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BBC ONE COMMISSIONS SALFORD DREAMS UNITED DOCUMENTARY SERIES FROM ELECTRIC RAY


London, 22 January 2015 — BBC One has commissioned a three part access documentary series from Electric Ray, following the story of ex Manchester United stars - the Class of ‘92 - as they prepare to get stuck in with Salford City F.C. They have one dream…to take the club from the Evostick league to the top.
 
Salford Dreams United (w/t) follows Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary and Phil Neville as they face their biggest challenge since winning the Treble. They have taken on Salford City F.C, a neighbourhood club with an average crowd of just 150 and mid-placed in the Evostick Northern Premier League, eight rungs down from the Premiership.
 
The documentary series was commissioned by BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore and Maxine Watson, Commissioning Editor BBC Documentaries and will air on BBC One later this year. It will be executive produced by Electric Ray’s managing directors, Meredith Chambers and Karl Warner and Maxine Watson for the BBC.
 
Charlotte Moore said: "It’s a real coup to give BBC One viewers such extraordinary access through this new documentary series that will follow the story of these famous ex-Manchester United players and football heroes. It’s a window into a passionate local community as this club has a chance to be part of a bigger playing field and realise their dreams."
 
Meredith Chambers said: “This series promises to be fascinating. Every Saturday at a small ground in Salford, people with so many different dreams and passions come together for 90 minutes - now they will be joined by some of the biggest names in world football. Right now at this local club it feels like anything could happen.”
 
Between them the five legendary footballers will be getting involved with every aspect of the club: from doubling the grass-seed budget, to turning up to training sessions, and Phil Neville’s even offered to make the tea at half time. They will have to work alongside the Salford fans and a 15 strong Committee who are passionate about their local club -  and while plans to renovate the ground, re-fit the toilets and build barman Buck a new clubhouse will prove popular, the club’s decision to change the colour of the strip from orange to red has split some of their loyal followers.
 
Despite their high profile day-jobs, the famous five footballers dream of turning Salford City F.C in to a new model for all football clubs - rooted in the community, discovering untapped talent, and turning local players into heroes. Meanwhile, the big Salford characters who run the club are hoping that their fortunes are about to change after years of struggling to survive.
 
Can the Class of ‘92 really breathe new life into the 75 year old club and turn it in to a thriving team? And with a vocal and passionate local community to contend with, will the people of Salford take them and their audacious plan to their hearts?
 
Electric Ray is a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television.
 
 
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