A NEW fan-owned football club in Bangor has unveiled its club name and crest.

The team’s name, Clwb Pêl-Droed Bangor 1876 Football Club, celebrates the sporting tradition and the foundations of organised football in the city, and they formally launched under a new guise on Wednesday, June 12.

The Bangor City FC Supporters Association became a Supporters’ Community Mutual - widely known by the description Supporters’ Trust – following a successful application, and they have begun trading as such with immediate effect.

Members were invited to propose their names for the new football club and Bangor 1876 was the overwhelming choice of the membership.

A Supporters’ Trust spokesman, said: “The name Bangor 1876 is an acknowledgement and homage to the origins of organised football in Bangor, which can be traced back to a public meeting held in the Magistrates Room on December 18, 1876.

“Then, as now, the aim was to ensure the continuity of competitive football of the highest possible standard in the city and its catchment area.

“Back in 1876, blue and red were adopted as the official club colours with subscriptions fixed at five shillings.

“Suitable accommodation was found when a field adjoining the old Friars School, subsequently known as Maes-y-Dref, was hired from a gentleman by the name of Thomas Williams.”

It promises to be a busy few weeks for the project, which will receive a decision on what tier they will be playing in from the Football Association of Wales on June 16.

An announcement regarding club colours and a playing venue are also expected in the coming days as plans continue to gather pace ahead of the new campaign.

The City of Bangor coat of arms will be adopted as the official club crest, which “reflects the club’s commitment to serve the local community, and preserve its proud footballing heritage, whilst engaging with supporters, the surrounding area and further afield”.