London – Salford City, owned by members of Manchester United’s famous Class of 92, will make their maiden appearance in the first round of the FA Cup against Notts County.
United legends Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, who all won the FA Cup in their illustrious Old Trafford playing careers, have helped revive the fortunes of the Evo-Stik League Northern Premier side since buying them last year.
Now they will be back in the FA Cup spotlight after Monday’s draw paired their non-league outfit against fourth tier Notts County, who won the competition in 1894, at Moor Lane on the weekend of November 6-9.
Asked for his thoughts about the draw on Twitter, Gary Neville, who now works as a television pundit and a member of England’s coaching staff, responded: “Delighted! A big game at Moor Lane!”
Neville also responded to a tweet from Notts County’s official account, suggesting Salford will need to make some changes to be ready for the encounter.
“How many fans do you have travelling? We need more toilets and burger vans!” he tweeted.
Salford average around 500 fans for their home games, although there were 1,019 present for the win over Southport in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round last weekend.
“I’m delighted for everybody at the club for all the work that’s been put in,” Salford striker Danny Webber said after the draw on BBC Two.
“It was important we got a league club and it will be great for the lads to pit their wits against a league club to see where we stand.
“It’s exciting for everybody at Salford.”
Draw for the first round of the English FA Cup made on Monday:
Burton Albion v Peterborough
Port Vale v Maidenhead
Barnet v Blackpool
Bristol Rovers v Chesham United
Cambridge Utd v Basingstoke
Mansfield v Oldham
Altrincham v Barnsley
Crewe Alexandra v Eastleigh
Northwich Victoria or Chorley v Boreham Wood
Coventry v Northampton
Brackley v Newport County
Grimsby v St Albans City
Hartlepool United v Havant and Waterlooville or Cheltenham Town
Salford City v Notts County
Dover v Stourbridge
Stevenage v Gillingham
Millwall v AFC Fylde
Aldershot v Bradford
Walsall v Fleetwood
Bury v Wigan
Portsmouth v Macclesfield
Sheffield Utd v Worcester City
Barwell or AFC Rushden and Diamonds v Grays or Welling
Halifax or Guiseley v Wycombe
Crawley v Luton
Doncaster v Stalybridge Celtic or North Ferriby United
Didcot v Exeter
Dagenham and Redbridge v Morecambe
Leyton Orient v Staines Town
Gainsborough Trinity v Shrewsbury
Maidstone v Yeovil
Braintree v Oxford United
Whitehawk v Tranmere or Lincoln
Accrington v York
Scunthorpe v Southend
AFC Wimbledon v Forest Green Rovers
Plymouth v Carlisle
FC United of Manchester v Chesterfield
Rochdale v Swindon
Wealdstone v Colchester
Ties will take place on November 6,7 and 8