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Salford City promoted to the Football League

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Salford City’s dream has become a reality.

The team backed by Manchester United and Premier League legends David Beckham, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt, plus billionaire Peter Lim, won promotion to League Two on Saturday at Wembley Stadium.

Salford beat AFC Fylde 3-0 in the National League playoff final to clinch their first-ever promotion to the fourth-tier of English soccer. Head coach Graham Alexander took over last summer and was handed a huge budget to guide Salford to promotion.

Mani Dieseruvwe, Carl Piergianni and Ibou Touray scored the goals for Salford, as their incredible rise continues and the United legends celebrated in the stands at Wembley at the final whistle.

Backed by Lim’s money and the expertise and contacts of Neville and Co. behind-the-scenes, Salford have achieved four promotions in the last five seasons to secure their spot as one of the 92 Football League teams for the 2019-20 season.

Salford’s aim is to at least reach the Championship, the second-tier of English soccer, as the Lancashire club aim to become one of the best supported teams in the Manchester area as they offer something completely different to the giants of Man United and Man City nearby.

David Beckham joins Salford City ownership

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Money and influence go a long way, and Manchester United’s “Class of ’92” has a lot of it, so don’t be surprised that Salford City is on the rise.

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David Beckham has now bought into the English fifth-tier club, subject to FA approval, meaning the celebrated United class now has a stake in Salford City with the club fighting for its first promotion into the Football League.

“The Ammies” have been promoted three times since being taken over by Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, and Gary Neville. Beckham is the owner of Inter Miami CF, expected to debut in Major League Soccer in 2020.

The Class of ’92 released this statement:

“From the very beginning we wanted David to be involved and be with us on this incredible journey however circumstances and commitments didn’t allow that. Now the time is right and is another exciting time in Salford City’s history. 

“It is important to emphasize that nothing will change in the day to day operations of the club but to have us all together was always the vision. We grew up in Salford, carved our careers here and that’s why we are doing what we are doing at Salford City.”

Salford City is a point back of the National League leaders Leyton Orient. First place gets automatic promotion to League Two, while second through seventh take part in the promotion playoffs.

The club does employ a Rooney, Adam, but the Irish striker is not related to Wayne.

Salford City goalkeeper sent off for urinating during game

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File this under utterly bizarre.

Salford City’s goalkeeper Max Crocombe was sent off after apparently urinating during their 2-1 defeat at Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.

Crocombe, 24, was shown the red card with three minutes of regulation to go in the National League North (sixth-tier of English soccer pyramid) game.

An Italian player, Giovanni Liberti, was banned for five games earlier this year when urinating towards away fans in a Serie D game.

When you gotta go, you gotta go…

Manchester United signs youngster from Scholes-, Giggs-owned semipro side

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There’s quite a bit of saccharine in this perfect PR story, but it’s a cool tale nonetheless.

Salford City is a small semi-pro club in Greater Manchester, and its had a player plucked from its ranks to join giant Manchester United on an 18-month deal.

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It’d be an incredible story if not for a bit of skepticism that comes from the knowledge that Salford City is 50-percent owned by five of the more important modern names in Manchester United history: Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville and Phil Neville.

Still, cheers to 20-year-old Libyan defender Sadiq El Fitouri, who joins the Red Devils after impressing in a friendly against United this week. He’s only been with Salford City for three weeks, so it bears looking into his journey to Manchester.

From the ManchesterEveningNews:

Phil Neville said: “We are immensely proud that our club has been able to give an opportunity to a boy who had the determination and passion to play without necessarily having the chances.

“What we are trying to do at Salford is to develop our own talent, nurture players and keep them at the club, however we also recognise that we cannot stand in the way of talented players playing at the highest level and that can only be a credit to how SCFC is progressing”

Scholes added: “Our firm belief is that we want to make a difference and whilst we are only 6 months in we have established already, in this one moment, that we are able to help promote and project young people and give them a chance.

“A chance that we were given ourselves.”

El Fitourri will join United’s U-21 side, so there’s no real risk here from Manchester United. But if he becomes a name in the game, you can point back to this post and tell me how jaded I’ve become.

Manchester United stars reach deal to buy Salford City FC

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Never heard of Salford City FC? There used to be a reason for that. The semi-professional club from Greater Manchester plays at the eighth level of the English pyramid, with its home ground (Moor Lane) holding only 1400 people. Unless you’re from the area, someone who supports a club that’s drawn them in the FA Cup, or an absolute English soccer addict, there’s no reason the Ammies should have been on your radar.

At least, there was no reason until today, because as of late evening England time, Salford City have some of the most famous owners in Greater Manchester, with a quintet of former Manchester United players having agreed to purchase the club. Pending FA approval, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, and soccer’s Neville brothers (Gary and Phil) will take over ownership of a non-league club that finished last season 192nd in the English table. The deal is expected to be completed this summer.

All five players came through the United system together in the early 90s, with some having direct links to Salford City. Ryan Giggs, who moved to Salford from Wales as a six-year-old, considers his hometown club:

“Everyone knows how important Salford is to me, so this is an exciting acquisition that is right at the heart of what we all believe in,” said Giggs, according to ITV.

Gary Neville, who enjoyed a 19-year career with United, also has a personal connection to Salford.

“I had my first trial for Manchester United in Salford at age 11,” Neville said, “and I will never forget how important that was to me.”

Beyond those personal connections, the importance of developing young talent was cited as a motivation by both Giggs and Phil Neville.

“It is important to safeguard the hard work that is done in the lower leagues,” Neville explained, “and it is going to be exciting to be able to feed our experience into the young players.”

ITV has more (and ongoing) coverage of a story broken by its own Ian Payne, one which already has Salford fans excited about their new future:

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