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David Beckham’s Salford City FC are in the big league

Words by Nathan Irvine

Manchester United's 'Class of '92' pet project, has won promotion to the professional leagues.

Having tasted success in every competition they’ve ever played in, Manchester United’s ‘Class of ’92’ has scored success in a new realm. Salford City FC, the club that football legends Beckham, Giggs, Scholes, Butt and Gary and Phil Neville own a stake in, has just secured promotion to England’s League Two.

Since the takeover in 2014, the non-league side has had a meteoric rise. The culmination of which saw the Lancashire-based side destroy AFC Fylde 3-0 at a practically empty Wembley stadium on Saturday, May 11.

 

It is tough, but we have done it and we are so proud and delighted.” – Gary Neville

The co-owners set themselves an ambitious target of getting to the Championship with 15 years, but they seem to be on track. After the game former Manchester United right-back turned football pundit, Gary Neville explained his happiness.

“It is tough, but we have done and we are so proud and delighted.” he told UK broadcaster, BT Sports. However, as difficult as it has been made out to be, this fairytale story hasn’t been met with universal love.

Financial doping

See, a bone of contention has always been the fact that billionaire, Peter Lim – who also owns Valencia FC – is a major shareholder. With such financial clout they’ve been able to pluck players from under the noses of established league sides, including the almost £1m transfer of Adam Rooney from Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen.

But access to the proper league, with its rules and regulations, means Salford City will have to adhere to Financial Fair Play (FFP), which keeps a check on so-called financial doping. So it’s unlikely they’ll be signing Lionel Messi next season.

Still, for fans of the club, this is a dream that should be savoured. And for Beckham and co, it’s another step towards building an empire to take on the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United in the north west of England.

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