Salford City: Everything you need to know about Hartlepool United's FA Cup opponents

Salford City
Salford City

Hartlepool United's away draw to FA Cup giant-killers Salford City is the stand-out tie in the second round of the world famous competition.

Amid the fanfare and publicity the club has received from their 'Class of '92 owners' and the recent BBC documentary, 'The Ammies' produced a huge shock when they dumped out League Two outfit Notts County in front of the television cameras.

Pools will be wary of history repeating itself in round two after they were dumped out by Salford's Evo-Stik Northern Premier League rivals, Blyth Spartans last season.

With the North-West side gunning for a second League Two scalp, we dug out everything you need to know about one of the countries fastest growing non-league clubs.

History:

Salford were originally founded in 1940 when they were known as Salford Central, and originally plied their trade in the North-West Counties Football League.

After achieving promotion to the Northern Premier League Division One North in 2008, they languished in the bottom half of that league consistently up until 2014 with many managers passing through the revolving door at Moor Lane during this period including Rhodri Giggs (brother of Ryan).

March 2014 signalled the beginning of a change in fortunes for Salford when it was announced that a consortium led by Man United legends Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Neville brothers, Gary and Phil, had successfully taken over the club.

Salford's performances on the pitch improved dramatically as they went the first 13 games of their 2014-15 season unbeaten. Off the pitch things were also going from strength-to-strength as Singapore billionaire Peter Lim - who also owns Spanish giants Valencia - bought a 50 per cent stake in the club.

However, a concerning dip in form saw Salford only win four of their next 11 games as they gave up serious ground on promotion rivals Darlington 1883, which resulted in the departure of then manager Phil Power.

Management duo Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley were brought in from Ramsbottom United, having masterminded a successful promotion campaign from Division One a year earlier, charged with the task of revitalising Salford's promotion charge.

The Ammies' sensationally went onto win 15 of their final 17 league games under the new management, as they pipped Darlo to the Division One title.

Having recruited well in the summer, Salford are chasing promotion in the Northern League Premier Division and look like realistic contenders for a second successive promotion up to the National League North.

The Team:

Salford have pieced together a team mixed with Football League experience, proven non-league performers and Premier League academy graduates.

Keeper Jay Lynch was an unused substitute three times for Bolton's 2011-12 Premier League campaign and after a brief spell at Accrington Stanley joined Salford last season and has become one of the most consistent performers in the non-league ranks.

At the back they boast former Atletico Madrid youth player, Elliot Kebbie as well as former Aston Villa trainee, Stephen O'Halloran.

The 27-year-old left back has been capped twice by the Republic of Ireland and has had spells at Wycombe, Southampton, Swansea, Coventry and Carlisle before he made the switch from National League North side Stockport County this summer.

When manager's Johnson and Morley made the move from Ramsbottom they brought with them four of their key performers.

Central defensive duo Andy Dawson and Steve Howson played a pivotal role in Ramsbottom's success and have since formed a similarly strong understanding at the heart of Salford's defence.

Midfield duo Scott Burton and Gary Stopforth also made the move, alongside Salford's £5,000 record signing Jordan Hulme, while Friday's match-winner, Richie Allen, scored 25 goals for AFC Fylde in their promotion winning season to the National League North in 2013-14.

Up top, Salford boast 33-year-old Danny Webber who bagged the opening goal against Notts County. The Manchester United academy graduate came to prominence during his time with Watford in the Championship, while he also enjoyed Premier League spells with Sheffield United and Portsmouth.

He is joined by ex Pools player, James Poole, who expressed his delight at the prospect of locking horns with his former employers.

The Man City academy graduate, spent three years at Victoria Park and was prone to the odd wonder-strike, during his time in the North-East. After falling out of favour during Colin Cooper's tenure, Poole turned down a new deal in July 2014 before joining Salford in September of this year.