Matchday Information | Salford Red Devils vs Swinton Lions | Saturday 12th January

Everything you need to know ahead of the Red Devils’ first game of 2019.

Key Information

Salford Red Devils will host Swinton Lions tomorrow afternoon in our opening pre-season friendly of 2019. The game is set to kick-off at 1pm.
Only the West Stand will be open for tomorrow’s fixture with Salford Red Devils fans being situated to the South of the West Stand while Swinton Lions supporters will be situated towards the North of the West Stand.


You can purchase tickets for tomorrow’s game against Swinton Lions at the Club Ticket Office prior to kick-off. You must purchase a ticket from the Ticket Office as oppose to paying at the turnstile. Remember, tickets are also available over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE. For a reminder of the ticket prices, click HERE.
Season Tickets are available for collection up until 12:15pm before the game and will be available for collection from the Club Ticket Office following full-time. You can also purchase your 2019 Season Ticket up until 12:15pm and following full-time from the Club Ticket Office with the Direct Debit payment option being available. For a reminder of the ticket prices, click HERE.
We will also have tickets for our next pre-season clash with Wigan Warriors available to purchase following the game from the Club Ticket Office. For a reminder of prices, click HERE.
Also, tickets for our first home game of the 2018 Betfred Super League season against London Broncos on Sunday 10th February will be on sale at the Club Ticket Office. For all prices, click HERE. Tickets for this fixture are also available over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE. You will save money by purchasing in advance of gameday either online or at the The Salford Stadium.
Tickets and coach travel for our opening game of the 2019 Betfred Super League against Huddersfield Giants will also be available to purchase and book at the Club Ticket Office post-match. Click HERE for all the details.

Stadium & Security

The Salford Stadium turnstiles will open for general admission at 11:45am.
If you have purchased a ticket in our 1873 Club for tomorrow’s fixture, you can access the suite from 11:30am via the Main Reception of the The Salford Stadium. You must be wrist-banded on entry to gain access to the suite.
The smoking pens at either end of the West Stand will be open for fans to use. These will be open before pre-game and close as the first half gets underway. The smoking pens will re-open ten minutes before half-time and close as the second half gets underway.
Please remember that all bags will be checked on entry to the The Salford Stadium.

Transport and Parking

The Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust buses won’t be in action for tomorrow’s fixture however they will be making a return for our opening Betfred Super League fixture of the 2019 season as we face London Broncos on Sunday 10th February. Stay tuned for more information.
Supporters looking for bus travel to the game can use the 67 and 100 bus services from Manchester via Salford Precinct and Eccles. The 67 stops a five-minute walk from the The Salford Stadium while the 100 service now goes down the new road between the Trafford Centre and the The Salford Stadium with the nearest stop being at Beyond Manchester.
Car parking is available at the The Salford Stadium and is priced at £6 per car.

Marquee and Catering

The marquee will be open from 10:30am for anyone looking to watch the Salford Red Devils Rising Stars fixture, more information below. The mobile catering vans will be open outside the The Salford Stadium. Food and drinks will also be available to purchase in the West Stand concourse and the 1873 Club.
External toilets will be open from 10:15am.

Academy Fixture

The Salford Red Devils Rising Stars team will face the City of Hull on the outside training field at 10:30am and this game is open to fans to watch free of charge. Arrive early and support the youngsters as they look to earn a massive victory over the City of Hull.

Half-time activity

The half-time draw will be conducted with the winners being confirmed over the PA system and on social media. There will also be a signed shirt raffle conducted at half-time. Purchase your tickets from our friendly sellers who will be located in and around the West Stand.
The Red Angels Dance Team will be performing before kick-off and at half-time. Be sure to give them a warm welcome as they entertain you for the first time in 2019.
Of course, Dr Devil will be out on the field to entertain the fans. Make sure to make some noise for Rugby League’s number one mascot.

Additional Notes

There will be a minutes silence before kick-off to remember all Salford and Swinton supporters who have passed away over the last year.
For any more details or enquiries about match day, please E-Mail

Salford Red Devils Category Three Academy overcome Riverside

Riverside College 20   Salford Cat 3 U19s 26      
A twenty points to six, half time deficit was turned on its head, in Wednesday’s encounter with the Widnes-based Riverside College, after the half time interval, to run in twenty unanswered points of their own and so secure their first victory of the season.
Facing a strong wind and an uphill fight in the first half, it was a solitary score thanks to the strength of loose forward, Josh Henry, goaled by Ellis Snellgrove, which in the end was to prove vital in determining the result, as the home side used the elements and gradient, to their advantage.
It was not solely the circumstantial issues which contributed to the size of that half time score, however, with some weak, ineffective defence taking its own toll on the Red Devils’ performance, much to the dismay of coach, Jay Boyd.
“We just weren’t switched on at all, defensively, in that first half,” he acknowledges.  “We were struggling, because of their attitude and willingness to put their bodies on the line.  Once this improved in the second half we took control.”
The opportunity to address this during the half time interval, thankfully, spurred the whole squad on, to put the matter to rights.
“We had been working on our defence quite extensively in training, over a couple of weeks, so I let them know just how disappointed I was with them, and their attitude changed almost immediately,” he recounts.  “They wanted to prove us wrong, and they prepared to get stuck in straight away, for the second half.”
Notice of this was served as early as the first set, following the resumption, when, following a forty metre break by Josh Henry once again, a couple of quick play-the-balls got them into the position for hooker, Dan Goddard to scoot over between the posts, giving Connor Law a straight forward conversion.
With their tails suddenly up and the momentum swinging their way, they were also helped by a number of penalties which contributed to their cause, as the tiring Riverside defence, with a bench of merely two substitutes, struggled to keep in the running.
A further try by Josh Henry, coming from a drop-off pass, put the visitors within four points of their hosts, and with time on their side they were able to show patience and wear away the plucky home side’s resilience, until a wrap-around move enabled  Law to cut through and pave the way for Callum Hughes to cross, which with his own conversion, edged his team in front for the first time.
The icing on the cake came shortly before the final whistle when Law turned from provider to scorer, to ensure the victory.
“Attacking-wise we are improving well, and we can score points when we get the chance, while in keeping the opposition to zero in the second half showed that our defence is also quite capable, when the attitude is right,” is Jay’s final assessment.  “That zero was, in itself, a big achievement, and the lads deserved their win, simply for putting right all the things that had gone wrong in the first half.”
With another trip, next week, this time to Warrington, they all have the opportunity of showing all these positive signs for the full eighty minutes.
Ben Gore, Ben Whitley, Ellis Snellgrove, Jack Fairbrother, Luke Watson, Callum Hughes, Pat Johnson, Shane Knight, Will Pettigrew, James McKenna, Josh Connolly, Josh Henry
Brodie Partington, Connor Aspey, Josh Bentley, Dan Goddard, Lewis Zammit, Connor Law

Academy | Tough openers for both U19s teams

There may not be a Super League presence in Cumbria these days, but at Youth level, the visit up there is still exceedingly tough especially on the back of an arduous journey, whilst a warm welcome awaits every player once they set foot on the pitch. For the Red contingent of our College U19s squad, last Wednesday, it was a most challenging of starts to their season.
“A two and a half hour journey at night time in nothing other than a minibus isn’t the best preparation for any game,” claims Coach, Danny Barton,” but the lads really showed up for one another.
“They are still only a young team, so we were up against it playing on a quite narrow pitch, at Askam, with a slope on it, and a crowd of two hundred and fifty in attendance.”
With this being, for the vast majority of Salford players, their first encounter at this level, it is unsurprising that they were a little taken by surprise at the speed, intensity, and physicality, at which they were having to contend, in the early stages.
“After they had got over that initial shock, they quickly grew into the game, and in the second half were able to pull back a 22-4 half time deficit to get themselves within twelve points. All our forwards stood up to the Barrow pack, which was a really big test of them because they were up against some very large individuals.
Salford’s points came from a total of five, two of which were scored by hooker Connor Aspey who, Danny insists, had an outstanding game.
“The first of them was a long-range effort which came from a break by captain, Will Mills, who found Connor in support on his outside, and once he got the ball no-one was going to catch him. The second came after a quick play-the-ball from which Connor made a break, turned the fullback inside out, and scored under the posts.”
Sadly, in the most unsavoury incident in the whole match, Connor was the victim of a biting offence for which a Barrow player was sent off.
Salford’s other scorers were loose forward Dan Goddard from his own scoot as dummy half, Will Mills, and Sam Ayres.
“I was really proud of every player in the whole team and of their efforts out there on the pitch, and they now know what they are going to be up against throughout the season,” is Danny’s happy conclusion to their first outing.
Despite taking an early lead in their home match, the Black section of the College U19s found an even more overwhelming challenge awaiting them, once the visiting Carmel College got into their stride.
“It was a typical start-of-the-season performance, with players still getting to know one another, and one or two of them even playing in new positions,“ Danny explains.
“Centre, Ellis Snelgrove got us off to a fine start with a really good try down the left wing from inside his own half, but then the quality of the Carmel team, which you would expect from any St Helens side, started to come through, particularly on their left edge, to put them on top.
“Nevertheless, our lads never gave up, and we got another two tries in the second half, the last from hooker, Chad Wrigley, who dived over from dummy half.”
One of the most notable incidents in the game was a tremendous try-saving tackle from left winger, Will Timmins, who flew across from his wing to crash tackle a would-be Carmel scorer two or three metres from the line. That tackle was every bit as good, and important, as a try because it was worth four points, in itself.
“The game has given us plenty to work on; things which we want to be bringing into our next match, on Wednesday, against Warrington,” is Danny’s overall assessment.

Academy | Dan Goddard on way to Serbia with Ireland

Salford Red Devils are delighted to confirm that U19s player Dan Goddard has been selected to represent Ireland U19s in the upcoming U19 European Championships in Serbia.
Goddard is the third Salford Red Devils U19 player now headed to Belgrade alongside Welsh duo William Mills and Matthew Jones who were named last week. Read more about that here.
Player Performance Manager Danny Barton said: “Obviously, we’re thrilled for Dan following his inclusion in the Ireland squad.
“Dan is a really good player who has had a terrific season. His work ethic and attitude are second to none and that has been rewarded with his selection.
“It’s great to have three players headed to the U19 European Championships in August and I think it just demonstrates the quality of young lads we have here at Salford Red Devils.”
The full squad is as follows:
Luke Findlow (Ince Rose Bridge), Ryan Curran (Athy Sharks), Conor Smyth (Athy Sharks), James Cromie (Belfast Stags), Zack Fellows (Midland Hurricanes), Josh Basthill (Belfast Met Scholars), Fiach Millward (Athy Sharks), Paul McGookin (Belfast Stags), Sam Cullen (Athy Sharks), Ronan Michael (Longhorns RL), Callum O’Neill (Widnes Vikings), Joe Togher (Hindley), Charlie Donnelly (Dublin City Exiles), Josh MacNamee (Longhorns RL), Shalun Carey (Longhorns RL), John Why (Galway Tribesmen), Jordan McKibbin (Portadown Pumas), Kevin Varga (Longhorns RL), Andrew Smyth (Belfast Met Scholars), James Mulvaney (Longhorns RL), Sam O’Sullivan (Galway Tribesmen), Gareth Gardiner (Belfast Met Scholars), Dan Goddard (Salford Red Devils).

Foundation | U16’s Awards Evening to take place on Monday

The Salford Red Devils Rising Stars U16 player awards evening is set to take place on Monday 16th April at The Lighthouse Church.
The awards evening is set to celebrate all the Rising Stars U16s’ hard work, dedication and commitment throughout the season.
The evening will take place at The Lighthouse Church, 2 Coronet Way, Salford, M50 1RE with guests expected to arrive for 6:30pm. Dinner is provided with places being priced at £10 for adults and £5 for players and juniors.
If you’d like to attend E-Mail or phone 0161 786 1591.

Red Devils Education Academy celebrating fantastic results

The Salford Red Devils Education Academy is celebrating the fantastic results achieved by its class of 2017 graduates.
Another year of brilliant results have seen the Academy retain their record of accomplishment boasting a 100% pass rate with 66% receiving D*’s.
The Salford Red Devils Education Academy is the cities only RFL approved Category 3 Academy. If you have ambitions of becoming a professional rugby player or are interested in studying sport within a full-time environment then the Red Devils Education Academy is the perfect place.
Places are still available to become a student at the Salford Red Devils Education Academy ahead of the next academic year. A final open day for all perspective students who may be interested in applying for a position on the course will take place prior to our home game against Wakefield Trinity on the 1st September. Registration for the event is essential as free entry to the fixture is included.
Red Devils first team players will attend the open day which will also include a talk giving you all the details regarding the course and the opportunities available to you through this innovative programme.
The primary BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in sport is perfect for those who want to train and study in a full-time sports environment. The course is designed to help those who aspire to a career in professional sport gain valuable experience in this area however we can also offer a building multi-trade course which will enable students to still access the full-time training and playing opportunities.
Alongside the academic course, students will be based full-time at the The Salford Stadium. Students will use the first-class facilities used by the Red Devils first team and will receive a fully branded kit for free.
Previous alumni have gone on to play professional Rugby League at Super League, Championship and League 1 level while others have gone on to secure full-time work within the professional sports industry. Several students each year have also successfully gone on to higher education at top universities across the country after achieving high grades.
If you are interested in attending the open day or directly applying to the course then email or call 0161 786 1591.

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