As we foray into the second half of our A to Z series, we start with N which is for…
Without doubt this was one of our finest nights at Moor Lane, and if you were one of the 1,400 packed into the ground that night then you witnessed something very special.
Our 2015-16 FA Cup campaign is to this day our best run in the competition having successfully navigated all four Qualifying Rounds, via two away replays, and after the First Qualifying Round all of our opponents were from a league above.
While we came within extra time of reaching the Third Round, there are probably very few people that would argue against our First Round appearance being the crowning moment. James Poole’s wonder goal in the Fourth Qualifying Round gripped some attention, then the following Monday when we were drawn against the oldest professional club in the world, Notts County, the hype and anticipation intensified.
Unsurprisingly the tie was chosen for television – the seventh tier side with high ambitions against one of English football’s old boys in League Two – and it did not disappoint.
Ricardo Moniz’s side featured seasoned players like Roy Carroll in net and Alan Smith in midfield, but it was The Ammies’ own former Manchester United player Danny Webber who broke the deadlock seconds into the second half as he slid James Poole’s cross in at the School End.
County had struggled to break Salford down, and we had been the better side in the first half so even though the celebrations were jubilant, there was also an air of inevitability. This David was going to beat Goliath.
So it was confirmed by substitute Richie Allen in the 73rd minute whose fabulous solo-effort sealed the win, and went on to earn Goal of the Round. He tricked his way past three County defenders from out on the left near the corner flag, and played a one-two with Jordan Hulme before slotting past Carroll.
Naturally the full-time whistle brought a pitch invasion as Salfordians celebrated a great night, and it remains our first, our last and only FA Cup First Round win (in the last two seasons we have been drawn against Shrewsbury Town and Burton Albion in the First Round, taking both games to replays).