As I drove to Farrar Road this morning, I couldn’t but help feel the guilt of a man who stood by and did nothing while he watched a crime taking place. This may have not been my battle to fight, but I should have done something. We are the generation that has overseen the destruction of historic stadia, full of character in the name of progress. It has been deemed that Bangor’s 91 year old stadium is unfit, and that we need to watch our games from plastic seats screwed into breeze blocks. In its place, there will be an Asda superstore, because as we know, the citizens of Bangor are in desperate need of another global superstore in amongst the dozens of independent shops which have closed down and left the High Street to die a slow but inevitable death. What have we done?
1. Farrar Road, the site of a new Asda Superstore, just 30 yards from Lidl, 500 yards from Morrisons, and a mile from Tesco.
2. The High Street gates demonstrate the neglect which has been shown to the stadium in recent years.
3. The Spirit of 62 refers to the famous occasion when Bangor City beat Napoli in the European Cup Winners Cup.
4. Farrar Road offered unbeatable value for money
5. Y gem olaf
6. Farrar Road, 1919 – 2011
7. Mike had been the groundsman for over 20 years.
8. An airbrush tattoo
9. The buffet provided for the former players who were guests at the final game.
10. Memories of Widzew Lodz, and a manager who has gone on to further success.
11. Former players signed shirts.
12. Overnight, vandals had desecrated the murals at the Town End, apparently in revenge for a 1980s incident at rivals Caernarfon Town.
13. The players entrance at Farrar Road
14. Former player Meilir Owen receives the crowd’s applause.
15. Bangor City past players
16. Actor John Ogwen and Iorys Griffiths who played in those famous ties against Napoli in 1962.
17. Unity is strength
18. Two of Bangor’s most famous landmarks.
19. Oh Bangor Aye, Oh Aye!
20. Prestatyn generously applaud their opponents onto the field.
21. The coin toss – the building or the spire? Must be a special coin.
22. An official crowd of 2,500. Unofficially, who knows?
23. It’s just like watching Brazil.
24. Shoes off if you love Bangor
25. Bangor take the lead
26. A packed Grandstand of seats recycled from Ninian Park.
27. The last time he’ll celebrate a goal on the Farrar Road End.
28. Darkness envelopes the City
29. Number 17, Nantporth, will replace number 4, Farrar Road.
30. The crowd take to the pitch on the final whistle.
31. It’s too much for one well-known City die-hard
32. Ian Gill, born at his home just yards away from the old ground and a lifelong supporter realises that this is the last time he’ll watch a game at Farrar Road.
33. I was honoured that a montage of my images was shown to the fans post-match, along with older memories from the ground’s 91 year history.
34. Chairman, and life long City fan Dilwyn Jones addresses the crowd.
35. Hundreds braved the bitter cold to pay their respects. “Thank you Farrar Road”