How much has investment benefited Salford and Fylde on their journey to the National League final.

Tweet Salford City and AFC Fylde are both wealthy non-league clubs and before their publicised takeovers have never been affiliated with the Football League in their respective histories. Both are newcomers to the National League and have received bleeding criticism for their big-money spending which has enabled their meteoric rise from lower leagues with a lack of financial regulation.  The investment has clearly benefited Salford, who on their road to the final have the financial clout of five ‘Class of 92’ former Manchester United players including the Neville brothers, David…

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Southampton FC – The Hassenhuttl Effect

Tweet Southampton Football Club ended their 2018/19 Premier League campaign in 16th position, retaining their status amongst England’s elite for the seventh consecutive season, despite amassing a mere nine points going into the Christmas period. But with safety in the bag, was this season a success?  Ralph Hassenhutl was brought into the club to achieve the same as his predecessor Mark Hughes, remain in England’s top division. pushed the Saints over the safety line by injecting the “gegenpress” style of football into his sides DNA, a system already deployed in…

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Entering The Football League: Does Spending Big Guarantee Success?

Tweet Promotion to the Premier League brings about a considerable increase in spending to avoid relegation, but is it a similar story for those promoted into the bottom tier of the Football League from the National League. 2019 National League Play-Off champions Salford City have reached the Football League with considerable financial backing and are expected to spend again in order to continue their rise up the football pyramid in 2019-20, but does spending big on transfers guarantee a successful adjustment to league football? Since 2010, only Forest Green and…

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Whitehawk: Will the Hawks rise again?

Tweet Yesterday I went to my third non-league game this season to see Whitehawk take on Hampton and Richmond Borough. In terms of atmosphere, Whitehawk is a class above Hastings United and Eastbourne Borough. Whitehawk have struggled so far this season in the Vanarama South, lying just two points off relegation before things kicked-off. On the other hand, Hampton and Richmond Borough came into the match 7th in the table, eight points off the play-off places. We got to the game very early to shoot some footage. In fact, we…

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AFC Fylde 0 Salford City 3

Tweet Salford City have been promoted to the English Football League for the first time in their history after a comfortable victory in the Vanarama National League Promotion Final. The match started brightly as both teams created opportunities before the deadlock was broken in the fifteenth minute when a stroke of misfortune handed Salford the lead. Danny Rowe saw his clearance from a free kick rebound off his own man to gift Mani Dieseruvwe the opportunity to curl past Jay Lynch from close range. An opportunity he didn’t pass up…

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