Introduction: Salford is a city in North West England sitting on the west bank of the River Irwell facing Manchester which lies on the east side of the river. The Manchester Ship Canal forms the southern boundary.The current population is 245600.
Although historically in Lancashire, Salford was the judicial seat of the ancient hundred of Salfordshire.
By being granted a charter in 1230, by the 6th Earl of Chester, Salford became a Free Borough.
In the Industrial Revolution the town was a major cotton, spinning and weaving centre as well as the inland port of the Manchester Ship Canal.
Became a County Borough in 1906 and gained City status in 1926.
The town held a few firsts, including first Free Library and first street to be gas lit.
After 20th century decline regeneration started with Salford Quays and University.
In 21st century Media City became home of some BBC departments and ITV Granada.
Things to do:
Cathedral:- This is the Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist. Located in Chapel Street, Salford, M3 5LL this building has some beautiful stained glass windows and carvings. The building was commenced in 1844 and opened in 1848.
St. John is depicted in floor mosaics and the windows.
There is a cafe which is open from 10.30am to 4pm.
Ordsall Hall:- This beautiful Tudor building is free to enter but has a £2.50 + parking charge. As well as the house there are beautiful gardens. It is also the place known to be where Guy Fawkes plotted the Gun Powder Plot.
Open Monday to Thursday and Sundays the Hall has a cafe and bookshop.
The house is located on Ordsall Lane, Ordsall, Salford, M5 3AN
Media City UK:- This area is crammed with cafes, bars, shops and entertainment facilities.
Located on the side of the Manchester Ship Canal this project also houses many BBC Television departments.
Also in this area the LOWRY art gallery can be found whic has the painters work in abundance.
You can also take a boat tour along the canal which also gives views of Old Trafford.
From Manchester Picadilly Station the venue lies on a spur on the Eclles metro tram system.
Barton Swing Aqueduct:- this is a Grade 2 listed structure, built in 1894, and is the only one in existence in the world. It allows pleasure and other small craft travelling on the Bridgewater Canal to pass over the Manchester Ship Canal. When a larger boat wishes to pass along the MSC the aqueduct swings 90 degerres to clear obstructing the MSC.
If you wish to see the Aqueduct in operation, contact the Bridgwater Canal Company for opening times.
Night Life: the best area in Salford for going out is the Salford Quays and Media City area. There you will find establishments such as Craftbrew, The Dockyard, Social 7 and Pier Eight.
If you like local theatre then you may like the Salford Arts Theatre. It produces a few productions a year, including panto. It can be found at Kemsing Walk, Liverpool Street, Salford. 0161 925 0111.
VUE cinema can be found at the Lowry in Salford Quays.
In truth most visitors to Salford visit Manchester, a couple of miles away for quality nightlife.
Eating Out: Salford has a mixture of British, European and ethnic eating based in two main locations, Chapel Street in the city centre and Salford Quays. The Quays is home to a range of restaurants from nationwide chains.
Shopping: Salford shopping is based around three malls.
Salford Shopping Centre is located in Pendleton. It contains 80 shops and an indoor market. The shops can be classed as for everyday shopping needs. Car Parking is free nearby.
Quayside Media City is an outlet centre and contains many High Street shops selling at reduced prices. A Vue cinema is also located here. Getting there is almost certainly best by tram from Picadilly or Victoria stations in Manchester. There is also a tram service from Eccles.
West One Retail is based in Eccles. Access is best by car. Again the shopping is general everyday.
Eccles, located in Salford, is a pleasant small shopping area.
Realistically the best shopping in the area is found in the centre of Manchester and the Trafford Mall.
Accommodation: Salford Quays contains a range of hotels from budget to 5 star luxury accommodation.
Roads: The M60 surrounds Salford on its north, west and sout boundaries.
From the M60 the M602 takes you to Eccles and onto the centre of Salford.
The A580 from the M60 takes you to Salford centre via Swinton and Pendlebury.
The M62 west takes you to Warrington (connecting to M6 South) and Liverpool.
The M61 goes to Bolton, Preston and M6 North.
The M62, nort of the city takes you to Huddersfield and West Yorkshire.
Rail: Eccles, Swinton and Salford Crescent have connections to both Manchester Picadilly and Victoria.
Salford Central connects to Slford Crescent, Swinton and Victoria.
Manchester Picadilly and Victoria have connections to rest of the UK.
Air: Manchester Airport is located to the south of the city and is a 1.5 hour train journey.
The alternatives are coach and taxi, which can be found via internet.
Tram: The local tram system joins Eccles, Media City and Salford Quays to Manchester City Centre and Picadilly Station.
Bus: The whole city is well catered for bus transport and all information can be found at Transport for Greater Manchester website. The shopping centres, all of Manchester and the surrounding towns are connected.
Taxis: Half a dozen taxi firms serve Salford and surrounding areas, including Manchester Airport.
Stadium: Peninsula Stadium. Moor Lane. Salford. M7 3PZ
Joined League: 2019
Chairman: Karen Baird
Manager: Graham Alexander
Current League: League 2
Phone number: 0161 241 9772
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Founded as Salford Central in 1940 the club initially played in local Leagues.
1963 saw the club promoted to Manchester Football League and changed its name to Salford Amateurs. With the nickname Ammies they won the Lancashire Amateur Cup and Manchester Premier Cup on several occasions.
They moved into Moor Lane in 1978.
In 1989 they changed their name to Salford City and in 1990 made their FA Cup debut.
From this point the club slowly started to climb the Leagues and in 2008 reached the Northern Premier League.
In 2014 the club's fortunes completely changed when the "Manchester United Class of '92" took control of the club. They were Ryan Giggs, Gary & Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and they were joined by David Beckham in 2019.
After climbing Leagues again they reached the Football League 2 in 2019 and won their first match against Stevenage 2-0.
Moor Lane became the newly enhanced Peninsula Stadium and opened by Sir Alex Ferguson..
Tickets: Away fans should purchase tickets from their home club.
Other tickets can be bought online or from the ticket office. Check the club's website for details.
Car: The stadium lies just 2 miles from the M60 junction 17. After leaving the motorway here take the A56 heading to Manchester city centre. Once you reach a Lidl to your left and a Carphone Warehouse to your right, take the third right road into Moor Lane.
There is no parking at the ground nor surrounding streets which have a residents parking scheme. However, there is some parking on Moor Lane itself and roads a little further away such as Kersal Moor Road.
Travelling to and from the south leave the M60 at Swinton.
Rail: It is probably best not to get a train to the small stations nearer the ground. Manchester Victoria is probably the best station to use, if possible. From there you can take buses 87/98 heading in the Bury direction. You can also take a taxi from the main stations.
From both Victoria and Piccadilly you can take the Metro to Crumpsall Road.
Metro Tram: Route A from Altrincham to Bury passes through Victoria Station and Crumsall Road.
Route C from Piccadilly to Bury also stops at Victoria Station and Crumpsall Road.
Crumpsall Road is about 1.75 miles from the ground so need to be fit.
Bus: You can get a bus from all parts of Greater Manchester to Moor Lane. The services to use are 94, 97, X41 and X43.
For routes and Timetables visit Transport for Greater Manchester website..
Stadium: The Peninsula is a small compact stadium with covered stands on all sides and corners enclosed.
The Moor Lane Stand has most facilities and is all seater. At the rear of the stand are glass enclosed corporate areas.
Opposite is the Neville Road stand which has seating at the front, standing at the rear and has the dugouts.
The East and West areas are very similar in size and it is the East that holds away supporters.
The players enter the pitch from the south west corner.
For away fans the facilities are fairly basic with portaloos and a burger van for refreshments. It is hoped to improve all facilities over time.
Pubs are scarce in this part of Salford so suggest refrehment is taken in station aeas or Salford and Manchester city centres before leaving for the ground.