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Latest team to win the National League Playoffs and be promoted to the EFL confirmed

Salford City have won promotion to the English Football League after beating AFC Fylde in the National League Playoff Final at Wembley this afternoon.

On the 15th minute, Emmanuel Dieseruvwe put Gary Alexander’s side ahead from seven yards out, tucking the ball into the far corner after Fylde failed to clear a set-piece.

Defender Carl Piergianni then added Salford’s second with a header just eight minutes into the second half, it was also the player’s 12th goal of the season too.

Ibou Touray then made it 3-0 with attempted cross when he picked up the ball on the halfway line, ran down the left flank and crossed it in where it hit the post and into the net.

The result meant Salford reached the EFL for first time after a rapid rise up the non-league pyramid.

In March 2014, news broke of the proposed takeover of the club by former Manchester United players Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, subject to Football Association and Northern Premier League approval, with the deal expected to be completed by the summer. The remainder of the 2013–14 season saw Salford finish 12th in the Premier League Division North.

With the proposed takeover of the club completed, the new ownership team were present at pre-season training in July 2014, at which Giggs suggested the consortium had ambitious aims for the non-league club, with a target of Championship level football within 15 years. The 2014–15 season started with Salford unbeaten in the first 13 games.

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Despite the promising start, a dip in form during December resulted in only 4 wins from the following 11 matches which saw the team fall behind Darlington at the top of the league. The new managerial team went on to win 15 of the remaining 17 matches of the season, a feat which saw them regain their place at the top of the table. With Darlington failing to win their penultimate match of the season, Salford were crowned champions, guaranteeing promotion to the Northern Premier League Premier Division. Having been in the top five places for the majority of the season Salford eventually finished third behind champions Darlington and runners-up Blyth Spartans to claim a playoff place. Ashton United were defeated 3–1 in the semi-final at Moor Lane which was followed up four days later with a 3–2 win over Workington at the same venue in front of nearly 2,000 spectators with ‘the Ammies’ scoring twice in the final eleven minutes to claim their place in the National League North for the 2016–17 season, the highest level the club had ever reached in its 76-year history.

On 21 April 2018, the club became champions of the National League North for the 2017–18 season with one game to play, thereby securing promotion to National League, once again re-setting the bar for the highest level the club has ever attained.

 

Take a look at fan footage and social media reaction to the final plus that full time reaction on the next page.

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