Salford City FC v Darlington

Saturday 5th August 2017, 3pm
Vanarama Conference North


Moor Lane, Kersal, Salford, Lancs M7 3PZ
Tel: 07867 823713Twitter: @salfordcityfc

History: Formed in 1940 as Salford Central, the club changed its name to Salford Amateurs, hence the "Ammies" nickname after joining the Manchester League in 1963. It won the Lancashire Amateur Cup four times in the 1970s and other local cups. The club's Moor Lane was refurbished, allowing entry to the Cheshire League in 1980 and eventually the N Western Counties League. The Amateurs became City and in 1990 the club entering the FA Cup for the first time. In 2008, the club stepped up to the Unibond League. The club had new owners in 2014 including ex-Manchester United stars Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers - they sacked manager Phil Power to bring in Ramsbottom manager Anthony Johnson to bring them the Div 1 North championship in 2014/15 and a play-off win against runners-up after being beaten by Darlo twice. Salford also enjoyed a televised FA Cup 1st round giant-killing against Notts County, as well as the subject of a fly-on-the-wall BBC TV documentary. Last season, Salford finished one place above Darlo in the play-off places - including an end of season 5-1 thumping - but missed out on another promotion. At least a dozen new players have arrived so far in the close season.
Capacity: 2,164
Record crowd:
Last season: 4th (play-offs)
Biggest win:
Biggest defeat:
Honours: Evostik Div 1 North champions (2014/15); North West Counties runners-up (2007/2008), Lancashire Amateur Cup winners (1973/75/77)
Nickname: The Ammies
Colours: Amber shirts
Manager: Anthony Johnson
Chairman: Karen Baird

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Ticket prices ALL TICKET (2017/18):

Adults 10 standard, 5 concessions (65 and over, Under 16, students with appropriate ID), Under 16s: Up to three admitted free with each adult with additional entries charged at 1 each.

This match has been designated ALL TICKET with Darlington given 1,000 tickets - including 200 seats. They are on sale to supporters club members from Wednesday and exiles can arrange to collect tickets on the day if paid for in advance. Contact the club for further details.

There is one main stand, with bench style seating on the Nevile Road side (seats about 400). There is a small covered area on Moor Lane side. The rest of the ground is uncovered and unterraced with the usual hard-standing surround. Entry is via two sets of turnstiles - one on Moor Lane and the other on Nevile Road.

Programme is approximately 32 pages, costing 1.50

From the North (109 miles from Darlington, approx 2hrs): From the A1 and M1, take the M62 at junction 42 and then junction 18 onto the M60. Leave the motorway at junction 17, then at roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A56 (signs for Manchester, Prestwich) After a couple of miles, turn right onto Moor Lane. A straightforward enough journey via motorway.

There is no parking for supporters inside the ground but ample street parking on Moor Lane is available. Parking is also available on Nevile Road and the adjacent streets. Despite Salford's reputation, the club hasn't had many problems for fans leaving the cars in the street, so far.


Darlo fans at Farsley

Darlington FC Supporters' Club
Coach 11am - Fare: 20. Contact: Darlington FC Supporters Club, 01325 243911 Payment for each coach trip must be either paid for in full before travel, or a 50% non-refundable deposit paid in advance. Anyone wishing to travel on the coaches must join before the day of travel. Details of the supporters' group travel can be found here.

Salford Quays Taxis 0161 660 6666
A2B Taxis 0161 835 2222
Heaton Cars 0161 798 8777
Olympic 0161 225 9543

Manchester Victoria is the nearest station, three miles away, so a bus or taxi is suggested along the A56 Great Ducie St/New Bury Road.

For more details, go to National Rail Planner

Buses: 96, X41(make sure you board one destined for Blackburn, not Altrincham) and X43 all have routes along Bury New Road - Moor Lane runs off this to the left - probably a 10 minute walk to the turnstiles


The official Salford City website has information about the club and stadium.

Manchester city bus map (PDF)

Thanks to Andy Giblin at Salford FC for his help

Places to stay:



At the ground:

The clubhouse is open from about 1pm. Food is available from an outlet adjacent to the clubhouse. The normal range of stuff is in there. Beers are Fosters, Guinness, Holts Smooth & Holts Crystal Lager. No cask beers, but a range of bottles.

Pubs in Manchester:

Splendid choice, here are just a few:

Cask Bar, 29 Liverpool Street, M3 4NQ
Vast beer selection, opposite the science and industry museum. (3.5m to ground)

The King's Arms, 11 Bloom Street, Salford M3 6AN
Robinson's and Phoenix beers in this theatrical/music pub. (3.2 miles)

New Oxford, 11 Bexley Square, Manchester M3 6DB
Eight cask ales and a range of 100 continental bottled beers, open from 12 noon. (3.2 miles)

Mark Addy, Stanley Street, Salford, M3 5EJ
Six handpumps and good food on the banks of the River Irwell. 3.3 miles)

Nearest the ground:

You can probably tell from the above, Salford pubs are about three miles from the ground, which is in Kersal. There are pubs/bars in Sedgeley Park andPrestwich areas but leave yourself plenty of time to get to the ground as it is a fair walk.


Bar snacks plus the food outlet in the clubhouse (normal type of stuff - pies, burgers etc). Moor Lane is situated in a residential area and the nearest alternative outlets are along Bury New Road, heading North into the shopping areas of Sedgeley Park and Prestwich. This is about a 15/20 minute walk from the ground.