If Bangor City can beat Airbus UK at Broughton this evening, it will be their 16th consecutive league win of the season. While Wikipedia maintains this is already some sort of record, it is not. But Bangor are closing in rapidly on two of the best records in the British Leagues. Glasgow Rangers won the first 18 games of the 1898/99 season, and Barry Town won 18 games in a row in the middle of the 1997/98 season in the League of Wales.
To break those records, Bangor will have to win tonight without their first choice goalkeeper. They have a very inexperienced backup keeper, or incredibly they may place their trust in Peter Hoy, the full back who played between the posts for the last 25 minutes at Aberystwyth on Saturday after Peter Smith was sent off.
That game at Aberystwyth was extraordinary. With just ten men against an Aber side that was playing very well, Bangor took the lead in the 90th minute against all the odds. Defender, Peter Hoy in the Bangor goal was hardly tested.
After a tricky fixture at Airbus tonight, Bangor face their toughest game of the season when they travel to Oswestry to face full-time professional outfit TNS on Friday night. Not only do TNS have an advantage through sugar Daddy owner Mike Harries’ money, but they also play on an artificial surface which has seen them win every single home game this season.If Bangor do break this record , they will certainly have earned it.
Bangor aren’t a rich club by any means – there is nobody pumping lots of cash into the club, and any success has been built through the confidence and team ethic put in place by manager Neville Powell. Bangor have developed this team over a few seasons, and have to live with their top players being attracted by the cash from other clubs. TNS’s team will include Chris Seargant and Chris Sharp, two of Bangor’s best players from the past couple of seasons, who were tempted by cash, but also by TNS’s location closer to the English border.
I expect Bangor to win tonight, but it will be very tough to travel to TNS again in three days without a recognised goalkeeper. That Barry Town record looks safe to me.
If they do manage to get a win in both games this week, then all eyes will be set on the World record set in 1942-43 season in Germany when Dresdner SC won all 23 of their games.
If Bangor hadn’t drawn 0-0 with Newtown in the final game of last season, they would now be on a run of 21 consecutive wins, having won the five games before that frustrating scoreless draw.
Dinamo Zagreb won 28 consecutive games over two seasons in 2006-2008. The record is 29 consecutive wins set byEusebio’s Benfica team in Portugal between 1971-72 and 1972-73.