WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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ONE of the founder member clubs of the League of Wales in 1992, Bangor City have been refused the FAW's domestic licence and will be relegated from the Welsh Premier League at the end of the season.

The Ciitzens appealed against the decision of the First Instance Body to grant them a licence earlier this month, but were unsuccessful and will be unable to compete in Europe even if they qualify as league runners-up.

However, Connah's Quay Nomads succeeded in their appeal as did Welsh League champions Llanelli Town, who will now be promoted back to the Welsh Premier League.

Bangor won the league in 1994 and 1995 under the shrewd management of Nigel Adkins, encountering Icelanders IA Akranes and Polish giants Widzew Lodz in European competition, but without success.

The later 90s were disappointing for Bangor, although a Welsh Cup win in 1998 under Graeme Sharp saw more European competition in the shape of FC Haka Valkeakoski of Finland, and again in 2000 under Meirion Appleton against the formidable Swedish champions Halmstads BK. In 2002 under Peter Davenport, City qualified for Europe once more as both Welsh Cup finalists and third placed league side. 

Third place in the 2002/3 Welsh Premier saw Bangor drawn against Transylvanian side Gloria Bistrita in the Intertoto Cup, but they were well beaten in both legs. The Citizens finished in sixth place in 2003/4, but were again among the leading contenders the following season, producing a strong winning sequence to finish in third place and qualify again for the InterToto Cup.

Under manager Nev Powell, City enjoyed a golden era, lifting the Welsh Cup in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and the league title once again by beating The New Saints in the final game of season 2010/11.