Wonderful memories from Farrar Road

Farrar Road ground

Over the past few years we've seen the likes of Swansea City, Cardiff City, Arsenal and Manchester City move to their new grounds, historic occasions for all concerned.

January sees Bangor City create their own history when they will be vacating their Farrar Road stadium for pastures new with a move to Nantporth - the last match at their old venue being 27 December against Prestatyn Town.

Farrar Road has been the home to the Citizens since 1919, and in that time it has given many a supporter, player and manager some wonderful memories.

Many fantastic players have graced the hallowed Farrar Road turf: Dennis Law, George Best and Bobby Charlton were part of the Manchester United side that defeated Wales 2-0 in 1969.

The Neville brothers, Gary and Phil, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt played for a youthful United team in 1994, and ex- Wales internationals Neville Southall and recently Clayton Blackmore are just to name a few of the stars that have been privileged to play here.

The most notable matches on there have been the European games against the might of Napoli, who were defeated 2-0 in 1962, and Atletico Madrid who came away with a 2-0 victory in 1985. In goal that night for the Madrid side was Argentinean World Cup-winning goalkeeper Ubaldo Fillol, who had played in the 1978 World Cup final against Holland.

My debut for Bangor City came at Farrar Road in the Uefa Cup, a 2-1 defeat against Icelandic side Akranes. There was an electric atmosphere on the night and I can fondly remember the song that greeted us when we walked out of the tunnel - Thin Lizzy's hit The Boys are Back in Town.

This certainly got the crowd and players up for the game. The goalkeeper and manager that night was the current Southampton boss Nigel Adkins. He was the person who convinced me to sign for him and the club that summer and I'll be forever grateful to him for doing that as it allowed me to have such great times playing for the club.

As a player I had many a highlight at the ground, scoring two on my WPL debut versus Caersws in 1994, scoring my 100th WPL goal against Inter Cardiff in 2001, scoring a double hat-trick against Llanelli in 2003 and my 250th WPL goal against Haverfordwest in 2006. The only downside to my time was a League Cup final defeat against Barry Town in 1998 on penalties.

The match against Llanelli towards the end of that 2001 season is the one that sticks in the memory. We had to win to have any chance of avoiding relegation and after twice going behind we managed to secure the three points and the club's place in the WPL, it was an emotional day for the supporters, players and board.

Since then, the club has made the ground a bit of a fortress especially since Neville Powell took over in the summer of 2007 and fittingly they crowned their final full season at the stadium with the WPL Championship with a in front of their fanatical supporters. It was a great finale, which lets the club leave the ground as champions.

What has made Farrar Road an iconic place over the years has been the faithful supporters that have continually given their all to the club and who have been fundamental in securing financial stability in recent years - the atmosphere they generate has been second to none.

There will be no ground like it ever to grace the WPL again, although I am confident the faithful Citizens will do their utmost to re-create the magnificent Farrar Road experience at their new home. I will always treasure the memories I had of playing there.

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