Salford City F.C.
|Full name||Salford City Football Club|
|Founded||1940 (as Salford)|
|Ground||Moor Lane, Kersal, Salford|
|League||Northern Premier League
Division One North
|2013–14||Northern Premier League
Division One North, 12th
Salford City Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in the Kersal area of Salford, Greater Manchester, England. They are the only semi-professional side in the City of Salford, with Manchester United the closest league club. Salford City play in the Northern Premier League Division One North for the 2013–14 season. The club enjoy local rivalries with FC United of Manchester and Irlam. The club's home ground is on Moor Lane in Kersal.
1940 to 1989
The club was formed in 1940 as Salford Central and progressed steadily through local leagues until, in 1963, when it stepped up to the Manchester League and changed its name to Salford Amateurs. Nicknamed "The Ammies" the club became a real force in the 1970s winning the Lancashire Amateur Cup in 1973, 1975 and 1977. All the Manchester County Cups and the League title came the club's way and in one season of note the club won seven trophies. The ultimate prize – Champion of Champions – was secured in 1977. In 1979, after a decade of success, the club took its first major step towards securing its status in non-league football.
The players and committee took on the task of restoring the present Moor Lane ground. The pitch was in poor condition, the main stand roofless and derelict. Working all hours the challenge was met head on and Moor Lane was passed as acceptable for entry to the Cheshire League in 1980. When the North West Counties League was formed in 1982 with the amalgamation of the Lancashire Combination and the Cheshire League, the foresight of upgrading the ground bore fruit and Salford seized the opportunity of joining football’s non-league pyramid. The transition has not always been easy but with the reorganisation into two divisions the club eventually took their place in Division One.
Salford appeared in the Manchester Premier Cup Final at Old Trafford in 1989 and the same season saw floodlights installed at Moor Lane and the dropping of the Amateurs tag to become Salford City. In 1990 the club celebrated its 50th year by entering the FA Cup for the first time and received national exposure on BBC Television’s Grandstand’s “Road to Wembley" feature. Unfortunately relegation followed the same season. With League restructuring in 1992 the club regained its place in Division One and with ex-Manchester United starlet Billy Garton in charge finished ninth, the club's highest ever league position. The following years have seen improvement on this and under Andy Brown they finished third (on goal difference) missing out on promotion only in the last few games as well as again reaching the final of the Premier Cup. The last few seasons, under manager Gary Fellows, saw the club establish itself as one of the dominant sides in the Vodkat North West Counties League having won the League Challenge Cup in 2006 and just missing out on promotion in 2007 with virtually an all local squad.
In the 2004–05 season, the club reached the third round of the FA Vase, and reached the third qualifying round of the FA Cup in the following season, also winning the North West Counties Football League League Cup, beating Cammell Laird in the final.
The 2007–08 season proved the most successful in Salford City's history, as they finished in second place in Division One (now the Premier Division) of the North West Counties Football League, enough to clinch promotion to Division One North of the Northern Premier League, the eighth level of the English football league system.
A horrific start to the 2008–09 season, resulting in only one win and eight points in twenty-six games, left Salford City rock bottom of the Division One North by March, fifteen points adrift from safety with a terrible goal difference. However, the influence of new co-managers Paul Wright and Neil Hall began to pay dividends; beginning with a 5–3 win away against Lancaster City, the transformed Ammies proceeded on an astonishing run of results, garnering nine wins and a draw from their last fourteen games and finally clinching survival by two points with a 5–2 win away at Garforth Town on the last day of the league season, jumping into 20th place as relegation rivals Rossendale United lost 3–0 at home to Mossley.
During the following seasons Salford’s place in the fourth level of the English non-league game was consolidated with chairman Darren Quick, Rhodri Giggs, Darren Sheridan & Andy Heald managing the club. During the 2012–13 season early form was good under ex-professional Sheridan but he left the club in January and a disappointing second half of the campaign finished with Salford occupying a disappointing sixteenth place in the league. There was some excitement in the knock-out competitions with FC United of Manchester edging a five-goal thriller at Moor Lane with over 1,300 fans in attendance for the FA Cup tie. Under the guidance of Andy Heald, Salford also reached the final of the Manchester Premier Cup but a stirring comeback against Mossley at Stockport’s Edgeley Park ground was not enough as the Lilywhites triumphed in a penalty shoot-out following a 2–2 draw.
At the end of the 2012–13 campaign the club appointed Barry Massay and Phil Power as joint managers and Salford based businesswoman Karen Baird took over as chairman from the long-serving Quick.
In 2014, it was announced that former Manchester United players Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville had agreed a deal to purchase the club ahead of the 2014–15 season. The five intend to invest in the club with the aim of eventual progression to The Football League.
- As of 11 February 2014.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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