Salford City 2019-20 League Two preview
Since the takeover of Manchester United Class of ’92, Salford has a record of 4 Promotions in 5 seasons and is now part of the football league for the first time.
Salford now has 7 owners with David Beckham being the last to join them in January of 2019. Currently, Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham own 10% of the club each while the Singapore born Billionaire Peter Lim owns 40% of the club.
As they say, momentum is everything thing in football and Salford has exactly that along with positivity surrounding the club.
The owners have not only made investments into Football squad but also into the infrastructure of the club, They renovated Moor lane and increased its capacity from 1,600 to 5,108.
Last year they went into National League season as one of the favorites to win the League with stars like Adam Rooney and Danny Lloyd but they took the long route and promoted via playoffs.
They managed to retain all the star players from last season but released 7 players who they deemed as surplus. The list of players released by them includes Anthony Dudley, Matt Green, Amine Linganzi, Danny Livesey, Gus Mafuta, Devonte Redmond, and Jack Redshaw.
Salford City Manager
Graham Alexander is the current manager of The Ammies. He is known for using 3-5-2 formation but also can switch to 4-4-2 if needed.
Many feel he was sacked unfairly by Scunthorpe United with a short-sighted view of the football club even when their team was sitting fifth in League One.
But as they say, one man’s loss is another man’s gain Salford has found a man who is proven to motivate teams even when they are down at the half time.
Graham Alexander has experience in managing 317 in his management career. As manager of Salford, he has a record of 28 wins and 13 draws as Salford manager.
During his playing career, he made over 40 appearances for Scotland and made 833 appearances in League One, Championship, and Premier League combined.
Salford City 2019-20 New Signings
Salford City is known to have a bigger budget and is known to offer better wages than many clubs in this division. They managed to sign the following players
Dan Jones is a 24-year-old Left back who can also play as center back. He is England Amateur International.
He is a defender, who is good with the ball at his feet, and is known for his ability to play from the back, and can make diagonal passes to switch the play.
He started his career as a youngster at Hartlepool United and went onto make 40 appearances for them in League two but following his release, he joined Grimsby Town and had an unfruitful season with them.
Then he joined Barrow FC and spent two seasons with them in National League making 74 appearances.
The 6-foot tall defender was an integral part of the Borrow team which finished 10th in national League last season. He made 41 appearances for them in the 2018-19 campaign.
Joey Jones is a 25-Year-old versatile player who can play in defense as well as in midfield but prefers to play at Center Midfield position.
He was part of Arsenal, Leicester City, and Yeovil Town youth systems during his early stages of a football career. Starting at Arsenal in his school days and then moving to Leicester City and Yeovil Town during his Teen years.
After being released by Yeovil Town, he spent 4-Years with Woking FC in the national league and made 180 appearances for them.
He spent last season with Eastleigh FC and was an integral part of their team which lost to Salford in playoff Semi-Final, 4-3 on aggregate.
He is a 6-foot tall player who is known for his passing ability and uses his strength and his jumping reach very well.
Oscar Threlkeld is a Defender who can also play in midfield but prefers to play as Right fullback. He can play as a Center Back and defensive midfielder if needed.
Threlkeld is a product of Bolton Wanderers Academy and made 11 appearances for the senior squad in Championship and 53 appearances with the U-23 squad.
After being released by Bolton, he joined Plymouth Argyle and spent three seasons with them and was part of their 2016-17 squad that was promoted to League One.
He made 108 appearances for Plymouth including his last season’s spell on loan back to the club from Waasland-Beveren.
Last season he joined Jupiter pro league side Waasland-Beveren but only managed to make two appearances for them and that led to him returning back to Plymouth Argyle for the second half of the season on loan.
He is a hard-working player who covers a lot of ground during the match and pushes the standards in training sessions.
Richie Towell is undoubtedly the signing of the season for League Two. The 27 Year Old who is a product of Celtic Academy was a regular starter for Rotherham United in Championship last season.
He is one of the players who has been in and around getting into the Irish national team and made close to 20 appearances at the youth level for Ireland.
The 5 Foot 8 box-to-box midfielder has made over 227 seniors appearances for teams like Hibernian, Dundalk, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Rotherham United.
He won League of Ireland twice and was part of 2017-18 Rotherham United squad which won promotion to Championship via playoffs.
Salford City 2019-20 Away Journey
Total Away miles Salford City fans have to travel this season is 3133 which means they have to travel an average of 136.2 miles per game.
The Longest away game for them this season will be Plymouth Argyle. For that game alone they have to cover 290 miles.
Salford City 2019-20 Odds
Bookmakers are expecting Salford to finish in Playoff positions with a chance of going for automatic promotion.
Salford City 2019-20 Fixtures
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