Salford Red Devils Foundation are now taking bookings for the most prestigious event in Rugby League – The Lance Todd Award Dinner.
The event will take place at Marriot Worlsey on Tuesday 28th August between 7pm and 11pm and will be hosted by Rugby League legends and former Salford players Robbie Hunter-Paul and Paul Highton.
Dr Kevin Jones will also be a guest speaker at the event which will see the Man of the Match from the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final receive his trophy. Hull FC’s Marc Sneyd has won for the last two seasons becoming the first player to even win outright it in consecutive seasons.
You can purchase a ‘Todd Table’ now for £750. The ‘Todd Tables’ include access to the VIP room, drinks service on arrival, wine on your table, three-course meals and there will also be an ex-Lance Todd trophy winner sat on your table. ‘Todd Tables’ seat nine persons as well as your Rugby League legend.
If you’d like to experience the event in style alongside a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final legend, then this is the perfect package for you.
However, regular tables can also be booked for £550. This package includes three-course meals and drinks service on arrival. Regular tables seat ten persons. Individuals can also book a seat for £55 which includes a three-course meal. To book please contact John.Blackburn@salfordreddevils.net or call 07762 732790.
Ahead of another massive Betfred Super League clash with Hull FC, we take a look at all the facts and stats behind the fixture. Recent meetings
Salford Red Devils and Hull FC have been evenly matched over the last ten meetings between the sides sharing five wins apiece.
The Red Devils came out on top in the most recent meeting with a dominant 24-8 win over Hull in March at the AJ Bell Stadium. Salford also earned a convincing victory over FC in the same fixture last season running out 54-18 victors at the KCOM Stadium.
However, Hull returned the favour with a 10-34 win over Salford at the AJ Bell Stadium before beginning their 2018 Super 8s campaign with a 32-18 victory against the Red Devils in Hull.
Salford won three consecutive fixtures against Hull FC between 2014 and 2015 – their longest winning streak against the Black and Whites ever. A Rangi Chase drop-goal was the difference between the sides in the 2014 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup before the Red Devils won consecutive home fixtures against FC afterwards. Try-Scoring
When it comes to crossing the whitewash against Hull FC in recent seasons halfback Rob Lui is the man for the Red Devils. Lui has scored tries in four of his last five meetings with the Black and Whites.
The ‘Star Man’ crossed earlier this season in the 24-8 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium and has also scored in each of his last two visits to the KCOM Stadium with the first coming in a ten-try triumph last season.
March’s meeting between the sides saw two of Salford’s 2018 additions cross for their first tries in red. Ben Nakubuwai powered his way over from close-range to open his Salford account before Jack Littlejohn rounded off a quick break down the left-hand flank to get off the mark at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Hull FC scored just a solitary try in the last meeting between the clubs in March thanks to Dean Hadley however there are a couple of Hull players who enjoy playing against the Red Devils.
Halfback Albert Kelly – who didn’t feature in the last meeting between the teams – has crossed for three tries in his last two games against Salford. Carlos Tuimavave has scored three tries in his last three appearances versus the Red Devils grabbing a brace in last year’s Super 8s clash. 2018 Betfred Super League Stats
Hull FC’s Fetuli Talanoa – who the Black and Whites will be without – is currently their top try-scorer this season (3rd in Betfred Super League) with 12 tries. Jake Bibby currently tops the ranks at Salford with seven tries. FC’s highest-scoring player named in the squad is fullback Jamie Shaul who – like Bibby – has scored seven times.
Logan Tomkins currently tops the ranks in terms of try-assists for the Red Devils with five. Albert Kelly is FC’s dangerman assisting nine of Hull’s tries in the 2018 Betfred Super League.
Former Red Devil Josh Griffin – who is also out with injury – is Hull’s leading metre-maker racking up 1823 metres so far this season. Salford’s highest metre-maker is also a centre with Junior Sa’u clocking 1386 metres this year.
He’s grown accustomed to going the extra mile for Rugby League Cares and in August Paul Highton will once again attempt to go the distance for the charity on the UK Red Ride to Wembley.
The former Salford, Halifax, Oldham and Wales back row is the seventh Rugby League international to sign up for our epic fundraiser, which sees 26 riders cycling over 300 off-road miles from Old Trafford to the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final.
Paul was a one of 12 riders who completed the inaugural Ride to Wembley from Headingley to the national stadium last year, just 12 months after he cycled 3,000 miles from London’s Olympic Stadium to Rio de Janeiro on behalf of RL Cares.
This year he will join Gareth Ellis, Andy Lynch, Robbie Hunter-Paul, Chev Walker, Mick Cassidy and Nathan McAvoy for a challenge which involves avoiding roads wherever possible and cycling along forest trails, canal towpaths, bridleways and the occasional ploughed field.
An eighth former Rugby League international, Keith Senior, will also be involved in the ride driving one of the support vehicles.
“I had a bit of a Steve Redgrave moment last year when we reached the Wembley Legends statue after five gruelling days because I would have given permission for someone to shoot me if they saw me get back on a bike again! However, I’m really looking forward to doing it all again,” said Paul, who is currently the Football and Player Welfare Manager at Salford Red Devils.
“We raised over £20,000 for Rugby League Cares last year and I’m sure we’re going to smash that total this year, which will be brilliant.
“As well as my role with Salford, I help deliver fixtures for RL Cares on their hugely successful Offload men’s wellbeing project and I see at first hand the amazing difference the charity is making.
“Rugby League Cares is not just changing men’s lives, it’s saving lives as well, and to keep doing what it does it needs as many people as possible to get behind the Ride to Wembley.
“If I’m honest, there’s also a purely selfish motive for taking part again: as tough as it was last year, the banter was bang on and I can’t wait for another week of non-stop laughter, despite the saddle soreness and all the nettle stings!”
The 2018 UK Red Ride to Wembley leaves MediaCityUK in Salford at 8am on Monday August 20 and after riding around Old Trafford heads out across the Peak District bound for Wembley. The riders are scheduled to arrive at the Wembley Legends status on the stadium concourse around 2.00pm on Friday August 24, the eve of the 2018 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final.
If you would like to support the work Rugby League Cares does across the whole sport please sponsor the riders on the 2018 UK Red Ride to Wembley by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ride2wembley2018. Save 10 per cent on tickets for the 2018 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, August 25 by purchasing before June 19. Tickets start from £20 for adults and can be purchased by calling the Rugby League Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugby-league.com/tickets .
Salford Red Devils scored some impressive tries in May 2018 and it’s now time for YOU to vote for YOUR favourite in the latest Kingsland Drinks Try of the Month competition. The nominees are: Niall Evalds vs Leigh Centurions – Niall Evalds opened the scoring in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth round tie at the Leigh Sports Village after jinking his way over from close-range. Weller Hauraki vs Catalans Dragons – Club Captain Weller Hauraki got the Red Devils off to a great start at the Dacia Magic Weekend following some clever link-up play with Mark Flanagan. Niall Evalds vs Huddersfield Giants – Fullback Niall Evalds beat Jordan Rankin to the ball and pulled off a stunning finish on the back of an inch-perfect kick from Derrell Olpherts. Junior Sa’u vs Huddersfield Giants – The game may have been settled but it didn’t stop Junior Sa’u knocking off three Giants defenders to score in the closing stages. You can watch all the tries below and head over to our Twitter – @SalfordDevils – to vote!
The Rugby Football League have confirmed that the 2018 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-finals will be played as a double header at Macron Stadium, Bolton on Sunday August 5th.
For the first time in Challenge Cup history the semi-finals will be played at one venue on the same day with every minute of the fast paced action broadcast live on the BBC. Macron Stadium, which has a capacity of just under 30,000 is no stranger to Rugby League with three World Club Challenge games and three international Test matches being played there between 1998-2007.
Rugby Football League interim Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer, said: “The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup is one of the most prestigious competitions in sport and the introduction of a semi-finals double header is a fantastic opportunity to showcase two of the biggest games of the year at one event. Fans rarely get the chance to watch two games on one day that have so much riding on them and I am sure that everyone attending will have a fantastic time. “The Dacia Magic Weekend, Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final and the Betfred Super League Grand Final are all huge events in the sporting calendar and we know that they attract fans who do not regularly attend Rugby League games. We believe that this unique event will offer another opportunity for the sport to showcase itself to a wider audience of event goers and casual sports fans. We believe that by creating the double header for the semi-finals that we will elevate the games and create a memorable experience for all those involved. “Rugby League prides itself on being innovative and trying new concepts meaning we are one of the very few sports who can put together an event with four semi-finalists at one venue, creating what we hope will be a fantastic occasion. Our thanks as ever go to our broadcast partner for the semi-finals, BBC Sport, who have worked to give us five hours of Rugby League coverage on their channels in one afternoon.” Philip Bernie, Head of TV Sport, BBC said: “BBC Sport and the Rugby Football League have been working for some time on this innovative idea and we are delighted the semi-finals of the most famous cup competition in Rugby League will be showcased in this way. It will be a five hour feast of Rugby League on Sunday August 5th , with that huge prize at stake – a Wembley final.”
The first semi-final will kick-off at 12.30pm with the second game kicking off at 2.45pm.
Tickets for the double header start at £25 for adults and £12.50 for Juniors. Fans will get great value for money being able to watch the two highly anticipated clashes on one day with over 70% of tickets being available in the cheapest price category.
All four semi-finalist clubs will go on sale on Wednesday June 6 at 10am with club season ticket holders / members entitled to a £4 discount in all categories but these tickets must be purchased directly from the participating clubs.
As a benefit of Our League, the free membership for Rugby League fans, a small allocation of tickets are available to purchase now in Categories 1 and 3. These can be purchased from rugbyleague.tickethour.co.uk. Our League members also qualify for a £4 discount off tickets and should check their inbox for details.
Fans can still get 10% off adult tickets in categories 4 to 7 for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 25, by purchasing before June 19 at www.rugby-league.com/tickets
Salford Red Devils bowed out of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup at the first attempt as Leigh Centurions ran out 22-10 winners on a frustrating evening at the Leigh Sports Village.
Despite first half efforts from Niall Evalds and George Griffin, Salford ultimately fell short as tries from Ben Reynolds, Harrison Hansen, Daniel Mortimer and Drew Hutchinson ensured the Leythers advanced to the Quarter-Finals of the famous old trophy.
Salford headed into the game following last week’s 30-0 defeat at Wigan, but the Red Devils made the perfect start this time around as some quick hands from Jake Shorrocks and Jack Littlejohn forged an opening for the onrushing Niall Evalds who threw a quick dummy and dived over the line.
Shorrocks failed to land the subsequent conversion but Salford were over again just over ten minutes later. This time, on-loan Wigan half-back Shorrocks cleverly picked out George Griffin with a short ball and the forward pummelled his way through three Leigh defenders to surge over the line before Shorrocks added the extras.
The visitors’ dominance was short-lived however as Peter Mata’utia jinked inside the Salford line before flicking inside to Ben Reynolds who crossed under the sticks before converting his own effort.
Reynold’s score seemed to spur the hosts on and they were in again just two minutes later as former Salford man Harrison Hansen shuck off several opposition defenders before spinning over the line.
Half-back Reynolds then added the resulting goal to turn the game on its head as the Leythers headed into the interval in full control.
Leigh picked up where they left off after the break and were unfortunate not to have scored as Drew Hutchinson headed for the line, but his score was chalked off after a last-ditch tackle from Littlejohn held the half-back up.
The hosts weren’t to be denied for long though as Daniel Mortimer bulldozed over from the following set before Reynolds added his third goal to increase the margin separating the sides to 8 points.
Salford regrouped in the hope of forging a formidable comeback but a combination of a forward pass from Evalds and some excellent defence prevented Derrell Olpherts from finishing in the right-hand corner – a move that reflected a highly frustrating evening for the Red Devils.
Unfortunately for Salford, things worsened three minutes from time as Hutchinson danced through the visiting line to claim a deserved try and complete the scoring. Leigh Lineup: Mata’utia, Dawson-Jones, Crooks, Hall, Owens, Reynolds, Hutchinson, Bailey, Higham, Acton, Hansen, B.Thompson, J.Thompson. Interchanges: Mortimer, Larroyer, Richards, Dezaria. Salford Lineup: Evalds, Olpherts, Welham, Sa’u, Johnson, Shorrocks, Littlejohn, Nakubuwai, Tomkins, Mossop, Hauraki, Griffin, Flanagan. Interchanges: Wood, Tasi, McCarthy, Kopczak.
Leigh Scorers:Tries- Reynolds (17’), Hansen (19’), Mortimer (49’), Hutchinson (77’) | Goals- Reynolds (17’, 19’, 50’) Salford Scorers: Tries- Evalds (2’), Griffin (13’) | Goals- Shorrocks (13’) Man of the Match: Mark Flanagan Referee: Liam Moore. Touch Judges: A.Martin & C.Kendall. Video Referee: Ben Thaler. Attendance: 4,024
Ahead of tomorrow’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie with Leigh Centurions we take a look at the facts behind the teams in relation to the competition. Challenge Cup Head-to-Head
The sides last met in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup in 2015 with Leigh coming out on top 22-18 at the Leigh Sports Village in 2015.
Salford won back-to-back Challenge Cup fixtures in the 1980’s with a 12-3 win in 1981 over the Centurions followed by a 12-5 victory two years later in the First Round.
The last time Salford overcame Leigh Centurions away in the Challenge Cup was in 1900 with a 2-9 win in the Second Round. Challenge Cup progression
Ian Watson’s men reached the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup last season before falling to Wigan Warriors at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Leigh exited in the 5th round.
Salford also progressed further than the Centurions in 2016 with the Red Devils reaching the 6th round stage. In 2014 and 2015 Leigh reached the quarter-finals in consecutive seasons while Salford were knocked out in Round Five on both occasions. Recent Meetings
Salford have won two of their last three meetings with Leigh as the sides met in the Betfred Super League last season. The Red Devils won 22-36 at last year’s Dacia Magic Weekend as well as earning a Round Nine Betfred Super League 12-6 victory over Leigh.
Leigh won the most recent meeting between the clubs 25-0 at the Leigh Sports Village in July. Salford will be looking for their first victory over Leigh at the Leigh Sports Village.
Since the move to Summer rugby, Salford have won six meetings between the sides, Leigh have won four and there is yet to be a draw.
Salford Red Devils can confirm that all U18 Season Ticket holders will be FREE for Friday’s game against Leigh Centurions after liaising with the Betfred Championship club if they claim early.
Free U18 tickets for Season Ticket holders are available up until 8pm on Thursday 10th May.
While Salford Red Devils Junior Season Ticket holders are 16 and under, Season Ticket holders who are 17 and 18-year old will also be able to claim free tickets for the game. We’d advise to bring some form of identification or proof of age when claiming your free ticket.
In addition, any Season Ticket holders who may have been charged for a 17 or 18-year old ticket from the Club Ticket Office or over the phone you can claim a refund via the Club Ticket Office.
There is also a family ticket available which includes two adult tickets and three U18 tickets for admission anywhere in the Stadium which is priced at £50.
Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for Friday’s trip to Leigh Centurions in the Sixth Round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
Niall Evalds returns to the squad following a week on the sidelines after failing a concussion test in the defeat against St Helens.
Forward trio George Griffin, Lee Mossop, Mark Flanagan all return to the Salford Red Devils squad.
Gavin Bennion and Levy Nzoungou are the absentees after making their competitive debuts last weekend at Wigan Warriors. Ryan Lannon also misses out.
Halfback Rob Lui is still recovering from a knock picked up against Wakefield but is nearing a return. Here is the 19-man squad in full:
Tickets are now on sale for our massive Round of 16 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup clash with Leigh Centurions on Friday 11th May at the Leigh Sports Village, 7:35pm kick-off.
Fans can purchase their tickets now from the AJ Bell Stadium Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
Salford Red Devils 2018 Season Ticket holders can get discounted prices if they purchase before 8pm on Thursday 10thMay. Ticket prices for Season Ticket holders before the cut-off point are as follows: Adults:£21 Concession (65+, 18-21):£16 U18’s:FREE
Ticket prices for Non-ST holders or people purchasing after the cut-off point are as follows: Adults:£23 Concession (65 +, 18-21):£18 U18’s:£9 U12’s:£5 U5:FREE Family Ticket (Two Adults & Three Children):£50
Coach travel is also available to book at the AJ Bell Stadium Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. The coach is priced at £11 for all classes. Coach pick-up points and times can be seen below: Chandos Social Club: 5:15pm Royal Sovereign: 5:25pm Eccles Town Hall: 5:40pm Dog & Partridge: 5:45pm AJ Bell Stadium: 6:05pm