LEEDS RHINOS 22-16 SALFORD RED DEVILS: BEHIND THE STICKS

The Betfred Super League season is back and get closer to the action than ever before with our match day feature, Behind the Sticks.

Cade Cust and Oliver Partington were both on the scoresheet for the Red Devils, but Sam Lisone’s late try was ultimately the difference at AMT Headingley.

Feel the electric atmosphere and hear every thud echo around the stadium as two sides packed with talent go head-to-head in Round 1.

Watch the full feature below.

HORWICH DENTAL CARE CENTRE BECOME OFFICIAL TEAM DENTISTS

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce a new partnership with Horwich Dental Care Centre.

This new collaboration aims to promote oral health awareness within the community while providing essential dental care services to players, staff, and fans alike. The partnership reflects Horwich Dental Care Centre’s commitment to supporting local sports initiatives and fostering community well-being.

Hannah Edge, Partnership Manager for Salford Red Devils, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, “We are thrilled to welcome Horwich Dental Care Centre as our official dental care partner. Together, we look forward to promoting good oral hygiene practices throughout the community and enhancing the overall well-being of our players and supporters.”

The owners of Horwich Dental Care Centre echoed the sentiment, saying, “Our dental practice is proud to align with Salford Red Devils as the official team dentists. We recognise the significance of oral health in sports performance and overall wellness. Through this partnership, we aim to provide top-notch dental care services to the Salford Red Devils community, reinforcing our commitment to fostering healthy smiles and promoting the well-being of athletes and fans alike.”

Horwich Dental Care Centre brings a wealth of experience and expertise in dental care, offering a range of services from routine check-ups to specialised treatments. As the official dental care partner of Salford Red Devils, the practice looks forward to contributing to the team’s success on and off the field.

For more information about Horwich Dental Care Centre, please visit https://www.horwichdentalcare.co.uk/

SALFORD RED DEVILS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH ABK BEER

Salford Red Devils today announce a new partnership with ABK Beer – already the Official Beer of Rugby League – who become the official sponsor of the club’s match day fanzone.

ABK Beer, part of the ROKiT Drinks group, is one of the most beloved and popular breweries in Germany, and will now feature prominently on match days at the Salford Stadium.

Chris Irwin, Salford Red Devils Chief Commercial Officer, said;

“We’re delighted to welcome the ABK Beer team to the Salford Red Devils family. We have been searching for an official fanzone partner for some time, and after speaking with the team at ROKiT following their announcement as the Official Beer of Rugby League, it became clear that they were a great fit.

“Whilst we’re looking forward to supporters having the opportunity to get their hands on the award-winning ABK Beer, we’re thrilled that the team share our enthusiasm for developing an exciting pre-match environment at the Salford Stadium.”

Simon Young, ROKiT Drinks, Chief Commercial Officer said:

“Following our agreement with RL Commercial, we’re delighted to secure Salford Red Devils as our first official partner within the Betfred Super League.

“We are so pleased to be partnering with a club whose ambition matches our own, and we look forward to working together to create a memorable matchday experience for all visitors at the Salford Stadium.”

Salford Red Devils become the first rugby league club to partner with ROKiT Drinks, and joins RL Commercial as the latest of a growing list of elite sports sponsorships that includes the BMW Motorrad British and World Superbike teams, the British FIA Formula 4 series, as well as snooker royalty in Ronnie O’Sullivan and Jimmy White.

For further information on ROKiT, please visit ROKiT.

COUNCIL TAKES DECISION ON FUTURE OF CITY’S COMMUNITY STADIUM

Salford City Council has agreed a decision to take full ownership of the Salford Community Stadium on 13 February, with future impacts for rugby and sport and leisure across the city and regeneration of the area.

The decision to take full ownership will provide the council with full control of the stadium and its assets (currently Salford City Council owns 50%), including car parking areas and training pitches, with the development land around the site which will give the council the ability to shape the future of the area.

This is a decision, subject to contracts, that the council believes paves a bright future for a key regeneration site known as the western gateway, which is also a growth location site for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Mayor Andy Burnham, developing as part of Greater Manchester’s recently negotiated Devolution Trailblazer deal with Government and associated Single Settlement. 

Detailed negotiations with the stadium company joint owner and stadium stakeholders, along with detailed legal and financial due diligence, now are bringing the final steps close to completion.

The stadium, which is home to Salford Red Devils and Sale Sharks, officially opened in 2012 and has already hosted the Rugby League World Cup in 2013 and will be one of the venues for the Women’s Rugby World Cup on 2025.

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “I am delighted that we are nearing conclusion of months of painstaking discussions.

“After being a joint owner, the council is set to take the reins and full control of the stadium and surrounding site. 

“This will enable the council to deliver its aims and aspirations agreed earlier this year as detailed in the Strategic Statement of Intent, while also moving us forward in delivering the original intentions of decision(s) taken back in 2009/10. This includes securing the council’s long-term interests by controlling future redevelopment and regeneration of the stadium facilities and adjacent development land.”

Mayor Dennett continued: “We’ll be able to recommit to deliver the initial vision of a community stadium for the city and its people. The future will be grounded in a new sports & leisure and rugby strategy, with links to activity, culture and health and wellbeing and fair access and opportunities. These benefits will go far beyond activities on the pitch, with full development of the site creating an anticipated 790 new jobs, delivering £28million worth of social value and attracting £65 million of private sector investment. 

“The city’s heritage and rugby history will be safe now for future Salfordians. William Webb Ellis was born in Salford and we’re proud that the stadium is home to two important clubs, Salford Red Devils RLFC and Sale Sharks. We have celebrated the 150th historical and cultural contribution made by Salford Red Devils RLFC and the Salford Red Devils Foundation and championed Sale Sharks and the contribution the team has made locally since their move to the city in 2012. We are now looking to the next historical milestone and how this acquisition can continue to support both clubs. 

“In a mission close to my heart, Salford Red Devils RLFC will retain their position playing in the City of Salford, which is why the Community Stadium was built in the first place all those years ago, along with it being a place to call home for Salford Reds and Sale Sharks.

“We have exciting plans to engage fans, community groups & grass-roots rugby clubs, schools, education providers and residents with the City’s Community Stadium, along with Sports England, the Rugby Football League (RFL), Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the Government, especially the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and the work currently being undertaken around the future of rugby within the UK.

Both codes are thriving in the city at a grassroots level with teams including league clubs Folly Lane, Salford City Roosters, Langworthy Reds and Cadishead Rhinos as well as our other professional club Swinton Lions. The union game is represented by local clubs at De La Salle, Eccles and Broughton, combined represent the positive growth of rugby in Salford. 

Mayor Dennett is joined by representatives of Salford Red Devils, Salford Red Devils Foundation, Salford Red Devils Women’s, PDRL, LDSL and local rugby league community clubs gather at the Salford Community Stadium.

“There is huge potential to use rugby to increase participation rates in sport and as a vehicle to contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of local people of all ages through all forms of the game and the wider activities of the Red Devils charitable foundation, providing new skills and aspirations. The rugby league club and the foundation serve the city as a community club and already deliver a huge range of initiatives, including SEND activity provision for children during school holidays and as an organisation, has the power to inspire, creating a healthier, more active community. 

“The realisation of the City of Salford’s Community Stadium is an important aspect of our cultural, heritage, sporting & leisure assets within the City and builds on decisions the Salford City Council has already taken to land the Royal Horticultural Society’s 5th National Garden (RHS:Bridgewater) and the BBC’s Philharmonic Orchestra within the City, in addition to delivering our much loved Lowry Theatre & Art Gallery back in 2000, who are an vital cultural institution within our city, also looking after and curating the L.S. Lowry collection within the City and through-out the world.” 

Managing Director of Salford Red Devils, Paul King added: “This is certainly a big step in the right direction, and hopefully this can now lead to a swiftly agreed deal.

“I can’t understate how important the conclusion of the deal is for the club. We’ve stretched as best as we can for as long as we can to get even to this point today, and once the agreement gets over the line, it really does give us access to some transformative opportunities. Not only are there commercial benefits waiting for us, but we can finally apply for the matched funding pots that are available to us through the Crowdfunder.

“Whilst bringing forward a realisation of a shared vision based on what the stadium was originally built for, an agreement allows us to become a different Salford Red Devils – a secure, and self-sustaining Salford Red Devils that thrives within the City of Salford.”

Tony Sutton, the Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League, said:

“Salford City Council’s full ownership of the Salford Community Stadium is excellent news for the Salford Red Devils club, and therefore for the many community groups and young people with whom they engage directly, as well as through the work of their community Foundation. The city has been associated with Rugby League since 1896, when the Salford club joined the Northern Union, and the sport is therefore embedded deeply in the community and its history.

“The RFL has been delighted to engage with Salford City Council and the Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham throughout a long and complicated process, and we will continue to do so as we work with Mayor Dennett and his team to continue to grow the numbers of people playing Rugby League in the region. We both thank and congratulate them for this positive outcome.”

Sale Sharks Chief Executive Paul Smith said: “The future of the Salford Community Stadium has been a protracted saga that has caused a huge amount of uncertainty both within the club and among our fanbase for too long.

“While there is still work to do, this announcement hopefully begins to draw a line under the questions around stadium ownership and allows us all to start working together to create a real hub for rugby, across both codes, in the north.

“There is a huge opportunity here to build a really special venue to support our community and develop top level sport in the region.”

JOB VACANCY – SESSIONAL PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Organisation

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Betfred Super League Europe club the Salford Red Devils.

Salary

Competitive Sessional rates.

Location

Salford Community Stadium, Eccles, Manchester.

Contract type

Fixed Term Contract.

Closing date

February 16th, 2024.

Job Description

The sessional physio will be working in an elite sporting environment. The post holder will be managing Reserves’ & Women’s players for the club on a weekly basis alongside the physiotherapist department, the club’s Head Physiotherapist, and other department colleagues – reporting to the Director of Rugby & Operations.

The successful candidate will apply themselves on prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of the club’s player injuries as well as ongoing maintenance treatments of non-injured players.

The post-holder will be expected to be work/time flexible and attend the club’s fixtures as instructed (home and/or away fixtures) including pre-match preparation, match cover and post-match assessments/treatments.

The successful applicant should have an sound knowledge of treatment methods and rehabilitation and an understanding of the demands of elite professional sport.

They should also have a supportive understanding of full confidentiality and the nature of working alongside elite athletes on a daily basis.

Roles & Responsibilities

1. Physiotherapist medical provision alongside the Head Physiotherapist and Assistant Physiotherapists.

2. Assist with the rehabilitation of long-term injured players. 

3. Plan and implement injury prevention programs and return to play protocols for injured club players.

4. Work closely with the rest of the department to provide support on all tasks for the Physiotherapist and Medical Department.

5. Attend club fixtures and assist and on pre-game preparation, medical cover throughout the game and post-game injury assessments (as required).

6. To maintain professional governing body standards at all times.

7. To oversee administrative jobs required as needed for an effective and efficient department. 

8. To maintain and hold up to date and comprehensive qualifications as stated in professional body guidelines.

9. Maintain standards of clinical hygiene and cleanliness at all times.

10. Respect and maintain patient confidentiality at all times.

11. Keep detailed daily and up to date medical records on the progress of each injured player.

12. To undertake any other reasonable duties at the discretion of the Club

The above list is a guide only and should not be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of changing needs of the department.

Essential Criteria

  • 2 years post graduate experience in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Experience in planning and delivery of rehabilitation programmes to elite athletes.
  • BSc in Physiotherapy or equivalent.
  • Valid HCPC and CSP registrations or equivalent.
  • Registered (with immediate effect) for work within the UK.
  • Valid UK driving license
  • Must hold a current immediate Medical Management on The Field of Play (IMMOFP) qualification or equivalent.

Desirable Criteria

  • 1 to 2 years’ experience in sport.
  • Knowledge of the principles of sports science.

How to apply

Applications should be sent to tracey.costello@salfordreddevils.net and are to include your CV with a short covering letter.

Applications will close on February 16th, 2024.

For any further information on the role please contact Charlie Wilton on physio@salfordreddevils.net

YOUR EXCLUSIVE SEASON LAUNCH TICKET OFFER

Thank you for attending the Salford Red Devils 2024 Season Launch at the Trafford Centre.

By attending, you have access to an incredible, exclusive ticket offer of Junior Tickets for £2, and Adults for just £5! Take a read below with instructions on how to claim your tickets.

For our game against Castleford Tigers, you’ll be calling our Community East Stand home (that’s also the stand facing the TV cameras, so make sure to wave to your family and friends watching from their home)! The East Stand is unreserved seating, meaning you can have a completely hassle free experience and sit wherever you like when you arrive and maybe even grab yourself a spot right on the halfway!

By clicking the button below, you’ll be taken to our eticketing website. If you’ve bought a ticket to one of our games before, you can sign in as normal. If you’re a first time fan, simply create an account and once you’ve entered your details, sign in.

Once signed in, you’ll find yourself on our home page. Click ‘single tickets‘ in the top right, followed by ‘all matches‘.

After this, take yourself to ‘Salford Red Devils vs Castleford Tigers’ and click ‘Find Tickets’. From here, you’ll see a map of our stadium. To find your exclusive offer tickets, click on E03, which is at the bottom of the stadium map as you look at it. Select a seat, and then you’ll find your ‘Season Launch Adult‘ or ‘Season Launch Junior‘ tickets available to select.

If you’re having any issues at all, drop us an email on enquiries@salfordreddevils.net and the team will be quick to assist you.

Terms: The 2024 Season Launch Ticket Offer is exclusively available for tickets in the East Stand for the Salford Red Devils vs Castleford Tigers home fixture on Sunday 25th February, 2024.

SNEYD: “GET THEM PARTNERSHIPS GOING THAT WE’LL LOOK FOR DURING THE SEASON!”

Marc Sneyd believes long field sessions in the warm weather is making ‘a massive difference’.

Speaking after day two of our pre-season camp in the Algarve, where a double-field session was rounded-off by some work in the gym, Sneyd was explaining why coming away from the chilly Salford Stadium for a short while is very important.

“It makes a massive difference, doesn’t it, when you get to train in warm weather with a dry ball and get through the things you need to get through – it’s good, enjoyable,” he told our YouTube channel.

Alongside his spine, the Sneyd’s role in the team is vital; he is the one who can call and execute plays to a world-class standard, all season long.

For him, all the hard work carried out back home during the early winter months has allowed the team to ‘fine tune’ their skill in Portugal and introduce existing plays to the newer members of the squad.

He continued: “I think that all the hard work that’s gone on before we got here has allowed us to come and fine tune everything.

“To get that skill level up to the way we want to play, our skill needs to be on the money and it lets us see where we’re at fully.

“Work on them plays for the new boys offensively from an attacking point of view, get them new boys going and get them partnerships going that we’ll be looking for during the season.”

To watch our interview with Sneyd in full, please click HERE.

RUGBY LEAGUE’S QUALITY STREET GANG 13 – TERRY OGDEN PT 5

Pt 1  His Early Rugby Career

Pt 2 He Recounts The Story Of Salford’s Rebirth

Pt 3 He Relates The History Surrounding The Willows Social Club

Pt 4 He Remembers Players From The ‘Team Of Stars


Part 5 His Post Rugby Life

The career of a professional rugby league player is, in itself, very short, but the tenure of any one of them, at any one club, is usually considerably shorter, so Terry’s seven seasons at The Willows was well above those of many, including his own spells at his previous clubs.  That it culminated with a Challenge Cup Final, at Wembley, was absolutely wonderful, as it would for any player, but that it came so close to his departure, was indeed a considerable surprise, even to him.

“I really had not expected anything like that to happen so soon after the big day, but sometimes events take over, and I was suddenly somewhat less in favour than previously, and now playing in the ‘A’ team.  I realised then that my chances of returning to the first team had become extremely slim.

“I did get the chance of going to Rochdale but decided against it; I’d had enough by this time.  In particular, I was finding myself missing the significant notoriety, and even the little adulation, which playing for Salford had brought.  It had gone out of my life and that made me want to try and replace it with something else.

“I did try my hand at coaching, very briefly from 1970 to 71, with Salford University team, but when that came to an end so too did my time in rugby league, and I moved my life on in a different direction.”

That turned out be with horse-riding in which he led cross-country team-chases and eventing.

“I was also getting involved in renovating properties, including what is now my own home, which we, for one spell, turned into an hotel, so it has been only in the last five years or so that I have regained an interest, once more, in the game.  I recently joined the Oldham Former Players’ Association and have now got involved with them a little bit, with their monthly meetings.

“Because the Salford team of my era consisted of players from all over the country, they have all gone their separate ways and we don’t have the basis on which to form one for us.”

It is probably a little surprising that someone, who had been away from the game for as long as Terry was, has rekindled any interest in it at all, but circumstances can often conspire to bring about the most surprising of outcomes.

“My grandson became interested in the game and joined Saddleworth Rangers before later joining the police force, so obviously I went along to watch him.  He now plays for the Great Britain Police side and had it not been for the pandemic scuppering the chance, he would have toured Australia back in 2020. Then recently, out of the blue, I got a phone call from Alan Grice informing me of the new Heritage system which had been recently established by Salford, and this inspired me to make a few return visits here.

“The happiest years of my life were when I was playing for Salford, which led to a very great fondness for the club.  The Snape brothers, Brian and Keith, were marvellous people to be involved with.  Keith was a lovely person, and Brian just had so much energy and enthusiasm for the club.  It was so wonderful to have been a part of it all.”

RUGBY LEAGUE’S QUALITY STREET GANG 13 – TERRY OGDEN PT 4

Part 4 He Remembers Players In The ‘Team Of Stars’

With so many big stars in the team, in the later stages of his time at Salford, Terry, understandably, finds difficulty in singling out individuals because each of them had so much to offer in their specific roles.

“Mike Coulman and Colin Dixon absolutely shone in the engine room of the pack.  Their pace was exceptional for guys of their size, which made them so difficult to stop once they had got into their stride.  I was very fond of Colin especially, as he was a really great guy.  He had a reputation of being extremely strong of physique, and you usually came off worse if you came up against him.  His presence on the field was always a considerable attribute to the team, as indeed was the case with Mike.

“With Mike it was the sheer power he possessed.  He had a low centre of gravity, which made him very difficult to knock off balance.  His legs and thighs were massive; he once split the seams of a pair of trousers he was trying on in a gentleman’s outfitter where a few of us were trying on new suits.

“Out wide, we had an abundance of pace, with Bill Burgess and then shortly after I had left, Maurice Richards.  I had, though, been impressed by Maurice when I saw him run in four tries for Wales in a rugby union international against England, at Cardiff Arms Park, and even though we never actually played together, we have since become really good friends and very much enjoy meeting up at the occasional players’ reunions to which the club invites us.

“Even at halfback, David Watkins’s speed was noteworthy, but that was also supplemented by his extremely tricky footwork, which would mesmerise defenders as they tried to bring his progress to a halt. 

“The night he made his debut against Oldham, I was on crutches, having damaged ligaments in my ankle, so was not playing.  He later told me that I had been the first person he had met on coming to Salford, and seeing me on crutches had made him wonder what on earth he had come to.

“Chris Hesketh had been little more than a fringe player when he had been at Wigan.  That was possibly because he could be a difficult player to follow, as on occasions he would run away from his support rather than keeping with it, but, from the moment he came to Salford, he seemed to progress beyond all expectations.  The environment just seemed to suit him, and with the backs amongst whom he was playing, we were able to have sufficient players backing him up to ensure there was someone nearby, whichever route he decided to take towards the line.”

In the later years of his career, Terry would be found packing down on the blindside of the scrum, whilst his fellow, openside prop, was former Oldham international, Charlie Bott.

“Charlie and I complemented each other ideally.  My strength was my skill with the ball, but my weakness was my tackling, whereas tackling was Charlie’s greatest strength. 

“As an international he had been on tour of Australia with Great Britain, in 1966, and later emigrated there when his playing career was coming towards its end.  Coincidentally, just as I was involved in the development of the social club in the sixties, I understand that Charlie, for the few months prior to his move down under, was equally involved in the construction of the then new North Stand.”

Terry’s move up front was possibly attributable to the acquisition of another former Oldham forward, Stuart Whitehead, who held the second-row position for a couple of years before moving to centre, on the arrivals of Coulman and Dixon.

“The fact that Stuart was part of that attacking line up of such speedy backs as Watkins, Hesketh, Burgess and Richards, showed the considerable pace he had as a second rower, when he first came, and he continued to hold his position in the centre until he was replaced by David Watkins’s move there from stand-off, in 1971.

One prop who actually outlasted Terry’s length of time with the club, was fans’ favourite, Jimmy Hardacre.

“Jimmy was at the club when I first arrived here, and he was still playing in the ‘A’ team when I left – in fact by then he had become captain of them, which was quite an honour when you remember just how really good that ‘A’ team was.  Coach, Ernie Critchley, thought the world of Jimmy with his hundred and ten percent endeavour in every match; he was such a wholehearted player.

“One of the best hookers we had in my time at Salford for getting the ball from the scrum was Colin Bowden, who came to us around the same time as David Evans, but who remained for only a very brief spell.

“Paul Murphy, our left winger, was the first of the really fast wingers we were to have, having come to Salford from Preston Grasshoppers.  He also turned out to be a good goalkicker, which was only discovered by chance.  Towards the end of his playing career, he was involved in working in the social club, which led, in turn, to his marrying Jill Snape, one of Brian Snape’s daughters.”

RUGBY LEAGUE’S QUALITY STREET GANG 13 – TERRY OGDEN PT 3

Pt 3 He Relates The History Surrounding The Willows Social Club

Not only did the team on the field develop throughout Terry’s time, with the club, so too the environment at The Willows changed completely over the years, from the rather stark surroundings of two end sets of terracing, both uncovered, the partially covered part of the east side known then as the Popular Stand, and a wooden edifice which was the main stand with seating in the centre on the west side, to what became the star-studded Willows Variety Centre, which proceeded to develop in marked phases.

“I was involved in providing advice to the club in each stage of the development.  It all started on a Friday night back in 1965, when two of the panels at the back of the north stand were removed, and a marquee, containing a bar, was put up on the cricket ground behind to celebrate the very first Friday night fixture to be played, and also televised, under floodlights at The Willows.  That became the catalyst for what was going to come; it was the moment that Salford became a ‘party’ club because of the party-like atmosphere they always generated thereafter. 

Discussions around the social club project were mired in considerable detail all of which had to be decided upon.

“When we were working on the cellars of the new venture, instead of having the beer stored in barrels, we had four tanks put in, into which we poured the beer whenever we had a delivery.  The plan was to have three of the four containing bitter, and one lager, though I tried to argue for two of each.  In the event we all turned out to be wrong because demand proved to be for three lager and one for bitter.

“There were also differing points of view as to whether the main bar at least should be carpeted, with Brian Snape arguing that it would encourage people to treat it with respect, about which he proved to be absolutely correct.

“A later stage was the opening of the new Stanneylands Restaurant, which, when viewed from the pitch, was situated upstairs and at the righthand end.  It was extremely popular before and during games.  My mother always used to go in to enjoy a meal beforehand, which was a considerable change from the little white tearoom at the top of the North Stand, which had preceded it.

“There also used to be a little bar under the Popular Stand, alongside the players’ dressing room.  One of my responsibilities was going around each of the bars and taking stock-control, each week, but we very soon closed it down and centralised everything in the club.

“There was even a full-scale casino underneath, at one stage, prior to the changes brought about by the Gambling Act, which gave a totally different dimension to anything in place at any other club.  Brian not only had restaurants, he also had Bingo halls and cinemas, throughout Manchester, all of which ensured he had considerable connections throughout the entertainment industry.

“We also converted all the bars at Lancashire Cricket Ground, with Stanneylands then going on to provide all the catering services there, whilst I became the licensee to the club, though I only ever worked there at big occasions, when it literally was all hands to the pump.  I never once regretted my move to Salford and my days working for Stanneylands were among the happiest of my life.”

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