Salford City made national headlines in March 2014 when news of a proposed takeover by the ‘Class of 92’ came to the fore.\r\n\r\nRyan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt took over a 50% share in the club ahead of the 2014/15 season, with Giggs revealing the aim of achieving Championship football in 15 years.\r\n\r\nPrior to the start of the 2014/15 season, the club announced a showcase match against a ‘Class of ’92 XI’ featuring all five of the new owners which Salford City went on to win 5–1.\r\n\r\nThe 2014/15 season started with Salford unbeaten in the first 13 games. In September 2014, the ownership team announced that they had agreed to sell a 50% stake in the club to Singapore–based billionaire Peter Lim, the owner of Valencia CF.\r\n\r\nScholes and P. Neville acted as caretaker managers for a brief period in 2015 following the sacking of manager Phil Power, before announcing the arrival of new management team Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley.\r\n\r\nJohnson and Morley had led Ramsbottom United to promotion from the Northern Premier League Division One North during the previous season.\r\n\r\nThe new managerial team went on to win 15 of the remaining 17 matches of the season, a feat which saw them regain their place at the top of the Northern Premier Division table.\r\n\r\nWith Darlington 1883 failing to win their penultimate match of the season, Salford were crowned champions, guaranteeing promotion to the Northern Premier League Premier Division.\r\n\r\nThe club reached the FA Cup 1st Round proper for the first time in their 25-year association with the competition having defeated fellow league side Whitby Town, Curzon Ashton, Bradford Park Avenue and Southport in the Qualifying Rounds.\r\n\r\nIn front of a sell out crowd of 1400, and with many millions more watching live on BBC Television, Salford famously defeated League Two side Notts County by 2-0 at Moor Lane.\r\n\r\nThe 2nd Round saw them drawn at home to Hartlepool United, also from League Two, and again the tie was televised live by BBC Television in front of another capacity crowd.\r\n\r\nA creditable 1-1 draw meant a replay in Hartlepool – a game that was televised live by BT Sport – but despite outplaying their hosts in normal time, Salford with the backing of 500 traveling supporters eventually succumbed to two unopposed goals in extra time.\r\n\r\nHaving been in the top five places for the majority of the season Salford eventually finished third behind Champions Darlington 1883 and runners-up Blyth Spartans to claim a play off place.\r\n\r\nAshton United were defeated 3-1 in the semi-final at Moor Lane which was followed up four days later with a 3-2 win over Workington at the same venue in front of nearly 2000 spectators with the Ammies scoring twice in the final eleven minutes to claim their place in the National North League for 2016/17 – the highest level the club has ever reached in its 76-year history.

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