Factfile | Halifax RLFC vs Salford Red Devils | Sunday 2nd September

Ahead of this weekend’s huge Qualifiers clash against Halifax – for which Salford will be taking a large away following – we take a look at some interesting facts behind the fixture.
Previous Meetings
While Salford Red Devils did win the last meeting between the sides back in 2015 thanks to a 50-28 victory in the Qualifiers – which you can read more about here – they haven’t enjoyed much luck against Halifax over the years.
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Prior to this, the Red Devils hadn’t met Halifax since 2002 in a season where they lost twice against the West Yorkshire side but did earn a 15-12 win at the MBi Shay in April of that season.
The 2001 season also favoured Halifax. Two high-scoring affairs at The Willows saw Halifax win 34-50 and 30-41 in addition to a 30-18 win earlier in the season. In fact, you have to go back to 2000 to find the last time Salford won consecutive games against Fax with the first of those coming thanks to a Martin Offiah drop-goal on 23rd July.
Salford won the first two meetings following the move to the Summer era but would then lose six consecutive matches against Halifax between 1998 and 2000.
Home vs Away
In the build-up to this weekend’s game, Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson pointed to Halifax’s terrific home form throughout the 2018 season as an indicator of how tough Sunday’s match will be.
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Halifax have won 11 home games in the Betfred Championship this season including victories over full-time opposition like Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions. A 22-22 draw with Dewsbury Rams and two losses to Toronto Wolfpack – with the most recent coming in Round One of The Qualifiers – are the only blips on this record.
On the other hand, Salford’s away form this season has been a contrast to that of Fax’s home form. The regular Betfred Super League season saw the Red Devils notch just one away victory over Huddersfield Giants in April, but they did win their last match on the road against Hull Kingston Rovers in Round One of The Qualifiers.
The form book – in terms of home vs away – will need to be thrown out the window if the Red Devils are going to make it three from three in this season’s Qualifiers.
Played for Both
Salford prop-forward Daniel Murray has actually featured for both clubs this season following a short loan spell with Halifax at the start of the year. Murray made five appearances for Halifax in 2018 powering his way over for two tries in this time.


Last year the two clubs worked a dual-registration agreement which saw a number of Salford players take to the field for Halifax. Murray, Ryan Lannon, Josh Wood and Jake Bibby all featured for Fax in 2017 and have now made themselves regulars in the Salford first team.
Halifax centre Steve Tyrer – who will miss this weekend’s fixture through injury – enjoyed a season with the Red Devils back in 2010. The centre made 20 appearances for Salford crossing for six tries including a hat-trick against Harlequins – now known as London Broncos – in just his third outing.

Gold Line Draw | Long-time Red Devils win big

The Gold Line Draw continues to crown £500 winners and we recently visited Mary Vaughan who was one of our lucky winners! 
Mrs Vaughan said: “Myself, my husband and son all supported the Club while they were at The Willows.
“This is my way of continuing to support the Club, I pay every week through Direct Debit and it’s paid off for me now.
“I think this prize money is going to go on some ‘retail therapy’.
“I’m so happy to have won and can’t wait to spend my money already.”
You can join the Gold Line Draw by simply E-Mailing SalfordSuperDraw@gmail.com with the subject ‘join’.
We have recently launched our new ‘Supporters Pack’ for the Gold Line Draw with full details here. 
To sign up for the Gold Line Draw via Direct Debit click here.
To sign up for the Gold Line Draw via Standing Order click here.
You can also subscribe to the results directly to your inbox each week by E-Mailing SalfordSuperDraw@gmail.com with the subject ‘subscribe’.
For the latest Gold Line Draw results click here.
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Commercial | Red Devils link up with Club13 as partner

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce Club13 as its Official Business Club partner.
After a number of highly successful events since the start of the season, Club13 – whose aim is to promote the sport of rugby league to businesses and professionals across the Salford and Greater Manchester region, together with providing business and networking opportunities for ex-players of the sport, will link up with the Betfred Super League Club who will provide stars of past and present to future events.
Other than a monthly event Club13 have launched a matchday networking event ‘Club 13 at the Willows’ which will be held in the Willows Suite at the The Salford Stadium when the Salford Red Devils are playing at home. Here former stars of the Club will be invited along to mix with businesses on the night.
For more information on how to join Club13 please visit www.Club13.biz or on Twitter at @club13_official.

Murray Metals continue their sponsorship into 2018

Long-term sponsors and partners Murray Metals will continue their support of the Club throughout 2018 as player sponsors of Gareth O’Brien.
Murray Metals have been associated with the Club for well over a decade now through both Austin Trumann and Murray Metals.
Barry Gregory, Director of Murray Metals and lifelong Salford supporter, said: “We’ve been sponsors for fifteen years now consecutively.
“Austin Trumann’s which is part of the Murray Metals group in fact used to sponsor the stand at The Willows and we were the founding sponsor of the Platinum Club.
“We’ve had a good connection with the Club for all those years and obviously we’re regular attendees who bring clients to games.
Salford Red Devils CEO, Ian Blease, said: “We’re thrilled to have Murray Metals on board again for the 2018 season.
“They’ve been long-term sponsors and partners of the Club as have quite a few of our sponsors and we’re looking forward to working with them again this season.”
Gregory added: “Gareth O’Brien is a great player to have and is always good for brand awareness particularly with his Million Pound Game drop-goal a few years ago.
“We’re looking forward to watching Gaz in action this season and seeing our advertising on the LED boards.”
 
There are still sponsorship opportunities available with Salford Red Devils in 2018 with a handful of players being available as well as match sponsorship for our Betfred Super League games up for grabs.
There are also advertising opportunities available with us this season with programme ad space, perimeter boards and time on state of the art LED boards all available.
If you’re interested in any of the above please contact us on 0161 786 1590 or E-Mail Fiona.Woods@SalfordRedDevils.net.

Gallery: Willows Memories Mosaic unveiled

The Salford Red Devils Foundation were delighted to unveil a mosaic on the site of Salford’s spiritual home – The Willows. The mosaic is positioned at the centre point of the pitch at The Willows.
All imagery provided by Club Photographer Steve McCormick.

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.

Willows Memories Film to be shown again

After a large demand from Salford Red Devils supporters the Willows Memories film will be shown again at The Lowry Studio Theatre on Thursday 23rd November at 7:00pm.
While there will be no live show productions this time there will be an ex-player panel to question and reminisce about The Willows alongside.
In addition to the Willows Memories film, there will also be a short film showing the recent training camp at the Prestatyn Holiday Camp for the Salford Red Devils Education Academy players.
Finally, this will be the one and only opportunity to purchase the Willows Memories DVD – don’t miss out.
Tickets are priced at £12 per person. If you are interested
There will also be a short film showing the recent training camp at the Prestatyn Holiday Camp for the college academy players.
Finally there will be the one and only opportunity to purchase the Willows Memories DVD on the night.
Tickets for the showing are £12 per person. If you’re interested in purchasing a ticket contact John Blackburn on John.blackburn@salfordreddevils.net or phone John on 0161 786 1591.

Your Shed memories

Last night on Facebook and Twitter you gave us your memories from The Shed and told the Red Devils what it means to you.
Now we want you to post your favourite images from The Shed on our Facebook and Twitter posts as we continue our push to fill The Shed ahead of our pivotal Super 8s game against Wakefield on Friday 1st September.
Below are a sample of some of your memories and who they were from:
“So many memories there. Good and nail biting but most of all being able to watch them with my Dad who is sadly no longer with us! I know he will be very proud in what we have achieved this year, watching down as I say with the best seats in the house.” – Natalie Trousdale (Facebook)
“Vs Wire 2007 when we were already relegated, non stop singing for 80 minutes Shed was bouncing. Special night even though we were down Sending Castleford down the year before as we finished in the play offs again top atmosphere. Friday nights were special at that place.” – James Reid (Facebook)
First game I was only four being lifted over the turnstiles and sitting next to the dugout on the grass had the bug ever since that was fifty years ago.” – Graham Smith (Facebook)
“It had atmosphere..no matter the weather or the results the shed was always bouncing…old-school rugby league.” – @RobnCaz (Twitter)
“I remember my 1st game I was watching Salford vs Leigh and Des Drummond started a melee on the pitch and all 26 players were involved! Madness but great all at the same time lol.” – Anthony Halliday (Facebook)
Absolutely knocking wigan out of the cc the party after the game in the willows the fans mixed with the player’s it was like we had actually won the cup atmosphere was electric one of my best memories.” – Ann Whincup (Facebook)
Winning the league in 75-76 season.” – Michael Brett (Facebook)
“Warrington at home in 2006 was a great night the shed was bouncing that night we won 35-34 on are way to a 5th place finish! The Wigan cup game was a great day! I didn’t always stand in the shed my dad used to take me in the corner between the north and main stand he loved it there. Club end under the old scoreboard sometimes as well.” – Paul Whiteside (Facebook)
Salford 5-2 London. No tries scored. Absolutely poured it down. Memorable despite the odd scoreline.” – Alan Walker (Facebook)
“My first game I can remember in the shed was against Halifax in 2002 the same year we was relegated. Still had me hooked.” – Jordan Healey (Facebook)
Tickets are on sale for our game against Wakefield and can be purchased over the phone, at the club ticket office or online via the club website. Season ticket holders are reminded that their tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.

The spirit of the Shed

What are your memories of The Shed? Do you remember your first time in The Shed? What made The Shed special to you?
Salford Red Devils are looking for fans to share their memories of the infamous Shed and reignite the spirit of the Shed ahead of our crucial Super 8s home tie with Wakefield on Friday 1st September.
With the Red Devils currently sitting two points from a position in the top four a first-ever Super League Grand Final appearance at Old Trafford is a real possibility and Ian Watson and the boys now need you, the fans, behind them more than ever.
A packed out ‘Shed’ bringing the noise will provide the exact lift the side needs going into their final four games and the players will attest that having the Red Devils fans loud and proud behind them as they defend their own line makes a real difference.
The sea of red shirts urging the lads to the line in attack could prove pivotal in our push for a place in the semi-finals of the Super League Super 8s.
Share your Shed memories on Twitter and Facebook, reignite the spirit of The Shed and let’s get The Shed full for the upcoming game against Wakefield. Come and cheer the lads on at the most important part of the season.
Be loud. Be proud. Be red. Fill the Shed.
Tickets are available for the upcoming Super 8s game against Wakefield and 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.

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