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On 29 October, 2013, when Salford City hosted Cammell Laird FC at Moor Lane, just 65 people were there to see the 2-2 draw.

Eleven months later, Manchester United legends Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, and, Gary and Phil Neville with billionaire Valencia C.F owner, Peter Lim, bought Salford City.

Since then attendances have rocketed from the awful turnout by the Salford faithful.

In their final game of the first season owned by the Class of ’92, 1,147 watched The Ammies beat Ossett Town 5-0.

Fast forward through four promotions in five seasons and Salford City rise from the Northern Premier League Division One North in 2015 to Sky Bet League 2 in 2019.

The capacity six years ago was just 1,600. It is now more than 5,000. And the fans have responded.

The club’s first ever EFL Cup game brought a record attendance of 4,518 against Leeds United, a Premiership side just 15 years ago.

That’s 69 times higher than back in 2013. Instead of 65 people turning up to watch part-time Sunday League players, 4,500 saw professional, international footballers competing against a former European Champion.


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