Author: Luke Wallworth

A MESSAGE TO OUR 2021 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

Following the full fixture list announcement for Super League 2021, the Club would like to address to you our plan going forward as we prepare for the likely return of fans to games.

With fans not expected to be allowed back into venues until May 17th, the first six Super League rounds will be behind-closed-doors (BCD) fixtures. Season ticket holders will be able to watch all Salford home and away BCD games via the Our League app and codes will be distributed in due course. All BCD fixtures will also be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

We understand that missing three home games is not ideal and we feel the need to thank you all for staying loyal, renewing your memberships and helping keep your club afloat during these extreme times. That’s why we will be offering all season ticket holders a free Dacia Magic Weekend ticket and for your name to be placed on a special edition shirt to be released ahead of the 2022 season.

Looking ahead to the likely return of fans and considering the limited capacity rule that the Government will be implementing, priority sequencing for restricted access games is as follows:

1. Season Ticket holders & Squad Builder members

2. Season Ticket holders only

3. Squad Builder members only

4. Open Ballot

We would love to have as many of our fans back in the stands as soon as possible and we hope that we can allow more of you in as and when COVID-19 restrictions lighten.

Now more than ever purchasing a season ticket will reap its rewards, as not only will you be bumped up the priority list for access to games, but you will also be entered into a draw for a “money can’t buy” experience, every time we hit a milestone in our season ticket sales.

There will be 13 draws with 13 fantastic rewards on offer every time a milestone is met.

The reward for each milestone in order is shown below:

1. Matchball sponsorship for Hull FC game

2. Home director seat for 2 for Leigh Centurions BCD fixture

3. Home director seat for 2 for Castleford Tigers BCD fixture

4. Match worn shirt presented by player post game*

5. Box for you and four friends for home game against Wigan*

6. Away day as a director for two*

7. Inside Salford – a day with the media team*

8. Lunch with the players in the Players’ Lounge*

9. Place in 2022 team photo in training kit that you can keep*

10. Home visit Q&A with head coach and players*

11. Preseason training session with team for a community club/school of your choice*

12. Travel and accommodation for two for Catalans Dragons away 2022

13. Free weekend at Salford’s next major final appearance

*subject to COVID-19 restrictions and measurements being in place

There will be several other rewards and opportunities throughout the season for you to be involved in, so make sure you purchase a season ticket to stay in the loop!

Again, Salford Red Devils would like to thank you for your continued support in what has been a challenging year for everyone. We wanted to show that your loyalty to the Club is extremely appreciated and we hope to see as many of you in the stands as soon as it is safe.

2021 BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE FULL FIXTURES ANNOUNCED

The full fixture list for the 2021 Betfred Super League season has been announced.

Following the announcement of numerous important rounds such as Rivals Round and Dacia Magic Weekend, the highly anticipated full fixture list for this season is now published.

Salford’s first game back at the AJ Bell Stadium will be against Leigh Centurions, behind closed doors (BCD), on Sunday 25th April.

With fans expected to be allowed back into venues from May 17th, the first game that we should see you back in the stands at the AJ Bell will be when we welcome Wigan Warriors on Sunday 23rd May.

The last time we played in front of a crowd was the 18-14 home victory over the Warriors in the league in March 2020.

All six of the opening rounds that are BCD will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and Salford season ticket holders will be able to watch all BCD home and away fixtures on the Our League app. Codes will be distributed in due course.

The full 2021 Betfred Super League fixture list for Salford Red Devils, with fixtures subject to change and all TV rounds that are not expected to be BCD still awaiting confirmation from Sky Sports, is below:

The 2021 Super League Grand Final will be contested at Old Trafford on Saturday 9th October.

Super League chief commercial officer Rhodri Jones said: “We are delighted to be able to share the full 2021 Betfred Super League season schedule with fans.

“The first round is just a month away now and it promises to be a fantastic season with some great fixtures in store and most of all we look forward to welcoming fans back into stadiums.”

“Our clubs have been busy recruiting in the off-season and I am sure I’m not alone in saying that I can’t wait to see our amazing athletes back in action alongside these fantastic new signings, including Greg Inglis, Josh Reynolds, Korbin Sims and of course, the return of John Bateman to Wigan Warriors.”

“We will see four teams led out by new coaches in 2021 and I wish the best of luck to Brett Hodgson at Hull FC, John Duffy at Leigh Centurions, Richard Marshall at Salford Red Devils and Ian Watson at Huddersfield Giants, who will be hoping to emulate the recent success he achieved at Salford in reaching two finals in the last two seasons.

“I would like to thank the clubs, the RFL and Sky Sports for their input, understanding and patience, enabling us to produce a compelling fixture list.”

Betfred Super League Play-Offs

Eliminator 1: Thursday 23 September

Eliminator 2: Friday 24 September

Semi-Final 1: Thursday 30 September

Semi-Final 2: Friday 1 October

Betfred Super League Grand Final: Saturday 9 October

Message on the sad passing of former Club secretary Graham McCarty

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of former Salford Red Devils secretary Graham McCarty. 

Graham originated from the Leyland area of Lancashire, where for many years he was a mathematics teacher at high school level. In later years, he became involved with his first love and took secretarial levels in sport and his first venture into rugby league was the secretarial position at Warrington Wolves before moving to Salford during the reign of Kevin Ashcroft in the 1980s.

Graham went on to work alongside Kevin Tamati, Gary Jack ,Andy Gregory and John Harvey with great commitment and professionalism. Upon Graham’s retirement from the sport, he went to live in the Marbella area of Spain and enjoyed many years there in the sun enjoying a well deserved, more leisurely life style.

Former Chairman Dr John A Wilkinson OBE gave a personal message:

“In the 80s and 90s, one of the most important roles at any club was the club secretary and Salford was blessed with, in my opinion, one of the very best in Graham McCarty.

“When you think of the role, it was so diverse and took the responsibility of really running the club at all levels. His responsibilities ranged from board meetings, players contracts, doing the wages and the ground safety certificate arrangements for players’ operations. On a matchday, his role went from organising gatemen, match stewards, the food served to the players and match official timekeeper – counting the gate takings and taking it to the bank to put into the night safe. A far cry of how today’s game is administered.

“One of Graham’s renowned sayings was “leave it with me” – this always bought him time especially with the players. It is with such sadness to me personally to think of a world without Graham McCarty, who was a real character and would light up any room he entered. He was certainly a gentleman who will never be forgotten.”

 

DACIA MAGIC WEEKEND FIXTURES ANNOUNCED

The fixtures for the 2021 Dacia Magic Weekend, scheduled over the weekend of September 4-5th at St James’ Park in Newcastle, have today been confirmed.

All games will be live on Sky Sports and Salford Red Devils will open the event against Castleford Tigers with kick-off times announced in due course.

Dacia Magic Weekend fixtures have been readjusted from the 2020 schedule to involve Leigh Centurions and all teams are playing on the same day they were meant to play last year, in acknowledgment of the fans who have committed to retaining their 2020 tickets.

The formula for deciding fixtures each day is that teams will play the team they finished closest to in the final 2020 league standings.

Super League chief commercial officer, Rhodri Jones said: “Dacia Magic Weekend is an important part of the Betfred Super League calendar and it is great to have the event back in our plans for the upcoming 2021 season.

“Following the Prime Minister’s latest update about the easing of lockdown restrictions, we are optimistic that we will be able to welcome fans into St James’ Park to enjoy the festival atmosphere that makes Dacia Magic Weekend so special”

“With the event falling later in the calendar this year, it could be all to play for in the closing stages of the season with teams chasing the League Leaders shield, play-off spots or looking to avoid relegation.”

“I’d like to pay thanks to Dacia for their on-going support of this event as well as our event partners at Newcastle United, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle-Gateshead Initiative and NE1, and once again to Sky Sports for continuing to bring fans their excellent coverage of this unique event.”

Callum Chamberlain, Senior Brand Communications Manager at Dacia said: “Dacia Magic Weekend is an incredible moment in the rugby league calendar, so we are delighted with the recent announcement that the event will take place over the 4th and 5th September at St James’ Park. Super League have worked incredibly hard to pull together an exciting, jam-packed weekend of fixtures and Dacia is proud and excited to continue to play a part in this pinnacle event.”

Cllr Ged Bell, cabinet member for employment and culture said: “I am really pleased that Super League is planning on bringing back Magic Weekend to Newcastle this September.

“Our city has a world class reputation for hosting events, and we have an unrivalled passion for all sports and culture. Newcastle knows how to put on a show and we look forward to welcoming fans from across the country to enjoy the weekend in our great city.

“The Prime Minister’s route out of lockdown means fans will once again return to stadiums in the coming months, meaning we can look forward to this excellent event with renewed optimism.

“The Covid pandemic has already impacted many of the events that take place in Newcastle every year, spectacular showcases which welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors and support businesses across the region. It is vital that as part of our recovery we develop and host events of all shapes and sizes and provide unique experiences across Newcastle and provide a much-needed boost to our wider economy.

“It is important that we look ahead to this event and plan for any eventuality. The vaccine roll out, localised test and trace systems and a greater understanding of the virus provide us a glimmer of hope that Magic Weekend can once again attract record crowds to St James’ Park. However, if any restrictions are still in place, we will work closely with the Super League, NE1 and businesses across the city to maximise on the opportunity in whatever way possible.”

Stephen Patterson Director of Communications at NE1 Ltd said: “We are delighted that a date has been set for Magic Weekend’s welcome return to Newcastle.

“We were obviously disappointed the event had to be postponed last year but now the date is set, we can all look forward to the celebrations in September. Magic Weekend is always a highlight in the city’s event calendar, and we hope that by the autumn we’ll be able to welcome the fans back to St James’ Park to enjoy all the associated activities that the event brings.

“Magic Weekend and all its loyal supporters always give a huge boost to trade in Newcastle and this year, will play a significant part in helping the city and the wider region to bounce back from the pandemic.”

Anyone who purchased Dacia Magic Weekend tickets for the 2020 event and haven’t yet claimed a refund, your tickets will still be valid for the 2021 event.

Details of when more tickets will go on sale will be announced in due course, with Spring likely to be the earliest you will be able to purchase one. If you have any queries, updated FAQs can be found here.

GOLDLINE DRAW WEEK 47

This week’s lottery results have been revealed, with William Bell claiming the £1000 Jackpot.

Thank you to all lottery members for your ongoing loyalty during these challenging times. If you have any questions, please email: salfordsuperdraw@gmail.com

Below are the results:

New members are advised to please join via our Direct Debit sign up HERE. Please insert your name in the reference box on the form when signing up.

Direct debit options
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1 – £4.34 per month
2 – £8.68 per month
Quarterly:
1 – £13 per quarter
2 – £26 per quarter

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Red Devils fans can also show their support during the suspended season by signing up to the club’s video subscription service RDTV.

SALFORD BECOME PIONEERS OF PLAYER WELFARE FOLLOWING GROUNDBREAKING PARTNERSHIP WITH PROTECHT

Salford Red Devils have become the first rugby league club to link up with PROTECHT – a mouthguard that actively monitors impacts to players’ heads.

Salford initially looked at implementing the technology at the beginning of 2020. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic putting additional constraints on the club, the decision was made to properly commence the project for the coming season.

The PROTECHT system has been designed by Sports & Wellbeing Analytics (SWA); a Welsh company founded in 2016 with the aim of improving player welfare and team performance through leveraging data.

The partnership will see Salford Red Devils adopt SWA’s PROTECHT system, which involves every player wearing a mouthguard with a chip inserted inside. The data is then sent back to pitch-side coaching and medical staff in real time. The chip’s placement within the mouthguard means that it is connected to the players’ upper jaw – the only part of the body that cannot move independently of the skull.

The initial focus with PROTECHT was on rugby union with the system in use in Leicester, Gloucester and Harlequins, but this new partnership puts Salford Red Devils at the forefront of player welfare in rugby league as SWA begin to adapt their technology into a number of other sports.

Each player will receive a custom fit mouthguard and the purpose of the system is to understand not only how many collisions the players undergo in matches and in training, but also the intensity of these impacts. This allows the medics and conditioners to ensure players are prepared for matches but also adequately recovered and ready to perform in competitive matches.

Salford’s lead physio Rob Artingstall, who played an important role in the partnership with PROTECHT, said: “PROTECHT approached me in early 2020 and asked if it was something that I would want Salford to be involved with and I obviously jumped at the chance.

“I’m really excited to restart our relationship with them. We were well underway with everything and were helping them with their product development and gathering data before COVID-19 hit us all in March which put a halt on progress.

“We are looking to use their outstanding technology to help us get detailed data on one of the only things that can’t accurately be quantified in rugby league – the collision!

“By getting this information, we can help PROTECHT with their research in to concussion and spotting potential patterns that may help identify players who are at increased risk. We can also use the data to plan the quantity and intensity of our contact sessions on a weekly basis which could help us strike the right balance between performance and looking after the players physically and mentally.

“We can also use the technology to progress players back from injury and to help inform us from a recovery point of view. It truly is cutting edge technology that will help look after player welfare as well as help drive performance.”

Director of rugby & operations Ian Blease added: “I am really pleased and excited about our new partnership with PROTECHT and I would like to thank Rob Artingstall for his work on this project.

“As a club, we always look to take care of our players and their welfare is of upmost importance to us and will always be at the forefront when we are investigating new equipment and topics.  The mouth guards will enable our doctors and physios to make the right decisions for our players on the back of the analytical data available as a result of our players wearing them.

“The effects on players from rugby collisions alone is an area of research that is gathering pace all over the world, and for Salford Red Devils to be at the forefront of this research is an extremely important addition to our own research and development programmes.”

SWA CEO Chris Turner commented: “We are delighted to be working with Salford who have continually demonstrated the importance they place on player welfare. They have shown that performance and player welfare are intertwined and we believe the PROTECHT technology has a vital role to play in improving each of them.”

Aspey – “I made sure I gave everything one hundred percent”

Salford Red Devils youngster Connor Aspey has signed a one-year deal with the first team following his two-month trial. 

A product of the youth system, Aspey has signed for the 2021 Betfred Super League season following a two-month trial funded by the Supporters’ Trust and is pleased his efforts have paid off.

The 18-year-old said: “I just had the mentality to do my best in everything that I did.

“I couldn’t be slacking on anything, even if it’s just jogging in or getting onside. I made sure I gave everything one hundred percent.”

Despite the hard work that has been required from him, Aspey is enjoying preseason under new head coach Richard Marshall and the Club’s new head of Strength & Conditioning Gareth Whittaker.

“It’s been good but tough, especially with Gaz (Gareth) coming in, the new conditioner, it’s quite different from what we’ve been used to,” Aspey added.

“Rich really cracks down on your skill, so he’s getting all of us better with the ball.”

The hooker also spoke about how training with the more experienced players has helped him improve his game.

Aspey said: “It’s good having them there, especially if you need to ask something or you need tipping up on something they’ll always help.

“Especially Andy Ackers as well, he’s obviously a hooker like myself and he’s always giving me little tips and helping me out along the way.”

With Paul Rowley appointed as the Club’s first head of rugby development, talent & pathways recently, the focus is on seeing more young, local players break into the first team.

Coming through the academy ran by Salford Red Devils Foundation before stepping into the reserves grade in 2020, Aspey is a prime example of how Salford are investing in youth following the signing of his contract.

“I think it’s important to get that youth up and going, a lot of young lads go missing.

“I just think the youngsters like myself need to work our hardest, do the best we can and show what we’ve got when we play.”

The hooker made his debut for Salford against Hull Kingston Rovers in Super League last season and is hoping to build on that in 2021.

Aspey added: “I just want to get some appearances, especially in Super League this year.

“I want to get some games under my belt and show people what I can do.”

BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 2 FIXTURE ANNOUNCED

Salford Red Devils will face off against Hull FC over the Easter weekend in Round 2 of the 2021 Betfred Super League. 

The behind-closed-doors game will be contested at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Saturday 3rd April and will be one of six matches that weekend to be shown live on Sky Sports.

The Easter weekend fixtures will be in support of Mose Masoe, with full details on how fans can get behind Masoe in showing their support closer to the start of the season.

Super League Executive Chairman, Robert Elstone said: “Mose Masoe’s remarkable spirit and determination provides inspiration for all us.

“As he moves into the next phase of his life and continues his rehabilitation, it is fitting that Super League clubs, players and fans thank Mose for everything he has given to the game, and help support him and his family in the future.”

The “traditional” Easter weekend fixtures will be pushed back to a later stage of the season in the hope that fans will then be able to watch them in person.

The full fixture list for the 2021 Betfred Super League season will be released on 26th February.

Looking ahead to the Round 2 fixture, Salford did the double over the Black & Whites in the league in 2020 and will be hoping to carry that record over into the new season.

Subscribe to RDTV to rewatch the last time we played Hull FC in the league, and get behind the Red Devils by purchasing your own 2021 replica away shirt.

RED DEVILS APPOINT NEW COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce George Harborne as the Club’s new commercial director. 

Harborne joins the Club from leading international sports marketing agency SPORTFIVE and brings a wealth of experience across the sports commercial landscape, particularly in a club environment.

Prior to SPORTFIVE, Harborne has also held commercial positions across Premier League and Championship football clubs at Aston Villa, Derby County and West Bromwich Albion – securing major club partners in each of these positions.

After a lengthy process, aimed at identifying someone with the experience and drive to help develop the Club’s network of relationships and greatly enhance our commercial offering across all facets of the business, Harborne was a unanimous choice of the Board.

Following his appointment, Harborne said: “I am very excited to have taken on this opportunity at Salford Red Devils.

“From my first conversations with Paul King and Joanne Hawkins, the story and journey of Salford Red Devils in recent years was one that I wanted to be part in writing the next chapter of. The job that has been done in the last couple of years to stabilise the Club has been superb and reflects the Salfordian spirit of determination and grit that runs through Salford Red Devils.

“Our aim is to now use this stable footing to take stock and both develop and deliver a robust pathway to increase our commercial revenues to support the ongoing growth and development of the Club, both from an infrastructure perspective and on the pitch.

“Despite the tough times that we all currently face, I am confident that we can continue to add to strong foundations laid for long term success at the Club.”

Managing director Paul king added: “We are delighted to have added George to lead the commercial team. He was identified at a very early stage as the one most likely to take us to the next level off the field and enable us to create the income streams we so desperately need to maintain our competitive edge on it.

“He comes with a proven track record in an elite sports environment and more importantly displayed a very clear understanding of the Salford project from day one of our initial conversation. He is as excited to be here as we are to have him.

 “He wont score the winning try at Wembley but his role is every bit as important for the future of this fine club.”

GOLDLINE DRAW WEEK 46

This week’s lottery results have been revealed, with John Anderson claiming the £1000 Jackpot.

Thank you to all lottery members for your ongoing loyalty during these challenging times. If you have any questions, please email: salfordsuperdraw@gmail.com

Below are the results:

New members are advised to please join via our Direct Debit sign up HERE. Please insert your name in the reference box on the form when signing up.

Direct debit options
Monthly:
1 – £4.34 per month
2 – £8.68 per month
Quarterly:
1 – £13 per quarter
2 – £26 per quarter

Contact SalfordSuperDraw@gmail.com for more information, or to subscribe to get the weekly results direct to your email inbox.

Red Devils fans can also show their support during the suspended season by signing up to the club’s video subscription service RDTV.