David Beckham watches as Salford secures promotion at Wembley | Inquirer Sports

David Beckham watches as Salford secures promotion at Wembley

/ 05:06 PM May 12, 2019
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Salford City co-owners Gary Neville, second left, David Beckham, center, and Phil Neville watch the National League Play-off Soccer Final at Wembley Stadium, London, Saturday, May 11, 2019. David Beckham watched on at Wembley as Salford secured their Football League place with a 3-0 win over AFC Fylde in the Vanarama National League play-off final. The former England captain joined some of his fellow co-owners from Manchester United’s ‘Class of 92’ to cheer on Graham Alexander’s side as the club secured promotion to the Football League for the first time. (Bradley Collyer/PA via AP)

LONDON — David Beckham watched his Salford team secure its Football League place with a 3-0 win over AFC Fylde at Wembley Stadium in the National League playoff final on Saturday.

The former England captain joined some of his fellow co-owners from Manchester United’s “Class of 92” players — including brothers Gary and Phil Neville, and Ryan Giggs — to cheer on Graham Alexander’s side as the club secured promotion from the fifth tier to the Football League for the first time.

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Emmanuel Dieseruvwe fired Salford in front in the 15th minute following a defensive mishap, with Carl Piergianni’s second-half header and a third by full-back Ibou Touray completing what was in the end a comfortable victory.

It completed a remarkable rise for the team since the Nevilles joined up with Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Giggs to take control of the Ammies in 2014.

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Beckham also bought into Salford in January, when he purchased a 10% stake.

“It is tough, but we have done it and we are so proud and delighted,” said Gary Neville. “Five years ago we had 180 fans, now we have got a few thousand here, so it is amazing.”

The club is located less than 8 kilometers (5 miles) from United’s Old Trafford.

The former United players are members of the so-called Class of 92, who graduated from the academy and won trophies under Alex Ferguson.

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