Salford Red Devils’ former stand-off Kenny Gill is the sixth name in the ‘Willows Wall’ as part of Capricorn Security and Salford Red Devils Foundation’s Heritage Team initiative.
Gill was a part of the memorable 1970’s side – of whom make up the complete Heritage Team thus far – that won two Championship titles with the Red Devils. Overall, Gill appeared 275 times for the Red Devils, scoring 62 tries, kicking nine goals and one drop-goal tallying up to an impressive 205 points. He also played in three Lancashire Cup finals, a John Player final and a Floodlit Trophy final.
During his time with Salford, Gill would represent Great Britain on seven occasions and was involved in the 1974 Down Under and was selected in the 1975 and 1977 World Cups, scoring a try in the 1977 Rugby League World Cup final. Gill also played for Lancashire on seven occasions.
Gill would move to Widnes in February 1978 earning another Championship medal before then moving onto Barrow. However, the stand-off would finish his career with Salford after re-joining for £12,000. He would make his final appearance against Leeds at The Willows on April 27th, 1980.
Voting for scrum half will go live later today.
The full results are as follows:
- Kenny Gill – 32.79%
- Steve Blakeley – 23.28%
- Gus Risman – 18.69%
- Andrew Dunneman – 7.87%
- Paul Shaw – 6.89%
- Neil Baker – 4.59%
- Daniel Holdsworth – 2.95%
- Ken Richards – 1.64%
- Cliff Beverley – 1.31%
- John Butler – 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.
The very brief period, which constitutes the U16s’ season, got underway on Sunday morning, as part of the Red Devils’ Season Launch, and curtain raiser to the first team home friendly with Swinton Lions, when the Red Group of the squad (not Black as previously reported) played their part in what proved to be a highly successful day, by starting off with a win.
For Player Development Manager, Danny Barton, this was all most gratifying, as he watched his players earnestly endeavouring to bring the elements, on which they have been working, into a game situation.
“Obviously you don’t expect too much from them in their first game together,” he confides, “ and it did get a bit scrappy at times, but it was really good to see the way the lads turned up for one another, remained positive throughout the game, and stood shoulder to shoulder against the opposition.”
A much larger crowd than might otherwise have been expected, including a number who had travelled down from Cumbria, gathered along the touchline and spurred on the players from both sides, in this the first match to be played under the new game structure at this level, which involves four quarters of twenty minutes each, instead of the traditional two halves, and, as might be expected, this had its own impact upon the game.
“It was quite strange, really,” comments Danny, “because it made the game seem longer than normal. It was probably due to the fact that there are three stoppages in which to speak to the lads, whereas we are used to having just one. That is good though, because they get a rest, and you can give more feedback to them.
“ It’s a learning curve for me at the moment though, in knowing just how much information to pass on and how much to hold back for later in the game. There was definitely evidence that the players had listened on each occasion, and had then, immediately afterwards, gone about adapting what they had been doing to take account of what they had been told.”
As things panned out, the Red Devils got off to a good start, running in four unconverted tries without reply to put themselves in a fine position to control proceedings from then on. Goal kicking, however, proved to be rather tricky in the windy conditions, and only two attempts proved to be successful.
“Having access to the whole squad, and the obligation to ensure that every player gets to play, also requires careful management,” Danny considers, “and to a certain extent continuity of play suffers as a result, particularly for the half backs, who crucially have to have a good understanding with each other.”
Having made the journey all the way from Cumbria, the visitors were not going to succumb without a fight, however, and they rallied well in the later stages of the game to pull the score-line back to just four points by the end.
“At this level it is the progress and development of the players which is priority, and we shouldn’t be overly concerned with any of the results,” Danny clarifies.
Next Match (Black Group) at Home, Sunday 28th Jan v Featherstone
Supporters can watch the Salford Red Devils Education Academy U16’s open their 2018 season on Sunday morning prior to the Swinton game with an 11am kick-off.
The U16’s will open their 2018 campaign at home to Barrow on the outside training pitch in a curtain raiser for the first teams first game of the 2018 against Swinton Lions.
Any fans wishing to attend our 2018 Season Launch before watching the rest of the U16’s game can go outside following the Season Launch and will just need to show their wristband on leaving and re-entering via reception.
Player Development Manager and Education Academy Coach Danny Barton said: “This is going to challenge our thinking on how we do a lot of things.
“It will be a really telling indicator as to how we are doing as a Club at this level but I absolutely believe that we are in a better position this year than we were this time last year irrespective of the changes we are facing from the 2017 competition.”
Our 2018 Season Launch will also take place on Sunday in the 1873 suite from 10:30am.
Tickets for our Season Launch event (including game ticket) are priced as follows:
Adult (Season Ticket Holder): £13
Concession (Season Ticket Holder): £8
Adult (Non-Season Ticket Holders): £15
Concession (Non-Season Ticket Holders): £10
Regular ticket prices for just the game are:
Tickets for our opening pre-season friendly against Swinton are available at the Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
Also, Season Tickets for our 2018 Super League season are still available at the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online here. Remember, if you wish to pay for your 2018 Season Ticket in six monthly Direct Debit instalments you must purchase from the Club Ticket Office or over the phone.