NEWLY formed Clwb Pêl-Droed Bangor 1876 Football Club have announced a high-profile opponent for the landmark first fixture next month.

The fan-owned club will take on FC United of Manchester on Saturday, July 20, with the friendly contest taking place at the impressive Broadhurst Park.

This is the first ever ground to be built and funded by a supporter-owned club, with the Red Rebels founded in 2005 by a section of the Manchester United fanbase that had become disillusioned by the ownership of Malcolm Glazer.

Adrian Seddon, chair of the board at FC United of Manchester, said: "The similarities behind the formation of Bangor 1876 resonate with supporters of FC United and for us the announcement of this fixture will bring back many memories of the summer of 2005.

“Fourteen years ago, almost to the day, AFC Wimbledon welcomed our fledgling club to Kingsmeadow for our second ever fixture and a bond was created between our two clubs that continues to this day.

“We are delighted that in four weeks’ time Bangor supporters will get to see the club they own run out at Broadhurst Park and we can share in that special moment just as Wimbledon fans did with us."

This is the latest positive move to come from the club in recent days, with the set-up announcing their new base at Treborth and having their Gwynedd League tier placing confirmed by the Football Association of Wales.

The movement has received an incredible amount of positive feedback from the community, with a new management team and playing staff expected to be revealed in the coming days.

A Bangor 1876 spokesman, added: “We would like to express their gratitude to FC United of Manchester for making the fixture possible.

“The parallels behind the foundation of both clubs reflect a common bond between the two teams and we are grateful for FC United’s support as we begin our journey as Bangor 1876.

“We hope to emulate a degree of FC United’s success as we seek to restore a sense of pride for football fans and the wider community in the Bangor area. We thoroughly look forward to what will no doubt be an auspicious occasion for both our club and fans.”