Salford City

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Factfile…

Nickname: The Ammies

Founded: 1940

Manager: Richie Wellens

Stadium: Peninsula Stadium

Current league position: 9th

Last season’s finish: 11th

Current top scorer: Ian Henderson (10 goals in all competitions)

FFV’s one for the future: Luke Burgess

INTRODUCTION…

Founded as Salford Central Mission in 1940, and changed to Salford Central in 1947, the club played minor local league football until winning a place in the Manchester League in 1963.

They won the Lancashire Amateur Cup in 1971, 1973, and 1975 and the Manchester Premier Cup in 1978 and 1979. They joined the Cheshire County League in 1980, which amalgamated into the North West Counties Football League (NWCFL) two years later.

They again changed their name in 1989, this time to Salford City, and secured promotion into the Northern Premier League (NPL) in 2008 season. The club survived in the league on the final day of the following season, part of an achievement known in club folklore as “The Great Escape”.

In 2014, Salford were taken over by former Manchester United players Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, and Paul Scholes, who each own 10% of the club, with Singaporean businessman Peter Lim owning the rest; David Beckham purchased a 10% share from Lim in 2019.

Under the management duo of Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley, they were crowned NPL Division One North champions in 2015, won the NPL Premier Division play-offs in 2016, and won the National League North title in 2018. This success was followed further in 2019 with promotion to the English Football League (EFL) after winning the 2019 National League play-off final, this time under the stewardship of Graham Alexander.

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