Friday night's special guest at Nantporth was Roy Matthews, a member of the Citizens' Welsh Cup winning team of 1962 and scorer of the first goal as Bangor City famously beat AC Napoli 2-0 at Farrar Road in the European Cup Winners Cup - a goal which sparked a pitch invasion!
Friday night's official Matchday Programme included a special feature on Roy's time with The Citizens written by Rob Sawyer, author of "The Prince of Centre-Halves" the biography of Tommy "T.G." Jones, the former Everton and Wales captain who managed Bangor City during those heady days 55-years ago.
In the programme article, Roy recalled those momentous meetings with the Italian giants:
"Tommy’s pre-match tactical talk was basically to the effect that Napoli would want to stroke the ball around at their chosen tempo but that from the start we should not give them the chance to settle. We had to go at them from the off, move the ball around quickly, going forward with pace. So we went into the game with no fear as to the supposed quality of the Napoli players - this attitude prevailed in all the games we played against them."
"In the home leg we were lifted by the crowd and sense of occasion. When we went across to play in the return leg, up until the later stages it was 1-1. We noticed that seat cushions were being thrown by the fans and jeering was taking place. Then they scored two goals to draw level in the last twelve minutes. We didn’t think that Napoli were all that good and afterwards felt that we could, and maybe should, have won this tie and gone through to the next round. In the replay at Arsenal, we only got beaten 2-1 but the differential in class was becoming more obvious. It was all pretty special though."
Newsreel footage of the matches can be viewed by following the links detailed below:
Bangor City 2-0 Wrexham - Welsh Cup Final 2nd Leg (1962)
Bangor City 2-0 Napoli - European Cup Winners Cup First Round, First Leg (1962)
Bangor City 1-2 Napoli - European Cup Winners Cup First Round Replay (1962)
Roy is pictured being presented with a team photo by Citizens' Manager Kevin Nicholson ahead of Kick Off in the televised match against Prestatyn Town.
Bangor City FC Media would like to extend their thanks to Rob Sawyer, Jonathan Ervine and the Bangor City FC Supporters Association for their invaluable contribution in making Roy's visit possible. Diolch yn fawr!
Updated 16:54 - 10 Sep 2017 by Kevin Owen