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Matchday Information | Salford Red Devils vs London Broncos | Sunday 10th February 2019

Everything you need to know ahead of the Red Devils’ first home game of the 2019 Betfred Super League season.

Key Information

Salford Red Devils will host London Broncos in our first home game of the 2019 Betfred Super League season. The game is set to kick-off at 3pm.
Both the West and South Stands will be open for this weekend’s game. Season Ticket holders are situated in both stands, tickets are still available in both stands and the London Broncos supporters will be situated in W01 of the West Stand.

Ticketing

You can purchase tickets for Sunday’s game against London Broncos 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, ticket prices will rise on gameday so we’d encourage supporters to purchase their tickets in advance of Sunday. You can do so online, HERE.
This will be the first game in which 2019 Season Tickets are valid, and they are available for collection before the game. You can also purchase your 2019 Season Ticket up until 2:15pm with the Direct Debit payment option being available. For a reminder of the ticket prices, click HERE. 2019 Season Tickets will be available for purchase before the game on a pro-rata basis.
Additional tickets have been made available in the 1873 suite for Sunday’s game against London Broncos. Supporters can purchase tickets for the 1873 suite from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or by clicking HERE. Fans who have already purchased tickets for the West or South Stands can upgrade their ticket to the 1873 suite on gameday by visiting the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office and simply paying the difference. For a reminder of 2019 ticket prices, click HERE.
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.

Stadium & Security

AJ Bell Stadium turnstiles will open for general admission at 1:45pm.
If you have purchased a ticket in our 1873 Club for tomorrow’s fixture, you can access the suite from 1:30pm 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 are back in action for Sunday’s fixture against London Broncos. Both the RD1 and RD2 have brand-new quicker routes for the 2019 season with both journeys now only taking approximately 45 minutes. To book your place on either of the services, click HERE.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.

Club Shop

Salford Red Devils are delighted to confirm that online store provider WildThang will be present on Sunday and will have a pop-up store and trailer set-up on the forecourt of the AJ Bell Stadium.
Be sure to head over and grab your Red Devils merchandise. Please be aware that WildThang will only be taking sales and returns/refunds must be done via the online website here.

Hospitality

All guests who are dining at Sunday’s game against London Broncos will do so on level three of the AJ Bell Stadium and will be guided to their respective suite or box by our friendly staff at Reception. Again, all guests will need to be wristbanded.

Marquee and Catering

The Marquee will be open from 12:00pm and DJ Andy Steele will be returning to the Marquee to bring both pre and post-match entertainment while you soak up the atmosphere.
The Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust will also have a table in the Marquee. Catering vans will also be positioned in both the outside and forecourt and area between the South and West Stand.
Head over to the Marquee pre and post-game to make the most of your matchday experience.

The Red Devil

This weekend’s fixture sees the return of the Club’s official matchday programme – ‘The Red Devil’ – which is packed with more exclusive content than ever before. There is also a token in each issue throughout the season and anyone collecting all 14 will claim a signed matchball at the end of the season!
Australian hooker Joey Lussick features in this week’s ‘Big Interview’, we have the latest from Ian Watson, one fan is put ‘in focus’, Gil Dudson features in a quick Q & A while there are now two dedicated Junior Devils pages.
Purchase ‘The Red Devil’ for just £3 from one of our approachable and friendly programme sellers who will be wearing high-vis vests. Half-time draw and shirt raffle tickets are also available to purchase.

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 AJ Bell Stadium.
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.

3G

The outside 3G field will play host to around 150 kids from local community club Cadishead Rhinos and we can’t wait to welcome them to this weekend’s massive Betfred Super League opener.

Additional Notes

There will be a minutes applause to celebrate the life of Salford-born actor Albert Finney who sadly passed away on Thursday 7th February.
 
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.

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.

Adam Walker joins Salford Red Devils

In today’s edition of the Manchester Evening News, it was exclusively revealed that prop-forward Adam Walker has joined Salford Red Devils.
Walker hasn’t played since testing positive for cocaine whist at Wakefield Trinity in 2017, but the now reformed character has the chance to make an impact once again; an opportunity that isn’t lost on him.
The 27-year-old said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have a club for the 2019 season and I’m extremely grateful to Salford Red Devils for giving me this opportunity.
“From day one speaking to Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease and Head Coach Ian Watson I could see that Salford – as a Club – have some real strong beliefs and values that centre around the community and doing good in the local area. I knew straight away that this was the kind of club I wanted to be at.
“I’ve not been perfect in the past. I don’t think anyone is. But you need to learn from your mistakes and develop as a person and player afterwards.
“It’s been a tough few years for myself not being able to play the sport I love on a regular basis. I was suffering from some mental health issues at the time which in turn led to me making a big mistake. I don’t want to use that as an excuse, I accepted and learnt from my punishment.
“In my time away from the game I feel like I’ve matured a lot. I honestly feel I’ve turned the corner, I’ve regained my love for the sport back and I’m ready for the next chapter.
“At a club like Salford, I’ve got the best opportunity to continue to grow as a person by going into the community, talking about the lessons I’ve learnt and promoting Rugby League in a positive manner.
“The sport of Rugby League has been very good to me. The support I received from the RFL, in particular Emma Rosewarne, was brilliant and really helped me on my road to recovery. I’ve now been offered a second chance and it’s up to me to make sure I grab it with both hands.”
Bradford-born Walker began his career with Huddersfield Giants but spent the majority on loan with Barrow Raiders and Swinton Lions. However, it was at Hull Kingston Rovers where the forward made his name while also being a regular for the Scottish National side.
Walker said: “I was playing at the highest and most consistent level I’ve ever competed at four or five years ago and I was loving every minute of it.
“During my time at Hull Kingston Rovers I managed to draw attention from Australia and even spoke to Melbourne Storm, but I decided to see out my contract at Hull. Chris Chester was very supportive of me and that helped massively. Of course, I got the move to St Helens and then eventually Wakefield, both of whom are great Super League clubs.
“I was also in the Scotland National side on a regular basis and for that to slip away because of a silly decision whilst at Wakefield was massively disappointing but it has only made me hungrier now to turn things around and strive to get back to where I want to be.”
Due to his suspension, Walker is yet to train with the Red Devils but has no concerns about catching up on pre-season and returning to the field in top condition.
Walker said: “I know I’ve a lot of work to do. I’ve not been able to train but once I’m allowed to get back on the field regularly.
“I know the Head Strength and Conditioning – Greg Brown – from my time with Swinton and I know he will get the best out of me physically. I’ll be pushing myself further than I have before to ensure I’m ready for my first game back whenever that may be.”
Adam Walker will be available to play for the Red Devils in March.
Salford Red Devils return to action for the first time in almost four months on Saturday as they clash with local rivals Swinton Lions at the AJ Bell Stadium, 1pm kick-off. Tickets are available at the AJ Bell Stadium, over the phone and online HERE.

Tickets | Dacia Magic Weekend tickets available at AJ Bell Stadium

Salford Red Devils can that tickets for our 2019 Dacia Magic Weekend clash with Hull Kingston Rovers at Anfield, Liverpool on Sunday 26th May are now available to purchase at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Remember, that if you purchase directly from Salford Red Devils at the AJ Bell Stadium, the Club retain all of your purchase fee. 
Salford Red Devils Season Ticket holders can claim a massive 50% discount on their Dacia Magic Weekend tickets if they purchase direct from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. This half-price offer is available up until midnight on 30th April.
There is also an ‘early bird’ window available for non-Season Ticket holders which allows them to claim a brilliant 25% discount on Dacia Magic Weekend tickets. The ‘early bird’ offer is available up until midnight on 7th January. 
Salford Red Devils Category Three allocation is in The Kop end while Category Two unreserved seating is in the Kenny Dalglish Stand. There are both single day and weekend tickets available for Salford Red Devils supporters to purchase.
The prices are as follows:

Weekend ticket Adult Adult
Season Ticket Holder
Adult ‘early bird’ window Concession Concession
Season Ticket Holder
Concession
 ‘early bird’
window
Junior Junior
Season Ticket
Holder
Junior
‘early bird’
window
Cat 1 £75.00 £37.50 £56.25 £50.00 £25.00 £37.50 £37.50 £18.75 £28.13
Cat 2 £60.00 £30.00 £45.00 £40.00 £20.00 £30.00 £30.00 £15.00 £22.50
Cat 3 £40.00 £20.00 £30.00 £30.00 £15.00 £22.50 £20.00 £10.00 £15.00
Day ticket
Cat 1 £50.00 £25.00 £37.50 £35.00 £17.50 £26.25 £25.00 £12.50 £18.75
Cat 2 £40.00 £20.00 £30.00 £25.00 £12.50 £18.75 £20.00 £10.00 £15.00
Cat 3 £25.00 £12.50 £18.75 £20.00 £10.00 £15.00 £12.50 £6.25 £9.38

Concession tickets include 65+, students, serving military and NHS staff. Juniors are 16 and under and all children under the age of two are free of charge but still require a ticket.
Any Salford Red Devils supporters wishing to purchase wheelchair spaces must contact 0844 856 113 or ticketing@rfl.co.uk.
 

2019 Dacia Magic Weekend Ticket Information

Salford Red Devils can confirm that we have received an allocation of unreserved seating in The Kop at Anfield for our 2019 Dacia Magic Weekend clash with Hull Kingston Rovers on Sunday 26th May, 1pm kick-off. 
The Club are hoping to have Dacia Magic Weekend tickets on sale in the near future. Remember, that if you purchase from Salford Red Devils, the Club retain all of your purchase fee. 
Salford Red Devils Season Ticket holders can claim a massive 50% discount on their Dacia Magic Weekend tickets if they purchase direct from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. This half-price offer is available up until midnight on 30th April.
There is also an ‘early bird’ window available for non-Season Ticket holders which allows them to claim a brilliant 25% discount on Dacia Magic Weekend tickets. The ‘early bird’ offer is available up until midnight on 7th January.
Salford Red Devils Category Three allocation is in The Kop end while Category Two unreserved seating is in the Kenny Dalglish Stand. There are both single day and weekend tickets available for Salford Red Devils supporters to purchase.
The prices are as follows:

Weekend ticket Adult Adult
Season Ticket Holder
Adult ‘early bird’ window Concession Concession
Season Ticket Holder
Concession
 ‘early bird’
window
Junior Junior
Season Ticket
Holder
Junior
‘early bird’
window
Cat 1 £75.00 £37.50 £56.25 £50.00 £25.00 £37.50 £37.50 £18.75 £28.13
Cat 2 £60.00 £30.00 £45.00 £40.00 £20.00 £30.00 £30.00 £15.00 £22.50
Cat 3 £40.00 £20.00 £30.00 £30.00 £15.00 £22.50 £20.00 £10.00 £15.00
Day ticket
Cat 1 £50.00 £25.00 £37.50 £35.00 £17.50 £26.25 £25.00 £12.50 £18.75
Cat 2 £40.00 £20.00 £30.00 £25.00 £12.50 £18.75 £20.00 £10.00 £15.00
Cat 3 £25.00 £12.50 £18.75 £20.00 £10.00 £15.00 £12.50 £6.25 £9.38

 Concession tickets include 65+, students, serving military and NHS staff. Juniors are 16 and under and all children under the age of two are free of charge but still require a ticket.
Any Salford Red Devils supporters wishing to purchase wheelchair spaces must contact 0844 856 113 or ticketing@rfl.co.uk.
Please stay tuned to www.salfordreddevils.net and our various social media channels for an on-sale date for Dacia Magic Weekend tickets at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Red Devils to face Hull Kingston Rovers at Magic Weekend

Rugby League will return to Anfield Stadium for the second time in six months next May when the Dacia Magic Weekend hits Merseyside and Salford Red Devils will clash with Hull Kingston Rovers. 
Liverpool FC’s iconic stadium provided the perfect setting for England’s memorable Second Test win against New Zealand last week, and now all 12 Betfred Super League clubs can relish the prospect of playing in front of The Kop after today’s meeting of the Super League board ratified the move.
Super League broke new ground in 2007 when the Magic Weekend was established, with a regular round of fixtures taken to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Since then it has also been staged at Murrayfield, Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, and for the last four years St James’s Park in Newcastle – and the concept has now been adopted in the Southern Hemisphere by the National Rugby League, who will stage a full round of matches at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium next May.
The 2018 Dacia Magic Weekend attracted an aggregate attendance of more than 64,000, and as ever the players relished the top of the ground conditions with a feast of tries, and an average of more than 50 points scored in each of the six games.
The fixtures at the 2019 Dacia Magic Weekend will include a repeat of the 2018 Betfred Super League Grand Final, with champions Wigan Warriors facing Warrington Wolves in the last of the three games on Saturday May 25 (1900 kick-off) – giving the Wolves the opportunity to take revenge not only for their defeat at Old Trafford last month, but also for the 38-10 drubbing inflicted by Wigan in Newcastle last May.
The Anfield programme has been determined by ranking position from the 2018 season, meaning that the other two teams who earned places in the top four – St Helens and Castleford Tigers – will clash in another mouth-watering fixture to round off the weekend on Sunday May 26 (1800).
Wakefield Trinity and Catalans Dragons will share the honour of playing the first Dacia Magic Weekend fixture at Anfield Stadium at 1400 on the Saturday, and their match will be followed by Hull FC versus Huddersfield Giants at 1630 – before Wigan and Warrington take centre stage.
The Sunday programme begins with Salford Red Devils facing Hull Kingston Rovers (1300), while newly-promoted London Broncos have been handed a tough match against Leeds Rhinos (1530) in their first Magic Weekend appearance since 2014.
All six matches will be shown live on Sky Sports, as part of their extensive, exclusive live coverage of the Betfred Super League.
Robert Elstone, the Super League chief executive, said: “On behalf of the Super League clubs, we’re delighted to be taking the Dacia Magic Weekend to one of the most famous stadiums in the world.
“Anfield and Liverpool Football Club have embraced our sport – throughout all our discussions on the Magic Weekend, they made it very clear to us that they wanted that relationship to continue. The game should be proud that Anfield has become a rugby league venue.
“I would also like to thank Mayor Joe Anderson for his support for what will be a great weekend for Super League and the City of Liverpool. I had the privilege of working in the city for more than a decade and I know Super League fans will have a great time not only at Anfield but in one of our country’s most vibrant and exciting cities. The place is special – it’s a perfect fit for the celebratory atmosphere of Magic.
“I’d also like to thank the City of Newcastle and Newcastle United for hosting the Magic Weekend so well over the past four seasons. They’ve created so many great memories for Super League and our fans, and have set the bar very high for Liverpool. Newcastle has inked its place into Super League history.”
Tickets for the 2019 Dacia Magic Weekend will go on sale on Monday 19 November 2018 via rugby-league.com and the Super League clubs.
2019 Dacia Magic Weekend fixtures in full
Saturday May 25
1400 – Wakefield Trinity v Catalans Dragons
1630 – Hull FC v Huddersfield Giants
1900 – Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves
Sunday May 26
1300 – Salford Red Devils v Hull Kingston Rovers
1530 – Leeds Rhinos v London Broncos
1800 – St Helens v Castleford Tigers

Salford sign Sio

Salford Red Devils are delighted to confirm the signing of prolific try-scoring winger Ken Sio on a three-year deal.
The Australian winger spent time in the Betfred Super League with Hull Kingston Rovers in 2015 and 2016 scoring 26 tries for the Robins.
Sio has spent the last two seasons with NRL side Newcastle Knights crossing for 17 tries in 41 appearances and made his name for Parramatta Eels scoring 37 tries in 57 appearances between 2011 and 2014.
Salford Red Devils Head Coach, Ian Watson, said: “We are delighted to add Ken to our team and would like to welcome his wife and children to Salford.
“This signing is an outstanding capture for the Club as Ken is a player who can play full-back, winger and centre and comes with great experience.
“Ken is a fantastic person with an excellent work ethic which is essential in our environment here at Salford Red Devils.
“His all-round ability and track record as a proven finisher in both the Super League and NRL will only add to our back line and help us build momentum as we head into the 2019 season.”
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “We’re really pleased to have been able to bring in a player of Ken’s quality ahead of the 2019 season.
“Ken is a powerful, pacey winger or centre with a terrific try-scoring record and we’re really excited to see him play in the famous shirt for Salford.
“A lot of hard work has gone in behind the scenes to get this deal over the line and I know we again beat off strong competition for Ken from other Super League clubs. I’m confident that this will be the first of a number of signings which will help bolster our squad for next year.
“It is important that the Salford Red Devils supporters continue to get behind the Club by purchasing their Season Tickets and signing up to our Squad Builder scheme so that we can continue to make signings such as this.
“I’d like to personally thank all the fans who have purchased their Season Tickets and Squad Builder memberships already – it is very much appreciated.”

2019 Betfred Super League fixtures confirmed

Salford Red Devils will begin the 2019 Betfred Super League season against Huddersfield Giants at the John Smiths Stadium on Friday 1st February, 7:45pm kick-off. To see all fixtures click HERE.
Ian Watson’s men will host newly-promoted London Broncos in their first home game of the 2019 season on Sunday 10th February at the AJ Bell Stadium.
This is the first of three home fixtures in February with the Red Devils also welcoming Leeds Rhinos on Sunday 17th February and 2018 Betfred Super League Leaders’ Shield winners St Helens on Thursday 28th February; the Red Devils first televised game.
Salford will make the trip to France to face 2018 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup winners Catalans Dragons on Saturday 9th March with trips to Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity also coming in March either side of a home fixture against 2018 Betfred Super League winners Wigan Warriors.
The Red Devils’ Easter schedule sees them travel to Warrington Wolves on Friday 19th April before hosting Wigan Warriors for the second time in a month on Monday 22nd April. Salford will travel to London Broncos on Saturday 27th April.
Round 16 will play host to the Dacia Magic Weekend on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May with these fixtures to be confirmed in due course.
Salford will feature on Sky Sports again on Thursday 4th July as they welcome Huddersfield Giants to the AJ Bell Stadium.
The 2019 Betfred Super League sees the re-introduction of ‘loop’ fixtures meaning the Red Devils will play Wigan Warriors, London Broncos, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC, Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos on three occasions. Each team will play 29 fixtures – 14 at home and 14 away, plus the Magic round – meaning they play seven of the other 11 teams three times, and the other four twice. That fixture pattern has been determined by the teams’ finishing positions in 2018.
Ian Watson’s side will make the trips to the KCOM Stadium, Halliwell Jones Stadium and Ealing Trailfinders on two occasions while Wigan, Huddersfield and Leeds will visit the AJ Bell Stadium twice each.
The final game of the 2019 regular season will see Salford host Hull Kingston Rovers on Sunday 15th September. Please remember that all fixtures are subject to change.
Full fixtures can be seen below:

Salford Red Devils Season Tickets for the upcoming 2019 season are still available to purchase at the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.
For any questions regarding 2019 Season Tickets visit our FAQ’s HERE or E-Mail enquiries@salfordreddevils.net.
Join us for the 2019 season as we show we are #TogetherStronger!

SEASONED WEMBLEY WARRIOR McCARTHY RECALLS

Of all the people who get to play professionally, it is the undoubted ambition of every one of them to play in the cup final at Wembley, but very few of them ever manage to do so, and even fewer get to repeat the experience, let alone lead out their team there on a third visit.
Yet all of these are the experiences of Tyrone McCarthy, our second row forward, who backed up two Challenge Cup Finals with Warrington, by captaining Hull KR in the 2016 against Leeds.
Walking out at Wembley for the first of these occasions, to face Huddersfield, was a very special experience for him.
“I remember going out to warm up, and experiencing the roaring of the crowd as we all did.  It all felt so surreal, being watched over by eighty thousand people instead of the usual ten thousand.  Then when we came back out for the start I was the last one out, and it was like a blast of cold air hitting you with the roar of the crowd.  I came on from the bench after fifty-five minutes, and that capped what had been the best week in my life.”
The second occasion, two years later, presented a quite different context.
“That first time it had been down to other people’s misfortunes that I was selected, whereas this time I had earned it in my own right, having played in every round up to the semi-final, and almost every league game of the season.”
Three years on, and with captain, Terry Campese, side-lined with injury, it was Tyke, as vice-captain, who had the ultimate honour of leading out the Robins to face Leeds, in their first visit since overcoming neighbours Hull FC, back in 1980.
“It was a very great honour to lead the team out at Wembley, but in every other way it was a day to forget, and I still don’t think the scoreline was a fair reflection of the game.  We just didn’t see that result coming.  Nevertheless, although you stand together and win or lose as a team, nothing could take away from me that proudest moment of my career, when I set foot outside the tunnel onto the Wembley turf at the front of my team.”
Unusually for someone who has made it to such a high level in the professional game, it was not until the age of ten that he took up the game with local side Woolston Rovers, and this despite having a brother, Liam, five years his senior who had played there for a number of seasons.
In truth, it was probably down to an element of sibling rivalry that Tyke avoided following in his brother’s extremely talented footsteps, by turning to football in his early youth, before eventually succumbing to the lore of rugby league.
“I ended up playing in an older age group from the very start – because I turned up on the wrong night – and stayed with them for my first couple of seasons, because that particular group were in need of an extra couple of players.
“I started off on the wing and then moved to hooker for quite a while, because at that time I was small, even for my own age.  It certainly helped develop my tackling technique being at a height convenient for wrapping myself around opponents’ legs.”
By the age of thirteen, and back at long last with his own age-group, he developed into a half back before eventually moving back into the scrum as a ball playing loose forward or second rower, whilst playing in the Warrington academy.
“I enjoy the second row because there is a bit more room to run there, but I know I can still do a good job at loose forward.”
With Vinnie Anderson and Ben Westwood firmly ensconced in Warrington’s second row, having that adaptability to fluctuate around was to prove extremely useful upon his promotion to their first team.
His development through the ranks brought with it both promotion and relegation between the premiership and league 1, with their winning their U14 season undefeated, in league 1, whilst, on a personal front, Tyke was invariably the side’s captain, and on a number of occasions won the Player of the Year award.
His joining the Warrington Academy, came via the Warrington Service Area, at the age of sixteen, with whom he operated for two seasons until he took up a place at university, to qualify as a PE teacher.
Within the Academy’s ranks were the likes of Kevin Penny and Ben Harrison among others, and in such a talented side it is unsurprising that they got to the Grand Final on a couple of occasions, even though they were never able to secure a victory in any of them.
His time at university saw his rugby development continue in a different direction with his involvement in both the Irish Students’ International side, and the Great Britain Students’ team, while at the same time continuing to play with the Warrington Reserves.
Upon the acquisition of his degree, he returned to the Halliwell-Jones, to re-join the club full time, making his Super League debut from the bench against Wigan, at the DW Stadium.
“I came on after fifty-three minutes, by which time I had got a stitch as a result of having drunk too much water.  Even so it was a dream come true, having always supported Warrington, home and away, from being a child.
“On the opposition’s side that day was Stuart Fielden, and I got a really good hit on him – so good that it was shown in our review.  I was really proud of that.
“I had been side-lined through injury for the previous three weeks, and to be suddenly told I was to be facing Wigan at the weekend, when I was only just coming back to fitness, was an almighty shock.  My head was all over the place in the build up to it.”
The following week, the Wolves travelled to Wakefield, where Vinnie Anderson went down injured in the first few minutes, so consequently Tyke ended up playing rather more minutes than he had ever imagined he would do.
“I enjoyed it but seemed to spend the whole game making yet one more tackle after another.”
The following week just happened to be the Challenge Cup Final, with Warrington making their first return to Wembley in thirty-five years to take on favourites Huddersfield, and Tyke was left wondering whether he would even be allowed to travel down with those who were playing, but in this respect he was given the nod that he would be doing so, and told to equip himself with a suit, similar to the club suits, in order to look part of the squad.
“It was whilst I was out shopping for my suit that I got the phone call informing me I was in the team.  I was filled with sheer delight.  John Clarke it was, who had gone down with an injury, and that’s what let me in, having spent the semi-final watching from the stand.”
Most remarkably, he had gone from re-joining the squad at the end of his university course, to gaining a winner’s medal at Wembley, in a mere half a season.
“It would have been a great start to anyone’s career, but I saw it as a reward for all the hard work I’d put in, from Youth, through university, and then with the team.  The people who missed out on the day probably deserved it more than I did, particularly taking account of where they were at, in their careers.
“The club made the most of the occasion, and also in winning.  Nothing was held back at all, and they got the rewards from it in the end.”
Surprisingly, his career then took something of a dip by his being loaned out to, first Leigh, and then Wakefield, before returning to favour at Warrington just in time for their return to Wembley to face Leeds, which they did with another winning performance.
Despite this, however, the following season saw him out on loan again, this time to Swinton, and then later to Castleford, so that at the end of that 2013 season he left the Wolves to make the first of two sojourns down under when he joined Cairns side, Northern Pride, in the Queensland Cup.  Being a squad of part-timers, Tyke had to support this by working for the club as a teacher in local schools.
This proved to be an ideal arrangement and he completely regained his love of the game by helping them to win the league and every other trophy, that year, for which they were eligible.  Nevertheless, when the opportunity to return fulltime with Hull KR presented itself, he promptly snapped it up.
With their Wembley Cup Final appearances overshadowing the rest of the season, it was the run-up to that, which he remembers with most fondness.
“Beforehand, I was looking forward to it more than either of the other two finals, as in many respects it replicated my first visit with Warrington, with both of these teams having returned after an identical thirty-five years.”
Far happier memories return when he reflects on the earlier rounds, such as beating Wigan the week after they had posted sixty points against the Rovers, in a league game.  Even more pleasing was the semi-final win over, of all people, Warrington.
“I was really up for that one as it was an opportunity to show them just what they had missed out on, though it wasn’t very nice seeing your ex-teammates in tears at the end, having missed out on the final.”
A return down under, this time to the NRL with St George, brought a new challenge for 2016/17, but, although he did play a couple of first team games, his debut being away at Wests Tigers, and his home debut being against Brisbane Broncos, most of his time was spent playing with their reserve side, Illawarra Steelers, with whom he had a highly successful season.
His final move, to join us here at Salford, came partway through the 2017 season, and he says that he has been enjoying it here ever since, although he acknowledges it has proven to be rather more challenging than he had expected.
“I love proving people wrong so I would much rather face any challenge head on, than shying away from it.  It certainly isn’t the end of the world, and we have shown ourselves to be strong enough, as a  squad, to overcome it all.  If you don’t believe in yourself fully, you really shouldn’t be playing,  You just need enough fight and willpower, and we’ve got that in abundance in our team.”

Kingsland Drinks Try of the Month | August

It’s time for you to choose your Kingsland Drinks Try of the Month for August and there’s four to pick from following our massive Qualifiers victories over Hull Kingston Rovers and Widnes Vikings. 
Niall Evalds features twice in this month’s voting after he finished off flowing team moves in the trip to KCOM Craven Park and our last home outing against the Vikings.
Rob Lui’s ninety-metre interception was the standout moment of our 10-28 win over Hull Kingston Rovers and this has been selected as one of the four contenders.
Finally, Mark Flanagan’s late try which involved Jackson Hastings and Joey Lussick and sealed victory against Widnes is the last option for this month’s voting.
Head over to our Twitter page – @SalfordDevils – to submit your vote!
But first refresh your memory and watch all the tries below:

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