RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: SALFORD V WIGAN

After a month’s absence from their home venue at the Salford Stadium, the Red Devils returned from their travels, on Sunday last, to entertain the Wigan Warriors, in what turned out to be, since their move there, a record attendance of spectators, for this Round 16 encounter.

It must have felt like an extremely bold step for the Directors to target, publicly, the breaking of the previously existing record, but by so doing it pioneered the way for the newly publicly owned club to draw on its resources of bodies around the town to rally round and help drive up the numbers to ensure a successful outcome in this respect.

It was not only the attendance, however, which marked the occasion, as a whole-day event had been planned to celebrate both the first home fixture under the new ownership and also Armed Forces Day, which culminated with a triple shot from a cannon at the northwest corner of the ground, thereby rousing the assembled multitude to greater excitement than ever.

And so, even before a ball had been kicked, the day had proved to be a considerable success and significant occasion for all those present, for which every single person involved in its inception and organisation deserves the utmost praise and gratitude.

For a game against such a side as the mighty Warriors and on such a special occasion, however, the side would really have preferred not to have had two members of its spine missing through injury, as was the case with both Andy Ackers and Brodie Croft.  Not that that reflects in any way upon their replacements, Amir Bourouh and the versatile Chris Atkin, who both slotted in smoothly at hooker and half back, respectively.

To then lose a third member of that crucial spine, in Ryan Brierley from the fullback role, on 35 mins, however, was a blow which really took its toll alongside the others, and it was probably as a result of the reorganization necessitated by this that led to the visitors snatching a half time lead from the grasp of the reshuffled Salford side, three minutes from the interval.

Every minute of that first half, though, had been keenly contested, set-for-set, throughout the full forty-minutes, with the Red Devils standing up magnificently to the Wiganers throughout the first quarter of the game, with solid defence and strong carries forward.

It was, therefore, as late as the 21st minute, before the Warriors opened the scoring with an unconverted try, after a sustained period of pressure brought about by repeat sets on the back of goal-line drop-outs and occasional Salford touches of the ball.  It is testament to the Salford players that they were able to repel the attack for as long as they had done.

Despite having had some early pressure of their own, though, the Red Devils had not really had sufficient field position to ask many questions of the Wigan defence, but then produced their best attack of the half when fine interplay down the left between Joe Burgess, Brierley, and Tim Lafai, took them into their opponents twenty metre area. 

An obliging penalty helped them remain a little bit longer down there, and after Ken Sio had gone close to scoring, the ever-improving Ben Helliwell put himself in a great position to receive Marc Sneyd’s slick pass and go over for their one try of the game, which, with Sneyd’s conversion, put them in front.

Having had the half-time break in which to restructure and regalvanise the side after the loss of Brierley, the Reds went straight into the attack, and good handling forced a most promising-looking overlap, on 43 mins, only for a rather wild pass into touch to scupper the opportunity, when simple one-to-on passing might well have turned the game in their favour.

As it was, a Salford handling error, three minutes later saw Wigan draw further ahead with a try direct from the ensuing scrum, with two more scores coming at ten to twelve minute intervals, to stretch the score beyond the hopes of the Red Devils.

They nevertheless still continued to take the game to Wigan in the last ten minutes but so well-drilled is the Warriors’ defence that they were prepared to concede set-restarts, which would once have brought a penalty, right throughout the game, thus nullifying the Salford attack, until six minutes from the end, when another missed opportunity, this time on the left, was lost with a poor final pass to Burgess, who would have had a walk in.

Looking back on the second half, unlike the visitors who were clinical in their finishing, it was the Reds’ failure to capitalise on those two scoring opportunities which gave the final score such a significant difference.  Even had only one of them brought a try it would have put them into double figures, whilst scoring both and with conversions would have put them within a somewhat more creditable eight points.

Disappointing a result as it was, though, it could in no way detract from the impressive event the club had turned the day into being.  It is an occasion when everyone could feel proud to have been involved with the club and to have been in attendance to savour and enjoy it.

TRAFFORD CENTRE OFFERS FOR MATCH DAY AND SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

We are delighted to reveal match day and season ticket holders can now access exclusive discounts at the Trafford Centre.

The world-renowned shopping, dining and leisure destination is a must-visit for anyone in the local area, but for Salford Red Devils supporters, there is now an opportunity to make match day an even better experience.

Having already joined forces to provide a free shuttle bus between the Trafford Centre and the Salford Stadium, this is another benefit for supporters on match day.

Here is a list of the incredible offers you can access:


Haute Dolci – 15% off

Millies Cookies – 10% off

Coast to Coast – 20% off

Shake Lab – Buy 2 Get 1 Free (valid on the same regular smoothies)

Boost –  Buy 2 Get 1 Free (valid on the same regular smoothies)

Franco Manca – Kids Eat Free (one child’s meal free with every adult meal)

*PLEASE NOTE OFFERS ARE AVAILABLE ON MATCH DAY ONLY*


T&C’s

  • Terms and conditions apply
  • Restaurants reserve the right to change or withdraw the offer at anytime
  • Valid on presentation of a match day ticket
  • Not valid in conjunction with any other offer.

Salford Red Devils announce partnership with Clear Channel UK

Salford Red Devils partner with outdoor advertising company Clear Channel UK to raise its profile in the local community.

Salford Red Devils today announce a new partnership with Clear Channel, one of the UK’s leading media and infrastructure companies. As part of this partnership, the club will be promoting its activities across Clear Channel’s extensive digital network of advertising screens in Greater Manchester over the next 5 months.

The Out of Home campaigns will aim to raise awareness of upcoming events centred around important themes such as Pride, homelessness, mental wellbeing as well as the Armed Forces Day match taking place this Sunday and the 150 years anniversary match against St Helens.

Jack Cairns, Head of Growth at Salford Red Devils said;

We’re very pleased to be working with Clear Channel and announce this partnership following a successful Reds Rise Together campaign – throughout which the support of the Clear Channel team was a key component.

“With their support we are able to increase our visibility in some of the highest footfall areas within our region, and ultimately advance our marketing efforts as we look to enthuse the community behind our club.”

Russell Levin, Head of Sales – Media Agencies (North) at Clear Channel, said:

“This exciting new partnership is a great example of how we bring our purpose to be both a Platform for Brands and a Platform for Good to life. Salford Red Devils play such an active role in the local community and we hope that our support across Out of Home will help to further raise awareness of their great work in the Greater Manchester area.”

LIV’S TRUST TO PERFORM AT SALFORD RED DEVILS ARMED FORCES APPRECIATION DAY

We are delighted that Liv’s Trust will be performing at our Armed Forces Appreciation day.

Set up in memory of Olivia Campbell-Hardy, who was killed in the Manchester Arena terror attack, the local charity enables under twenty-fives in Greater Manchester get help and receive education in music & dance.

They provide free music clubs and give taster days completely free of charge.

All of this supports young people in further education and even gives opportunities for those who struggle in mainstream education to complete arts awards.

Between 12:30-12:50 on Sunday, a select group of children from the charity will be completing their accredited qualification by performing a live DJ set.

Please come down and support this incredible cause by getting behind the participants.

Sharon Goodman, the charities Chair, has said: “Liv’s Trust believes that the young people they support are aware of the role the armed forces play, which enables us to live in a democracy where they are free to have these opportunities!”

To find out more about Liv’s Trust, please check out their website HERE.

If you want to learn more about our Armed Forces day, click HERE and secure your place today!

TEAM DRAINAGE & MR INVESTA SPONSOR SALFORD RED DEVILS VS WIGAN WARRIORS CLASH

We would like to extend a huge thank you to this Sunday’s match day and match ball sponsors, Team Drainage UK and Mr Investa.

A crucial Lancashire derby against Wigan Warriors is the centrepiece of a family fun day, where we’ll be celebrating the incredible work of our Armed Forces.

To secure your place, please click HERE to buy tickets.

Highlighting our match day sponsors, Team Drainage UK!

They are company run, with family connections throughout, resulting in all the teams working with passion, pride and a togetherness.

They are dedicated on delivering customers the highest standards of drainage services, leading to trusted results.

Their teams have worked from “the bottom of the pipe up to the top”, making sure three core values are in place; dedication, trusted and knowledgeable – with these in place you know your in safe hands.

Click HERE to check out their website.

Highlighting our match ball sponsor, Mr Investa!

They are the future of Buy To Let property offering a unique and bespoke service for Investor to Investor Sales.

Using the latest technology in the property market to give their clients a full insight to the properties and areas they offer from the comfort of their home, or on the go.

Click HERE to head to their website.

FREE TRAVEL TO THE SALFORD STADIUM!

Salford Red Devils are delighted to work in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester, GO North-West and the Trafford Centre to provide supporters with a match day travel plan for our Armed Forces Appreciation Day on Sunday 25th June.

We take on Wigan Warriors in the Betfred Super League, with a mouth-watering Lancashire derby the centrepiece to a day full of activity for all the family.

From live musical performances to a military village, there’s plenty going on – click HERE to learn more and buy tickets.

So, because the area directly around the Salford Stadium will be so busy – including the main car park – we are thrilled to be working in partnership with the above organisations to provide supporters with an alternative, stress-free solution.

You can access the full, in-depth travel plan HERE, but here is a summary of what it entails:

-> On Sunday 25th, Veterans who carry their veterans badge or MOD90 card, or cadets travelling in uniform can travel for FREE on the Metrolink.

-> A shuttle bus service will operate from BAY 16 at the Trafford Centre bus station to the stadium pre-match. A full timetable can be found on the link above, with travel FREE for servicemen/women, veterans, match/season ticket holders, pass holders and under 16s.

-> For everyone else, tickets are priced at £2 for a single or £3 return.

-> Buses will run every 15 minutes from 11am and every eight minutes from 12pm, until the last pre-match service at 2:45pm.

-> Post-match buses will depart from the bus lay by next to the grass pitch.

The club are constantly in dialogue to make the Salford Stadium more accessible for supporters on match day and we hope this is the first of a lot more options going forward.

You can still pre-book parking at the Salford Stadium by clicking HERE, but please note this is limited, so you will have to be quick.

SALFORD RED DEVILS AND VX3 RELEASE ARMED FORCES DAY WARM-UP TEE

We are excited to release our Armed Forces Appreciation Day warm-up tee, in association with our official kit suppliers, VX3 apparel.

The camo-themed design will be worn by our players ahead of our crucial Betfred Super League clash against Wigan Warriors, on Sunday 25th June.

It is available for purchase NOW! Get your hands on the tee by clicking HERE.

Our annual Armed Forces Day is set to be bigger and better than ever.

There will be live performances from Alex Spencer, Chaddy & the Backhanders and DJ Dave Sweetmore, a military village, fairground, zorbing arena and much, much more.

It’s a day for all the family to enjoy, so make sure you click HERE to find out more, or HERE to buy tickets.

A massive thank you to the Veterans Garage for allowing us to use their incredible facilities at City Airport, Barton. If you want to visit their cafe lounge, click HERE to head to their website and find out more.

Club captain, Kallum Watkins, Andy Ackers and Chris Atkin recently paid the garage a visit to model the tee.

Check out what they got up to below:

SALFORD RED DEVILS TO CELEBRATE OUR ARMED FORCES AGAINST WIGAN WARRIORS

We are thrilled to confirm our Armed Forces Appreciation Day will take place on Sunday 25th June, before and after our Betfred Super League clash with Wigan Warriors.

Back and bigger than ever, our annual celebration is proudly in association with the Veterans Garage, Bury Veterans, Red Devils Parachute Display Team, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Lancashire, Combined Service Masters Team, Army Cadets Salford, RAF Cadets Bury and Cheshire Zorbs Inflatables.

It’s a day jam-packed with activities, for all the family to enjoy, with a mouthwatering Lancashire derby in between – so why not join us and show your support for our incredible servicemen and women!

For this particular fixture, as a special thank you to those who serve, or have served as part of our armed forces, there is a ‘Forces for a Fiver’ ticket offer available by calling the stadium and quoting your service number or contacting your respective organisation.

Uniformed youth groups (E.G. Scouts, Guides, Cadets, etc) can also access free tickets in our East Community Stand.

For every 10 kids signed-up for this offer, one adult also goes free, with any additional adults able to purchase tickets for just £5. Click HERE to fill out the form and secure your place.

On the day, a stage will be in place on the South side of the stadium, where we are delighted to say Festival DJ and Host, Dave Sweetmore will be our MC from 12pm!

Then, at 1:15pm, local-lad and booming young artist, Alex Spencer – who some supporters may recognise from performances at Manchester City – will be playing a 30 minute set of all his popular hits.

Check him out on all his profiles by clicking HERE!

He will be followed by Chaddy and the Backhanders from 2pm, who will also be treating us to a 30-minute set, as a prelude to our 3pm kick-off!

A fairground – located on the north side on the stadium – will be open from 11am.

There will also be a 100ft inflatable assault course and zorbing arena on the 3g pitch, where prices start from just £4 when you show a valid match ticket.

On the South-West side of the stadium, a buzzing fanzone will be in operation. Alongside a wide-range of concessions, our official kit suppliers, VX3 will be also in attendance outside the club shop.

Whilst all this is going on, a Masters Rugby League game will be kicking-off on the Community Field at 1pm, with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers set to march the teams onto the field from 12:55pm.

On the West side of the stadium, like in previous years, there will be a modern military village on the south side, with recruitment stands for all branches of our armed forces in attendance.

Vintage vehicles will be located on the north side – provided by the military vehicles trust. There will also be opportunities to get involved with JIVE dancing in the same area from 1:45pm.

After all this activity, the main event kicks off at 3pm!

Cadets from the Army, RAF and Navy will be flag bearers around the pitch, with traditional flag bearers forming a guard of honour for the players as they emerge from the tunnel.

There will also be representation from the sea cadets on the day.

But before they enter the field, the Red Devils Parachute Display team will be jumping from a plane circling the Salford Stadium to deliver the match ball in style.

Before that, the traditional military canon will be shot three times.

There will be other activity around the showpiece match; including performances from the Fusiliers band at pre-match and at half-time.

The day doesn’t end on the final hooter too, with all pre-match activities open post-match for supporters to enjoy!

Bucket collecting on the day will be Broughton House, which provides nursing, residential, residential dementia and respite care to the wide military family.

Finally, for this event, a full travel plan will be provided in due course, but the Metrolink will be FREE for veterans to travel on game day.

This is in-line with TfGM’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant and you can read more about just that by clicking HERE.

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