FA Cup shock win for Salford

LONDON • Salford City, owned by Singapore billionaire Peter Lim and members of Manchester United's famous Class of 92, caused a memorable FA Cup upset as the non-league club defeated Notts County 2-0 in the first round on Friday.

United legends Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, who all won the FA Cup in their illustrious Old Trafford playing careers, have helped revive the fortunes of the Northern Premier League side after buying the club last year.

Butt, Gary Neville and Scholes watched on from a grass bank at the far side of the tiny Moor Lane ground as goals from Danny Webber and Richie Allen stunned fourth-tier County in Salford's maiden first-round appearance.

County sit three leagues above their part-time opposition in the English league pyramid but Salford, jointly managed by Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson, made a mockery of that gap in front of a capacity crowd of 1,400.

"That was unbelievable. It puts faith back into you, it's what football is about," Gary Neville told the BBC. "The FA Cup takes a battering but tonight epitomises what it is all about. I've not had a moment like that for a few years."

Lim, who also owns La Liga club Valencia, has a 50 per cent stake in Salford.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 08, 2015, with the headline 'FA Cup shock win for Salford'. Print Edition | Subscribe