Stevenage Football Club make the 190-mile trip to Greater Manchester for a Sky Bet League Two clash with Gary Bowyer’s Salford City…
Paul Tisdale’s men look to bounce back in the league after some disappointing results in recent weeks leave Stevenage in desperate need of a result against The Ammies. As it stands, Boro are placed 22nd in Sky Bet League Two but have the opportunity to climb the table with a few decent results over the festive period.
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The Greater Manchester club were founded in 1940 as Salford Central Mission before changing to Salford Central in 1989, then eventually Salford City in 1989. They were regulars in their local Manchester League, winning the Lancashire Amateur Cup in 1971, 1973 and 1975, and the Manchester Premier Cup in 1978 and 1979. In 2014, Salford were taken over by former Manchester United players Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes. Suddenly, four promotions in five campaigns saw the club fly from the NPL Division One North to The Football League.
So far this campaign, Salford have had a lacklustre first half to the season as they currently sit in 17th. Under the management of Gary Bowyer, they have won six, drawn six and lost eight in their third campaign in Sky Bet League Two. Their most recent fixture ended in a 2-1 loss to Mansfield Town, which followed a surprise 2-0 loss to Chesterfield in the FA Cup the weekend prior.
Stevenage have only become familiar with Salford in the last two years, facing each other just four times. The Greater Manchester Side have come out on top on all four occasions, meaning that Boro look for their first win against Salford in history. Stevenage were Salford’s first ever opponents in the Football League in a game which ended 2-0 to Salford.
Salford City have played their home games at The Peninsula Stadium since 1978, but the ground had been a venue for other sports clubs including Manchester Rugby Club. In 2016, it was announced that the stadium would undergo renovation, rising the capacity from 1,600 to 5,108. The newly renovated ground was reopened by Sir Alex Ferguson in October 2017. The record attendance is 4,518 for a Carabao Cup tie between Salford and Leeds United which ended 3-0 to the visitors.
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