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Salford City Football Club is a professional football club in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. The team compete in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system, after winning promotion out of the National League in the 2018–19 season. Nicknamed the "Ammies", they have played home fixtures at Moor Lane since 1978.

Salford City
Salford City FC Logo.png
Full nameSalford City Football Club
Nickname(s)The Ammies
Founded1940; 79 years ago (1940) (as Salford Central)
GroundMoor Lane
Capacity5,106 (2,246 seated)[1]
OwnerPeter Lim 40%
Phil Neville 10%
Gary Neville 10%
Nicky Butt 10%
Paul Scholes 10%
Ryan Giggs 10%
David Beckham 10%
ChairmanKaren Baird
ManagerGraham Alexander
LeagueLeague Two
2018–19National League, 3rd of 24 (promoted via play-offs)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club was founded as Salford Central in 1940 and played minor local league football until winning a place in the Manchester League in 1963. They won the Lancashire Amateur Cup in 1973, 1975 and 1977 and the Manchester Premier Cup in 1978 and 1979. They joined the Cheshire County League in 1980, which amalgamated into the North West Counties League two years later. They secured promotion into the Northern Premier League at the end of the 2007–08 season.

In 2014, Salford were taken over by former Manchester United players Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, who each own 10% of the club, with businessman Peter Lim owning the rest; David Beckham purchased a 10% share from Peter Lim in January 2019. They were crowned Northern Premier League Division One North champions in 2014–15, before winning the Premier Division play-offs in 2016. Salford won the National League North title in the 2017–18 campaign and then secured a place in the English Football League after winning the 2019 National League play-off final under the stewardship of Graham Alexander.

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HistoryEdit

1940 to 1982: Salford CentralEdit

The club was founded in 1940 as Salford Central. It competed in local leagues until 1963, when it was promoted to the Manchester Football League and changed its name to Salford Amateurs. Nicknamed "the Ammies", the club won the Lancashire Amateur Cup in 1973, 1975 and 1977 and the Manchester Premier Cup in 1978 and 1979. Salford moved into its present ground, Moor Lane, in 1978[2] and following restoration of the ground, the club entered the Cheshire County League in 1980, which two years later amalgamated with the Lancashire Combination to form the North West Counties League.

1982 to 2010: North West Counties LeagueEdit

The club adopted its current name of Salford City in 1989. In 1990, it returned to the final of the Manchester Premier Cup, losing to Curzon Ashton; it also entered the FA Cup for the first time. They were relegated out of Division One into Division Two at the end of the 1990–91 season, though a league restructuring saw them promoted again the following season. The club made another appearance in the final of the Manchester Premier Cup in 2002, this time losing to Ashton United.

In the 2004–05 season, the club reached the third round of the FA Vase. In 2005–06, it reached the third qualifying round of the FA Cup and also won the North West Counties League Cup, beating Cammell Laird in the final.

In the 2007–08 season Salford, under the management of Gary Fellows, finished second in Division One of the North West Counties League and were thus promoted to Division One North of the Northern Premier League, the eighth tier of the English football league system.

2010 to 2014: Northern Premier LeagueEdit

The club suffered a difficult start in the Northern Premier League, losing six of their first seven matches, which resulted in Fellows being relieved of his managerial duties in October 2008[3] and former Bridlington Town and Stockport Sports boss Ashley Berry taking over.[4] After only two months, with results still not improving, Berry left and was replaced by former Flixton boss Paul Wright.[5] Due to a pre-existing suspension from the Football Association, Wright was unable to start work until March, so his assistant manager, Neil Hall, deputised for the first two months of 2009.[6] By the time Wright took up his position, Salford were languishing at the bottom of the league, having achieved one win and a total of eight points from their first 26 games, leaving them 15 points adrift from safety. An unlikely 5–3 away win at Lancaster City prompted a remarkable change in fortune, with the club going on to achieve nine wins and a draw from their last fourteen games, and clinching survival on the final day of the season with a 5–2 win away at Garforth Town.[7]

The 2009–10 season saw strong performances in the qualifying rounds of the FA Cup and the FA Trophy, but the club continued to struggle in the league. In February 2010, having lost four of their last five home matches, Salford parted company with Wright.[8] Rather than appoint a permanent successor, chairman Darren Quick took the unusual step of taking on the role of caretaker manager himself for the remainder of the season. Under Quick, the team again enjoyed a strong finish to the season, taking 36 points from the remaining games and finishing eleventh in the table.

Despite the 2009–10 season's heroics, the team again struggled at the start of the 2010–11 season, and Darren Quick decided to end his tenure as caretaker manager, replacing himself with Rhodri Giggs who would act as player-manager alongside experienced coach Danny Jones. Results improved under Giggs with team finishing the season in 12th position. The club began well in 2011–12 with hopes of a playoff push, however a poor run of form at the start of 2012, combined with the frequent departure of the club's top players, resulted in a mid-table finish. After the final home game of the season, Giggs announced he was resigning from the post with immediate effect.

In May 2012, the club appointed ex-professional Darren Sheridan as the new manager.[9] The 2012–13 season started well in the league, and the club also enjoyed a local derby in the preliminary round of the FA Cup against FC United of Manchester.[10] Over 1300 fans were in attendance at Moor Lane to watch the Ammies narrowly lose in a five-goal thriller. Sheridan's tenure at the club lasted only 8 months though, and he resigned from the club in January 2013 after a review of the club's budget.[11] The club appointed Andy Heald as caretaker manager,[12] before announcing his appointment on a full-time basis a month later.[13] Under Heald's leadership, Salford finished a disappointing sixteenth place in the Premier League Division North, but enjoyed a good cup run by reaching the final of the Manchester Premier Cup where they faced Mossley at Edgeley Park. Despite a rousing late comeback to level the score at 2–2, Mossley eventually triumphed 4–2 in the resulting penalty shoot-out.[14] At the end of the season, Heald and his assistant Chris Thompson left the club by mutual consent due to business and family commitments.[15]

Ahead of the 2013–14 campaign, the club appointed Barry Massay and Phil Power as joint managers[16] and Salford based businesswoman Karen Baird took over as chairman from the long-serving Quick.[17] The new management team got off to a strong start and were unbeaten after the first six games of the season, however, form began to dip and in October 2013 the decision was made to reshuffle the management team with Power assuming sole managerial responsibility and Massay dropping down to an assistant managerial role, before subsequently leaving the club completely a month later.[18]

2014 to 2019: Takeover by the Class of '92Edit

In March 2014, news broke of the proposed takeover of the club by former Manchester United players Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, subject to Football Association and Northern Premier League approval, with the deal expected to be completed by the summer.[19] The remainder of the 2013–14 season saw Power lead Salford to a 12th position finish in the Premier League Division North.

With the proposed takeover of the club completed, the new ownership team were present at pre-season training in July 2014, at which Giggs suggested the consortium had ambitious aims for the non-league club, with a target of Championship level football within 15 years.[20] It was confirmed that Baird would remain the club's chairman and Power would continue as manager. Prior to the start of the 2014–15 season, the club announced a showcase match against a "Class of '92 XI" featuring all five of the new owners[21] which Salford City went on to win 5–1.[22] The 2014–15 season started with Salford unbeaten in the first 13 games. In September 2014, the ownership team announced that they had agreed to sell a 50% stake in the club to Singapore–based billionaire Peter Lim, the owner of Valencia CF.[23][24]

 
Bernard Morley (left) and Anthony Johnson were appointed joint-managers in January 2015.

Despite the promising start, a dip in form during December resulted in only 4 wins from the following 11 matches which saw the team fall behind Darlington 1883 at the top of the league. As a result, Power was sacked in January 2015 after 18 months in the role.[25] Owners Paul Scholes and Phil Neville acted as caretaker managers for the subsequent match against Kendal Town,[26] before announcing the arrival of the new managerial team of Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley.[27] Johnson and Morley had led Ramsbottom United to promotion from the Northern Premier League Division One North during the previous season. The new managerial team went on to win 15 of the remaining 17 matches of the season, a feat which saw them regain their place at the top of the table. With Darlington failing to win their penultimate match of the season, Salford were crowned champions, guaranteeing promotion to the Northern Premier League Premier Division.[28] The championship was celebrated with Salford recording their ninth consecutive win in a 5–0 victory over Ossett Town in front of a crowd of over 1100.[29]

In October 2015, the club was featured in the BBC One series Class of 92: Out of Their League which was commissioned for a second series in February 2016.[30]

The club reached the 1st Round of the FA Cup for the first time in their 25-year association with the competition having defeated fellow league side Whitby Town, Curzon Ashton and Bradford (Park Avenue) from the National North League and Southport from the National League in the Qualifying Rounds. In front of a sell out crowd of 1,400 with many millions more watching live on BBC Television, Salford scored a famous win over League Two side Notts County by 2–0 at Moor Lane. The 2nd Round saw them drawn at home to Hartlepool United, also from League Two, and again the tie was televised live by BBC Television in front of another capacity crowd. A creditable 1–1 draw meant a replay in Hartlepool – a game that was televised live by BT Sport – but despite outplaying their hosts in normal time, Salford with the backing of 500 travelling supporters eventually succumbed to two unopposed goals in extra time. Having been in the top five places for the majority of the season Salford eventually finished third behind champions Darlington 1883 and runners-up Blyth Spartans to claim a playoff place. Ashton United were defeated 3–1 in the semi-final at Moor Lane which was followed up four days later with a 3–2 win over Workington at the same venue in front of nearly 2,000 spectators with 'the Ammies' scoring twice in the final eleven minutes to claim their place in the National League North for the 2016–17 season, the highest level the club had ever reached in its 76-year history.

In March 2017 joint managers Morley & Johnson signed two-year full-time contracts starting from 1 April. The club also announced that from 1 July, players with the club would become full-time professional players.[31]

On 19 October 2017, the newly named Peninsula Stadium was unveiled by the Class of '92's former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.[32]

On 21 April 2018, the club became champions of the National League North for the 2017–18 season with one game to play, thereby securing promotion to National League, once again re-setting the bar for the highest level the club has ever attained. Following this, on 8 May 2018 it was announced the joint managers had left the club by mutual consent, due to irreconcilable differences regarding performance and contract length.[33] Shortly afterwards on the 14 May Graham Alexander was appointed as the club's new manager.[34]

In January 2019 it was announced that David Beckham was set to join his Class of 92 teammates as part owner of the club, taking 10% of the club previously held by Peter Lim,[35] with the deal being subject to Football Association approval.

2019 onwards: Promotion to the Football LeagueEdit

On 11 May 2019, Salford were promoted to League Two for the first time in their history after beating A.F.C. Fylde 3–0 in the National League play-off Final.[36]

Kit and badgeEdit

The club's colours are red, white and black. Prior to the change in ownership in 2014, the club played in tangerine & black (earlier colours include tangerine & white and all navy blue). The club's logo also changed in 2014 but both logos picture a lion. The old logo included the club's nickname "the Ammies".

SupportersEdit

At each home game the team walks out to The Pogues' cover of Dirty Old Town, the 1949 Ewan McColl song inspired by the singer's childhood in Salford.[37]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 22 June 2019[38]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Chris Neal
2   DF Scott Wiseman
3   DF Ibou Touray
5   DF Liam Hogan (Captain)
6   DF Carl Piergianni
8   MF Lois Maynard
9   FW Adam Rooney
10   FW Danny Lloyd
11   MF Tom Walker
12   GK Max Crocombe
14   DF Josh Askew
18   MF Danny Whitehead
19   MF Mark Shelton
20   FW Emmanuel Dieseruvwe
No. Position Player
21   FW Devante Rodney
23   DF Nathan Pond
27   MF Kieran Glynn
30   FW Rory Gaffney
34   MF Alex Doyle
35   DF Sam Adetiloye
38   MF Brandon Lockett
39   FW Kamar Moncrieffe
  FW Jake Beesley
  FW Anointed Chukwu
  DF Dan Jones
  MF Joey Jones
  MF Oscar Threlkeld
  MF Richie Towell

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
26   DF James Jones (on loan at Chester until the end of the 2019–20 season[39])


Club staffEdit

[40]

Position Staff
Manager   Graham Alexander
Assistant coach   Chris Lucketti
Goalkeeping coach   Carlo Nash
Sporting Director   Chris Casper
First Team Analyst/ NW Coach   Chris Herbert[41]
Sports Scientist   Rob Williams
Kitman   Paul Rushton
Head of Academy 92   Jamie Russell
Deputy Head of Academy 92   Lewis Craig
Club Secretary   Andrew Giblin

SeasonsEdit

Year League Level P W D L F A GD Pts Position Leading league scorer Goals FA Cup FA Trophy Average attendance
2007–08 NW Counties FL Div. One 9 38 26 6 6 75 35 +40 84 2nd of 20
Promoted as runners-up
? ? PR not eligible ?
2008–09 Northern PL Div. One North 8 40 10 6 24 59 107 −48 36 20th of 21 ? ? QR2 QR1 ?
2009–10 Northern PL Div. One North 8 42 16 8 18 63 74 −11 56 11th of 22 ? ? QR3 QR3 ?
2010–11 Northern PL Div. One North 8 44 17 11 16 68 73 −5 62 12th of 23 ? ? QR1 PR ?
2011–12 Northern PL Div. One North 8 42 14 10 18 69 71 −2 52 13th of 22 ? ? PR QR2 ?
2012–13 Northern PL Div. One North 8 42 11 13 18 65 79 −14 46 16th of 22 ? ? QR2 PR 117
2013–14 Northern PL Div. One North 8 42 15 7 20 68 80 −12 52 12th of 22 Mark Battersby 11 PR PR 139
2014–15 Northern PL Div. One North 8 42 30 5 7 92 42 +50 95 1st of 22
Promoted as champions
Gareth Seddon 24 QR2 PR 383
2015–16 Northern PL Prem. Div. 7 46 27 9 10 94 48 +46 90 3rd of 24
Promoted via play-offs
Danny Webber 16 R2 QR1 642
2016–17 National League North 6 42 22 11 9 79 44 +35 77 4th of 22

Lost in play-off semi-final

Mike Phenix 15 QR3 QR3 1,395
2017–18 National League North 6 42 28 7 7 80 45 +35 91 1st of 22
Promoted as champions
Jack Redshaw 17 QR2 QR3 1,626[42]
2018–19 National League 5 46 25 10 11 77 45 +32 85 3rd of 24
Promoted via play-offs
Adam Rooney 21 R1 R3 2,509[43][44]

Honours and achievementsEdit

National League (5th tier)

National League North (6th tier)

Northern Premier League Premier Division (7th tier)

Northern Premier League Division One North (8th tier)

North West Counties League Premier Division (9th tier)

Manchester Premier Cup

North West Counties League League Challenge Cup

Lancashire Amateur Cup

  • Winners (3): 1973, 1975, 1977

Club recordsEdit

  • Best FA Cup performance: Second Round vs. Hartlepool (2015–16)
  • Best FA Trophy performance: Third Round (2018–19)
  • Best FA Vase performance:
  • Record attendance: 4,044 vs Wrexham, National League, 1 January 2019

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