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Salford Red Devils confirm strategic partnership with Salford Royal

Salford Red Devils and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust are pleased to announce a strategic partnership.  
Salford Red Devils have collaborated with Salford Royal to develop a new partnership which supports the Trust and the club’s ambition to be the leading Super League club owned by and serving the local community.
The partnership includes a range of health and wellbeing awareness raising activities with Salford Red Devils players and coaching staff engaging with patients and staff throughout the 2019 season. There will also be a special collaboration for the upcoming Magic weekend which will raise money for heart monitors on the Trust’s stroke unit.
Ian Blease, Salford Red Devils Director of Rugby and Operations, said: “As a community owned club we want to promote the values and positive contribution of the game of rugby league. We want to instil pride and enrich the lives of our community. Following our recent announcement with Salford University our partnership with the outstanding Salford Royal is another great step to be the best both on and off the pitch.”
Salford Royal‘s Chief Officer, James Sumner, said: “Over the years we’ve welcomed a number of Salford Red Devils players on visits to our wards and services so we are extremely pleased to now develop this into a more formal collaboration to benefit our patients, staff and the club. We are extremely honored to be chosen as the partner organisation for the club’s Magic Weekend. Heart monitors are extremely important items on our stroke unit and can help our staff identify if a patient is at risk of having another stroke. We have lots more exciting plans to work together in the pipeline, including supporting the Club at one of their upcoming fixtures and inviting players and club staff to Salford Royal to join forces with our staff on health and wellbeing initiatives.”

Flashback | Leigh Centurions 22-36 Salford Red Devils | Dacia Magic Weekend

Ahead of this weekend’s Dacia Magic Weekend crucial Betfred Super League clash with Catalans Dragons we take a look back to last year’s fixture against Leigh Centurions in this week’s ‘Flashback’. 
The Red Devils travelled to Newcastle to face event debutants Leigh Centurions searching for another victory which would keep them in touching distance of Betfred Super League leaders at the time Castleford Tigers.
It was actually Leigh who took the lead when Matty Fleming – on loan from St Helens – crossed to open the Centurions’ account at the event however Ben Murdoch-Masila scored from a Michael Dobson kick on the ten-minute mark before Gareth O’Brien followed up with a penalty goal six minutes later to level the scores.
Leigh regained control when Mitch Brown went over but it was Murdoch-Masila who again returned the favour powering his way over for Salford. Kris Welham was next to score for Salford and give the Red Devils the lead for the first time in the match, O’Brien followed up with the conversion.
Greg Johnson scored his first of the afternoon with seven minutes of the first half remaining while Danny Tickle was denied by the video referee giving Ian Watson’s men a 12-point lead going into the interval.
The Centurions – in similar fashion to the first half – started the quicker thanks to a Ben Crooks try but they were soon reduced to 12 men following a poorly timed high challenge from Adam Higson on Gareth O’Brien.
Salford took advantage when Niall Evalds looked to have sealed the victory for the Red Devils but a Matty Dawson score did give Leigh a glimmer of hope. But, a second try from winger Johnson with fifteen minutes remaining did round off a solid 22-36 victory for Salford which moved them into 2nd in the Betfred Super League.
Salford Red Devils Head Coach, Ian Watson, said: “Every week is a big one, but it’s pleasing to come here to the Magic Weekend and pick the two points up because it’s a big occasion.
“It’s a derby and we expected Leigh to turn up. We fell off some of the things we pride ourselves on, which probably made the score in the second half slightly closer than it needed to be.
“But the boys are an honest group and they will know that, and they will fix it up because every game is becoming bigger and bigger the higher we sit in the table.”
The teams that day:
Salford: O’Brien; Johnson, Welham, Sa’u, Evalds; Lui, Dobson; Kopczak, Tomkins, Tasi, Murdoch-Masila, Jones, Krasniqi.
Interchanges: Hauraki, Flanagan, Lannon, Brining.
Leigh: Brown; Dawson, Crooks, Fleming, Higson; Hampshire, Drinkwater; Burr, Hood, Hansen, Paterson, Vea, Stewart.
Interchanges: Pelissier, Hock, Tickle, Hopkins.

Ian Watson | “We need to improve and look forward”

That four week run of high profile matches, which commenced with the televised game against St Helens, culminates this Sunday with arguably the highest profile of all, with our visit up to Newcastle for the Magic Weekend. 
The importance of both the occasion, and the encounter there with Catalans Dragons is very much to the forefront of Head Coach Ian Watson’s focus.
Watson said: “It’s a really big showpiece, with the feel of both the Grand Final and Challenge Cup Final with all the Super League teams being involved, it generates a similar profile to each of those, not only for rugby league as a whole, but also for the individual players.”
Indeed, over and above both of these other two events, this is the one occasion each year when every club, every player, and every fan has the opportunity of being involved, or watching their own team participating, in a big occasion, whilst Ian adds a coach’s perspective to the concept.
“It’s also an opportunity to see the majority of all the other Super League players in action.  It has also become a bit of a feeding ground for the NRL clubs, who send their agents and CEO’s over to assess the talent on display. It’s a great spectacle too for the supporters.
“Nevertheless, there is the seriousness of two league points being at stake, which has been our focus for the week.”
As supporters we might have expected that the coaching staff would have been endeavouring to get the specialness of the occasion into the preparations for the team but Ian belies this assumption.
Watson said: “The main thing for us is to take the emotion out of it all, and putting the showpiece element aside, in order to focus on the game, particularly after last week’s disappointment at Leigh.
“One penalty on the fifth tackle followed by a try under the posts swung the game away from us after we had seemed to be on fire, moments earlier.  If you give teams opportunities by failing to complete your sets it is an absolute killer and we were embarrassed by our second half completion rate.
“That, along with decision-making, has been a big aspect of our preparations, this week, because we need to improve on these and look forward positively.
“We had a great training session today [Thursday], with good ball skills, lines run, execution of plays, and decision making on the edges.”
It will be remembered that Sunday’s opponents, Catalans, were the team against whom we played at home last season just a few days after the Manchester Arena bombing, on which occasion donations, in lieu of admission fee, went to the resultant We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
One year on, on the self-same weekend of the bombing, the Red Devils will be sporting the shirt, dedicated to the memory of the victims and voted – by an extremely large majority – the most impressive of all Magic Weekend shirts on display this year by fans via the Super League Twitter page.
“When you line all that up, it does bring that tragedy into focus and, of course, having that particular shirt, in support of such a noteworthy charity is magnificent especially with it being almost to the day on which it all happened.  We, ourselves, though, must remain clear in our vision of getting winning points on the day.”
That those tragic events came so close to last year’s Magic Weekend certainly will not be lost on Salford fans, many of whom might well have caught the train up to Newcastle, the day before, from a platform on Victoria Station, in very close proximity to where the blast was to be detonated.
“Because it happened so close to home it feels much more real, and so there is a lot more sentiment around it.  We shall be continuing this on Friday next, at the Huddersfield game, when we shall entertain guests affected by the bombing.
“In our own way, through all of this, the club is simply paying its respects to all the victims.”
With Catalans being the one team whom, this year, we shall be playing three times, it would seem imperative, therefore, that we should win at least a majority of these, which means that Sunday’s fixture becomes crucial in this respect, though it comes just as the Dragons are showing signs of improvement.
“They had been playing well ahead of our Good Friday match with them, but for us now, over the next few weeks it’s all about getting the wins, starting with this one, and we are confident that we have the quality within the squad to be able to do this.”

Away Day Guide | St James’ Park | Dacia Magic Weekend

It’s a special ‘Away Day Guide’ this weekend as Salford Red Devils prepare to make the trip up to Newcastle to battle Catalans Dragons at St James’ Park as part of the Dacia Magic Weekend on Sunday 20th May, 1pm kick-off. 
However, there is tonnes of Rugby League to take in over the weekend.
All the Rugby League you can watch:
There is a total of seven fixtures at this year’s Dacia Magic Weekend including six Betfred Super League games and one Betfred Championship game.
A full list of the games and kick-off times can be seen below:
Saturday 19th May 

  • Toronto Wolfpack vs Toulouse Olympique XIII – 12:45pm.
  • Widnes Vikings vs St Helens – 15:00pm.
  • Wigan Warriors vs Warrington Wolves – 17:15pm.
  • Castleford Tigers vs Leeds Rhinos – 19:30pm.

Sunday 20th May

  • Salford Red Devils vs Catalans Dragons – 13:00pm.
  • Wakefield Trinity vs Huddersfield Giants – 15:15pm.
  • Hull Kingston Rovers vs Hull FC – 17:30pm.

Betfred League One will also be on display on Friday evening at Kingston Park as Newcastle Thunder host Bradford Bulls. More details here.
Salford Red Devils supporters can still purchase tickets from the Club Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570 for unreserved seating in the Gallowgate End.
The matchday ticket office – located in the Milburn Stand – will be open on both days:
Saturday: 10:30am – 8pm.
Sunday: 10:30am – 6pm.
Any customer enquiries, pre-paid ticket collections or in person ticket purchases will be possible on match day at the ticket office between the times noted above.
Supporters’ Coach
Anyone travelling on either of our two Salford Red Devils Supporters’ Coaches making the trip up to Newcastle on Sunday are reminded to arrive at their pick-up point with plenty of time.
The pick-up points and times can be seen below:
Chandos Social Club – 7:55am.

Royal Sovereign – 8:05am.
Eccles Town Hall – 8:20am.
Dog & Partridge – 8:30am.
AJ Bell Stadium – 8:45am.
St James’ Park is easily accessible on foot from Newcastle city centre, just a 10-minute walk from the Central Station. The postcode for the stadium is NE1 4ST.
St James’ Park also has its own station on the Tyne & Wear metro network and is just a two-minute walk from the stadium.
For more detailed information on travelling to the stadium by foot, car, metro, train and bus, see Newcastle United’s guide to accessing the stadium here.

The event will take place at St James’ Park – home of Newcastle United Football Club – which holds an impressive 52,354 spectators.
Turnstiles will open at approximately 12:15pm on Saturday and 11:30am on Sunday. For more information about ticketing and seating inside the stadium, click here.
The popular Fan Zone will return for another Dacia Magic Weekend and will be situated to the South of the Stadium, opposite the Sandman hotel.
The Fan Zone will be open between the following times:
Saturday: 11am – 6:30pm.
Sunday: 11am – 5pm.
A list of all the activities for fans to get involved in can be seen below:
Dacia – The Magic Weekend sponsor will be joined by ambassadors Paul Sculthorpe MBE and Kylie Leuluai to put fans through their paces by testing reactions with their ‘catch me quick’ game.
Batchelors – will unveil their brand-new passing game alongside popular High Striker game to challenge fans accuracy and strength.
Northern – will be sorting the wheat from the chaff with their nerve-jangling Buzz Wire game.
Patient Claim Line – will place fans in the shoes of the referee to see if they can cut it at the top level with the decision-making game and all-new spinning wheel.
ManVan – will offer free drinks, haircut and beard trims exclusively to Our League members as well as advice on dealing with mental health issues.
Sky Sports FanVan – Scott Quinnell is travelling around Europe in his Sky Sports FanVan motorhome and is bringing it to the Dacia Magic Weekend to meet and talk rugby with fans on Saturday 19th May.
The Fan Zone will also be welcoming a Dacia Magic Weekend unit and stalls from Rugby League cares, Odd Balls, Newcastle Thunder, Rhino Rugby League and many more.
The Fan Zone will be hosted by Alex Simmons from RugbyAM.
Half-time Entertainment 
There will loads of action at half-time of each game as well…
Dacia – will be inviting fans on to the field to take on the Dacia #Fairplay ‘Flick and Kick’ trick each day with the chance to win a hospitality experience at the Betfred Super League Grand Final.
Batchelors – are bringing back the ever-popular space-hopper derby before the first and second game each day with a few fans being selected to take part.
Sky Try – will have children from the scheme playing on the St James’ Park pitch at half-time of each match.
Delta Radio – will be playing some of the biggest and best song covers to keep the crowd entertained.
Salford Red Devils will be wearing our Limited-Edition 2018 Dacia Magic Weekend shirt which – with the help of Main Partner Mitsubishi Motors – is supporting the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund almost a year to the day of last year’s tragedy at the Manchester Arena.

Tickets | Third allocation of Category Three day tickets for Magic Weekend

We can confirm that we have received a third allocation of Category Three day tickets in the Gallowgate End, St James’ Park for our Dacia Magic Weekend battle with Catalans Dragons on Sunday 20th May, 1pm kick-off.
With the first and second allocation successfully selling out, fans can now purchase from the third allocation at the AJ Bell Stadium Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
There are also a range of other ticket areas and categories available for supporters. Remember, Season Ticket holders get half-price tickets for all ticket categories for the Dacia Magic Weekend and Salford Red Devils retain 100% of any purchase from the Club direct.
Here is a breakdown of all the ticket prices and categories available to fans:

Transport | Second Supporters’ Coach on sale for Magic Weekend

Following the success of the first Supporters’ Coach to the Dacia Magic Weekend in Newcastle, the Club have put on a second Supporters’ Coach.
You can now book your spot on the Supporters’ Coach for the trip to Newcastle’s St James’ Park on Sunday 20th May as the Red Devils take on Catalans Dragons at the Club Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
The Supporters’ Coach to Newcastle is priced at £25 for all classes.
The pick-up points and times can be seen below:
Chandos Social Club – 7:55am
Royal Sovereign – 8:05am
Eccles Town Hall – 8:20am
Dog & Partridge – 8:30am
AJ Bell Stadium – 8:45am
Any fans travelling on the Supporters’ Coach are reminded to arrive at their pick-up point with plenty of time.

Tickets | Less than two weeks until Magic Weekend

The Dacia Magic Weekend is now less than two weeks away, will you be joining the Red Devils in Newcastle?
You can purchase your tickets for the Betfred Super League showpiece event at St James’ Park now from the Club Ticket Office or over the phone.
Ian Watson’s men will battle French side Catalans Dragons at 1pm on Sunday 20th May with both teams looking for another vital two points in their push for a top eight spot.
Remember, Salford Red Devils retain 100% of any purchases from the Club Ticket Office.
Coach travel is also available to the event with the pick-up times below. All classes are priced at £25.
Chandos Social Club – 7:55am
Royal Sovereign – 8:05am
Eccles Town Hall – 8:20am
Dog & Partridge – 8:30am
AJ Bell Stadium – 8:45am
There are a wide range of tickets available with all being displayed in the St James’ Park Stadium plan below:

Tickets | Magic Weekend Gallowgate End day tickets sold out

Salford Red Devils can confirm we have completely sold out of day tickets in the Gallowgate End for our Magic Weekend clash with Catalans Dragons on Sunday 20th May, 1pm kick-off.
The Club can confirm that we will be receiving a second allocation of day tickets in the Gallowgate End later this week for fans to purchase for the Magic Weekend.
There are a range of tickets for Red Devils fans to purchase however with weekend tickets in the Gallowgate End still being available at the Club Ticket Office and over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
There are also a range of other ticket categories for Red Devils fans to purchase from with all the categories and prices displayed in the St James’ Park Stadium breakdown below.
Remember, Salford Red Devils retain 100% of all Magic Weekend ticket purchases from the AJ Bell Stadium Club Ticket Office or over the phone.
Coach travel is also available to the Magic Weekend on Sunday 20th May and can be booked at the Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. A place on the coach is priced at £25 for all classes.
The coach pick-up points and times are as follows:
Chandos Social Club: 7:55am
Royal Sovereign: 8:05am
Eccles Town Hall: 8.20am
Dog & Partridge: 8:30am
AJ Bell Stadium: 8:45am

Kit | Pre-order your Magic Weekend shirt before Sunday

Pre-order your 2018 Magic Weekend shirt before Sunday 15th April to be guaranteed it before we battle Catalans Dragons in Newcastle on Sunday 20th May.
With such a large number of pre-orders already we are urging fans to pre-order there’s before Sunday 15th April to guarantee they can wear the bee with pride at St James’ Park next month.
The shirt has captured the imagination of thousands of people on social media with the kit being sold in support of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund with the help of Main Partners Mitsubishi Motors.
This has led fans from other teams also purchasing our 2018 Magic Weekend jersey, so we stress fans must purchase before Sunday 15th April in order to receive the kit ready for the Magic Weekend.
Click here and pre-order yours today!

Magic Weekend | Kit selling fast in opening few hours

Earlier today we released our 2018 Magic Weekend shirt which – with the help of Main Partners Mitsubishi Motors – will support the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and there has already been an extremely positive number of pre-orders. 
High praise on social media has been equalled with an impressive number of pre-orders since the kit went live at midday. Pre-order yours now to join the hundreds of people who will be purchasing the kit and supporting the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
You don’t even have to be a Salford Red Devils fan to pre-order the kit and show your support with numerous Rugby League fans with affinity away from the AJ Bell Stadium also pre-ordering.
The shirt is limited-edition and is therefore only available for a limited period of time, so it is pivotal you order yours now and show your support for a fantastic cause.
To pre-order yours please click here.