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BBC Doc Charts Class Of '92's Salford FC Takeover

New three-part BBC One documentary follows the former-United stars as they take control of the amateur club

Published on January 23rd 2015.


BBC Doc Charts Class Of '92's Salford FC Takeover
 

THE BBC have commissioned a new three-part documentary, Salford Dreams United (working title), following former Manchester United stars Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and Gary Neville as they take control of amateur Evo-Stick North club Salford City FC. 

"Right now at this local club it feels like anything could happen.”

The 'Class of '92' (main image) bought a 50% stake in the club (10% each) in March 2014, with Singapore billionaire and United fan, Peter Lim - who nearly bought Liverpool for £320m in 2010 - buying the remaining 50% in September 2014 (read here).

The documentary follows the famous quintet as they get stuck into every aspect of the 75-year-old club, from the grass-seed budget to making tea at half-time, building 'Barman Buck' a new clubhouse to the controversial decision to change 'The Ammies' home colours from red to orange.

Peter LimPeter Lim bought the remaining 50% in September 2014

Salford City FCSalford City FC

Following the acquisition attendances at the club have jumped nearly 100%, from an average of 150 fans in 2013/14 to 292 this season, putting Salford City FC just above AFC Totton (avg. 287) and just below Burgess Hill Town FC (avg. 318).

According to the documentary blurb, the Class of '92 'dream of turning Salford City FC in to a new model for all football clubs - rooted in the community, discovering untapped talent, and turning local players into heroes.'

Documentary producer Meredith Chambers said: “This series promises to be fascinating. Every Saturday at a small ground in Salford, people with so many different dreams and passions come together for 90 minutes, now they will be joined by some of the biggest names in world football. Right now at this local club it feels like anything could happen.”

The documentary will air on BBC One later this year.

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJanuary 23rd 2015.

Why doesn't BBC wait to see if the Salford City dream comes true? Rich men buy small football club isn't much of a story.

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DarrenJanuary 23rd 2015.

Local lads done good, Invest in the area that gave them so much. Decent story imo.

AnonymousJanuary 23rd 2015.

You could stretch that simple fact out for 3 episodes could you? A 3 part documentary would probably be sufficient to tell us the history of a famous club which has won lots of trophies. What we have so far with Salford City and the class of 92 takeover is a news item, not a 3 part documentary.

DarrenJanuary 24th 2015.

Well anon. You have the 5 players from the class of 92. The business man they brought in to invest. The Salford players. The local residents. The local councillors & business leaders. They could talk to a number of people and easily fill 3 episodes.

AnonymousJanuary 23rd 2015.

In what way are they "developing a new model for all football clubs"? Even aside from what the bigger clubs get up to, a club like FC United have been doing significant work in the Manchester community for nearly ten years. I'll believe the "discovering untapped talent" when I see it, because the model so far appears to have been largely based on signing already established non-league players on big wages.

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AnonymousJanuary 25th 2015.

Playing eight year olds is a bit tricky in that league. Might take a while for the talent to come through yeah? it seems to have pulled the rug from under fc's feet though. Shame manchester couldn't create a new club without connections to either city or United, resurrecting manchester Central maybe. A third community based manchester club would go down a treat.

EvoJanuary 26th 2015.

absolutely clueless comment from above anon, I don't even know where to start...

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