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Rugby teams to play in honour of Alan Henning

Local rugby league rivals Salford Red Devils and Swinton will play a friendly in January, with all the proceeds going to the family of Alan Henning.

The Salford taxi driver was murdered by Islamic State at the start of October after being captured in Syria where he was delivering aid.

Alan Henning was described as a 'local hero'

All money made from the game will be donated to the Alan Henning Fund, which was set up by his family following his death.

Salford owner Marwan Koukash said: “We all have been deeply touched by the sad loss of Alan and I feel it is a fitting tribute to the wonderful work he carried out that the two rugby Clubs of Salford have combined to provide support for Alan’s family.

"From personal experience as a refugee myself, I have been the recipient of the humanitarian efforts of such wonderful people as Alan and I really do hope that this game can be a way in which the sporting teams of the City can show their gratitude and support for Alan and his family."

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Who are Salford City FC?

Non-league football team Salford City are set to be bought by five of Manchester United's most famous sons.

Messrs Giggs, Scholes, Butt, Neville and Neville have played in some of the world's grandest stadiums in their illustrious careers, but their prospective new club operates on a different level:

  • Founded in 1940 as Salford
  • Play at Moor Lane - capacity 1,400
  • Currently 11th in the Evo-Stick Northern Premier League Division One North - the eight tier of English football
  • Nicknamed the Ammies
  • No professional players
  • Play in orange

Gary Neville says Salford City name will not change

Gary Neville said on Twitter that he and his fellow investors had no plans to change the name, ground or management of Salford City FC, which he and four former Manchester United team-mates have agreed to buy.

There had earlier been rumours in some media that Paul Scholes would be appointed as the club's manager.

Butt and Scholes reunited in Salford City FC bid

Former Manchester United midfielders Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt have teamed up with three former team-mates in a bid to buy Salford City FC, who currently play in the eighth tier of English football.

Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt have coached Man Utd's youth team. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Scholes said: "We know it will be tough but we will be committed to this from the start and have some very exciting plans going forward."

Butt added: "Moor Lane's sporting heritage dates back 320 years, the oldest of it's type in the Manchester area and this should be safeguarded so it becomes a lasting legacy for future generations."

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Neville brothers hail 'exciting' Salford City FC venture

Gary and Phil Neville said they were "excited" about a deal to buy Northern Premier League side Salford City.

Former England right-back Gary said: "I had my first trial for Manchester United in Salford at age 11 and I will never forget how important that was to me.

Phil and Gary Neville played together for Man Utd and England. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

"Salford City FC to me represents those early years, the commitment, hunger, enthusiasm, desire and spirit of football and I am very excited about this venture."

Younger brother Phil added: "It is important to safeguard the hard work that is done in the lower leagues and it is going to be exciting to be able to feed our experience into the young players."

Salford boy Giggs: 'This is what we believe in'

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has hailed his plan to buy his hometown club Salford City FC with four former team-mates.

"Everyone knows how important Salford is to me, so this is an exciting acquisition that is right at the heart of what we all believe in," said Giggs, who lived in Salford after leaving Wales aged six.

Ryan Giggs is the only one of the club's prospective owners still playing professional football. Credit: PA

"We want to engage the football community, use our football experience and knowledge to aspire and nurture young talent and being able to do that in Salford makes it even more exciting," he added.

Five Man Utd stars involved in Salford City FC deal

Gary Neville, along with Giggs, Butt and Scholes, watch Salford City in action. Credit: MEN Syndication

Famed Manchester United youth products Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt have exchanged on a deal to acquire Salford City Football Club, the non-league club has confirmed.

The deal will complete this summer, pending FA approval.

Fans thrilled as Man Utd 'Class of 92' seal Salford deal

Salford City football fans have taken to Twitter to give the thumbs-up to a deal that will see five famed Manchester United youth products buy the club.

Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt are part of the Man Utd 'Class of 92', a reference to the club's FA Youth Cup win of that year.

David Beckham is the sixth member of the group, who all went on to have hugely successful careers in United's first team.

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