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  • Writer's pictureJoe Murray

Is this finally the year of Salford City?

Salford City Football Club are a football club based in Salford, Greater Manchester, and have been making impressive strides in the lower leagues of the English Football Pyramid in the last decade. The club, owned by the famous Class of 92 (David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes) have been on an upwards trajectory since they took over in 2014 and have seem themselves promoted from the Northern Premier League to the English Football League in just under a decade.

Salford City currently find themselves in the fourth tier of English football after being promoted in 2019 and have set their sights on reaching the third tier, League One, for the first time in their history.

The factors that could help Salford City achieve this long-awaited promotion this season are their talented squad, including players like Louie Barry, who once had a place in FC Barcelona's youth academy and Adrian Mariappa, who has played Premier League football for Watford and Crystal Palace in recent years. They also have Manchester United loanee Ethan Galbraith who has particularly impressed for The Ammies this season, grabbing 4 goals and 12 assists for the side, so far.

Salford also have a talented manager in the name of Neil Wood, who's currently in his first professional managerial job since taking a step away from Manchester United's u23 side. Wood has managed 22 wins, 9 draws and 14 losses in 45 games this season under his new club and has even impressed in the EFL Trophy, where he guided Salford to 5 wins before losing 3-1 to Cheltenham Town in January.

Another factor that could help Salford City is the financial backing they are receiving by the Class of 92, as they continually invest in the club with infrastructure, facilities and continue pushing to attract young talented players - much like what Wrexham have recently been doing under Ryan Reynolds. Additionally, this financial backing has allowed them to compete with bigger sides in the transfer market, by paying higher wages to entice players, which we have already seen make a huge difference in this seasons' playoff race.

Furthermore, Salford City has a strong fan base and a fantastic ground in the Peninsula Stadium. The fans' support can play a vital role in motivating the team to perform well, especially in big games, while the stadium's state-of-the-art facilities can help attract top players to the club.

City have all the correct current ingredients required to achieve promotion to League One in 2023, with a talented squad, manager in Neil Wood, financial backing, a loyal growing fanbase and a fantastic stadium putting them in a great position to make the step up to the third tier of English football. It will be interesting to see if The Ammies can build on this season and establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the lower leagues of English football.

Salford could officially clinch their playoff position today, providing a number of factors, but ultimately, like any other game, they just need to win. If Mansfield somehow manage to beat struggling Colchester United by a large margin tomorrow, they have the ability to leapfrog over either Bradford or Salford, depending on their respective results, due to goal difference being so close between the three fighting clubs. We seen a similar outcome last season, when Bristol Rovers beat Scunthorpe United by seven goals to climb into an automatic promotion spot, on the final day of the season, ultimately to clinch promotion from League Two. Anything can happen in football, but the conclusion is - Salford have a rocket behind them right now and the entire package required to be competitive in League One, and more importantly - they have the current form to get them there. This could be the year that the Ammies make club history, if they can somehow win their last few cup finals and push on to Wembley.

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