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

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. 

Salford City secured promotion to English Football League for the first time in their history

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 Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes. 

‘The Ammies’ have paid huge figures for lucrative stars including Adam Rooney and Danny Lloyd to make sure they can get out the National league at the first hurdle. 

Salford City 0-3 AFC Fylde

Their opponents, AFC Fylde, formerly known as Kirkham and Wesham FC, have ambition, focus, investment and a consistent team as far as the quality of non-league football goes. 

‘The Coasters’ project to reach the Football League by 2022 remains in touching distance after chairman and Lytham businessman David Haythornthwaite has invested over £1.5 million of his own money into the club. 

With the heightened competitiveness increasing in recent years and with only one automatic promotion place. Is the heavy spending justified for the league’s format? 

One club will achieve promotion to EFL League Two for the first time when they take stage in the play-off final on Saturday afternoon at Wembley Stadium. 

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