Tag: Salford



For a full forty minutes, the Red Devils shone as brightly as the afternoon’s sun in the middle of a heatwave, as they put behind them their disappointment at Headingley, last week, after only two minutes, in this week’s crucial victory over Huddersfield.

We all know, now, after weeks of experiencing and enjoying it, just what fabulous and scintillating rugby this current Salford team can produce.  That they did so in front of the Channel 4 cameras giving nation-wide terrestrial television coverage of those skills was as good as anyone could have hoped for.

Deon Cross, it was, who made the first initial break of the game, after slick handling had sped the ball from the left wing to the right, and the timing of his pass to Ken Sio gave the winger a clear run to the line, for the first score.

Joe Burgess’s punishing of a Giants’ error, with a near eighty metre break away try, five minutes later, was followed, with some incredible football and handling skills from Kallum Watkins, to ground Brodie Croft’s initial low kick through, which, with two successful Marc Sneyd conversions, put the Reds well in charge at 16-0, after only twelve minutes.

Indeed, the only blip in the first half proceedings came in the 18th minute, when Burgess was deprived of possession by McQueen who went over for an unconverted Huddersfield try, but further Salford scores from Ryan Brierley off an inside, overhead pass from Sio, and then ten minutes later Sneyd’s kick, this time into the in-goal area, being grounded by Tim Lafai, again converted by Sneyd, more than eradicated that.

So far, so good, but a completely different type of game awaited them in the second half, which required significant adaptation of their approach, and which they delivered most convincingly – all the more so as the half wore on.

An extended interval had certainly presented the Giant with sufficient time to address certain issues, and with the absence of Brodie Croft in the sin-bin for the first nine minutes, they returned determined to make their extra man paid dividends, whilst the Reds, realising the challenge facing them in those early stages, had a new focus of protecting that mid-match lead by means of a secure defence.

The extent to which they would be successful was indicated by the fact that even against twelve men, it was into the seventh minute before the visitors succeeded in crossing the Salford line, and although they scored once more, shortly after Croft’s return, they had been building towards it for some time.

That such a well-drilled side as Huddersfield then went almost thirty minutes without managing a further single point is great testament to the Reds’ resilience and commitment to the cause, especially when the game was played in a temperature of over thirty degrees, which was far more suited to attacking play than dour defending, but, with Huddersfield dominating possession, there was no alternative option for them.

The exuberance the Giants showed at pulling back to within ten points took them through the next ten minutes, aided by a number of Salford handling errors, but gradually their energy levels began to fall away, and the Reds began to look more and more in control of the situation.

The very sensible addition of two points, to stretch their lead to two converted scores, were attained as a result of Sneyd’s 63rd minute penalty kick from forty metres out, and provided the basis for him to be able to kick an important drop-goal, eleven minutes later, which probably sank the Giants’ spirits completely – their uphill struggle then becoming a three-score mountain to climb, in limited time and in still-climbing temperatures.

A final try from Harvey Livett, from yet another of Sneyd’s kicks, this time into the left corner, merely served to underline the Red Devils’ superiority, on the day.  Superior they were in flamboyance and entertainment, which was so delightful and thrilling to watch, but also superior in the hard work of tackling and defending, without which all the fine tries of that first forty might have been for nothing.


Salford Red Devils suffered a 16 – 23 defeat at home against Hull FC at the AJ Bell Stadium.
With a hat-trick from Josh Griffin and three penalty goals from Marc Sneyd, Hull FC handed Salford Red Devils a fourth straight defeat at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Josh Jones, Niall Evalds and Jackson Hastings went over for Salford, showing a stronger attacking position in the second half, but a drop-goal from Sneyd in the last 10 minutes of the game gave Hull FC the final hand in securing a victory over the Red Devils.
It was former Salford player Josh Griffin who opened the scoring for Hull FC, followed by two penalties scored by Marc Sneyd.
Salford held a strong attack with a try from Niall Evalds being disallowed due to interference, but the Red Devils could not break the Hull defence until Josh Jones powered over from a Rob Lui kick to secure the only try for Salford in the first half of the game, bringing the score to 6-10 at half-time.
Josh Griffin furthered Hull’s lead in the second half, scoring two tries in quick succession and winning a hat-trick in the 50thminute to further the Hull advantage.
Conceded penalties proved to be Salford’s downfall after Sneyd scored a third penalty to ensure Hull’s lead.
Both Evalds and Jackson Hastings went over for Salford until Snyed finished the game with a quick drop-goal to secure a Hull FC victory.
SALFORD: Evalds, Inu, Chamberlain, Bibby, Olpherts, Lui, Hastings, Walker, Lussick, Dudson, Jones, Griffin, Flanagan.
INTERCHANGES: Burke, Welham, Nakubuwai, Turgut.
HULL FC: Wynne, Logan, Griffin, Tuimavave, Faraimo, Kelly, Sneyd, Taylor, Houghton, Paea, Minichiello, Manu, Westerman.
INTERCHANGES: Lane, Savelio, Ellis, Washbrook.
Salford tries: Jones (18′), Evalds (58′), Hastings (70′)
Salford goalsChamberlain (20′, 71′)
Hull FC tries: Griffin (5′, 47′, 51′)
Hull FC goals: Sneyd (6′, 11′, 37′, 48′ 66′)
Hull FC dropgoals: Sneyd (73′)
Referee: Gareth Hewer
Attendance: 3,609
Man of the Match: Niall Evalds

Salford Red Devils join forces with XS Manchester

Salford Red Devils are pleased to announce a new media partnership with the radio station for Manchester, XS Manchester. Joining forces to deliver exciting and engaging content on and off the pitch.
With a shared passion for Manchester’s music and sport, the Club are looking forward to XS Manchester’s involvement with Salford Red Devils brand new match day experience and seeing the relationship grow.
The partnership will take place across multiple platforms, with presenter involvement, giveaways, on air advertising, pitch side branding and much more, throughout the 2019 Betfred Super League Season.
Watch this space!

Salford Red Devils to host exciting Club 13 networking event

Salford Red Devils would like to invite you to our exclusive Club 13 networking event which will take place on Thursday 28th February at the AJ Bell Stadium to the backdrop of Rugby League as we face St Helens.
This will be the official re-launch of Club 13 and will allow you to meet like-minded business people in our state-of-art corporate facilities. Our brilliant networking events will open up new and exciting opportunities for everyone in attendance and give you a real return on your investment.
This is the first of three dynamic events that will be hosted at venues across Salford and Greater Manchester with guest speakers adding value and entertainment.
To register interest, E-Mail enquiries@salfordreddevils.net.

Partner | McDonalds offer for 2019 Season Ticket Holders

Salford Red Devils are delighted to confirm a partnership with McDonalds which will see 2019 Season Ticket holders take advantage of an amazing offer. 
McDonalds are offering 2019 Salford Red Devils Season Ticket holders a Big Mac, McChicken Sandwich or Filet-O-Fish with medium fries for just £1.99.
You can take advantage of this fantastic offer on production of your 2019 Salford Red Devils Season Ticket.
The offer is available at the following branches of McDonalds:
Fallowfield, Chorlton, Baguley, Princess Parkway, ASDA Hulme, Oxford Street, Oxford Road, St Ann’s Square, Arndale Food Court, Piccadilly Gardens.
To check out some of the other amazing offers for Salford Red Devils Season Ticket holders and supporters, click HERE.
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. Season Tickets will now be at a reduced price on a pro-rata basis. Buy yours and take advantage of our amazing partnerships.

Community | Sky Try festivals a massive success

Last week the Salford Red Devils Foundation hosted four Sky Try tournaments for local schools ranging from Year 7 to Year 10 at the AJ Bell Stadium.
There were a range of high schools in attendance from areas such as Salford, Manchester, Bury and Trafford and all were terrific and performed extremely well.
Salford Red Devils Foundation Manager Neil Blackburn said: “It was fantastic to have so many youngsters present at the AJ Bell Stadium from schools in and around the local area.
“It was a really well organised event from our team and all the schools looked like they really enjoyed it and it only furthers our relationships with these schools in Salford, Trafford, Manchester, Bolton and Bury.”
Salford Red Devils Player Performance Manager Danny Barton said: “There was a lot of talent on show throughout the four days.
“It’s really pleasing to see how good some of these young players were and their enthusiasm for health and wellbeing and the sport really shone through.
“We could – and hope to – see some of these players in our Salford Red Devils Academy sides in the coming years and possibly even in the first team further down the line.”
A list of the schools who participated are as follows:
Year 7 – St Ambrose Barlow and Walkden High School.
Year 8 – St Ambrose Barlow and Buile Hill High School.
Year 9 – Walkden High School and Buile Hill High School.
Year 10 – St Ambrose Barlow and Buile Hill High School.
Year 7 – Blessed Thomas High School and St Ambrose College.
Year 8 – Wellington School and St Ambrose College.
Year 9 – Blessed Thomas High School and St Ambrose College.
Year 10 – Blessed Thomas High School and Sale Grammar.
Year 7 – Philips High School
Year 8 – Philips High School and Bury Church High School.
Year 9 – Philips High School and Bury Church High School.
Year 10 – St Monicas and Bury Church School.
Year 7 – Cedar Mount High School and Wright Robinson College.
Year 9 – Cedar Mount High School and Wright Robinson College.
Year 10 – The East Manchester Academy and Wright Robinson College.

The Tigers are in Town, but we’ll roar louder! 
Tickets for our next home game against Castleford Tigers on Friday 13th July are available to purchase at the Club Ticket Office, over the phone or online here.

Community | Paul Highton on the UK Red Ride to Wembley

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 .

Feature | Salford family one year after Manchester Arena bombing

Friday’s mascots will be Jessica, George and Annalisa Gilmore all of whom are Salford Red Devils supporters who were caught up in the devastating attack on the Manchester Arena last year.
None of the family were physically injured in the attack however – like many others – that night has left a lasting effect on the family. Their road to recovery has been assisted by counselling, supporter groups, the Manchester Resilience Hub and CAHMS which have all enabled them to continue to live a life that almost resembles that of their life prior to the tragedy.
Following the attack ten-year-old Annalisa wrote a document named ‘Twisted Courage’ to express how she felt about the attack:
“It was the day of the concert and so many little faces were lit up by the thought of stepping into the wonderous palace otherwise known as Manchester Arena. A crowd, as large as every grain of sand on a beach, were huddled together like a can of sardines. Whilst the security guards stood tall and firm, the excitement was about to explode, I could tell…
“BANG! I’ve never ever heard a noise so startling. A million and one thoughts rushed through my head, then I froze for a split second. My life flashed before my eyes and everything was silent, you could have heard a pin drop! After a long-awaited reaction, well at least what felt long awaited, the Manchester Arena was filled with shrieks…
“My heart skipped a beat. Trying desperately to stay calm my hands was clenched tightly to my mothers. My heart sunk to the bottom of my stomach when I saw the things that scared me the most. A little girl hiding under the sauce table stared, crying her little heart out. She looked me right in the eye, it was like she was talking to me. Of course, we didn’t stop because it’s natural, but I regret it every day.”
Mascots Jess and George Gilmore attended games at the final season at The Willows and experienced their first-ever away game at tonight’s opponents Huddersfield. Annalisa’s favourite game is last year’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final and while the atmosphere may have played a role in this it was also the first time since the Manchester Arena attack that the family had been to an event together.
Parents Dean and Elaine are both synonymous with sport in Salford currently working as part of the ‘School Sport Partnerships in Salford’ based at All Hallows RC High School working with 72 primary schools to develop PE and School sport; Elaine was even Head Coach Ian Watson’s boss at one point.
Dean Gilmore said: “Salford RLFC has been part of my family since the 1930’s. The Willows holds some special memories both happy and said.
“Family is so important, and the events of 22nd May 2017 brought that into sharp focus. Although forever changed, my girls came home that night and unfortunately 22 families didn’t have their loved ones come home and they will always be uppermost in our thoughts.
“Tonight, is an opportunity to create a new and happy memory for my girls as they continue with their recovery and the rest of their lives. I would like to place on record a sincere thank you for the work of the Manchester Resilience Hub and to all that have helped countless families in the past year.”

Transport | Supporters Bus now available at GMPTE stops

The Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust RD1 bus service will now stop at any of the GMPTE stops on the route from Salford Precinct to the AJ Bell Stadium. 
Following the success of the Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust bus since it was launched for the home game against Hull FC earlier in the season, the bus will now stop at any GMPTE stops as well as the stops originally named online.
However, it is cheaper to pre-book your place on the RD1 service online here. The bus service leaves Gala Bingo at 6pm and is set to arrive at the AJ Bell Stadium for approximately 7pm.
You can pre-book your place on the bus from the following stops:

  1. Gala Bingo, Hankinson Way.
  2. Salford Regent Carpet Warehouse Ltd, Seedley Road, Salford.
  3. The Waggon & Horses, Irlam O’th Height.
  4. Langworthy Reds, Swinton Park Road, Salford.
  5. Hope Library, Eccles Old Road, Salford.
  6. The Eccles Cross – JD Wetherspoon, Regent Street, Eccles.
  7. Dog & Partridge, Church Street, Eccles.

The prices for each pre-booking return category can be seen below:
Salford stops (Stop 1-5)
Adult: £5
U17/Senior: £4
Family: £15
Eccles stops (Stop 6-7)
Adult: £4.50
U17/Senior: £3.50
Family: £13
A family ticket includes two adults and two children. All U11’s must be accompanied by a fully paid adult. You will need your PayPal invoice as proof of purchase on both legs of the journey.
To get on the bus on matchday simply flag the bus down at any GMPTE stops to get on the bus with prices increasing by 50p per passenger on matchday. Both cash or contactless payment fares to the driver are accepted.
There is also a one-way service from the AJ Bell Stadium following full-time priced at £4 which works on a first come first served basis. Head to the RD1 service in the lay-by directly outside the AJ Bell Stadium.
Direct any enquiries to transport@salfordrlfcst@gmail.com
Tickets are still available for Thursday night’s clash with St Helens and can be purchased from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online here.

Transport | Supporters Bus for Good Friday

The Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust will again be running a bus service to Good Friday’s game against Catalans Dragons following a successful trial against Hull FC.
Remember, Friday’s game will kick-off at Midday and with Sunday service running on public transport the Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust bus is the best option to get to and from the AJ Bell Stadium.
An adult return ticket is priced from £5 from the Salford pick-up points and £4.50 from pick-up points in Eccles.
U17 and Senior tickets will be priced at £4 from Salford and £3.50 from Eccles. Family Tickets (Two adults and two U17’s) are priced at £15 from Salford and £13 from Eccles.
Fans can also purchase tickets on the day of the game but prices will rise by 50p. There will also be a £4 cash one-way option on the return leg working on a first-come first-served basis directly to the driver.
The Salford pick-up stops, and times are as follows:
10am – Gala Bingo, Hankinson Way, Salford.
10:08am – Regent Carpet Warehouse Ltd, Seedley Road, Salford.
10:15am – The Waggon and Horses, Irlam O’th Heights.
10:20am – Langworthy Reds, Swinton Park Road, Salford.
10:30am – Hope Library.
The Eccles pick-up stops, and times are as follows:
10:40am – The Eccles Cross, JD Wetherspoon, Regent Street, Eccles.
10:50am – Dog and Partridge, Church Street, Eccles.
U11’s must be accompanied by a fully paid adult.
Book here!
Any enquiries must be directed to transport.salfordrlfcst@gmail.com.