Greater Manchester derby booked as Stockport County are set to meet Salford City in League Two play-off semi-final

Following a decisive final day f the season, promotion to League One is still very much a possibility for both clubs.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 9th May 2023

We’re all set for another Greater Manchester derby as Stockport County are set to face Salford City in the EFL League Two play-offs.

The two local rivals are now set to play each other for a third and fourth time this season after County missed out on automatic promotion during the final day of the season following a 1-1 draw against Hartlepool and Northampton securing the third spot.

As a result, the two Greater Manchester teams will now meet each other in the League Two play-off semis which will be decided across two legs, with the winner set to play either one of Bradford City or Carlisle United in the final for the final promotion place.

Salford will now welcome the Hatters to the Peninsula Stadium on Saturday, 13 May at 7.45pm, with Neil Wood’s side set to travel down the road to Edgeley Park a week later for a 12:30pm kick-off on 20 May.

Salford rounded off the final day of the season with a 1-0 loss to Gillingham at home but still narrowly managed to secure their play-off place thanks to some seriously fine margins, boasting just one more goal than Mansfield Town in eighth place.


Co-owner Gary Neville lead the congratulations on Twitter, quipping, “I did not enjoy that!” but nevertheless saying, “well done lads over the season and to all the other teams”.

County manager Dave Challinnor, who has been in charge at the club since 2021, guided them back into the English Football League after an 11-year absence in his first season.


Regardless of missing out on automatic places on the final day when the odds were admittedly stacked against them, he says they only finished eight points short of the initial target they set themselves and is nevertheless looking forward to a massive two-legged semi-final.

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The winners will progress to the final at Wembley on Sunday, May 28, in the hopes of securing a place in the play-off final and potentially a spot in League One for the 2023/24 season.

Should Stockport manage to progress, it will be their highest league position since 2010 and as for Salford, promotion would see them competing in the third division for the first time in their history.


Once again, they’ll have to get past one of Bradford or Carlisle first but should either pull it off, you can expect some serious celebrations.

You can watch the highlights of Stockport County vs Hartlepool United and Salford City vs Gillingham HERE.

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