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The A To Z Of Salford City

1 December 2015

Do your homework on Friday night’s opponents in the FA Cup by taking a look at our in-depth guide to everything you need to know about The Ammies.

A is for Ammies
Salford City’s nickname of The Ammies is a nod to their previous years when they were known as Salford Amateurs.

They were actually formed in 1940 under the name Salford Central but when they stepped up to the Manchester League in 1963 they changed to Salford Amateurs before that name was dropped in 1989.

B is for Barbara Gaskill
Barbara is a member of the committee at Salford City and has run the snack bar at the ground for some 26 years. She was seen being treated to a new kitchen at Moor Lane during the recent BBC documentary – and she’ll have company in there with her on Friday night. 

Betfred have signed a five-figure advertising deal with the club and, as part of it, bookie Fred Done will be asking fans to donate spare change to charity in exchange for guessing how many pies are sold. The winner will get £100 while the rest of the money raised will to St Ann’s Hospice in Salford. 

‘Babs’ – who says that the most popular dish Is peppered steak pie, peas and gravy which comes in at £2.50 – says she will be making Fred graft in the kitchen on Friday, reminding him: “I’m the boss!”

C is for Class Of 92
It was back in March 2014 when news first broke that former Manchester United stars Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary and Phil Neville and Paul Scholes were on the brink of a takeover at Salford City.

Dubbed the ‘Class of 92’, the quintet’s acquisition of the club was confirmed in November and Scholes revealed: “We know it will be tough but we will be committed to this from the start and have some very exciting plans going forward.”

D is for Danny Webber
The Manchester-born front man returned to his roots when he signed for Salford City in August 2014 following his release from Accrington Stanley.

A former Manchester United youngster, Webber scored the opening goal in The Ammies’ shock 2-0 win over Notts County in the previous round of the FA Cup.

Webber played against Pools as recently as March 2014 when he was in Accrington colours for our 0-0 draw at The Crown Ground.

E is for Escape
While Pools fans are still recovering from the drama of last term at The Vic, Salford City fans were celebrating their own remarkable escape from relegation back in 2008/09.

In March 2009 the club was languishing at the bottom of the Northern Premier League Division One North when new boss Paul Wright was able to take up his position after serving an FA suspension.

His arrival in the dugout prompted an incredible turnaround in fortunes and after a surprise 5-3 win at Lancaster City, the Ammies went on to win nine of their last fourteen games to secure survival on the final day.

F is for FA Cup
This season has seen Salford embark on by far their best FA Cup run in their entire history, having only twice previously reached the Third Qualifying Round.

The first occasion was back in 2005/06 when they were beaten 1-0 by Farsley Celtic, while they also reached the same stage in 2009/10 only to go out 2-1 after a replay against Blyth Spartans.

G is for Gareth Seddon
Those who watched the BBC documentary on Salford City will have come to know the name Gareth Seddon – as much for his off-field antics as those on it.

The star striker in City’s squad, he arrived at Moor Lane in the summer of 2014 and scored a hat-trick on his league debut for the club.

During filming for the BBC two-parter, Seddon famously missed two crucial games during their title run-in last term because he landed a modelling job in Italy.

H is for Honours
There hasn’t been a massive amount of silverware during the last 75 years for Salford but they have had their moments – even before the arrival of the new owners.

In 1977/78 they won the Manchester Premier Cup before successfully defending it the following season, while they have also been runners-up in the competition on three occasions.

They were North West Counties Football League Cup winners in 2005/06 and finished as runners-up in the North West Counties Premier Division in 2007/08.

Of course, their most glorious moment so far arrived at the end of last season when they fought-off competition from Darlington to land the Northern Premier League Division One title.

I is for In The Dugout
Salford City have a joint management team of Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley who were appointed to their roles at the beginning of 2015.

It proved an inspired choice too, as the duo went on to oversee an incredible run of fifteen wins from the last seventeen games to secure the title and promotion for The Ammies.

Seen adopting a no-nonsense approach during the BBC’s documentary on the club, Johnson and Morley were able to overhaul the squad at Moor Lane and remain extremely popular with the players.

The passionate pair – who previously managed at Ramsbottom United together – were both sent-off during City’s 2-0 defeat at Grantham Town on Saturday.

J is for James Poole
While Salford have a large amount of strikers in their squad, James Poole will need no introduction to Pools fans having scored 16 goals in 113 appearances for the Club between 2010 and 2014.

He joined The Ammies in September and almost immediately made an impact on their brilliant FA Cup run when he struck a hat-trick in their 5-0 replay win at Whitby Town in the first qualifier.

He now has eight goals to his name, including one from the halfway line when they beat Southport in Round One and he was named Man of the Match in their victory over Notts County to set up the tie with Pools.

Poole watched the draw for the Second Round with all of his team-mates in a local pub and admitted he sensed it coming and felt it was “written in the stars.”

K is for Karen Baird
When the Class of 92 took over at Salford City they quickly confirmed that Karen Baird would remain as Chairman of the club and she has worked closely with the new owners ever since.

As joint owner of five accountancy practices, she first became involved with City by helping out with the book-keeping before she became treasurer and then Chairman in June 2013.

Keep it quiet if the Nevilles and co are around but Karen is a Liverpool fan…
L is for Love Of The Game
Salford City’s staff is made up of volunteers – none more hard-working than committee man Jim Birtwhistle who works the turnstiles he built himself at Moor Lane twelve years ago.

A bricklayer by trade, Jim’s skills have been coming in handy as the Class of 92 look to redevelop parts of the stadium – though he says putting the nets up in the rain is his pet hate!

M is for Moor Lane
Moor Lane is home to Salford City and has been since their inception as Salford Central back in 1940.

It underwent some extensive work by volunteers to upgrade facilities in 1980 and, as a result, the club were able to gain admittance to the Cheshire League.

Moor Lane has a capacity of 1,400 and it will be full to bursting for Friday night’s FA Cup tie.

N is for Neville In Charge
When previous boss Phil Power was sacked after eighteen months in charge, Salford City needed someone with experience to look after things in the interim period.

Step forward Phil Neville and Paul Scholes who acted as caretaker managers for the club’s 2-1 home win over Kendal Town on 3rd January before the appointments of Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley.

O is for Out Of Their League
Salford City were catapulted in to the nation’s front rooms in October when BBC 1 aired a two-part documentary on the club’s takeover by the Class of 92.

Cameras were given access-all-areas to film the former Manchester United stars’ first involvement at Moor Lane, right through to securing promotion at the end of last season.

P is for Peter Lim
While the Class of 92 own 50% of Salford City, the other 50% is owned by Singaporean businessman Peter Lim, who has an estimated net worth of £2billion.

He’s previously been involved with Liverpool, and has also been linked with bids for Rangers and Middlesbrough while he’s now the owner of Spanish side Valencia.

Q is for Queues
Tickets for Friday’s game have proved hugely popular with home fans who snapped up their entire allocation within three hours last Sunday morning after queueing outside Moor Lane.

The club has around 300 Season Ticket holders who were allowed to purchase two tickets each for the tie on a first come, first served basis.

R is for Road To Wembley
The recent documentary isn’t the first time that Salford City have featured on BBC television – they were also the subject of a special Grandstand feature back in 1990.

The club entered the FA Cup for the first time in its history that year and the BBC came to film them as part of their Road To Wembley series.

S is for Sadiq El Fitouri
Back in January, young full-back Sadiq El Fitouri made his Salford debut against Kendal Town for the game which Phil Neville and Paul Scholes were in charge.

He impressed so much that Neville arranged a trial for him at Manchester United and he did well enough to be offered an eighteen-month contract at Old Trafford.

T is for Tangerine And Black
It’s a very different Salford City now to the club that it was before the Class of 92 takeover – even down to the colour of the kit the team plays in.

City had previously played in tangerine shirts and black shorts but one of the first moves made by the new owners was to change this to the red and white they’ll be wearing on Friday.

U is for Underdogs
While perhaps the majority of the nation will be hoping for a Salford victory on Friday, the non-league outfit will start out as 16/5 underdogs to progress to Round Three.

Of course, that didn’t stop them causing an upset in the last round when Notts County were deservedly beaten 2-0 thanks to goals from Danny Webber and Richie Allen.

V is for Valencia
It’s probable that Phil Neville may not make the game on Friday night – for the former Manchester United star has just been unveiled as assistant to interim Valencia coach Voro.

Previous coach Nuno resigned on Sunday night and owner Peter Lim – who also co-owns Salford – has looked to Neville for assistance as he opens the search for a new boss.

W is for Who Are Ya?
When Ronnie Moore and Sam Collins went to do some first-hand scouting of Salford City during their recent game against Mickelover Sports they got more than they bargained for from the home fans.

When Salford went in front, an impromptu strain of “Are you watching, Ronnie Moore?” fluttered around Moor Lane, prompting laughter from the Pools boss and his assistant.

Indeed, Moore turned to Collins and quipped: “Do you think it would be ok if I stood and started chanting ‘Who are ya?’ at them!” Thankfully, he didn’t and both left the stadium safely!

X is for XO Sauce
The Salford City players all gathered at a local pub to watch the draw for Round Two of the FA Cup and all moved on to have some food afterwards.

They visited restaurant China Rose – a favourite with joint managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley – where it’s possible some of the players enjoyed XO sauce on their fried rice.

Ok, it’s tenuous – but you try finding a better X!

Y is for You’re Supposed To Be At Home
While Salford City hit the national headlines with their cup heroics against Notts County, home form has been a sore point for The Ammies so far this season.

They’ve won only two of their nine league outings at Moor Lane this term but their remarkable away record (they’ve won nine out of ten) has helped them keep pace at the top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division league table.

Z is for Zero
Despite Friday’s game being televised live, it’s done little to dampen the enthusiasm of supporters from both sides desperate to be at the game in-person.

That means there are literally zero tickets left in circulation for the Second Round tie with the Moor Lane ground set to welcome a 1,400 capacity crowd.

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