Salford City is planning for their first ever season in the EFL, guided by the experienced Graham Alexander.
The Ammies won promotion from the National League after defeating AFC Fylde in the play-off final, at Wembley in May.
Fans from afar will be keeping an eye on Salford City’s results next season, because of that connection with the Class of 92. Sky TV is also keen to host their matches, with the opening game vs Stevenage Boro already being picked.
So, I look at three dates that could make or break their season…
Stevenage (H) August 3rd
With Salford being the bookies’ favourites to win League Two, they will be aiming for a positive start. An opening home game on Sky provides them will a real opportunity to make a statement to the rest of the division. They are the side that everyone will want to beat next season, Salford will have to prepare for that. However, if The Ammies can start well and beat some solid sides, the rest of the league may show them extra respect.
Plymouth (A) August 20th
How good is Salford, is it media hype or are they the real deal? This is the game that could answer all the questions. Plymouth will be a promotion rival, managed by Ryan Lowe who is building a very good side for League Two. It’s important for sides fighting at the top, to beat their rivals and gain points on them. The Ammies will be targeting this game. It’s an opportunity to show they’re here to win the league, not just a gimmick that some people are suggesting.
Bradford (A) December 21st
As an early prediction, I think Bradford will win League Two next season. They’ve signed two good strikers in Clayton Donaldson and James Vaughan while being lead by Gary Bowyer and a brilliant fanbase, they look ready-made to challenge for the title. This game is played on the eve of a gruelling Christmas period, will Salford have the squad depth and be prepared for that? Probably. However, Valley Parade will be bouncing that night. Two title rivals facing each other on 21st December, it will be a thriller.