DARREN QUICK'S TANGERINE ARMY…
After the dust had settled on this comfortable victory, Darren Quick - ex player, current chairman and co-caretaker manager of Salford City - said that he wanted to keep the current squad of players together, whoever comes in to manage the club. He was echoing the views of fans who know that if these players can be retained Salford City will be looking at promotion next season.
From staring a relegation fight in the face just a few months ago (getting beat at home by the likes of rock bottom hillbilly Rossendale), since Darren and co-manager Mark Molyneaux have taken over the whole spirit of the club has been lifted and it's been victory after victory after victory. On Tuesday the club's committee will meet to decide who the new manager is to be – and if it's the same team of Darren and Molly, no-one will be complaining.
To end this season, though, it was fun all the way, Steve Foster opening the scoring with his now trademark lob over the Woodley keeper. Fozzy ran over to the touchline to don a well fitting `Iron Man' mask as part of his celebrations.
Chance after chance followed but the second goal just wouldn't go in, Foster drawing a great diving save from the Woodley keeper and Rhodri Giggs going close on a number of occasions. But on the stroke of half time a Woodley defender played a square ball right into the path of Foster who curled in the second. Half time: Salford City 2 Woodley 0
Woodley weren't about to roll over, and with about half an hour to go in the second half pulled a goal back. Meanwhile, Giggs, Stuart Tulloch and Foster all might have made it three but the killer goal was not to come until the last minute when the Woodley keeper went up for a corner and got stranded as Salford cleared. Stuart Tulloch carried the ball from his own half and stroked in the third from way outside the Woodley area. Final score: Salford City 3 Woodley Sports 1.
So a great end to the season that saw Salford City almost break through to the FA Cup first round with great wins over Hyde United, Skelmersdale and Marine before being ousted by Blyth Spartans in extra time of a replay.11th in the Unibond North is also the highest the club has achieved during its whole history. All this against the backdrop of the club house burning down, 90 players registered, a managerial casualty and loads of matches lost through the snow and ice.
Throughout the season Darren Quick has been urging fans not to unfasten their seatbelts. It's been turbulent. But it's been great!
Special Award for playing in every single game of the season: Alex Mortimer
Players' Player of the Year: Martyn Andrews
Supporters Players of the Year: Martyn Andrews and Rhodri Giggs
• City Reach Cup Final!
Salford City Youth Team have reached the final of the North West Youth Alliance Open Cup where they will play either Altrincham or Bootle in the final on May 18th 7:30pm kick off at Moor Lane.
• SALFORD CITY GALA FUNDRAISING DINNER
Following the fire at the ground last year which burned down the club house, students from University of Salford took part in a design competition for Salford City's new club house and changing rooms. On Friday 28th May, Dean Saunders will be the guest speaker where the winners of that competition will be announced. It's at Old Trafford and tickets are £50. For more details phone Darren on 07779 656388.
• SPONSOR SALFORD CITY!!!
There's loads of ways that companies can help Salford City next season – perimeter board advertising, adverts in the programme, sponsoring matches, balls, players kits, man of the match etc. For details phone Darren (number above) or Frank McCauley on 07762 386337.
Photos by Andrew Goudie