Salford City stadium plans approved as Manchester United's Class of '92 plot multi-million pound project
16 December 2016
The Class of '92 have had their ambitious plans to redevelop Salford City's stadium passed by the local council.Salford's Moor Lane home will have its attendance boosted to over 5,000 in a project that could cost up to £5million.
The club, joint-owned by Manchester United legends Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Gary and Phil Neville, are in play-off contention in the National League North - just two promotions from League Two.
Salford released plans to demolish their current set-up and start fresh back in October.Two promotions in two years following their 2014 takeover is perhaps a slightly quicker rise up the pyramid than the former footballers would have anticipated.But they have made swift plans to aid the development.
The Class of '92 have now set a target of achieving another promotion every two years - meaning that Salford intend on being a Football League side by 2020.
Hundreds of local residents raised concerns about the development of the stadium, citing worries about traffic and parking, with at least 80 objectors attending the city council hearing.
One objector reportedly even asked Giggs for an autograph before protesting against the development - to which the former Wales winger obliged.Plans for the renovated Moor Lane stadium include four sides of cover and a 500-capacity social club for supporters.A new all-seater stand is expected to run the full length of the pitch complete with executive seating.
The stands behind the goals will be terraced, while a 'Class of '92 Suite' is also believed to be included in the plans so the club's illustrious owners can view the matches from a more comfortable vantage point.
Neville, Scholes, Giggs and co currently watch the action from a grass mound at the far side of the stadium.Three separate fan zones have been included in the plans: one for home supporters, one for away and one for families.Salford currently sit sixth in the league table, four points off the play-off places and unbeaten in their last five league outings
Giggs has recently revealed how Salford hope to follow in the footsteps of AFC Wimbledon and their rise through the ranks."That is ultimately what we want to do. We want to get through the leagues as quickly and as best as we can," he said.
"You can always look up at clubs like AFC Wimbledon who have done it, who have started from the bottom and gradually made their way up the leagues."There are loads of examples of it and as a club at Salford City, those are the clubs that we look up to."It is not going to be easy, but it can be done."