January 24 – Former England captain David Beckham is set to take a 10% stake in Salford City, a non-league English club, joining a number of other members of Manchester United’s so-called Class of 92.
National League Salford play one division below the professional pyramid and Beckham joins former Old Trafford team-mates Gary and Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes as part-owners of the club, who are in the running for promotion to League Two.
The club currently lie in third spot in the league in a play-off position, but are only one point behind leaders Leyton Orient and Solihull Moors. The amount Beckham has paid for his stake in the club has not been given.
Beckham’s share means that the Class of ’92, who all played together under Sir Alex Ferguson, are now majority shareholders in the National League club, owning a total of 60%. Peter Lim, the Singaporean business partner of the Class of ‘92, remains the club’s single largest shareholder.
Beckham, who is also in the ownership group of newly-formed Major League Soccer franchise Inter Miami, said: “It’s a proud moment for me to join Peter Lim and the Class of 92 lads as an owner of Salford City FC.
“It’s a really special club and a special group of people. My early years in Manchester were all spent in Salford. I grew up there in many ways, so to be able to finally join the lads and the club today is a great feeling.”
“Salford City has achieved so much success in a short space of time, the fans are incredible and I am really excited to be spending more time in Salford again.”
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