CLWB Pêl-Droed Bangor 1876 Football Club are in the final stages of planning ahead of their historic first fixtures this weekend.

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.

The similarities between the clubs lie with their disillusionment with ownership, with the phoenix club being formed due to large sections of the Bangor City fanbase switching allegiances after a turbulent spell under Stephen Vaughan Jr and VSM Sports.

A Bangor 1876 spokesman, added: “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.”

The contest is going to be another landmark occasion for a set-up that has already made a massive impact in a relatively short space of time ahead of their participation in the Gwynedd League after having their tier placing confirmed by the Football Association of Wales.

It has been another busy few days at the club, with 1876 holding an Open Day at their Treborth base on Saturday as they continue to drum up significant support from the community.

There was the opportunity for supporters to become stakeholders, but merchandise and see the new-look squad in action during a training session.

Manager Mel Jones has confirmed the signing of talented young forward Benn Lundstram, with Steffan Taylor and goalkeeper Leon Jones also committing to the set-up for the season ahead.

The youngsters will join experienced figures such as Les Davies, Michael Johnston, Iwan Williams and Jamie Petrie in the hope of achieving considerable success during their first full season as a unit.