Salford City beat AFC Fylde in National League promotion final at Wembley

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Salford City have won four promotions in five seasons to reach the EFL for the first time

Salford City – the club co-owned by six former Manchester United team-mates – have won promotion to the English Football League for the first time in their history.

Goals from Emmanuel Dieseruvwe, Carl Piergianni and Ibou Touray were enough to see off AFC Fylde, themselves bidding to go up to the EFL for the first time, in the National League promotion final at Wembley.

Salford have won four promotions in five seasons since five members of United’s ‘Class of 92’ – Gary and Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs – took control of the Ammies in 2014.

Former England captain David Beckham joined his former team-mates in January by purchasing a 10% stake, with Singapore businessman Peter Lim owning the remaining 40% of the club.

Dieseruvwe netted the opener in the 15th minute after the ball fell fortuitously to him following a mix-up in the Fylde defence, before Piergianni headed in a second from a corner just after half-time.

Touray secured the win for Salford as his attempted cross beat Fylde goalkeeper Jay Lynch and went in off the inside of the post.

“We had an aggressive plan of four promotions in eight years and we have done it in five,” Gary Neville told BBC Sport.

“We made some decisions along the way that weren’t always popular and we were quite clinical but we knew what we needed to do.”

Two clubs making rapid rises – but Salford reach EFL first

Victory ensured big-spending Salford spent just one term in the fifth tier, and the club have made no secret of their desire to play at a higher level.

A television documentary has followed the progress of the ‘Class of 92’ for much of their reign and Salford’s climb from the eighth tier of English football to the fourth.

The new owners have also overseen the redevelopment of Salford’s Peninsula Stadium, which now has a capacity of more than 5,000.

At the start of this campaign, they replaced joint-managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley – who had led them to the National League North title last term – with Graham Alexander, who achieved promotion through 2013-14’s League Two play-offs with Fleetwood.

Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs celebrate Salford’s promotion on the pitch at Wembley

Not all have agreed with their approach. After signing striker Adam Rooney from Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen for an undisclosed fee in July, Gary Neville was accused of trying to “steal” an EFL spot by Accrington Stanley owner Andy Holt in a row between the pair on social media.

However, Holt congratulated Salford on their promotion soon after their Wembley victory.

He posted on Twitter: