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The class of 92

sorry all it’s football but watched the salford . Leeds match last night ,, I am one of those sad b,,,ds who is a Leeds fan but would have loved to have seen the class of 92 on the field instead of watching cos I think they are among the best players ever ,, still think  Beckham is one of the all time greats and could still do a great job  , think they would have given Leeds a match to remember 

derek

man city load of moaning sods 

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Salford have come a long way in a short period of time and obviously money and influence has aided this. I think the class of 92 have got a good model here to help Salford grow but grow in controlled steps. Should be interesting to see where they are in 5 years time.

I watched them last week against Stevenage and they played well, last night they held their own for the first 35 minutes but then experienced showed.

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And the Class of 92 are setting up a university program  , good on them 

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Total respect for Class of 92. Quality players (although not all naturally gifted) with a sense of pride and commitment and generally to one club, to which they showed a sense of loyalty.Think they possibly belong to an era that has now gone.

One for Derek 5th May 1973 (15.32). Apology but have to hang on to that cos it’s been a rocky road since then!,!

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Sorry you will have to elaborate as I got married in feb 1973 , and the mind has now gone blank 

what I cannot believe is the money men coming into football from all over the world buying up clubs , Leeds has poss one  of the best followers in any league 

and would  greatly benefit from wealthy owner or consortium , coming in 

Derek 

sorry not a seven related question but  , keep on smiling 

Derek 

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Porterfield 1 -0 !!

As a Sunderland supporter I too have selective memory loss!! I think it's 7 times to Wembley since '73 and lost everytime. I have now vowed never to go again!! However, I will continue to follow them in the Third Division (or whatever it's called these days). As you say, keep on smiling - things will get better.

 

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Make that two Sunderland supporters, no three 'cos my son Chris is one as well!  Bounce 

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I agree that the involvement of the Class of 92 adds to the interest. The trouble is that rich benefactors injecting cash into lower league sides is generally not sustainable. In Salfords case they have been signing players from higher leagues and paying wages that their crowds and other income can't cover.

All is well until he bubble bursts and then you end up with situations like Bury, Bolton, Notts County and Macclesfield to name a few current cases.

At least with Salford the Class of 92 now have a majority stake and the publicity of having similar problems will probably prevent them from exiting if things go off the rails.

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In situations like this you need to spare a thought for the supporters. Unlike players genuine supporters don’t change their team. Loyal supporters of Salford have seen the Class of 92 and all the circus that comes with them destroy their non league set up. These fans could easily have followed City or United or many of the local lower league clubs like Bury, Stockport or Rochdale but chose to follow non league football with all the intimate friendliness that comes with it.

One of the first things the Class of 92 did was change the club colours from Black and Amber to Uniteds colours, then they changed the club badge. Both things that will not have gone down well with the loyal fans. 

They then proceeded to buy their way through the leagues with their unsustainable budgets. To get out of the Northern Premier League they lost £655,000 but this jumped dramatically to losses of £2,441,655 to get out of the National League North. What they lost last year to get into the football league will be interesting to see when their accounts are released. And the BBC said ‘Plucky little Salford defied the odds to get promoted ‘.

When they took over they said their aim was to use the club as a breading ground for young local talent, but as soon as results weren’t what they hoped the manager was sacked and the money started bringing in experienced players from a higher level.

As a Darlington supporter who follows his team home and away I have seen this development at Salford first hand. Unfortunately, money is now all that counts in football. If you have money you are going up, if you haven’t you’re going down, whether that is Northern League or Premier League.

Fans are very passionate about their clubs but some owners just treat them as a play thing. Football clubs are for life, not just for business!

Ian
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Very well put  Ian 

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You could argue differently though, their gate receipts and attendance is now much higher, so which fan base do you refer to, the original (few) or the new (many). Equally, watching the documentary the same faces are still there now as they were in series one, but I appreciate that some may have walked away.

I don't disagree with the sentiment but I actually think they have been quite compassionate to the club, it's people and it's roots, whilst trying to turn it into a successful football club. As a supporter, I would have thought it would be a great time to go through with the club as they certainly haven't cleaned up in any league and have still endured footballs highs and lows with some really bad runs of games.