Why the Class of ’92 have put Salford City on the map.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past five years, you may have heard that the Class of ’92, Former Manchester United Youth academy products, completed a takeover of Salford City FC alongside Peter Lim.

The Class of ’92 made up of; Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky butt and brothers Phil and Gary Neville all held 10% each giving them an overall 50% share in the club.

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The Singapore-based business partner was estimated to be worth £1.5bn when he took over according to Forbes. However, he is now expected to be worth over £1.8bn.

The business man who used to own 50% stake in the club, is also the owner of Spanish club Valencia.

However, the recent arrival of David Beckham, who has taken a 10% share in the club, means that the Class of ’92 are the majority shareholders. Although Peter Lim is the sole majority shareholder with 40%.

2014-2015

Salford were battling in the eighth tier of English football, the Northern Evo-Stik league which has since changed to an Eastern and Western divide. After form dipped around Christmas following a good start, Salford drafted in managerial duo Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley.

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Following the appointment, Salford won fifteen of their final seventeen games resulting in the team lifting the title.

2015-2016

After their promotion to the seventh tier, Salford were looking for a back to back promotions, which would see them into the national league North.

After losing both league fixtures against Darlington F.C, who later went on to lift the title, Salford had to earn promotion through the play offs.

Jordan Hulme scored the winning goal, four minutes from time, to beat Workington A.F.C in the play-off final at Moor Lane.

During this season Salford had a successful run to the second round of the FA Cup taking down Notts County 2-0 at home, before suffering a 2-0 defeat at Hartlepool, following a 1-1 replay.

2016-2017

After a strong start to life in the National League North, Salford hit a few roadblocks mid-way through the season.

But following a change in results towards the closing stages, Salford ensured a place in the play offs, two victories away from three promotions in a row.

However, Salford were ultimately knocked out in the semi-final on the back of a 3-0 loss on penalties subsequent to a 2-2 draw on aggregate.

During the season, Salford’s Moor Lane stadium had undergone major renovation increasing the capacity from 1,600 to 5,108.

2017-2018

In the summer of 2017, Salford changed to a full-time team. Salford hoped that this change would result in a positive effect, giving them the best possible chance of promotion.

This change proved vital as Salford won the National League North title, six points over their nearest challengers Harrogate Town.

The stadium was renamed to the Peninsula Stadium in October 2017, after being sponsored by the Business Services.

2018-2019

After Johnson and Morley left, Salford brought in manager, Graham Alexander to take them to new heights.

Salford went into the National League season as clear favourites following the signings of players such as Adam Rooney, former Aberdeen striker, which caused much uproar around the money which was used during the transfer window.

Salford had another good run in the FA Cup taking Shrewsbury to a replay in the first round, which they eventually lost 3-1 at home.

Following an up and down season, Salford were snatched of the title in the final few weeks by Leyton Orient.

Finishing third Salford qualified for the semi-final of the play off.

Play-offs

AFC Fylde came through an eliminator against Harrogate Town and further defeated Solihull Moors to book their place at Wembley on the 11th May.

Salford took on Eastleigh in the semi-final at the Peninsula stadium when the visitors were victorious over welsh side Wrexham.

Salford took a deserved lead two minutes before halftime through Carl Piergianni’s header. Although, Paul McCallum’s clever header drew the visitors three minutes before the hour mark.

Mani Dieseruvwe had the best opportunity after his header beat keeper Luke Southwood as he came to punch the ball clear, but the opportunity was cleared on the line with penalties looming.

Adam Rooney blazed the first spot kick over the bar as he looked to have pulled a muscle the moment he made connection with the ball.

Despite this Chris Neal was the man of the moment producing two remarkable saves to book Salford their place in the National League Play-off final.

Jordan Hart.

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