David Watkins MBE wins special award at Wales Sports Awards

Last night Salford Red Devils legend and all-time top points scorer David Watkins MBE received the Special Recognition Award at the Wales Sports Awards 2017.
Phil Bennett, when presenting the award, said: “This gentleman is up there at the very top.” 
Watkins featured for the Red Devils between 1967 and 1979 making over 400 appearances for the Club and racking up a staggering 2907 points while at The Willows.
The Welshman captained Salford in their last Challenge Cup final appearance against Castleford at Wembley in 1969 and also earned caps for both Wales and Great Britain. Watkins went on to finish his career with Swinton.
The Club legend was a star in both codes playing for Wales and the British and Irish Lions in Rugby Union after spells with several Welsh Rugby Union sides.
In the 1986 New Year Honours, Watkins was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to Rugby League.
Everyone at the Salford Red Devils would like to congratulate David Watkins on a most deserved award.

Salford legend Jackie Brennan to present the ball on Thursday

Salford Red Devils legend Jackie Brennan is set to present the ball tomorrow night before our final game of the 2017 season.
Brennan captained the side during Salford’s last visit to Wembley in 1969 as the Red Devils fell to a 11-6 defeat to Castleford Tigers in the Challenge Cup final. Brennan made 317 appearances for the Salford between 1959 and 1970 scoring 70 tries from half-back. The half-back also features in the Salford’s Team of the Century.
CEO Ian Blease and Head Coach Ian Watson went for a meal with Salford legends Brennan, Graham Jones, Hugh Duffy and John Cheshire last week at Alberts in Worsley which has led to Brennan presenting the match ball before tomorrow’s game against St Helens.
Make sure you give this Salford legend a warm reception on Thursday evening as he brings out the match ball.
The match ball for our game against St Helens will be sponsored by Advanced Steel.
 
Tickets are on sale for our final home game of the season against St Helens and can be purchased over the phone, at the Club Ticket Office or online here. Fans can also watch our end of season awards for an extra £5 in the 1873 suite post-game. Season Tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.

Two more Red Devils out for the season

Salford Red Devils will be without Lee Mossop and Connor Williams who will miss the remainder of the 2017 season.
Mossop and Williams join forward duo Mark Flanagan and Lama Tasi who are also on the sidelines for all the Red Devils remaining fixtures.
Lee Mossop last featured in the Challenge Cup victory over Hull KR in May but the club can now confirm he won’t appear for the Red Devils again this season.
Connor Williams hasn’t featured for Ian Watson’s side this season and has been struggling with a shoulder injury of late which means he won’t get the opportunity to force his way into the team until next season.
Flanagan has been suffering with a shoulder injury and the club had been hopeful he would make a return however the former St Helens men is now concentrating on recovering for the 2018 season.
Tasi picked up a knee injury in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final defeat against Wigan following a collision with Warriors hooker Sam Powell.
Despite these four massive losses for the Red Devils Ian Watson and the lads will continue their push for the top four against Wakefield Trinity at the The Salford Stadium on Friday 1st September.
Tickets can be purchased over the phone, at the club ticket office or online via the club website. Supporters are reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.

Wakefield tickets on sale

The Red Devils are set to face Wakefield Trinity next up at the The Salford Stadium on Friday 1st September, 8pm kick-off.
Wakefield currently sit 4th in the Super League Super 8s two points above the Red Devils with both sides looking to make their first ever Super League Grand Final appearance this year.
It will be Trinity’s third visit to the The Salford Stadium this season following the Red Devils victory in the Challenge Cup however Wakefield did come away with a 24-34 Super League victory in early June.
Come and watch as the Red Devils try and topple Trinity and continue their push for a top four finish.
All ticket details are as follows:
Adult (West Stand): £25
Adult (South Stand – Standing): £20
Adult (West Stand Value): £18
Children (Under 17): £10
Student/Senior (West Stand): £20
Student/Senior (South Stand – Standing): £15
Student/Senior (West Stand Value): £13
For any information regarding any wheelchair bays or disabled facilities that are required call the stadium directly on 0161 786 1574 or email ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk
Tickets are also on sale for the Red Devils other Super 8s home games against Huddersfield and St Helens. Tickets can be purchased over the phone, at the club ticket office or online via the club website. Supporters are reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.

Shaun Wane – "We'll show them a lot of respect"

Wigan head coach Shaun Wane knows that Salford will be looking to get their season back on track tonight against his Warriors side.
The Red Devils suffered a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of Wane’s Warriors last month in a game but he knows that Salford offer difficult opposition.
Wane said: “Salford are a very good team, they’ll be on full on and desperate to get their season going again.
“They’ve been very good this year, they’re just not finding that bit of luck you need at the minute.
“We’ll show them a lot of respect. They’ll get a win again soon, we just need to make sure it’s not against us.”
Wigan got back to winning ways last weekend against Huddersfield and Wane feels his hookers shone as the Warriors earned their first Super 8s victory of 2017.
Wane said: “Sam Powell did a good job as did Micky, I’ve watched it back three times and think our attack was good considering the testing conditions.
“We’re a repetition team and we need to practice good things and that’s what we’ll be aiming to do this week.”
Tickets are still available up until 5pm for tonight’s game against Wigan from the club’s ticket office. Supporters are also reminded that tickets are on sale for all Super 8s home games against Castleford, Wakefield and St Helens. Season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.

Salford timekeeper David Clegg remembers Chris Hesketh

Salford Red Devils lifelong fan and timekeeper David Clegg spoke about his memories of Chris Hesketh on this week’s RL podcast with the BBC’s Dave Woods.
Hesketh, who was a Salford icon making over 450 appearances for the club, sadly passed away last week and the club marked his passing with a minute’s silence prior to Friday’s game against Castleford.
The centre captained the 1974 Touring side as well as playing in Salford’s last visit to Wembley in 1969 were the Red Devils lost to Castleford.
Despite losing the Challenge Cup final Hesketh helped the Red Devils win two Championship titles, a Lancashire Cup and a Floodlit Trophy.
His final match for Salford was on May 13th 1979 at St Helens. Hesketh was awarded with an M.B.E in the 1976 New Years Honours as a tribute to his tremendous service and dedication to Rugby League.
Hesketh defied the odds in his search to become a professional Rugby League player battling polio at the age of seven however by the age of 11 he was playing at Central Park, Wigan in the Schools Cup Final.
Listen to the interview herehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05cctj1

Chris Hesketh (1944-2017)

Salford Red Devils are deeply saddened to hear of the death of club, and Rugby League, legend Chris Hesketh.
The centre made 452 Salford appearances scoring 128 tries for the club in an illustrious career of which he spent twelve years with the Red Devils.
Salford signed Hesketh for a fee of £4000 from his hometown club of Wigan in June 1967 and he excelled in the Red Devils jersey.
Hesketh was part of the last Salford side to play at Wembley in the Challenge Cup final back in 1969 as the Red Devils lost to tonight’s opponents Castleford.
Despite losing the Challenge Cup final Hesketh helped the Red Devils win two Championship titles, a Lancashire Cup and a Floodlit Trophy.
The iconic Red Devil didn’t just impress for Salford but on the international stage, also. He was a member of the Great Britain side that won the World Cup in France in 1972. However, his career highlight came in 1974 as he was named as captain of the 1974 Touring Side alongside a handful of fellow Salford players.
His final match for Salford was on May 13th 1979 at St Helens. Hesketh was awarded with an M.B.E in the 1976 New Years Honours as a tribute to his tremendous service and dedication to Rugby League.
Hesketh defied the odds in his search to become a professional Rugby League player battling polio at the age of seven however by the age of 11 he was playing at Central Park, Wigan in the Schools Cup Final.
There will be a tribute to remember the life of one of Salford’s greatest ever players prior to tonight’s game against Castleford.
Hesketh will be missed by all at Salford Red Devils and the thoughts of everyone at the club are with his friends, family and associates.

Manu Vatuvei – "Get behind the boys"

Come and witness the home debut of ‘The Beast’ Manu Vatuvei this Friday as the Red Devils host Castleford at the The Salford Stadium.
Vatuvei, who joined from New Zealand Warriors, crossed for two tries on his Super League debut last Friday against Hull FC and will be looking to add to his tally against the Tigers.
The former New Zealand international entered in Salford’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final defeat against Wigan and is hoping for a similar atmosphere this weekend as the Red Devils return to the The Salford Stadium.
Vatuvei, sponsored by Arlec Property Services, said: “The atmosphere and the noise two weeks ago at the semi-final was immense and to experience that in my first game was surreal.
“We’d only gone out to warm-up and the Salford fans were chanting and singing – it was fantastic.
“You only really get an atmosphere like that in a Grand Final in the NRL so it was really special to be involved with that.
“Obviously, we’ve lost both games so far that I’ve been involved with but I’m confident that we can get a victory this weekend on my home debut.
“As a winger it’s always nice to get off the mark early but we’d have preferred the victory.
“I’m hoping the Red Devils fans come out in their numbers again for my first game at the The Salford Stadium and get behind the boys.”
Don’t miss your chance to see ‘The Beast’ in action on Friday night. Supporters can buy tickets over the phone, at the club’s ticket office or online via the club website.                                  
Fans are reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home fixtures.

Young Devils Pile On Pressure For Places

When Salford Red Devils took to the field in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup on Sunday their
line-up contained no fewer than seven players who have come through the Academy ranks
at the Club.
In Niall Evalds, Adam and Jordan Walne, Ryan Lannon, Jake Bibby, Matthew Haggarty and
Josh Wood the Devils showed that their youth set-up is reaping rewards.
Director of Rugby Tim Sheens was keen to point out that this was not just a team of
youngsters sent out against lower league opposition for a run-out. The likes of Josh Wood
now having made four consecutive appearances alongside regulars Evalds and the Walnes.
“It was obviously pleasing to see so much home grown talent on the field at Hunslet but
let’s not forget most of these guys have been playing Super League too. We are not a club
who just buys everybody in, despite what people might like to think.”
“Our player development was an area we recognised needed looking at and hopefully we
can go from strength to strength in this area as we move forward.”
The Red Devils head to the South of France on Thursday to prepare for their game against
Catalan Dragons next weekend.

19 Man Squad to face Hunslet

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19 Man Squad to face Hunslet Hawks this Sunday in our Round 5 Challenge Cup fixture away at the South Leeds Stadium.
 
Weller Hauraki is named for the first time this season after recovering from injury.
 
Jake Bibby, Matt Wilkinson and Matt Haggerty are all named in the side, as Ryan Lannon and Phil Joseph return to the squad.
 
Justin Carney, Josh Jones, Mark Flanagan, George Griffin and Craig Kopczak are all rested.
 
The 19 Man Squad is as follows:
 
Jake Bibby
Michael Dobson
Niall Evalds
Josh Griffin
Matt Haggerty
Weller Hauraki
Phil Joseph
Olsi Krasniqi
Ryan Lannon
Rob Lui
Ben Murdoch-Masila
Gareth O’Brien
Matt Sarsfield
Junior Sa’u
Logan Tomkins
Adam Walne
Jordan Walne
Matt Wilkinson
Josh Wood
 
Tickets for the game are still on sale from the The Salford Stadium ticket office until 10pm tonight and 4.30pm tomorrow.  Call 0161 786 1570

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