Today’s entry for June’s A to Z of Salford is the letter ‘C’ for…
Not one of the more well known sides, but the name of Congleton Town will live in Salford’s recent history books for possibly a while yet.
Back when we were in the Northern Premier League Division 1 North, the FA Cup was an earlier season competition and started in the Preliminary Round around the end of August.
In 2014-15, we were drawn away at NWCFL side Congleton and rather unspectacularly drew 0-0 which meant a replay at Moor Lane the following Tuesday. By stark contrast the game made up for the lack of goals on the Saturday by producing 10 over the course of 120 minutes, ending 6-4 in our favour.
Sam Madeley had given The Ammies the lead before Congleton hit back to go 3-1 up with just under 20 minutes remaining. Gareth Seddon pulled one back before Madeley equalised in the 87th minute to send the tie to extra time.
Seddon scored a second from the penalty spot before strikes from Danny Webber and James Kirby made it 6-3, and a late Congleton consolation took to total tally to 10.
Since being at Step 8 and above, it is a record for the most goals in a game involving Salford.
As for the FA Cup that season, we beat NPL Premier Division side Nantwich Town 2-0 in the First Qualifying Round and nearly knocked out Ashton United in the Second Qualifying Round, but a late Robins equaliser forced a replay at Moor Lane which they won 1-0.
Salfordian Chris signed for the club in the summer of 2014 after captaining Ashton United to the NPL play-offs the season before.
Well thought of and respected in local circles after spells with Altrincham and Hyde United too, Lynchy was immediately appointed captain and led us to back-to-back promotions in 2014-15 and 2015-16.
Despite the end of his second campaign being blighted by injury, the skipper still managed to reach 100 appearances before deciding to move to Australian third-tier side Murray United.
A cameo appearance in 2016-17’s debut season in the National League North came against Nuneaton Town in a 4-0 win in January 2017, taking Lynchy’s overall total to nine goals in 101 appearances.
He was voted as the Players’ Player of the Year in 2014-15 and 2015-16, Supporters’ Player of the Year in 2015-16, and was chosen in the NPL Premier Division Team of the Year in 2015-16.