Bangor City will not play in Welsh leagues next season
Bangor City Football Club have not applied for a license for the 2022/23 season, which means they will not be able to participate in any level of the Welsh national leagues next season.
A license is granted by the FAW on an annual basis and automatically expires at the end of the season for which it was issued. Therefore, in order for clubs to maintain their status at their Pyramid level, they must annually apply for and meet the licensing criteria.
Clubs at all levels are evaluated annually to ensure they meet the standards of the league they will play in the following season.
A statement from the FAW said: “Two clubs of the current Levels 2 and 3 members who have not applied for a license – Bangor City (Level 2) and Four Crosses (Level 3). As a result, neither club will be licensed to participate in a National League for the 2022/23 season.
However, they could attempt to play in the fourth tier of Welsh national football next season as a license is not required for the North Wales Coast League.
The club were suspended from all football-related activities in October after failing to pay the salaries of players and team officials. They were ordered to pay all unpaid wages to five plaintiffs, estimated at around £ 53,000, who remain unpaid.
The Citizens were then fined an additional £ 3,000 and 9 points for not completing the matches, leaving them at the bottom of the Cymru North League table.
In June 2016, it was announced that a Cheshire-based consortium would take over in Bangor City, promising a significant investment in the team and improvements to the ground.
A company called VSM (Vaughan Sports Management) has become the club’s main jersey sponsor. Liverpool businessman Stephen Vaughan Sr. was present at the launch of the new property, although new chairman Ivor Jenkins insisted Vaughan was not involved in running the club.
Vaughan had previously been involved with Barrow and Chester City football clubs, as chairman of both. During his tenure as president of both clubs, both clubs initially enjoyed success on the pitch, but then both faced financial difficulties. Barrow was removed from the Football Conference for maladministration and Chester switched to voluntary administration. Vaughan has also been involved with Droylsden FC and was president of the Widnes Vikings rugby league team.
Vaughan’s son Stephen Vaughan Jr was appointed director of football in Bangor City and club coach and he was subsequently announced as club president.
Despite finishing 2nd in the league, the three-time Welsh champions were demoted from Cymru Premier – then called the Welsh Premier League – at the end of the 2017-18 season after being denied a national license on financial grounds.
That season, the club also quashed a High Court liquidation order for the third time in 12 months.
The club have been charged with a number of alleged breaches of FAW rules during the 2019/20 season, including failure to follow proper player registration procedures, lining up ineligible players in a number of matches and failure to meet their financial obligations to six of their players.
Bangor initially received a 42-point deduction, but this was halved on appeal, to 21 points, meaning the club narrowly avoided relegation by goal difference and Holywell Town was duly relegated to the Welsh Alliance.
In January 2019, Bangor Nantporth Stadium was closed for two months after power and water were cut off due to unpaid bills totaling £ 24,000. The club also announced debts of £ 80,000 in unpaid bills which included unpaid player salaries and a settlement for a former gardener who had left the club.
In September 2019, the club announced that Domenico Serafino, along with a consortium of investors, had reached an agreement to buy the shares of Vaughan Sports Management (VSM) in Bangor City FC.
The 52-year-old professional musician and producer, had been in negotiations for several months with the club’s directors and is said to be the representative of a ‘group of entrepreneurs’ who had been ‘convinced by him to make a major investment in the club’. Serafino replaced Stephen Vaughan Jr as club president.
A recent investigation by S4C’s Newyddion program also revealed that a club in Italy, also owned by Mr Serafino at the time, had closed its doors at the end of last season after players and staff had failed. not been paid.
The club also had five county court judgments pending against them, totaling £ 26,127, although three of them relate to cases before Mr Serafino took office.
Mr Serafino previously said he had “paid 90% of the old debts” and “was renegotiating the remaining debts”.
He had criticized the pandemic and the former owners for having inherited “a very complicated situation”.
Club accounts, due by September 30, are shown as overdue on the Companies House website.
When asked why the club’s accounts had not been deposited, he replied, “The current financial accounts are in the hands of my accountants and everything is in order.
Responding to the disciplinary hearing (in October) and the financial situation, Mr Serafino highlighted the impact of the pandemic, saying the club continued to pay players throughout, although many clubs did not not chosen to do so.
He also said the club were “confident” that they would come to a financial settlement with the staff to “cancel contracts where possible”.
Bangor City Council
A meeting of the “Nantporth sub-committee” was organized by the Bangor city council, which owns the Nantporth stadium, on 6 December. the minutes of the meeting read: “Due to the business and financial sensitivities involved in the discussions, it was resolved to exclude the press and the public from this item. The outcome of the meeting is not known at this time.
A club statement issued on December 1 said: “Bangor City Football Club accepts and respects the suspension imposed by the FAW, despite the club’s efforts to avoid this situation.
“However, the Club believes that the consequences are particularly hard, for our juniors who have nothing to do with this problem.
“Therefore, we are working tirelessly to be able to resume normal activities very soon.
“Updates will follow in the coming days. “
No other statement has been released by the club.