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Free tickets to see champions Salford City FC this weekend

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To celebrate their recent promotion to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Salford City are offering free entry to the final game of the season this Saturday.

Even with the title sealed, joint managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley will be keen for the team to go out on a high with a club-record ninth consecutive win – second only to Arsenal in the top eight tiers of English football – to carry them to the highest level at which the club have competed.

Their opponents, Ossett Town, ended a six-game winless run last weekend against Droylsden, and put up a good fight against Salford a few weeks ago when the sides met at the 4G Voice and Data stadium last month, despite losing 3-0.

The match at Moor Lane against Osset is a formality, after the Ammies hit automatic promotion on Tuesday without even kicking a ball.

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Since exchanging on a deal to take co-ownership of the club in March 2014 alongside Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim, the Moor Lane side, who have never been higher than the league they’re leaving, have topped the table with in-form striker Gareth Seddon on course to win the golden boot.

Seddon is likely to keep his place after another goal at Burscough last weekend to finish as the club’s top scorer.

Then, a statement from Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Phil and Gary Nevile and Paul Scholes said: “Manchester United nurtured and developed them but Salford is where it all began, so when the opportunity arose to acquire Salford City FC it was one they all wished to pursue.

“They want to put back into the community of Salford and surrounding areas, they want to develop and engage especially at grass roots level.”

Following rivals Darlington’s 1-1 draw at Warrington Town on Tuesday night, the saga came to an end with The Quakers mathematically unable to catch The Ammies.

Osset are safe from relegation though and will be playing only for pride, and the chance to record back-to-back league wins for only the second time this season.

Were Osset to win, the conspiracy theorists may be out to explore just how Salford managed to finish the season and win the title with 92 points, which would be a rather happy coincidence for the owners.

However for them it would be just that, with Phil and Gary Neville and Paul Scholes all expressing their delight this week.

Scholes described how ‘great’ it will be when Salford lift the trophy in his column in The Independent, adding: “Winning promotion to the Northern Premier League in our first season as owners has been a real thrill and we are very proud of our players and our joint-managers.”

Talking to the BBC, Phil Neville revealed how the club hoped to emulate the success of Fleetwood Town, as well as claiming the win was just as special as the other 11 major honours he has won.

Although there may not be the drama of a late winner or the chance of any final day heroics, it should still be a good afternoon of football with the club also offering fans free entry for the second consecutive game.

Over 700 fans took up the chance of free passes to the Clitheroe match and Salford will be looking for even more to turn up this Saturday.

Gary Stopforth will face a fitness test after missing last week with a hamstring problem, but is the only doubt for Johnson and Morley.

Sam Akeroyd is suspended for Ossett Town after receiving a red card for a challenge on Radcliffe and former Salford player Reece Welsh that left the right-back in hospital with a broken ankle.

Kick-off is at 3pm at Moor Lane, Kersal, M7 3PZ.

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