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Chairman's 2022 Christmas Message

Chairman's 2022 Christmas Message

Jonathan Ervine24 Dec 2022 - 12:00
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"Bangor 1876 has much to celebrate"

As we approach the Christmas and New Year period, Bangor 1876 has much to celebrate. We currently sit top of the league, and can look forward to the rest of the season with confidence and excitement. Er mwyn darllen fersiwn Cymraeg o'r neges hon, cliciwch yma.

I have to pay tribute to Johno, his coaching team and the players for what is turning into a memorable season. Hopefully, the squad can be further strengthened during the next transfer window to make sure that they have the best opportunity possible to carry on the good work. Johno’s recent Manager of the Month award was fully deserved, and hopefully there will be a few more awards over the coming months!

Off the field, discussions continue about where the first team will play next season. In line with our ambitions to play at a higher level, we have asked the FAW to undertake an assessment of Treborth’s suitability for Tier 2 football. We also maintain our dialogue with the City Council, and hope that we can agree on a plan that allows us to move to Nantporth, which already has all the facilities required for Tier 1 and Tier 2 football.

Without wishing to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm in supporting the team, can I please ask that fans abide by the rules when attending matches. The understandable and natural desire to celebrate the win at Rhyl led to us receiving a £125 fine when supporters went on the pitch at the end of the game. Although the fans were well-behaved, and were celebrating a great win, it did lead to the imposition of the fine. The same goes for flares – please do not let them off during games as this could also lead to financial penalties.

As a club, we are keen to see our junior sides developing, and Chris Jones and colleagues running the various teams are doing an excellent job in taking the youth sides forward. With Mel Jones’ experience, we hope to expand the youth set-up over the coming seasons, offering more opportunities and hopefully creating the next generation of first team players.

The community work we do is also gaining in momentum. Early in 2023, we will be launching our mental health and wellbeing plan, working with a number of organisations in and around Bangor. As a fan-owned club with a community focus, this work is extremely important, and will allow us to reach out to the wider community. As part of this, there will be a food bank collection at every home game, so please support with what you can afford to contribute. We will shortly be announcing the appointment of a Football Development Officer, whose role will be vital in taking the community focus forward.

Can I wish the whole of the 1876 family a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Please come to support the teams – your encouragement is appreciated, and let’s work together to carry on making 1876 a club of which we can be proud.

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