Class of 92 owned Salford City into FA Cup first round after 40-yard wonder strike

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Class of 92 owned Salford City FC are through to the FA Cup first round for the first time in their history.

Former Manchester United stars Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers co-own the club who play in the Northern Premier League.

Gary Neville was in attendance as James Poole's wonder goal gave Salford a 1-0 win over Southport, and the former Red Devils defender described it as an 'incredible' moment.


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Poole picked up the ball in the middle of the park and produced a David Beckham-esque strike to stun Southport's goalkeeper and fire the club into the first round proper.

Speaking to the club's official YouTube channel, Neville said: "That's one of the most different experiences I've for a long time.

"When that goal went in it was absolutely incredible, I've not felt that for a long time in a football stadium. I suppose it's what football is all about."

Salford now have the opportunity to draw former Premier League clubs Oldham Athletic, Coventry City, Sheffield United and Portsmouth, among others.

This is the first full season the former Manchester United men have been in charge of the club and the Ammies are pushing for promotion from the seventh tier of English football.

The club is one of the fastest growing in non-league football and, given the famous figures backing their rise, they could be challenging for a position in the football league in the next decade.

Given the magic of the FA Cup, the third round and a potential tie against Manchester United is only 180 minutes away. It is a tough task, virtually impossible even, but anything is possible in the most famous domestic competition in world football.

For now, Neville and co. patiently await the first round draw - which takes place on Monday night - and Poole's wonder strike will go down in folklore at Salford City.

Neville is praying for Bury while Scholes is hoping for Oldham - at home of course.

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