Plastic's not so fantastic say City


Tomos Hughes


BANGOR City have said that a move to implement artificial football pitches at all Welsh Premier League clubs would “kill the league.”

The club was responding to comments made by new league secretary Gwyn Derfel to a Welsh Assembly inquiry into Welsh football.

In a submission to the inquiry committee, Mr Derfel said: “In a perfect world, I’d prefer to see WPL football played on high quality grass pitches, but we have to live in the real world and there’s no doubt in my mind that 3G/4G pitches can transform the fortunes of all of our Welsh Premier League clubs.”

He added: “Bangor City could, and would, continue to play on the excellent grass pitch at Nantporth, but would place their new generation facility in the car park area.”

The club already has plans to install a 3G training facility near their Nantporth stadium, but disagrees with the notion that every Welsh Premier club should install a similar pitch to play every home match on.

It is believed that costs of maintaining a 3G surface could rise to as much as £70,000 a season.

Bangor City secretary Gwynfor Jones said: “It doesn’t make sense. Why make an exception out of the Welsh Premier League? We know how dull it is to watch football on astro turf, because TNS are already doing it. If everyone had to do the same, fans would lose interest and it would kill the league.

“If you were to pull Bangor City supporters out of the league, there wouldn’t be many left.”

CITY begin their Europa League preparations this weekend as they travel to Ireland to face Bray Wanderers.

Nev Powell’s men take on the side who currently lie seventh in the League of Ireland Premier Division, in the first of three pre-season friendlies announced by the club.

The Citizens have arranged a friendly at Cymru Alliance outfit and fellow European qualifiers Cefn Druids on Tuesday, June 26, before they make another dash across the Irish Sea to take on Northern Ireland giants Linfield four days later.

The games will give Powell a chance to monitor the fitness of his squad and hand debuts to summer signings Chris Simm and Liam Brownhill.

The club have to wait until June 25 to learn who they will face in the first qualifying rounds of the Europa League, when the draws take place in Nyon, Switzerland.

THREE members of the Bangor City squad have made it into the Welsh Premier League team of the year.

‘Keeper Lee Idzi and striker Les Davies were named in the first eleven, while centre back Michael Johnston makes it onto the bench.

Davies lost out in the Welsh Premier player of the season award to Bala midfielder Mark Jones.

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