Ladbrokes Challenge Cup | Salford to face Leigh on Friday 11th May

Salford Red Devils can confirm that our Sixth Round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie against Leigh Centurions at the Leigh Sports Village will be played on Friday 11th May, 7:35pm kick-off.
The game has been selected as a television game by Sky Sports. The full list of television games is as follows:
Thursday, May 10 – Featherstone Rovers vs Hull FC  (7:35, Sky Sports)
Friday, May 11 – Leigh Centurions vs Salford Red Devils (7:35, Sky Sports)
Saturday, May 12 – Castleford Tigers v St Helens (2.30, BBC One)
Sunday, May 13 – Toronto Wolfpack v Warrington Wolves (3.30pm, BBC Two)
Last season the Red Devils reached the semi-finals of the competition with victories over Toronto Wolfpack, Hull Kingston Rovers, Wakefield Trinity before falling to Wigan Warriors at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Ticket and coach details will be confirmed in due course.
The full Sixth Round draw is as follows:

Matchday information | Salford Red Devils vs St Helens | Thursday 26th April

Ahead of tonight’s Betfred Super League tie with St Helens here is all the key gameday information, kick-off 19:45pm.
Supporters can purchase tickets for tonight’s Betfred Super League clash with St Helens from the Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
Following full-time the Club Ticket Office will be open to sell tickets for a range of our upcoming fixtures. Tickets for our next home game against Huddersfield Giants on Friday 25th May will be available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office. Details here.
Tickets for our next Betfred Super League game against Wigan Warriors on Friday 4th May are also available from the Club Ticket Office. Coach travel for this game is also available to book at the Club Ticket Office. Details here.
Fans can also purchase tickets for our Dacia Magic Weekend fixture against Catalans Dragons on Sunday 20th May, 1pm kick-off. There are a wide range of tickets available for Magic Weekend with all the details here. You can also book coach travel for this game at the Club Ticket Office with all details here.
Supporters can also upgrade to the 1873 Suite for the game by paying the difference between their regular ticket price and the 1873 prices. All details here.
The visiting St Helens fans will be situated in the East Stand for tonight’s game with the North Stand Ticket Office being open for Saints fans to purchase on the night.
Salford Red Devils supporters will be in the West and South stands.
The The Salford Stadium smoking pens will also once again be in use opening ten mintues before half-time and closing as the second half kicks-off. The smoking pens are situated in the North-West corner, North-East corner and behind the East Stand.
All bags will be searched on entry to the The Salford Stadium. Fans are reminded that children are their responsibility and must remain with them at all times.
Car Park and Transport 
The Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust RD1 service will again be in use and fans can see all the details on how to book here. There will also be a one-way option for fans on the way back from the The Salford Stadium all details here.
Local taxi firm 1010 taxis will also be offering 10% off taxis to and from the The Salford Stadium for tonight’s game.
Car park places are available for tonight’s game and are priced at £6 per car.
Irlam Live are running a competition which will see one lucky fan win tickets to the Irlam Live two-day festival. All you need to do is like the Irlam Live Facebook page and post a picture on the page of you at tonight’s game to be in with the chance of winning.
Our matchday Nandos offers are still available at The Chill Factor with Season Ticket and matchday ticket holders getting a 10% discount at the venue throughout gameday.
Both the Platinum Suite and 1873 will be open from 5:30pm and food will be served around 6:30pm in the Platinum Suite. Seasonal members will be asked to produce their coloured lanyards while people with a match ticket will need to be wristbanded at Reception.
Regular compere Archie Kelly – known for his comedic portrayal of Kenny Dalglish Senior in the award-winning Phoenix Nights – will be hosting the Platinum Suite.
We will raffle off Weller Hauraki’s signed 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup playing shirt in the 1873 and Platinum Suite’s this evening. You can purchase tickets from our hostesses in both suites. If you want the chance to win this fantastic prize upgrade your ticket to 1873 prior the game.
Fan Areas
The Fans Bar and Fans Marquee will be open from 5:30pm. DJ Andy Steele will be performing in the Fans Marquee and the Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust will have a table set-up to take memberships.
The Club Shop  
The pop-up Steeden shop will once again be in the Fans Bar to purchase the latest Salford Red Devils merchandise.
Fans are reminded if they are coming to exchange an item to do so with plenty of time.
Salford Red Devils Foundation
The Salford Schools Finals will be taking place on the outside training pitch prior to tonight’s game with the opening fixture set to kick-off at 5:30pm.
The first game is the Year 10 final which will see Ambrose Barlow compete against the East Manchester Academy. Ambrose Barlow are also in the Year 11 final and will take on Walkden High School. Entry onto the outside field is £1 with all the proceeds going to the Salford schools.
Salford Red Devils Foundation will also be running activity session on the 3G pitch while Salford City Roosters and Cadishead Rhinos community clubs will also be present. Tonight’s bucket collection will be for local community club – Langworthy Reds.
There will also be a face painter in the Fans Marquee and the community clubs will be mascots and flag wavers prior to the game.
Pre-match and half-time activity
The Salford Red Angels Dance Team will be performing before the game and at half-time so cheer them on.
There will also be some community club matches on the field at half-time as arranged by the Salford Red Devils Foundation.
The Red Devil and half-time draw
This week’s issue of ‘The Red Devil’ will be on sale from our programme sellers and is priced at £3. This week’s edition sees the big interview with George Griffin, meet the team with Head Physio Rob Artingstall, the latest from Ian Watson, Weller Hauraki, Andrew Rosler and much more.
Half-time draw tickets will also be available from in and around the ground.

Willie Poching | “Everyone on form and competing for a place in the seventeen”

This Thursday’s home game against St Helens sees the start of a run of a number of quite high profile fixtures for Salford fans to savour, with it being followed by a visit to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan, then our first appearance in this season’s Challenge Cup at Leigh, before making the trip up to Newcastle to take on Les Catalans Dragons, in the Magic Weekend.
Indeed, the first of these also has a notoriety of its own with the television cameras being in attendance at the A J Bell, for what will be their third consecutive year of screening our home encounter with the Saints.
They have, in the past two years, been rewarded with two great, giant killing performances by the Red Devils, and clearly are anticipating yet another keenly fought match.
Against a Saints side, clearly still smarting from that reversal at the Mobile Rocket Stadium, two weeks ago, there will be few opportunities of scoring and none can be scorned, nor thoughts allowed to drift ahead to those games coming up behind, as Assistant Coach, Willie Poching, insists.
“Every match you play in is extremely important, and no sooner has one match finished than the next one takes over your focus, so, at this point in time, the St Helens game is where our attention lies. We are doing as much preparation as we can, in the short turn around, to get the players ready to go again.”
Certainly, no-one could have asked for a better performance of our players than the one they produced in last Friday’s onslaught of Wakefield Trinity, who, high in confidence after their defeat of the Saints the previous week, must have really fancied their chances of turning that victory into back-to-back wins.
No-one within our coaching and playing staff, however, is getting carried away with that victory, despite the comprehensive nature of it.
“It wasn’t all one-way traffic, and we are still a little way off what we want to produce, because we hadn’t quite executed our plays in the first half as well as we would have liked, and at 8-0 at half time, the game was still in the balance. The boys responded well in the second half though, but there are still things for us to work on and improve upon.”
Nevertheless, the players, on the back of that victory, will be taking the field in a much more buoyant and confident mood than might otherwise have been the case.
“No matter what they are, when your systems and plays positively influence the scoreboard, it brings players the self-belief and confidence that they can achieve their objectives. They have a lot of belief in one another already, which brings with it a trust in each other, so we have just got to keep all that going in order to retain each of those intangibles which enable you to win your games.”
The trust, to which he refers, had, last Friday, also to incorporate a number of unexpected replacements with a half of the first-choice pack withdrawing through injury or illness. In the event, those replacements slotted in seamlessly.
“That’s the result of having a good squad.  We may not have the biggest, but they are all of fantastic quality, and are a tight knit group, so we can go a little deeper into it than we have had to over recent weeks, and when called upon the players brought in can really put their hand up.
“It’s been some while since George Griffin and Daniel Murray have played, but they both really gave it their best shot, and there wasn’t a player for us who didn’t have a good game. It’s important that, when we go out there each week, we get the top performance from everybody, and whenever that happens we will come close to getting the result we are after.”
Those recent performances, and two home results, against the visiting Saints in recent years are surely testament enough to inspire all the players to produce their best, on Thursday.
“Even in the away match, last season, at Saints, we deserved at least a draw, but circumstances were such that this wasn’t to be. We did some things, which, on reflection, showed that to some extent we threw the game away.
“St Helens are a quality club with a team, and players, of that same quality, and we shall have to be on our guard against them, regardless of past results.  Even looking back to our game against them, in March, we had our moments then, and we shall be wanting to take those into this coming match.”
In addition to this, I am sure that most people would appreciate that we are a much better team now than we were back then – something with which Willie undoubtedly concurs.
“That is the key. You can put in the odd really good performance, but it is being able to back it up over the weeks that is important, and we have just won back to back games, which now has the boys really keen and looking forward to this match.”
With the possibility of at least a couple of last week’s absentees in line for returning, the problem for the coaches will be deciding on team selection.
“That’s a great problem to have, and this is what we want – everyone on form and competing for a place in the seventeen. It’s a good time of year to be in this position.”

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 The Salford 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 The Salford 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 The Salford 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 The Salford Stadium.
Direct any enquiries to
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.

Tickets | Thursday night under the lights as Salford host Saints

Purchase your tickets for Thursday’s massive Betfred Super League clash as the Red Devils look to topple the current leaders St Helens.
Ian Watson’s side will be looking to make it three successive Betfred Super League victories and four wins from their last five outings at the The Salford Stadium on Thursday evening.
Get down and support the lads as they look to continue their climb up the table and become just the third team to overcome St Helens in 2018!
Purchase now from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online here.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Adult (South Stand): £20
Concession (South Stand): £15
Family (South Stand): £40
Adult (West Stand): £25
Concession (West Stand): £20
Family (West Stand): £50
Junior (South & West Stands): £10
Remember, fans can also upgrade their tickets to the 1873 Suite for this game by simply paying the difference between their seat in the South or West Stand and the prices for 1873 tickets.
Tickets for 1873 Suite are priced at:
Adults: £35
Concession: £25
Junior: £15
We will be raffling off Weller Hauraki’s signed 2017 playing shirt in the 1873 and Platinum Suite following Thursday night’s game, so you could even come home from the game with a fantastic prize following your upgrade.

Squad | Ian Watson names his 19-man squad to face St Helens on Thursday

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad as the Salford Red Devils look to make it three successive victories as they host St Helens. 
Lee Mossop is available for selection for Thursday’s game after missing the win over Wakefield after failing a concussion assessment the week prior against Huddersfield. Lama Tasi also returns to the squad for after overcoming an illness that kept him out of the victory last week against Trinity.
Jake Shorrocks could be set to start for Ian Watson’s side as Rob Lui is sidelined after picking up a calf injury last Friday. Weller Hauraki also remains sidelined.
Forward quartet Luke Burgess, George Griffin, Daniel Murray and Tyrone McCarthy may all retain their places in the side after returning to action in the dominant victory over Wakefield.
Here is the full 19-man squad:


Hospitality | Late opportunity to book a box for St Helens

There is a late opportunity to book a box for Thursday night’s Betfred Super League game against St Helens.
For just £599+VAT you and nine others can book one of our state of the art corporate boxes to watch the Red Devils take on current table toppers St Helens.
Our corporate boxes offer the best view in the house thanks to the executive seating while you will have your drinks brought to you by our welcoming bar staff.
You will also receive car park spaces, a complimentary programme and a visit from some of the non-playing Salford Red Devils prior to kick-off.
This is a fantastic opportunity to watch the Salford Red Devils in style.
If you’d be interested in booking the box for Thursday’s game please E-Mail or phone 0161 786 1590.

Ian Watson | “I’m really confident in the group of players”

Salford Head Coach Ian Watson says he’s ‘really confident in the group of players’ the Red Devils have at their disposal but does believe his side need to start putting in eighty-minute performances If they are to compete for a place in the top eight.
Watson said: “We’ve had two bad halves I’d say.
“Second half against Wigan and this second half against St Helens as well but if we want to compete against the top teams we need to be having eighty-minute performances.
“We’ve sampled the Super 8s last year and we know what kind of level these guys can compete at and it’s up to us to make sure we’re doing things for eighty minutes and at the moment we’re just coming up short of that.
“With Wigan at home we fell short in the second half and Saints again on Sunday.
“I thought against Wakefield – who are looking like a top four team – we were really good we should have got something out of that.
“We’d improved on the Wigan game, we improved again with the Hull KR game and I thought our first half against St Helens – with how Saints tore Castleford apart – was really good but discipline cost us.
“I’m not worried I’m really confident in the group of players we’ve got but we do need to look at ourselves seriously with our discipline issues if we’re going to let that continue and structure out season really.”

Three talking points | St Helens 34-2 Salford Red Devils

Following yesterday’s 34-2 defeat at the hands of St Helens we take a look at three talking points from the game. 
Following yesterday’s defeat Head Coach Ian Watson bemoaned his sides ill-discipline which he felt was one of two key reasons Salford came away from the Totally Wicked Stadium empty handed.
The Red Devils penalty count was much higher than St Helens’ and the side gave away penalties at crucial times as well as towards the end of Saints’ sets which Ian Watson eluded to in his post-match press conference.
Logan Tomkins also pointed out the sides penalty count as one of the main reasons Saints were allowed to run away with the game. Read his full thoughts here.
Ben Barba
Many predicted Ben Barba to come to life this season following a full off-season with St Helens under his belt and he was certainly the standout performer for the hosts.
Barba crossed for two tries as well as being heavily involved in two others in a Man of the Match display. Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson listed the Australian full-back as the second major factor which helped Justin Holbrook’s men prevail.
Josh Wood
We’ve already picked him out once this season, but youngster Josh Wood continues to flourish this season at hooker.
Wood, who has come into the squad following an injury to Kriss Brining, has excelled this year and looks to be coming into his own on the Betfred Super League stage.
The 21-year-old adds a different dimension to The Red Devils going forward and is interchanging with fellow hooker Logan Tomkins well in the early weeks of the 2018 season.

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