Today is the day that Euro 2020 was due to begin. Unfortunately it has had to be postponed for a year due to the Coronavirus situation, but we thought we'd take the opportunity to look back at Wales' incredible Euro 2016 campaign over the next few days. We'll be hearing from fans, players, and coaches at our club who experienced the tournament. To start off with, here are some of memories of Euro 2016 from Bangor 1876 supporters who went to France to cheer on Wales:
Mared Rhys Jones
"Personally, the best moment of the whole tournament was in Bordeaux, in the Nouveau Stade, when the huge Wales shirt appeared on the pitch when the official song of the Euros was being sung. That was the second when it hit me that Wales had reached the European Championships at last!"
You'll be able to read more of Mared Rhys Jones' memories of Euro 2016 in the next few days
"The first game in Bordeaux was a never to be forgotten experience: the sea of Welsh red, which developed into a waterfall coming down the steps leaving the stadium after the game, our national anthem (which left us in tears), the camaraderie with fellow Welsh fans, and Slovaks, the Charles Dickens bar the afternoon/evening before the game! Then there was the result, which was in doubt until the final whistle, and the explosion of emotion afterwards!"
You'll be able to read more of Les Pegler's memories of Euro 2016 on our website in the next few days
"The trip that was most enjoyable was when we travelled to Paris to watch the game against Northern Ireland. We all met up on the ferry in Dover and again outside the ground to enjoy the atmosphere. Another epic adventure was an overnight drive from Calais to Lyon for the semi-final against Portugal. We met up with more Bangor fans and our old friends from Port Talbot."
Dion Rhys Williams, who also played for Bangor 1876 earlier this season
"I went down to Lille for the quarter-finals against Belgium with Harry Jones and his taid and uncle in the car! It was an unbelievable experience from the start because it just didn’t feel real! The build up to the game was brilliant, spending time with lads from Bangor and meeting Huw Bob (Pritchard) out there was the icing on the cake! He’d been there for a few weeks already! I would have honestly not have been upset to lose that to that Belgium squad but when Vokes headed that in, I believed we could win the whole thing! A story to tell the grandkids!"