Salford City Football Club, founded in 1940 and named after a Church in Salford as (Salford Central Mission) which was later shortened to Salford Central in 1947.
The Club is a professional football club in Salford, England, currently playing in League Two (fourth tier of the English football league), after achieving promotion from the National League in the 2018–19 season.
Salford City Football Club Profile
|Full name||Salford City Football Club|
|Stadium||Moor Lane (The Peninsula Stadium)|
|Owner||Project 92 Limited|
|League||EFL League Two|
During their early days in the 40’s, they played minor local league football until they were promoted to Manchester Football League in 1963 and change their name to Salford Amateurs nicknamed “The Ammies”.
Salford won the Lancashire Amateur Cup three times (1971, 1973, and 1975) and the Manchester Premier Cup twice (1978 and 1979).
The club then changed their name again to just Salford, dropping the Amateurs tag at the back of their name and moved into their current home Moor Lane (The Peninsula Stadium) in 1978.
In 1980, the club joined the Cheshire County League which later merge with Lancashire Combination to form the North West Counties Football League (NWCFL) two years later.
Salford played in the NWCFL second division until 1986 when they got promoted to the first division despite finishing 18th on the log table.
The club adopt their recent name “Salford City” in 1989 and later in 1990, the club qualify and play their first ever FA Cup match to celebrate their 50th year anniversary, losing 3-0 to Warrington town.
Meanwhile, at the end of the 1990/91 season, Salford got relegated back to Division two but immediately bounced back to Division one the following season as the league was restructure.
In June 2006, local businessman who is also a former Salford player Darren Quick, became the new chairman of Salford City Football Club, taking over from Ged Carter and was aimed at targeting Conference football within six years for the club.
The 2007/08 season saw Salford finish second in the NWCFL Division One meaning they’ll be promoted to the Northern Premier League (NPL) as announced by the Football Association.
With their promotion to the NPL, the club had encounter a difficult start of the new league season losing six of their first seven games.
Salford City had always been in the bottom of the NPL table till the last day of the league, when they finally survive with a 5-2 away win at Garforth Town.
A game which was tagged by the club as “The Great Escape” as it will always be in the memory of the club and it’s fans.
February 2010, the club parted way with manager Wright and club chairman Darren Quick step in as the caretaker manager till the end of the season amazing 39 points from the remaining league game and finishing a club record 11th position in the league.
The following season started in good shape but after some time, their form decrease rapidly and Quick decide to step down as caretaker manager and quickly replace himself with Rhodri Giggs, who would act as player-manager.
Fast forward to the 2013–14 campaign, the club experienced several major changes as club legend Barry Massay and Phil Power were appointed as joint managers.
Salford based businesswoman Karen Baird also took over as chairman from the long-serving Quick.
On 27 March 2014, subject to FA and NPL approval, Salford City Football Club was announced to be taken over by the Project 92 Limited consortium, a deal expected to be completed by the summer.
Project 92 Limited consortium is a group consisting of former Manchester United players Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, and Paul Scholes, known collectively as the Class of ’92.
Johnson and Morley in March 2017, both signed two-year full-time contracts, starting from 1 April as the club also announced that players with the club would become full-time professional players starting from July 1.
Down to 2019, Salford City reached the National League play-off Final after defeating Eastleigh in a penalty shootout as they wait to play the Final at Wembley Stadium for the first time in the history.
Salford winning 3-0 over Flyde in the final, these mark the first time they will ever be playing in the Football League.
On 4 November, the club announced former player Richie Wellens as the new club manager. He previously won the League two championship with Swindon Town.
However, after a disappointing start, Wellens’ time at the club came to an end on 22 March 2021, departing Salford by mutual consent following a run of one win in eight games.
The club then appoint Gary Bowyer as the new manager till the end of the season.
Salford City Football Club Owners
For years, businessman and former player Harold Brearley was in charge of Salford, helping take the club into the semi-professional North West Counties League in 1982, and was instrumental in moving the club to their current home of Moor Lane in 1979.
It was revealed that Salford club president Dave Russell in December 2013 held secret talks with former Manchester United players Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs.
As well as other Manchester United players Nicky Butt, Phil Neville, and Paul Scholes, collectively known as the Class of ’92 over the club takeover.
Later in March 2014, it was announced the group has agreed a deal to take over the club which is to be completed by the end of the season.
The Project 92 group which consists of five for Manchester United players all bought 10% stake of the club each.
Singaporean businessman Peter Lim also bought a 50% stake in the club as he claimed his involvement would be philanthropic, part of a long-term business partnership with Gary Neville.
Later another former Manchester United player, David Beckham bought 10% stake from Peter Lim as he also joined the group of the Project 92 Limited consortium.
In conclusion, Salford City Football Club is owned and managed by the Project 92 Limited Consortium group.
Project 92 Limited Consortium Members
- David Beckham
- Gary Neville
- Ryan Giggs
- Paul Scholes
- Phil Neville
- Nicky Butt
- Peter Lim
Other Club Staffs
|Sporting Director||Chris Casper|
|Club Secretary||Andrew Giblin|
|Assistant Coach||Billy Bar|
|Club Doctor||Mubin Ibrahim|
|First team Analyst||Ross Duncan|
|First team Analyst||Charlie Comer|
|Sport Scientists||Rob Williams|
Salford City Stadium
Salford play their home games at Moor Lane, known as the Peninsula Stadium for sponsorship reasons, located in the Kersal area of Salford. The stadium has a capacity of 5,108. The club has been playing their games at Moor Lane since 1978.
On 19 October 2017, the newly built ground was renamed Peninsula Stadium for sponsorship reasons, and was unveiled by the Class of ’92’s former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.