Discover all of the key achievements and moments throughout the years at Salford City FC.
In 1940 Salford Central was formed with the club playing in local leagues around the City. Salford Central were Champions of the Eccles & District League Division 2 in 1955-56 and 1959-60, and Division 3 in 1958-59.
Step up to Manchester League
The Club changed its name to Salford Amateurs in 1963 on joining the Manchester League, and the Manchester League Division 1 title was won in 1968-69 to earn promotion to the Manchester League Premier Division.
Our nickname 'The Ammies', or 'Ammeys' as it sometimes appeared, derived from being Salford Amateurs.
Era of Success
Salford became a major force in local leagues during the 1970s, winning the Manchester League Premier Division on four occasions, the Lancashire FA Amateur Cup three times, the Manchester FA Challenge Trophy twice and the Manchester FA Intermediate Cup (now known as the Manchester Premier Cup) twice.
That period of success laid the foundations for the club to look at moving up the non-league ranks.
Move to Moor Lane
Salford Football Club, with the 'Amateurs' tag dropped, moved into Moor Lane in 1978 with the first game taking place against Abbey Hey in the Manchester League Premier Division on Saturday 16th September 1978, which Salford won 5-1 (Cairns x2, Thornton x2, Higgs).
Plenty of work was required on the ground as the pitch was in poor condition, and the main stand was derelict and without a roof.
The work paid off when in 1980 the club were accepted into the semi-professional Cheshire League in 1980, after merging with Anson Villa too.
FA Vase Run
In the 1980-81 season Salford enjoyed a good run in the FA Vase, reaching the Fourth Round.
Linotype were beaten 2-0 in the Preliminary Round, Wren Rovers 2-3 in the First Round, Hoylake Athletic 2-1 in the Second Round and Staveley Works 2-1 in the Third Round.
That set up a last-32 tie with Whickham who won 2-0 at Moor Lane against as Ammies side wearing red and in front of a reported 2,000 people. The Tyne & Wear side went on to win the competition.
North West Counties
After a couple of seasons in the Cheshire League, Salford became founder members of the North West Counties Football League when it formed in 1982 after the amalgamation of the Lancashire Combination and the Cheshire League. We were placed in Division One, then relegated to Division Two in 1990-91, but a league restructuring in 1992 meant we were restored to Division One and under ex-Manchester United centre-half Billy Garton we finished in ninth. Andy Brown led us to third in 2001-02 before Gary Fellows made us one of the dominant sides in the league, winning the NWCFL Challenge Cup in 2006.
1990 was a big year for Salford as we became Salford City, and floodlights were installed at Moor Lane for the first time.
This allowed us entry into the FA Cup, in our 50th year, and in the Preliminary Round we were drawn against Northern Premier League side Warrington Town. The BBC chose to start their 1990-91 Road to Wembley feature at the match, which The Yellows won 3-0 in front of a crowd of 121.
Manchester United Friendly
On Sunday 8th November 1992 we played a friendly against Manchester United, which featured youngsters David Beckham and Paul Scholes. Ged Kimmins scored a hat-trick as we won 4-1.
Promotion to the Unibond Northern Premier League
At the end of the 2007-08 season, Gary Fellows' Salford City were promoted to the Unibond Northern Premier League Division One North after a second promotion place was made available in the NWCFL. Having finished second behind Champions Trafford, Salford were promoted to non-league's fourth tier for the first time in our history!
Great Escape at Garforth
Our first season in the eighth tier was a struggle and at the start of March we had just one win and eight points from 26 games, 15 points from safety. Paul Wright was now in charge of the side, and the club had recently signed striker Steve Foster to add goals.
The turnaround in form meant that with three games to go we were four points behind Rossendale United, which was reduced to one point going into the last game at Garforth. Despite being a goal down at half time, we came back to win 5-2 while Rossy were beaten by Mossley.
Image: Stephen Kingston (Salford Star)
The Ammies had consolidated in the NPL Division One North and in 2012-13 a good start saw us reach as high as fourth at one stage, but after a drop in form Darren Sheridan left with Andy Heald taking over.
In the league we slipped to an eventual 16th place finish, but we reached the Final of the Manchester Premier Cup which was held at Stockport County's Edgeley Park.
Two goals in the last 15 minutes from Brad Robinson and Danny Whyte saw Salford come from two goals down against Mossley and take the tie to penalties, which the Lilywhites won 4-2.
Class of '92 Era
Club President Dave Russell was approached by five of Manchester United's Class of '92 about a possible takeover of Salford City, as they were determined to put something back into local football and wanted to do so in an area that reflected their early training and development.
The takeover was ratified by the Committee and Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes became co-owners of Salford, with Peter Lim purchasing a 50% stake in September 2014.
Salford City vs Class of '92 & Friends
Ahead of the 2014-15 season Phil Power's Salford City side played a friendly against a Class of '92 & Friends side, including the owners, Robbie Savage, Michael Vaughan, Jack Whitehall and others.
In front of a sell-out 12,000 crowd at the AJ Bell Stadium, Salford won 5-1 after Paul Linwood and Nicky Platt put The Ammies 2-0 up before Ryan Giggs' panenka made it 2-1 at the break.
However in the second half Danny Browne, Gareth Seddon and Rhys Oates made it 5-1.
Jonno & Bern era
Under Phil Power Salford made a good start to the 2014-15 season and led the way under fierce competition from Darlington 1883, however form dipped around November and after a defeat at Droylsden on New Year's Day Power was sacked.
A couple of days later it was announced that Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley, who had won promotion with Ramsbottom United, would take over and they revitalised the squad, bringing players like Jordan Hulme, Scott Burton and Steve Howson to the club.
15 wins from 17 saw The Ammies regain top spot and win the NPL Division 1 North with a game to spare.
FA Cup Giantkillers
After beating Whitby Town, Curzon Ashton, Bradford Park Avenue and Southport, Salford qualified for the FA Cup First Round for the first time and were drawn against League Two Notts County.
The tie was selected for live coverage by the BBC, and on a Friday night in front of a large television audience The Ammies won 2-0 after goals by Danny Webber and Richie Allen in the second half!
In the Second Round we were drawn against League Two Hartlepool United, and after Stephen O'Halloran secured a 1-1 draw at Moor Lane we lost the replay 2-0 after extra time at Victoria Park.
NPL Play-Off Champions
The FA Cup was a brilliant story in the season, but in the league Salford were still challenging for a second consecutive promotion. Darlington 1883 finished the season as Champions with 104 points and we had to settle for the play-offs.
Ashton United were beaten 3-1 after extra time in the semi-final at Moor Lane to set up a Final against Workington.
Twice The Ammies had to come from behind as Stephen O'Halloran and Billy Priestly equalised, before Jordan Hulme popped up in the 87th minute to scramble home the winner and earn promotion to the National League North!
Becoming a full-time, professional club
Our debut season in the National League North saw us qualify for the play-offs where we were beaten by FC Halifax Town in the semi-finals on penalties.
However it marked an important new step in the club's history as the decision to become a full-time, professional club for the first time was taken.
A large majority of the squad were unable to make the step-up to full-time so there were a number of new arrivals which included Liam Hogan, Ibou Touray, Carl Piergianni and Lois Maynard.
Becoming full-time meant the club also introduced Academy football for the first time and Academy 92 was established.
In their first season scholars played mainly friendly matches, but did enter the FA Youth Cup and reached the First Round after beating Bootle, Daisy Hill, Warrington and York City on the way. Unfortunately Wrexham was a step too far as the Welsh side won on penalties, but it set a standard that the Academy continues to live up to.
Peninsula Stadium opened
Re-development of Moor Lane began in October 2016 for a new stadium with a mix of seated and terraced areas, and improved club facilities.
Starting with the West Stand, the ground was erected stand-by-stand clockwise, with the South Stand being completed during the 2017-18 season.
Local company Peninsula agreed a five-year deal to become the Stadium sponsor, and it was opened by Sir Alex Ferguson on October 19th 2017, with a showcase friendly between Salford and a Class of '92 XI taking place in November which ended 4-4.
National League North Champions
The move to full-time reaped its rewards in the first season as we won the National League North 2017-18 title with a game to spare. Harrogate Town set a tough precedent and it wasn't until the end of October that we first reached the top of the table, but we only came off top once from that point.
A 1-0 win at Southport on April 17th coupled with a Harrogate defeat at Boston meant that we only had to equal Town's result on the weekend. As it happened Boston won 2-1 at The Peninsula Stadium but defeat for Harrogate confirmed us as Champions, securing promotion to non-league's top flight!
Arrival of Graham Alexander
Graham Alexander was confirmed as the club's new manager in May 2018 after the departure of Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley.
The former Preston North End defender made over 1,000 professional appearances and after taking Fleetwood Town up to League One in 2013-14 established them in the third tier before pushing for promotion to the Championship with Scunthorpe United.
Chris Lucketti also joined the club as Assistant Manager.
Salford City Lionesses
In the early summer of 2018 Salford City started a women's team for the first time, and the Salford City Lionesses were born.
Competing in the Greater Manchester Women's Football League, the seventh tier of women's football, the Lionesses started their life with a 13-0 win at AFC Urmston Meadowside.
In 29 games they won 27, drew one and lost one as the GMWFL treble of League, League Cup and Division 1 Cup was secured!
The only defeat came in the last game of the season, the Manchester FA Women's Challenge Cup Final, lost 4-0 to FC United of Manchester.
Promotion to the Football League
Under the guidance of Graham Alexander, we embarked upon our first season in non-league's top flight. After a steady start we went on a record-breaking 20-game unbeaten league run, then after a sticky winter patch went 10 games unbeaten to finish third. Eastleigh were beaten in the play-off semi-final on penalties, with Chris Neal saving two.
The Promotion Final took place at Wembley Stadium against AFC Fylde, with goals from Mani Dieseruvwe, Carl Piergianni and Ibou Touray securing a 3-0 win, making us the first club to win back-to-back promotions into the Football League!
First EFL Game
Our debut Sky Bet League Two season started at The Peninsula Stadium against Stevenage, and a brace from Mani Dieseruvwe saw us win 2-0 in front of the Sky Sports cameras!
10 days later we returned home for our debut in the Carabao Cup, where we had been drawn against Leeds United. The Championship giants won 3-0 in front of a Peninsula Stadium record crowd of 4,518.
In March 2020 the season was abruptly halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequently the final standings were decided on a points-per-game basis that left Salford in 11th in our debut EFL season.
However there was success for the Under-18s who finished top of the EFL Youth Alliance North West, and the Lionesses were also top of the NWWRFL Division 1 South although that division was null and voided.
Football did resume for 2020-21 but with a very different feel to it with the majority of the campaign played behind closed doors...
EFL Trophy Success
Salford won a first major EFL Trophy in March 2021 after beating Portsmouth at Wembley Stadium on penalties in the delayed 2020 Final!
After beating Aston Villa Under-21s and Tranmere Rovers in the group stage, The Ammies battled past Wolves Under-21s, Port Vale, Accrington Stanley and Newport County to reach the Final which was postponed by nearly a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Following a 0-0 draw after normal and extra time, Salford won 2-4 on penalties thanks to strikes from Luke Burgess, Mani Dieseruvwe, Brandon Thomas-Asante and Jason Lowe!
Highest EFL Finish
A tumultuous campaign that took place behind closed doors ended with Salford finishing in 8th, just two points outside the League Two play-offs.
Graham Alexander started the campaign in charge, but parted company in October 2020 with Paul Scholes taking interim charge until Richie Wellens was appointed. The former midfielder's tenure lasted until March 2021, when Gary Bowyer was appointed on a short-term basis until the end of the season. Six wins from 11 wasn't quite enough to reach the play-offs, but the impact made by the former Blackburn and Blackpool boss earned him a two-year deal.