The ambitions of Salford City F.C. took another step towards being realised with further success in the 2018/19 season.
Three years ago, back in 2016, shareholder Paul Scholes detailed the club’s incentive to eventually play Championship football.
The Ammies took a significant step up the ladder into the Football League for the first time in their history with a Play-Off victory over Fylde at Wembley.
Before the season began, Graham Alexander was appointed manager, having a big task to follow in the footsteps of duo Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley who guided the club to three promotions in four seasons, the first of which was chronicled in the BBC One TV series ‘Out of Their League’ in 2015.
Alexander's side now find themselves one of the favourites to take the League Two title, epitomising the remarkable rise of the club that were playing in the ninth level of the English football league system just over a decade ago.
It will be a historic moment when Salford City welcome Stevenage to the Peninsula Stadium on Saturday, August 3 for their first ever League game.
Here’s a breakdown by numbers to illustrate how successful the Salford City project really has been.
3 - How many goals Salford scored to beat Fylde at Wembley and gain promotion to the Football League.
4 - promotions in the last five seasons, two of them as champions (Northern Premier League Division One North 2014/15 and the National League North 2017/18
'92 - The Class Of… David Beckham was the last of that fabled group of Manchester United players to purchase a stake in the club in January this year.
£175 - the price of a Salford City adult season ticket
1,900 - season tickets sold so far ahead of the 2019/20 season
1949 - the year ‘Dirty Old Town’ was written by Ewan McColl. The song is played out at every home game.
2017 - When the longest serving players, including Ibou Touray and captain Liam Hogan, arrived;
2,509 - the average attendance at Moor Lane. Six years ago it was 117.
£4000 - striker Adam Rooney’s weekly wages following his controversial move from Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen to the National League with Salford.
5,108 - the capacity of the Peninsula Stadium, the lowest in League Two. Topping the scales in the division is Bradford’s Northern Commercials Stadium, with 25,136.