Salford's rise to fruition over the past five years has been well documented, quite literally thanks to the BBC. With a unique ownership from Manchester United's famous 'Class of 92', the once tiny club plying their trade in the EvoStik Northern League Division One are now a full-time, professional outfit knocking on the door of the Football League.
Currently members of the National League Premier Division, the club who are part-owned by Valencia owner Peter Lim, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and now David Beckham are on the cusp of achieving exactly what they set out to do just five seasons ago.
After an extremely promising start to their campaign this time around, Salford looked dead certainties for promotion to League Two next term. The Manchester powerhouses lost only two of their opening 23 league games, propelling themselves to the top of the division towards the back end of 2018, with many bookmakers pricing them as solid favourites to claim the National League title in April.
Since the beginning of December however, things have taken a turn for the worst at Moor Lane. A terrible end to the year saw the club lose four consecutive league games, which included a humiliating 5-1 drubbing by current leaders Wrexham on Boxing Day. Salford have in fact only won two of their previous 11 league games and now find themselves 6th in the National League table, just a point above chasers Harrogate Town, Gateshead and Sutton United.