Discover all of the key achievements and moments throughout the years at Salford City FC.
Founded in 1940
The club was formed in 1940 as Salford Central. We progressed steadily through local leagues until, in 1963 we stepped up to the Manchester League and changed the name to Salford Amateurs. Nicknamed “The Ammies”, the club became a real force in the 1970s winning the Lancashire Amateur Cup in ‘73,’75 and ’77.
All the Manchester County Cups and the League title came our way and in one season of note seven major trophies sat with pride in our trophy cabinet.
The ultimate prize - Champion of Champions - was secured in 1977.
Securing Non-League status
In 1979, after a decade of success, we took our first major step towards securing our status in non-league football.
The players and committee took on the task of restoring our present Moor Lane ground. The pitch was in poor condition, the main stand roofless and derelict. Working all hours the challenge was met head on and Moor Lane was passed as acceptable for entry to the Cheshire League in 1980.
North West Counties
When the North West Counties League was formed in 1982 with the amalgamation of the Lancashire Combination and the Cheshire League the foresight of upgrading the ground bore fruit and Salford seized the opportunity of joining football’s non-league pyramid. The transition hasn’t always been easy but with the re-organisation into two divisions we eventually took our place in Division One.
Becoming 'Salford City'
Salford appeared in the Manchester County Premier Cup Final at Old Trafford in 1989 and the same season saw floodlights installed at Moor Lane and the dropping of our Amateurs tag to become Salford City.
Salford turns 50
In 1990, we celebrated our fiftieth year by entering the FA Cup for the first time and received national exposure on BBC Television’s Grandstand’s “Road to Wembley“ feature. Unfortunately, relegation followed the same season.
1992 to 2006
With League restructuring in 1992, we regained our place in Division One and with ex Manchester United starlet Billy Garton in charge we finished ninth, our highest league position. The following years have seen improvement on this and under Andy Brown we finished third (on goal difference) missing out on promotion only in the last few games as well as again reaching the final of the Premier Cup.
The last few seasons, under manager Gary Fellows, saw the club establish itself as one of the dominant sides in the Vodkat North West Counties League having won the League Challenge Cup in 2006.
PROMOTION TO THE UNIBOND LEAGUE
At the end of season 2007-08, the club’s immediate ambition of stepping up to the Unibond League was finally achieved when a second promotion spot from the Vodkat League became available.
During the following seasons Salford’s place in the fourth level of the English non-league game was consolidated with chairman Darren Quick, Rhodri Giggs, Darren Sheridan & Andy Heald having spells in the Moor Lane managerial hot-seat.
During the 2012-2013 season, early form was good under ex-professional Sheridan but he left the club in January and a disappointing second half of the campaign finished with Salford occupying sixteenth place in the league.
Under the guidance of Andy Heald Salford also reached the final of the Manchester Premier Cup but a stirring comeback against Mossley at Stockport’s Edgelely Park ground was not enough as the Lilywhites triumphed in a penalty shoot-out following a 2-2 draw.
CLASS OF '92 TAKEOVER
Phil Power arrived as manager at the start of the 2013-2014, initially in partnership with Barry Massay but it was to be events off the pitch that dominated the campaign.
Club president Dave Russell was contacted by five members of Manchester United’s ‘Class of 92’ side with the aim of exploring a possible takeover at Moor Lane. The five – Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville & Paul Scholes – were determined to ‘put something back’ into local football and wanted to do so in an area that reflected their early training and development.
ARRIVAL OF ANTHONY JOHNSON & BERNARD MORLEY
After a good start to the 2014-2015 season form dipped in the run up to Christmas and Power was replaced by Ramsbottom United managerial duo Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley.
The new managers revitalised the club’s promotion push and fifteen wins from seventeen games secured the Evo-Stik League First Division North title.
Twelve months later, promotion was secured to the National League North when Workington were beaten 3-2 at Moor Lane in the play-off final, with Jordan Hulme’s winner coming just four minutes from time.
The Ammies made club history during the 2015-2016 season, beating Notts County in the first round of the FA Cup and taking Hartlepool United to a replay in the second with all three games televised live. The club’s first season at National League North level ended in play-off semi-final defeat, with Salford losing to FC Halifax Town on penalties after a 2-2 aggregate draw.
BECOMING A FULL-TIME PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL CLUB
During the summer of 2017, the club turned professional and an exciting new chapter in Salford City’s history is just beginning!