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Title winners putting the great into Greater Manchester

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:14

Two Non-League clubs with a link to one of the world's biggest clubs celebrated title wins on Tuesday night as FC United of Manchester and Salford City completed long awaited promotions.

The latter are part-owned by the famous 'Class of 92', a group of former Manchester United players including the likes of Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs. The Ammies promotion to the top flight of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League was acheived without them even kicking a ball on Tuesday night.

Title rivals Darlington failed to take the race for the championship into the final weekend of the season and they could only draw at Warrington Town.

That left City four points ahead of the Quakers with only one game remaining, meaning the Ammies final league game of the season against Ossett Town will be part of a promotion party.

One of the club's owners - Gary Neville - took to Twitter to celebrate the promotion as he tweeted "Well done to all our committee, fans, managers, players @SalfordCityFC. Big thanks to all the teams who have welcomed us! Party Saturday"

Meanwhile across Manchester a big party had already begun as Neville began to tweet. For five years now FC United of Manchester have been left disappointed in their efforts to reach the Conference North, with a number of play-off heartaches being the cause of that.

There was to be no end-of-season play-off lottery this time for the Rebels as they clinched the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division title with a 1-0 home win over Stourbridge, in front of a massive 3,588 crowd.

Greg Daniels was the hero of the hour as he headed home the winner and that means FC United will proudly take their place in the newly branded Vanarama National League North alongside the likes of Stockport County and FA Trophy winners North Ferriby United.

Jubilent scene enveloped Curzon Ashton's Tameside Stadium, a temporary home for FC United as they make the final preparations to move into their new Broadhurst Park.

That left manager Karl Marginson enthsing over what the supporter owned club had achieved since their formation ten years ago when Manchester United supporters showed their disatisfaction with the Glazer takeover at Old Trafford and the state of modern football by setting up their own club.

"The Football League is possible," said FC United manager Karl Marginson. "Most clubs would give anything to have the size of support we have. There will be obstacles to overcome, but we have proved to be capable of that over the last 10 years."

Two clubs, who have taken very different paths to get to where they are but who have both acheived great things this season.

The future looks bright for non-league football in Greater Manchester.

Article: Mark Carruthers

Photo: FC United of Manchester



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