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Event | Salford Red Devils Foundation to host Willows Memories Evening

Salford Red Devils Foundation are inviting you to join us for a night of nostalgia on Wednesday 5th December in the Salford Red Devils Museum at the AJ Bell Stadium from 7pm up until 9:30pm.  
This will be the final chance for supporters to see the brilliant Willows Memories DVD which showcased at The Lowry last year.
We will have tonnes of Salford Red Devils memorabilia for sale including watches, posters, photos as well as Willows Christmas Present Packs which include a Willows DVD, Willows memory brochure and a programme from the final game at The Willows.
Old Salford Red Devils merchandise and a retro goods stall will also be open to fans and there will be a grand memorabilia raffle and Willows treasure hunt on the evening.
There will also be questions and answer sessions with ex-Willows players and staff to help everyone take a trip down memory lane.
Tea, Coffee, mulled wine and mince pies will be available on the night.
Tickets – which are very limited – are £5 and are available from John Blackburn or at the Salford Red Devils Foundation Office.
Please contact John.Blackburn@salfordreddevils.net or call 07762 732790.

Willows Wall | Maurice Richards joins Kieth Fielding on the wing

Following another week of voting, Salford Red Devils can confirm that Maurice Richards is the fifth name in the ‘Willows Wall’ Heritage Team as he takes the position of left winger.
Richards joins fellow 1970’s teammates Paul Charlton, Keith Fielding, David Watkins and Chris Hesketh in the side.
The Welsh winger spent his entire Rugby League career with Salford racking up a Club record 498 appearances between 1969 and 1983 for the Red Devils. He also holds the Club record for most tries with 297. Richards was part of the Salford team which won Championship titles in both 1974 and 1976. He also scored in the Lancashire County Cup final on two occasions helping the Red Devils win the tournament in 1972.
His try-scoring ability saw him earn Great Britain caps against Australia and New Zealand. He also played for Wales whilst at Salford. Richards’ began his career in Rugby Union with Cardiff RFC and went on to earn nine caps for Wales and three for the British Lions.
Voting for scrum half will go live later today.
The final voting for right winger finished as below:

  • Maurice Richards – 66.13%
  • Adrian Hadley – 7.42%
  • Alan Hunte – 6.45%
  • David Hodgson – 6.13%
  • Phil Ford – 5.81%
  • Darren Rogers – 5.16%
  • Alan Edwards – 1.61%
  • Keith Bentley – 0.65%
  • Clive Griffiths – 0.65%
  • Wally McArthur – 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. 

Willows Wall | Vote for your left winger

You can now vote for your left winger in our ‘Willows Wall’ Heritage Team in association with the Salford Red Devils Foundation and Capricorn Security.
Paul Charlton, Kieth Fielding, David Watkins and Chris Hesketh are all currently in the team but who will join them?
Vote below.
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Willows Wall | Chris Hesketh makes the wall

Salford Red Devils double Championship winner from the 1970’s, Chris Hesketh is the fourth name on the ‘Willows Wall’ Heritage Team after narrowly edging out 1938 Challenge Cup winner Gus Risman.  
Hesketh made a mammoth 443 appearances for Salford scoring 128 tries adding up to 384 points. He joined Salford from hometown club Wigan for £4,000 and would play his first Salford game against his former side.
The legendary centre featured in the 1969 Challenge Cup final defeat to Castleford but would enjoy success with the Red Devils in the 1970’s as he was a part of the Championship winning sides of 1974 and 1976.
Hesketh also won a Lancashire Cup winners medal and a Floodlit Trophy medal in his time with Salford. He proudly captained the side from 1974 until his final game on May 13th, 1979 at St Helens.
The former international was awarded in the 1976 New Years Honours list when he was handed an M.B.E. Hesketh’s story is all that more remarkable as he contracted polio at the age of seven and spent twelve months in hospital.
The voting results in full are as follows:
Chris Hesketh – 38.20%
Gus Risman – 37.58%
Peter Williams – 10.56%
Nathan McAvoy – 9.32%
Kris Tassell – 2.17%
David Stephenson – 1.55%
James Lomas – 0.62%
Emlyn Jenkins – 0.00%
Bob Brown – 0.00%
John Cheshire – 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 Foundation appoint two new Trustees

Salford Red Devils Foundation is pleased to announce that their Board of Trustees has two fantastic new additions.
These new trustees bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience and have expressed their excitement at joining the team and both cannot wait to help Salford Red Devils Foundation continue to deliver its array of outstanding community programmes in Salford and across Greater Manchester.
The first new Trustee, Mr Paul King, is a prominent figure within the modern world of securities and has been a passionate Salford Red Devils fan for many years. As a successful businessman Paul is well placed to help guide the Foundation as it embarks on new and exciting programmes.
Paul King said: “My love affair with Salford commenced on a wet Friday evening at the Willows back in 1973, some 45 years later my passion for the club and the community burns as brightly as ever.
“I am delighted to join the Board of Trustees and hope to play a part in enabling the club and the Foundation to further enhance their position, providing hope and inspiration at the heart of this wonderful community”.
Paul also sits as a Director on the Salford Red Devils Holding Board and his addition to the Foundation Board of Trustees can only be of benefit as this brings both organisations closer together from a strategic perspective ensuring the maximum impact is achieved within the local community.
The second new Trustee is Mr Michael Burke who has over 13 years’ experience working in Television and Media. Currently a Sports Producer/Director at BBC Michael can help raise the profile of Salford Red Devils Foundation and advice on an increased media presence.
Michael Burke said: “As a lifelong Salford RLFC supporter I am extremely proud and excited to be joining the Board of Trustees on the Salford Red Devils Foundation. Hopefully I can play a part in raising awareness and developing something that is close to my heart”.
Salford Red Devils Foundation would like to thank the whole Board of Trustee’s for their continued support and guidance as it continues to inspire the community through sport, health and education.
If you would like to donate, sponsor or engage directly with Salford Red Devils Foundation please contact Foundation Manager Neil.Blackburn@salfordreddevils.net.

Willows Wall | Vote for your left centre

You can now vote for your left centre in our ‘Willows Wall’ Heritage Team in association with the Salford Red Devils Foundation and Capricorn Security.
Paul Charlton, Kieth Fielding and David Watkins are all currently in the team but who will join them?
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Willows Wall | David Watkins selected at right centre

We are delighted to announce that David Watkins is the third name on the ‘Willows Wall Heritage Team as part of an initiative between Capricorn Security and the Salford Red Devils Foundation.
Watkins comfortably won the second vote for the position of right centre ahead of the likes of Kevin McGuiness, Stuart Littler and Greg Austin.
The legendary centre joined Salford in 1967 after a successful Rugby Union career which saw him capped for both Wales and the British and Irish Lions. His signing – worth £15,000 – was a then Club record. Watkins would go on to become Salford’s all-time leading points scoring racking up a mammoth 2,907 points.
Watkins famously captained the side in their 1969 Challenge Cup final defeat to Castleford, the Red Devils’ most recent trip to Wembley. He was also an integral part of Salford’s Championship winning sides in both 1973-74 and 1975-76 seasons. Watkins also won the Lancashire Cup with Salford in 1973.
The Welsh international made six appearances for the Great Britain Rugby League side before representing his country in every game of the 1975 Rugby League World Cup.
Watkins would go on to play for Swinton during the 1979-1980. In the 1986 New Years Honours, Watkins was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to Rugby League.
The full results were as follows: 

  • David Watkins – 63.59%
  • Greg Austin – 9.75%
  • Junior Langi – 7.93%
  • Kevin McGuiness – 4.81%
  • Albert Gear – 3.64%
  • Scott Naylor – 3.64%
  • Ged Byrne – 2.86%
  • Stuart Littler – 2.60%
  • Les Bettinson – 0.78%
  • Willie Thomas – 0.39%

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.

Willows Wall | Pick your right centre

As the initiative between the Salford Red Devils Foundation and Club Partners Capricorn Security rolls on it’s time for you to pick a centre to join Paul Charlton and Kieth Fielding on the wall. 
The third vote is now live and we’re asking you to vote for your favourite Red Devils right centre from yesteryear.
The winner will be confirmed next week.
 
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Willows Wall | Keith Fielding goes in at right winger

We are delighted to announce that Keith Fielding is the second name on the ‘Willows Wall Heritage Team as part of an initiative between Capricorn Security and the Salford Red Devils Foundation.
Fielding won the second vote for the position of right winger ahead of the likes of Tex Evans, Fata Sini and Bill Burgess.
The former England and Great Britain international featured for Salford between 1973-1983 and was a part of the Red Devils’ Championship winning sides in both 1974 and 1976.
Fielding had a phenomenal try-scoring record for Salford crossing for 253 tries in 319 appearances. He also kicked an impressive 133 goals totalling up at 1025 points for Salford.
The winger represented England in both Rugby League and Rugby Union prior to his move of codes in 1973. Fielding featured for Great Britain in the 1977 Rugby League World Cup and also equalled the record England National Team’s record for tries by an individual in a match when he scored four against France in Bordeaux in October of 1975. 
Away from the field, Fielding gained national notoriety for his appearances on all-around sports televised competition – Superstars. Fielding won the ‘Challenge of the Champions’ and the ‘British Final’ in 1981.
The full results were as follows: 

  1. Keith Fielding – 56.03%
  2. Tex Evans – 15.09%
  3. Fata Sini – 12.93%
  4. Bill Burgess – 6.03%
  5. John Wiltshire – 5.60%
  6. Barney Hudson – 3.02%
  7. Joel Caine – 0.65%
  8. Ken Jones – 0.43%
  9. Michael Hancock – 0.22%
  10. Tom Danby – 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. 

Willows Wall | Vote for your right winger

Last week Club partners Capricorn Security and the Salford Red Devils Foundation launched a new initiative where the company will donate £25 a week to the Foundation for a brick on the Willows Wall with a Red Devils legend printed on.
The second vote is now live and we’re asking you to vote for your favourite Red Devils right winger from yesteryear.
The winner will be confirmed next week.
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