicked off their pre-season list of fixtures with a 4-1 win over Lower Shankill at the Bangor Fuels Arena tonight. Prior to the match there was a minute's silence in memory of Castle Juniors coach Gavin Moore.

Niall Atkinson (pictured left) scored the opener for the Seasiders.

 

(Posted: 19th JULY 2017)

LinfieldBangor will play the NIFL Premiership Champions LINFIELD in a pre-season friendly on Saturday at the Bangor Fuels Arena. Match kick off is 2:00pm and admission prices will be £5 Adult, £3 OAP, Under 16s - free. We look forward to seeing you all there!

(Posted: 18th JULY 2017)

Johnny BowersWe are please to welcome three more players back to Bangor for the 2017/18 season. Midfield dynamo Keith Armstrong returns for another season at the Bangor Fuels Arena, while former players Eddie Williamson and Johnny Bowers have also re-joined the Seasiders.

Eddie is an attacking midfielder who has been with Knockbreda and Shankill United since his last spell at Bangor. Johnny, who was part of the 2011/12 Steel and Sons Cup winning side re-joins the Seasiders from H∓W Welders.

All of these players have been added to our new player sponsorship page where you can sponsor a player for £75.

Contact sponsor@bangorfc.com for further information.

(Posted: 14th JULY 2017)

Bangor will play Crumlin Star on Tues, 25th July at the Bangor Fuels Arena (8:00pm) in a pre-season friendly and will travel to Ballywalter to play Ballywalter Rec.on Sat, 5th August (3:00pm). The previously announced pre-season games against Comber Rec. & Abbey Villa have now been cancelled.

(Posted: 13th JULY 2017)

Bangor Football Club are pleased to announce that Ross Craig, Kyle Woods and Michael Edgar will be staying with the Seasiders for the 2017/18 season. We also welcome 'free scoring' Neil Graham(Derriaghy CC) and Robert Robinson (Albert Foundry) to the club.

BangorFC.com will soon be launching a sponsorship page where you will have the opportunity to sponsor one of the Bangor players. Meanwhile, you can contact sponsor@bangorfc.com for further information.

(Posted: 12th JULY 2017)

Dates for your diary

The fixture list for the start of the 2017/18 season is beginning to take shape.

  • Sat, 12th Aug - Bangor v. Donegal Celtic (Bangor Fuels Arena), 2:30pm
  • Wed, 16th Aug - Bangor v. Brantwood (Bangor Fuels Arena), 7:00pm
  • Sat, 19th Aug - Irish Cup Round 1 (details to follow)
  • Wed, 23rd Aug - St. James Swifts v Bangor (Woodlands, Finaghy Rd North), 6:45pm

Please check this website & our social media channels for details of any fixture changes.

(Posted: 12th JULY 2017)

Not long to go now!

The following pre-season fixtures have been announced:

  • Wed, 19th July - Bangor v. Lower Shankill (Bangor Fuels Arena), 8:00pm
  • Thu, 27th July - Groomsport v. Bangor (The Meadow), 7:00pm
  • Sat, 29th July - Comber Rec. v. Bangor (Parkway), 2:00pm
  • Tues, 1st Aug - Bangor v. Albert Foundry (Bangor Fuels Arena), 7:00pm
  • Thu, 3rd Aug - Abbey Villa v. Bangor (Adams Park), 6:45pm

These fixtures are subject to change.

(Posted: 9th JULY 2017)

Central midfielder Niall Atkinson has agreed terms and will play for Bangor next season.

(Posted: 7th JULY 2017)

Bangor Football Club are inviting applications for the role of Reserve Team Manager. Bangor Reserves will compete in the Ballymena Provincial Junior League structure this coming season. Applicants should have previous football management experience and be enthusiastic as the club looks to rebuild. Those interested in the role should forward their name and contact details to the club through our Facebook page.

(Posted: 6th JULY 2017)

We are delighted to announce that BANGOR FUELS have agreed to extend their sponsorship of Bangor Football Club by another year.

(Posted: 6th JULY 2017)

Marksman is back for new season

Top scorer Dwaine Beattie has committed to the Seasiders for season 2017/18.

More fixture news coming soon....

(Posted: 6th JULY 2017)

Experienced Defender Joins The Seasiders

Bangor manager Hugh Sinclair has added another experienced head to his squad by agreeing terms with 34 year old former Donegal Celtic, Knockbreda and Larne defender Michael McClean. Welcome to Bangor Michael!

(Posted: 4th JULY 2017)

Pre-Season Training | Steel & Sons Cup Draw

With only a matter of weeks until the start of the new season, tomorrow marks the return of pre-season training for the Bangor players.

Meanwhile, the draw for the 1st round of the Steel & Sons Cup was made earlier this evening. The Seasiders have been rewarded with an early chance to test their mettle against a strong Donegal Celtic side on Saturday, 12th August at the Bangor Fuels Arena. Kick-Off time to be confirmed. The winner of this game will have a home tie against Kilmore Rec in the 2nd round on Saturday, 26th August.

(Posted: 3rd JULY 2017)

Long, Gibbons, Beattie are back on board....

We are delighted to confirm that Captain Andy Long, goalkeeper Darren Gibbons and defender Gareth Beattie have all committed themselves to the club for next season.

(Posted: 30th June 2017)

The Hugh Sinclair Interview

New Bangor boss Hugh Sinclair sat down with Bangorfc.com on Tuesday night to discuss the task in hand of leading the Seasiders back to Irish League Football.

The challenge ahead..

"Without doubt this is a different challenge to what I have faced before. Bangor is the biggest club I have managed. I am privileged to be given the opportunity to come on board and take the reins at a club like Bangor. While it is a challenge, I am excited to face up to it. As a club we are where we are and we all need to galvanise, pull together and move in the right direction."

The backroom team..

"My first team coach will be John Moore while I am bringing Ross Williams in as my assistant manager. Ross is a former-Bangor player and his appointment might be a surprise to a lot of people but Ross has great people skills and will bring a calming influence to the dressing room."

Hugh Sinclair

The players..

"I am looking for players who want to come and play for Bangor Football Club. I want players to come and grasp the vision here. As a manager I have always looked to get players with a good work ethic and a physical approach to their game. By having a strong spine to the team I can then look to add the creativity which we will need. I am looking to build a squad which is mainly made up of players from the Bangor and north Down area. I believe that the catchment is here to do that without doubt. We have to be honest and at the minute Bangor and Ards are streets apart. I want to close that gap but at the minute, outside of Ards, I want Bangor to be the best option for players in the local area. I watched Bangor a couple of times last season and it was not the Bangor side that I was used to seeing when I managed Knockbreda. The team and club have suffered over the past number of years and I want to put that right. I have an idea of the strengths of some of the existing players and I will be talking to them over the coming days."

The aim..

"My aspirations for this season are to win the Steel and Sons Cup, the league and gain promotion. Those are achievable targets for Bangor and if they were not, I would not be here as the manager. I have always been a competitor and I am confident that I can motivate players and get the best out of them and achieve our objectives."

The Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League..

"We cannot afford to go into this season arrogantly. We will prepare properly and I have somebody who will watch games in the league for me and report back. Bangor will be the big scalp for clubs this season. Clubs will come to our home and covet the facilities we have and as a result they will up their performance and we need to be ready to react to that. I am delighted that we will have a reserve team competing in the Ballymena and Provincial league structure next season. I will be putting together a squad of players who will all want to be playing football. To an extent, if someone is not playing for the first team, it eases the disappointment for them if they are getting a game for a reserve side."

Our supporters..

"I want our supporters to be themselves. They pay their money to come and watch their team. If things are going well, they will share their opinion. If things are going badly, they will share their opinion. There are no backdoors to me and I will be open and honest with our supporters. I am not going to treat people with disdain and I will make myself readily available to our supporters at any time throughout the season for a discussion with them. I want to build a cohesion and camaraderie right across this club. If the players and supporters can have an affinity with each other ultimately the club will see the benefits."

(Posted:28th June 2017)