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Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust launch improved quick RD1 and RD2 services

The Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust have launched brand-new quicker RD1 and RD2 bus services for all of the 2019 home fixtures at the AJ Bell Stadium. 
These buses are providing a vital service to a growing number of fans who would otherwise struggle to get to the home games and the Club and Supporters’ Trust would encourage as many fans to get on board with this scheme to help further the bus services going forward.
The Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust have listened to fan feedback in regard to the RD2 which means the service will no longer travel through Winton and Monton due to a lack of demand.
The RD2 service will now go onto the M60 at Worsley Court House after picking up at the John Gilbert pub and straight to the AJ Bell Stadium.
Both the RD1 and RD2 journeys will now take around just 35-40 minutes, subject to traffic.
This is a fantastic service offered to fans by the Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust. You can book early for each fixture by visiting the Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust Shop HERE.
The RD1 service pick-up points and times can be seen below:
 
The RD2 service pick-up points and times can be seen below:

Salford Red Devils 2019 Season Tickets are still available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.You can spread the cost via Direct Debit payments, for more details, click HERE.

Willows Wall | Heritage Team interchanges confirmed

The substitutes for the ‘Willows Wall’ Heritage Team have been confirmed with Gus Risman, Steve Blakeley, David Young and Ray Cashmere. 
Gus Risman was an integral part of the 1938 Challenge Cup winning side; the only time the Red Devils have ever won the trophy. Risman is a proud member of the Rugby League Hall of Fame with a statue of him, alongside four other Rugby League legends, outside Wembley Stadium.
Risman made 427 appearances for Salford scoring 143 tries, kicking 796 goals and racking up a mammoth 2021 points for the Red Devils.
Steve Blakeley featured for Salford between 1992-99 before re-joining the Club for another three years after a short stint with Warrington Wolves. Blakeley represented England against France and Wales whilst at Salford.
Welsh forward David Young joined Salford in 1991 winning 14 caps for Wales whilst at the Club and captained the Welsh National side in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup.
Ray Cashmere is the final interchange in the ‘Willows Wall’ Heritage Team after spending three successful years with the Red Devils between 2009 and 2011, making 72 appearances and crossing for five tries.
The voting for the coach of the ‘Willows Wall’ Heritage Team will be made live this afternoon in association with Salford Red Devils Foundation and Capricorn Security.

Ian Blease hails the travelling Red Devils support

Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease has hailed the Red Devils support with over 1200 fans travelling to the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday evening to watch Salford get the season off to a 14-34 winning start against Huddersfield Giants.
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “I have to say the Salford Red Devils fans were absolutely outstanding on Friday evening.
“To see over 1000 Salford supporters, make the trip up to Huddersfield in those adverse weather conditions was extremely positive and is a real testament to how brilliant they are as a group of fans.
“They made some terrific noise throughout the game and I truly believe their support helped the lads push through to victory. At one point the game was level at 8-8 and the fans really got behind the boys and I have no doubts that this galvanised the boys.
“It is even more promising that a large majority of these fans purchased their ticket in advance from the AJ Bell Stadium meaning that Salford Red Devils retained 25% of each of their purchases.
“It was great to see so many supporters promoting this on social media in the lead-up to the game as well.
“I think this massive turnout for our first away fixture is just an extension of the fantastic support our fans have shown the Club in recent months buying their Season Tickets with many also joining our Squad Builder initiative.
“We, as a Club, can’t stress enough how crucial it is that the fans get behind us this season by purchasing their Season Tickets if they haven’t done so already ahead of this weekend’s massive home opener against newly-promoted London Broncos.
“I know that we are actively reaching out to supporters – via phone calls, texts, E-Mails and direct mail – who have lapsed from watching the Red Devils in order to try and get them to come back and watch Salford on a regular basis.
“I’m hoping to see a big crowd and good walk-up from those fans who have drifted away over the years at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
“As I’ve said, the fans make a real difference and when they make that noise it definitely lifts the players on the park.
“The team we have built is strong and will play an exciting brand of rugby and if this City gets behind them from the first home game & onwards then who knows what we can achieve this season!”
WE ARE #TOGETHERSTRONGER

Salford Red Devils 2019 Season Tickets are still available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.You can spread the cost via Direct Debit payments, for more details, click HERE.

Fan Fit App | January’s competition winners confirmed

Salford Red Devils can confirm our winners for January’s FanFit App competition in association with Salford University.
John Peet – who finished 2nd in December’s competition – racked up the most steps throughout January however due to him already receiving a prize last month this month’s prizes will go the 2nd and 3rd placed supporters.
Dean Midgley came in 2nd place meaning he was won a Salford Red Devils 2019 home shirt while 3rd place Kev Wright has won a Garmin Wristband.
You can have the chance to win fantastic prizes and remain fit throughout the year by downloading the app HERE.
The monthly league top 3 were as follows:

  1. John Peet.
  2. Dean Midgley.
  3. Kev Wright.

 

Salford Red Devils 2019 Season Tickets are still available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.You can spread the cost via Direct Debit payments, for more details, click HERE.

Match Report | Huddersfield Giants 34-18 Salford Red Devils Education Academy

With the sharpest of this winter’s frosts making grounds west of the Pennines unplayable, one might have expected that the most remarkable thing about the Red team’s fixture against the Huddersfield Giants would be that the game over there was able to go ahead at all.  Far from that, however, events on the pitch were even more surprising, with the home side overturning an 18-6 deficit, to run out comfortable winners, much to the dismay of coach, Danny Barton.
“It was just so disappointing, after having been so much in command, but, with thirty-five minutes still to go in the second half, the players seemed to assume that the game had been won.”
The Red Devils might have felt that they had good reason to feel that way for having already withstood an absolute onslaught on their line in the opening ten minutes, had they not then succeeded in taking control, and run in three unconverted tries to lead 12-6, at half-time?
Indeed, they had.  And also they had promptly stretched that scoreline to 18-6 after only five minutes of the second half, but that ten minute onslaught, at the start of the game, should have been a warning as to what the Giants were capable of, given the opportunity.
Those opportunities came as a consequence of that quite premature relaxation which then allowed the home side to build momentum through their powerful forwards, who bumped off the rather half-hearted attempts of the visitors to stop them, and consequently dominated throughout the remainder of the game, adding four more converted tries, and a penalty goal, to the one they had notched towards the end of the first half.
That first half performance from the Salford players had been most impressive, for, having held their hosts out for ten minutes, they got themselves back into the game and opened the scoring through winger, Ben Gore, who finished off a break by his centre, Louis Roberts, in the corner.
Roberts was in fine form in that first half period, and backed up his earlier break, with an extremely good individual try in which he broke clear and rounded the fullback, in style, to ground out wide, to bring the score to 8-0.
Although the Giants pulled back six points with a try of their own under the posts, Salford extended their lead with a further score, just before half time, when fullback, Connor Law, latched onto a short kick through, by Connor Aspey.
Law doubled this contribution, five minutes into the second half, but had had a somewhat difficult time with the boot, and so the goal-kicking duties were taken over by Connor Aspey, who was able slot over Salford’s one successful conversion, from in front of the posts.
“We were really comfortable at this stage, and had scored some nice tries which had come from things we had worked upon in training.  It was probably the immaturity of the team which let them down from then on, because they just switched off.  We didn’t have much possession, and, once we fell behind, heads dropped, when really we should have been digging deep to produce a response.
“Our game management should have kicked in once we started to be put on the back foot, and that is something we shall have to address, as we need to take a lesson out of all this.”
There are, however, two sides to every contest, – and every comeback – and the resolve, dedication and determination the Huddersfield lads showed must not be overlooked, for they turned around what other sides might have considered an insurmountable lead, and Danny was more than forthcoming in his praise for their efforts,
“Their commitment and self-belief were exemplary, and despite the setbacks they received throughout the first forty-five minutes, they never let it unsettle them, and when things did start to turn their way, they utilised their strengths to make it tell.”

2019 Open Day to take place on Saturday

Salford Red Devils are delighted to reveal finalised details for Saturday’s open day in the 1873 Suite of the AJ Bell Stadium.
We’ve collated all the key information for Red Devils supporters surrounding the event.

Squad Builder Members

Our 2019 Squad Builder members, sponsors and club partners are invited to join us from 11am in the 1873 Suite in a period of exclusivity at Saturday’s event.
Squad Builder members will be handed their official membership cards and certificate on arrival with their membership cards gaining them access to future Squad Builder events.
Platinum Squad Builder members will also collect their Anglesey hotel voucher on entry before they will be invited outside to the West Stand seating to be involved with a Salford Red Devils team photo at approximately 11:45am.
Squad Builder members are welcome to bring a +1 to the event however in the case of Platinum members only one member will be included in the team photo.
It is important that fans who are not members of the Squad Builder do not try to enter the 1873 suite during this time as access will not be granted unless you are a member of the Squad Builder initiative.

General Admission 

The 1873 suite will be open to Salford Red Devils fans, who are not members of the Squad Builder initiative, at 12:30pm.
At approximately 1pm, the Salford Red Devils 2019 squad will enter the room one-by-one and take centre stage along with the coaching staff. Once every player has taken to the stage interviews with Ian Watson and a number of players will take place.
Following the interview section of the afternoon, Salford Red Devils players will be available for photograph opportunities and to sign autographs.
There will also be an opportunity for any supporters who are not yet currently a member of our innovative Squad Builder scheme to sign-up and reap the amazing benefits that come alongside.
Drinks will be available for supporters to purchase throughout the afternoon.

Club Shop

Salford Red Devils can confirm that our online store provider – WildThang – will be present at Saturday’s event and supporters will be able to purchase a range of merchandise ahead of the 2019 season.
The Club Shop will only be taking purchases on the day and will not be doing exchanges or refunds at the event. If you are looking to exchange an item or would like a refund on a purchase, you must do so via their online store here.

Ticketing

While you are down at the AJ Bell Stadium for Saturday’s event you will be able to purchase tickets for a range of upcoming Red Devils fixtures.
However, we’d encourage fans to purchase 2019 Season Tickets which are still available from the Club Ticket Office on Saturday. You can purchase in one payment via cash or card or can sign up to our Direct Debit payment scheme. Season Ticket collections will also be available from Reception. For a reminder of 2019 Season Ticket prices, click here.
In addition, tickets for our opening game of the 2019 Betfred Super League season against Huddersfield Giants at the John Smiths Stadium on Friday 1st February will also be available to purchase. You can also book onto the supporters’ coach for the game with Season Ticket holders getting travel at a discounted rate. All details here.
Tickets for our opening three home Betfred Super League games of 2019 will also be on sale – London Broncos (Sunday 10th February), Leeds Rhinos (Sunday 17th February) and St Helens (Thursday 28th February). For 2019 ticket prices, click here.
Finally, tickets for our 2019 Dacia Magic Weekend clash with Hull Kingston Rovers on Sunday 26th May, 1pm kick-off, at Anfield will also be available to purchase. Season Ticket holders can get half-price tickets if they buy before April. You can also book your place on the supporters’ coach for this game. All details can be found here.
 
For any enquiries surrounding Saturday’s event, E-Mail enquiries@salfordreddevils.net.

Willows Wall | Eric Prescott makes up the starting team

Eric Prescott makes up the starting 13 in the ‘Willows Wall’ Heritage Team after winning the voting for the loose-forward position.
The Red Devils paid big money for Prescott in 1972 signing the loose-forward for a fee of £13,500 and he would go on to make 291 appearances for Salford scoring 51 tries, 7 goals and one drop-goal totalling an impressive 171 points.
Prescott was another key component in Salford’s success in the 1970’s helping the Club win Championship titles in both the 1973-74 and 1975-76 seasons. He played in each of Salford’s four consecutive Lancashire Cup final appearances on both of their BBC 2 Television Trophy finals.
He would join Widnes for £20,000 and would go on to win the Challenge Cup at Wembley with the Chemics. However, Prescott would re-join Salford in 1984 making 18 appearances before joining Runcorn Highfield where he would finish his player career.
He is widely considered to be one of the best uncapped players to have featured for Salford.
We will be releasing the substitutions for the ‘Willows Wall’ Heritage Team in the coming days in association with Capricorn Security and the Salford Red Devils Foundation.
The voting results in full were as follows:
Eric Prescott – 43.50%
Andy Burgess – 16.59%
Sam Panapa – 14.80%
Mick McTigue – 8.97%
Darren Brown – 4.93%
Jackie Feetham – 4.48%
Mike Wainwright – 4.04%
Terry O’Shea – 1.35%
Mark Horo – 1.35%
Ron Hill – 0.00%
 
If you’d like to get your names alongside a host of Salford Red Devils legends contact John.Blackburn@Salfordreddevils.net and get your name on the ‘Willows Wall’ for £25.

Matchday Information | Salford Red Devils vs Wigan Warriors | Sunday 20th January

Everything you need to know ahead of the Red Devils’ second pre-season friendly.

Key Information

Salford Red Devils will host Wigan Warriors tomorrow afternoon in our second pre-season friendly of 2019. The game is set to kick-off at 2pm.
Only the West Stand will be open for tomorrow’s fixture with Salford Red Devils fans being situated to the South of the West Stand while Wigan Warriors supporters will be situated towards the North of the West Stand.

Ticketing

You can purchase tickets for tomorrow’s game against Wigan Warriors at the Club Ticket Office prior to kick-off. You must purchase a ticket from the Ticket Office as oppose to paying at the turnstile. Remember, tickets are also available over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE. For a reminder of the ticket prices, click HERE.
Season Tickets are available for collection up until 1:15pm before the game and will be available for collection from the Club Ticket Office following full-time. You can also purchase your 2019 Season Ticket up until 1:15pm and following full-time from the Club Ticket Office with the Direct Debit payment option being available. For a reminder of the ticket prices, click HERE.
Tickets for our first home game of the 2018 Betfred Super League season against London Broncos on Sunday 10thFebruary will be on sale at the Club Ticket Office. For all prices, click HERE. Tickets for this fixture are also available over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE. You will save money by purchasing in advance of gameday either online or at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Tickets and coach travel for our opening game of the 2019 Betfred Super League against Huddersfield Giants will also be available to purchase and book at the Club Ticket Office post-match. Click HERE for all the details.
You can now also purchase tickets for our Betfred Super League games against Leeds Rhinos on Sunday 17th February and St Helens on Thursday 28th February from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE. Tickets for our 2019 Dacia Magic Weekend clash with Hull Kingston Rovers at Anfield are also available to purchase at the Club Ticket Office.
2019 Season Tickets are not valid for this game.

Stadium & Security

AJ Bell Stadium turnstiles will open for general admission at 1pm.
If you have purchased a ticket in our 1873 Club for tomorrow’s fixture, you can access the suite from 12:30pm via the Main Reception of the AJ Bell Stadium. You must be wrist-banded on entry to gain access to the suite.
The smoking pens at either end of the West Stand will be open for fans to use. These will be open before pre-game and close as the first half gets underway. The smoking pens will re-open ten minutes before half-time and close as the second half gets underway.
Please remember that all bags will be checked on entry to the AJ Bell Stadium.

Transport and Parking

The Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust buses won’t be in action for tomorrow’s fixture however they will be making a return for our opening Betfred Super League fixture of the 2019 season as we face London Broncos on Sunday 10th February. Stay tuned for more information.
Supporters looking for bus travel to the game can use the 67 and 100 bus services from Manchester via Salford Precinct and Eccles. The 67 stops a five-minute walk from the AJ Bell Stadium while the 100 service now goes down the new road between the Trafford Centre and the AJ Bell Stadium with the nearest stop being at Beyond Manchester.
Car parking is available at the AJ Bell Stadium and is priced at £6 per car. Seasonal car park passes will be accepted for this fixture.

Marquee and Catering

The marquee will be open from 12:30pm for anyone looking to watch the Salford Red Devils Rising Stars fixture, more information below. The mobile catering vans will be open outside the AJ Bell Stadium. Food and drinks will also be available to purchase in the West Stand concourse and the 1873 Club.
External toilets will be open from 12pm.

Half-time activity

The half-time draw will be conducted with the winners being confirmed over the PA system and on social media. There will also be a signed shirt raffle conducted at half-time. Purchase your tickets from our friendly sellers who will be located in and around the West Stand.
The Red Angels Dance Team will be performing before kick-off and at half-time. Be sure to give them a warm welcome.
Of course, Dr Devil will be out on the field to entertain the fans. Make sure to make some noise for Rugby League’s number one mascot.

Outside Field

Cardiff Blues U18’s will be training on the outside field and 3G prior to the game. Feel free to head down early and watch them train.

Additional Notes

Teamsheets for the fixture will be available at the turnstiles and at the Main Reception for ticket holders in the 1873 suite. 2019 fixture cards will also be available at the turnstiles along with half-chicken vouchers for Nandos at Beyond Manchester; one of the Club’s Official Partners.
For any more details or enquiries about match day, please E-Mail enquiries@salfordreddevils.net.

Willows Wall | Colin Dixon is the latest name on the wall

Salford legend Colin Dixon is the next name to be listed in the ‘Willows Wall’ Heritage Team after winning the voting for the second back-row position in convincing fashion.
Dixon racked up 418 appearances for the Red Devils scoring 91 tries and kicking one goal totalling 275 points. The second-rower helped Salford win Championship titles in 1973-74 and 1975-76 as well as a 1972 Lancashire Cup triumph. Dixon also featured in a Players No. 6, Floodlit Trophy, Championship and a Challenge Cup final for the Club.
The Welshman joined Salford in December 1968 for £15,000 which also included the transfer of winger Mike Kelly to Halifax. Just a few months later he would be a part of the side who lost to Castleford at Wembley in the Club’s last Challenge Cup final appearance.
Dixon represented Great Britain on 14 occasions including as part of the 1972 World Cup winning team. He also featured for Wales 13 times.
The next vote for the loose forward position will be on the Club website and social media channels later today.
The full voting was as follows:
Colin Dixon – 67.15%
Ian Blease – 11.19%
John Cartwright – 9.75%
Mick Worrall – 5.78%
Geoff Selby – 3.97%
Chris McGreal – 1.08%
John Nicol – 0.36%
Harold Thomas – 0.36%
David Gower – 0.36%
Ron Smith – 0.00%
If you’d like to get your names alongside a host of Salford Red Devils legends contact John.Blackburn@Salfordreddevils.net and get your name on the ‘Willows Wall’ for £25.

Salford Red Devils to host 2019 ‘Season Launch’ event

Salford Red Devils are pleased to announce the details of our 2019 ‘Season Launch’ event which will take place on Saturday 26th January in the 1873 suite at the AJ Bell Stadium. 
Members of our Squad Builder initiative should have received an E-Mail earlier today with the arrangements of their exclusive activity prior to the event being open to the general public.
The event will be open to all supporters at 12:30pm and the Salford Red Devils 2019 playing squad will all be confirmed and handed their playing shirts for the upcoming season. There will be opportunities for Salford Red Devils fans to speak and get autographs from players.
Supporters will also be able to sign up to the Squad Builder scheme on the day and reap the fantastic benefits that are attached.
The Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust will also be in attendance and signing members up throughout the day.
Stay tuned for more details in the coming days.