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📝 Sky Bet League Two 2019-20 Preview: Salford City

We continue to preview all 23 sides who will compete in Sky Bet League Two 2019-20 by looking at EFL new boys Salford City today

25 June 2019

Salford City
Salford City stadium Moor Lane

Salford City manager Graham Alexander will be looking to guide his side to their fifth promotion in six seasons in Sky Bet League Two 2019-20.

History-makers in 2018-19

The Ammies reached the EFL for the first time in their history as they beat AFC Fylde 3-0 the National League play-off final last season.

Salford, who are co-owned by the Class of ’92 – former Manchester United players David Beckham, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville, and Nicky Butt, were in a title race with Leyton Orient and Solihull Moors throughout the season.

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They were going strong right up until the final couple of games, thanks to an unbeaten run of 10 league games, which included nine wins.

But they fell short of automatic promotion after two straight defeats in their final two games of the season, before securing promotion to League Two via the play-offs.

Graham Alexander

The former Scotland and Burnley defender took charge of Salford, following the departures of former joint-managers Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson, last summer.

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And he guided the Ammies to EFL promotion in his first season at Moor Lane, with an impressive record of 28 wins and 13 draws from 54 games in all competitions.

Alexander took Fleetwood Town to promotion to Sky Bet League One in 2013-14, and guided Scunthorpe United to the play-offs in two successive seasons in 2016 and 2017.

And the 47-year-old will now be aiming to take Salford City to the third tier of English football in the 2019-20 campaign.

Players

The Ammies have made a number of new signings ahead of their first ever campaign in the EFL, including former Town defender Dan Jones.

They also signed former Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Richie Towell, as well as Oscar Threlkeld and Joey Jones.

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Striker Matt Green left Moor Lane to join the Mariners ahead of the 2019-20 season, while Devonte Redmond, Anthony Dudley, Amine Linganzi, Danny Livesey, Gus Mafuta, and Jack Redshaw were released.

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But they still have the core of their promotion-winning side, including former Town loanee Nathan Pond, Adam Rooney, Mani Dieseruvwe, Carl Piergianni, and Danny Lloyd, under contract for the new season.

Fixtures v the Ammies

Town travel to Moor Lane on Tuesday, September 17, before hosting Graham Alexander's side at Blundell Park on New Year's Day.

Grimsby Town 2019-20 season tickets are available here.


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