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Salford City F.C.
Full name Salford City Football Club
Nickname(s) The Ammies
Founded 1940 (as Salford Central)
Ground Moor Lane, Kersal, Salford
Ground Capacity 1,400
Owner Peter Lim (50%), Phillip Neville, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, (10% each)
Chairman Karen Baird
Manager Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley
League Northern Premier League
Division One North
2013–14 Northern Premier League
Division One North, 12th
Current season

Salford City Football Club is a semi-professional association 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 2014–15 season. The club enjoy local rivalries with F.C. United of Manchester and Irlam. The club's home ground is on Moor Lane in Kersal.

History[edit]

1940 to 1989[edit]

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.

1989 to 2008[edit]

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.

2008 to 2014 - Survival & Consolidation in the Northern Premier League[edit]

Competing in the Premier League Division North for the first time, the team suffered a difficult start to the 2008-09 season picking up only one point from the first 7 games. Despite leading the team to promotion during the previous season, Gary Fellows was relieved of his managerial duties in October 2008[1] and was replaced by former Bridlington Town A.F.C. and Stockport Sports F.C. boss Ashley Berry.[2] After only two months, with results still not improving, Berry left the club, and former Flixton F.C. boss Paul Wright was appointed manager.[3] Unfortunately 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 as manager for the first two months of 2009.[4] By the time Wright took up his position, the club were languishing at the bottom of the league, having achieved one win and a total of eight points from their first twenty-six games, leaving them fifteen points adrift from safety. An unlikely 5-3 away win at Lancaster City prompted a change in fortune, and with the new management team settling into their roles, the team 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 season.[5]

The 2009-10 season saw strong performances in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy, but the team continued to struggle in the league. In February 2010, having lost four consecutive home matches, the club parted company with Paul Wright.[6] 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 enjoyed a strong finish to the season, amassing 36 points from the remaining games and finishing the league in 11th place (the highest league position in the club's history). Despite the previous 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.

Darren Sheridan, Salford City manager May 2012 - January 2013

In May 2012, the club appointed ex-professional Darren Sheridan as the new manager.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] The club appointed Andy Heald as caretaker manager,[10] before announcing his appointment on a full time basis a month later.[11] 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 A.F.C. 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.[12] At the end of the season, Heald and his assistant Chris Thompson left the club by mutual consent due to business and family commitments.[13]

Ahead of the 2013-14 campaign, the club appointed Barry Massay and Phil Power as joint managers[14] and Salford based businesswoman Karen Baird took over as chairman from the long-serving Quick.[15] 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 month later.[16] In March 2014, news broke of the proposed takeover of the club by 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.[17] The remainder of the 2013-14 season saw Power lead Salford to a respectable 12th position finish in the Premier League Division North.

2014 to present - Takeover & Promotion Push[edit]

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.[18] It was confirmed that Karen Baird would remain the club's chairman and Phil 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[19] which Salford City went on to win 5-1.[20] The 2014-15 season started well with Salford unbeaten in the first 13 games, and further good news came in September 2014 as the ownership team announced that they had agreed to sell a 50% stake in the club to Singapore based billionaire Peter Lim, the current owner of Valencia CF.[21][22] Despite the promising start, a dip in form during December resulted in only 4 wins from the following 11 matches which the 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.[23] Owners Paul Scholes and Phil Neville acted as caretaker managers for the subsequent match against Kendal Town F.C.[24] before announcing the arrival of the new managerial team of Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley.[25] Johnson and Morley had led Ramsbottom United F.C. to promotion from the Premier League Division North during the previous season.

Seasons[edit]

Year League Level Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Position FA Cup FA Trophy FA Vase
2005–06 North West Counties Football League Division 1 9 42 23 10 9 79 46 +33 79 5th of 22 Qualifying Round 3 Non-eligible First Round
2006–07 North West Counties Football League Division 1 9 42 26 9 7 103 55 +48 87 4th of 22 Extra-Preliminary Round Non-eligible Second Round
2007–08 North West Counties Football League Division 1 9 38 26 6 6 75 35 +40 84 2nd of 20
Automatic Promotion
Preliminary Round Non-eligible Fourth Round
2008–09 Northern Premier League Division One North 8 40 10 6 24 59 107 -48 36 20th of 21 Qualifying Round 2 Qualifying Round 1 Non-eligible
2009–10 Northern Premier League Division One North 8 42 16 8 18 63 74 -11 56 11th of 22 Qualifying Round 3 Qualifying Round 3 Non-eligible
2010–11 Northern Premier League Division One North 8 44 17 11 16 68 73 -5 62 12th of 23 Qualifying Round 1 Preliminary Round Non-eligible
2011–12 Northern Premier League Division One North 8 42 14 10 18 69 71 -2 52 13th of 22 Preliminary Round Qualifying Round 2 Non-eligible
2012–13 Northern Premier League Division One North 8 42 11 13 18 65 79 −14 46 16th of 22 Qualifying Round 2 Preliminary Round Non-eligible
2013–14 Northern Premier League Division One North 8 42 15 7 20 68 80 −12 52 12th of 22 Preliminary Round Preliminary Round Non-eligible
2014 Takeover of Club
2014–15 Northern Premier League Division One North 8 32 21 5 6 69 37 +32 68 1st of 22 Qualifying Round 2 Preliminary Round Non-eligible

Current Squad[edit]

As of 31 January 2015.[26]

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

No. Position Player
England GK Craig Dootson (dual registration with AFC Fylde)
England GK Dale Latham (dual registration with Chadderon)
England GK Jay Lynch
England DF Cavell Coo
England DF Warren Gaskin
England DF Paul Linwood
England DF Chris Lynch
England DF Dom Smalley
Wales DF Robbie Williams (on loan from Barrow)
England MF Scott Burton
England MF Matt Chadwick
England MF Phil Dean
England MF Gary Stopforth
England MF Bohan Dixon
England MF Ashley Dunn
No. Position Player
England MF Jason Jarrett
Republic of Ireland MF Donal McDermott
England MF Adam Morning
England MF Joshua Messer
England MF Lee Neville
England MF Jake Pollard
England MF Liam Quirk
England MF Chris Williams
England FW Jordan Hulme
England FW Sam Madeley
England FW Gareth Seddon
England FW Grant Spencer
England FW James Thorne
England FW Danny Webber

Club honours[edit]

League honours[edit]

Minor honours[edit]

[edit]

The club's colours are red. Prior to the change in ownership in 2014, the club played in tangerine. The club's logo also changed in 2014 but both logos picture a lion. The old logo included the club's nickname "the ammies".

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "City appoint Berry as boss". Manchester Evening News. 22 October 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "City get Wright man for the job". Manchester Evening News. 5 January 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Salford City FC - The Great Escape". Salford Star. 8 March 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "City's Great Escape". Manchester Evening News. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ammies part company with manager Paul Wright". Salford Online News. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Former Barrow boss Darren Sheridan is Rhodri Giggs’ successor at Salford City". Manchester Evening News. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
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  11. ^ "Andy Heald scores top job at Salford". Salford Online. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "Mossley Retain Manchester Premier Cup". Pitchero Non-League Website. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Salford City managerless again as Andy Heald quits". Salford Online News. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Salford City Unveil New Managerial Partnership". Salford City Website. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Ammies Appoint New Chairman". Salford City Website. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "Massay Stands Down At Salford". Pitchero Non-League Website. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "Class of '92 stars agree deal to buy Salford City FC". Manchester Evening News. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Class of 92 have high hopes for Salford City FC". ITV. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Ryan Giggs to play for 'Class of 92' side". BBC. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Class of '92 1-5 Salford City". Daily Mail. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  21. ^ "Peter Lim to buy 50% stake in Salford City from Class of ‘92". The Guardian. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  22. ^ "Singapore businessman Peter Lim joins forces with ex-Manchester United players and invests in Salford City FC". The Telegraph. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
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  24. ^ "Ex-Manchester United stars Paul Scholes and Phil Neville take temporary charge of Salford City". Daily Mail. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  25. ^ "Salford City appoint Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley". Daily Mail. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  26. ^ "Salford Squad update 2014/15". Salford City official website. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 

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