Salford City will become the 145th side to play in the Football League after beating Fylde 3-0 in front of a sparse crowd at Wembley.
Just over 8,000 fans turned up to watch the titanic struggle between two clubs heavily funded but not heavily supported. In the end, it was Salford who triumphed, driven by the involvement of Manchester United old boys and of course, Peter Lim.
In a one-sided game they turned over their rivals 3-0, a result that rarely looked in doubt. They failed to win the division despite their huge budget, but have battled through the play-offs to achieve the dream of Gary Neville and co.
Whilst Bury, the club that feature a stand named after Gary’s dad, struggle desperately against financial ruin, Salford are being bankrolled into the 92 and beyond.
Each year the National League is awash with sides desperately trying to buy a Football League place that their support barely warrants and this season, as when Forest Green were promoted, it’s worked.
These football fans on Twitter have seen trhough the fairy tale, as they surely did two years ago when the little club on the hill, loisng £2m a year, made it to the hallowed turf of the Football League as well.
Thank you to the money you mean!!!!!!!!
— Sion Hale (@merv1975) May 11, 2019
Living proof that money can buy you anything. ??
— Jamie Leverington (@jamielev) May 11, 2019
Your havent thought this through, you have no fans in a city with two of the biggest clubs in the World. I'M OUT. pic.twitter.com/XmcTyM6s9D
— Greg Dawson (@gregjdawson) May 11, 2019
Watch out for all those fans behind you funding the club!
— Tom Frost (@Tom_Frost1993) May 11, 2019
Thanks for ruining football Gary
— Joe (@JoeSTFC94) May 11, 2019
Cant buy fans…. ?
— Lee W1875 (@LeeW1875) May 11, 2019
— a1916147 (@a1916147) May 11, 2019
Amazing what money can achieve
— DugshiteFC (@KamberiHSC) May 11, 2019