Many have been the times in the past when Salford fans, making their homeward journey from the DW Stadium, would have embraced a scoreline of only a four points deficit, as a considerable success, in comparison with the hefty defeats of yester-year.  How times have changed in the fortunes of the Red Devils, and the expectations we fans now have of them, when so many of us will, last Friday, have travelled home feeling disappointed at not having won.

For make no mistake, this was a game that was within the team’s grasp of victory, during which they challenged and contested their hosts in every quarter, taking charge of proceedings after the first ten minutes, to go in at the interval, somewhat unrepresentatively, level at 8-8.  And they then went on to take something of a stranglehold on the game as they built up a 16-8 lead over the mighty home-side, until a combination injured and fatigued bodies were unable to up muster sufficient resistance to cling onto that lead.

Salford fans’ disappointment can only be with the result, for in every other aspect of the game they can have nothing but pride in their side’s commitment, dedication, and performance throughout the encounter, for the teams were so evenly balanced that they went head-to-head with each other throughout, in a battle of great intensity and tremendous speed.  Fast, furious, and even, at times, frantic was how it had developed by half time.

It was the home side, as one might expect, who were first to settle, after gaining possession from the kick-off, but for all their retaining of it for the greater part of the opening ten minutes had only a fifth minute penalty goal to show for it.

Having therefore soaked up all the pressure thrown at them to that point, the Red Devils found the opportunity to turn defence into attack, in the 14th minute, when good progress down the left flank ended with their forcing a goal-line drop-out which gave them the opportunity to set up the opening try of the game for Ken Sio.

Great credit has justifiably been given to the individual prowess of French, on Wigan’s right flank, and indeed his two-try contribution proved to be a key factor in the result, but equally so were the skills shown by the two Salford players who proved so key in the visitors’ scores.  In this one it was fullback, Ryan Brierley, who put in a neat little kick into the corner for Sio,  while, unbelievably, in the act of being tackled and totally off-balance, before ending up lengthways along the ground.

The about-turn in fortunes certainly had a positive effect on the Salford players, who continued to muscle up against their hosts’ efforts to regain control, but it was not until nearly on the half hour that French’s slick dummy opened up the first crack in the Salford defence to put them back in front.

Five minutes later, the Reds came oh-so-close to eradicating this score, when Joe Burgess was put in the clear down the left wing, only to be thwarted by a tremendous cover tackle by Field, which possibly could be claimed to have saved the game for Wigan, for normally we would have backed Burgess to have got round to grounding under the posts.

One most surprising aspect of the game, far more prevalent than usual throughout the half, was the number of ball steals, normally limited to around one per game, but which on this occasion, mounted up to four in the one half alone, three of which were won by the Reds.  Joe Burgess and Tim Lafai did well to effect theirs but that of King Vuniyayawa, on Field, was so deft and swift that spectators were left wondering how on earth he had managed it, but with all three giving the team much extra possession.

Points-wise though it was a case of having to be satisfied with a successful Marc Sneyd penalty goal to tie the score 8-8, at half time, with even his last-minute drop-goal attempt drifting wide.  Usually, a draw at half-time feels satisfying to both sides, but, on balance of play, field position, and possession, the Salford fans could have been forgiven in feeling that their favourites really deserved to be in front.

This confidence throughout the team was still quite evident on the restart, as they continued to apply pressure, and it was Brodie Croft, this time, who supplied that mark of genius to deliver the most outstanding pass of the game for Sio’s second try.  Sneyd’s excellent goal-kicking, two of which were from the touchline, increased their lead to eight points, by 55 mins.

The aforementioned combination of mounting injuries, which consequently prevented further adequate interchanges,  and fatigue caused by increasingly limited possession, saw momentum swing to the opposition not from set-restarts, as so often happens, but from a mix of four penalties, two touched-in-flights, and started by a French’s interception of a Salford pass.

Suddenly, the Warriors had an abundance of possession and the remainder of the game was spent largely with them on the attack in the Salford half, and the Red Devils forced solely into one-up carries as they endeavoured to lay, in vain, the basis for on attack of their own.

The outcome of a second show-and-go by French, followed by the final decisive try from King, brought the points to the home-side, but they had had to battle the whole game before eventually gaining the upper hand.


Two tries in the last 15 minutes earned Wigan Warriors a late victory against Paul Rowley’s hard-working Salford Red Devils side.

It was a great spectacle for everyone inside the DW, but the Red Devils were on top for large periods of the game and will ultimately go home thinking what could have been.

Salford showed their intent from the off and completed a fantastic first defensive set.

However, a knock-on from Sam Stone gifted Wigan possession and Adam Sidlow’s high shot on the next play gave Harry Smith the easy task of opening the scoring with a penalty-goal.

In quite unusual circumstances, there were four ball steals in the opening half-hour and the arm-wrestle for field position was fierce.

Jake Wardle tried to crash over on the left, but five Salford bodies kept him up. That turnover turned out to be a pivotal point in the first-half, with the Red Devils making valuable metres downfield and forcing a drop-out on the last.

From the restart, Brodie Croft spread the ball right and sent Ryan Brierley towards the Wigan line. Off balance, our number one sent a lovely, disguised kick into the right corner for Ken Sio to gather and slide over. Marc Sneyd added the extras.

It wasn’t long until the hosts responded through Bevan French. The winger collected a low pass and handed off two Salford defenders on the right, jinxed past his marker and strolled under the sticks.

Sneyd was able to level the scores just before the break via a penalty-goal and bring to an end a pulsating first period.

HALF-TIME: Wigan Warriors 8-8 Salford Red Devils

The Reds were penalised on three separate occasions during the first few sets of the second forty, but a huge defensive effort kept Wigan out and brought rewards down the other end of the field.

Sio was the man to go over again for Salford, but it was the genius of Brodie Croft that made it happen. Burgess was almost in on the left, but a quick play-the-ball allowed us to go coast-to-coast and our number six sent the winger in with a beautiful high pass.

Sneyd extended the lead to eight, minutes later. Chris Atkin was hit late on the last and our number seven sent the penalty-goal over from around 35 metres out.

Salford were working hard in defence to try and keep Wigan at bay, but you could sense the tide was turning as the Red Devils tired, and the hosts firmly took advantage.

Much like his first of the game, French finished off a quick Cherry and Whites move by skipping through a wide-open gap in the Salford line and sliding over in the left corner.

With just two points in it, Salford were pinned on our own try-line and quick passing from the hosts carved the defence open once again.

Toby King was the scorer this time and Harry Smith’s conversion all-but confirmed the victory, with Salford’s hard-work in the last ten coming without any reward.

FULL-TIME: Wigan Warriors 20-16 Salford Red Devils

Photo credit: Steve McCormick


Paul Rowley’s Salford Red Devils are looking to make it three consecutive Betfred Super League victories when they take on Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium.

They arrive at Round 6 in fourth place, after three wins and two losses to kickstart the campaign. Our opponents boast the exact same record, but sit slightly higher than the Red Devils on points difference.

The latest Salford victory came in quite dramatic fashion. Taking on Wakefield Trinity last Sunday, the two sides were locked at 13 points a piece after 80 minutes and the game was forced into golden point.

With both sharpshooters, Mason Lino and Marc Sneyd both trading drop-goal attempts, it was the latter who saw one sail over the sticks on the 85th minute to send the Salford faithful home happy.

Attentions have firmly switched to Matt Peet’s Wigan, who possess some potent weapons in the form of Jai Field, Bevan French and Liam Marshall.

Rowley and his squad will want to show the grit, determination and flair which has seen them come through these tough encounters before; so, here’s everything you need to know around this one:


There were two pieces of positive squad news for the Red Devils this week.

Tim Lafai – who missed Round 5 with a hamstring strain – has returned to the squad alongside left-edge partner, Joe Burgess.

The 28-year-old winger has been missing for the last fortnight with a shoulder injury, but the original prognosis of a long-term spell on the sidelines was not as bad as first feared and he’s back in the fold for Friday’s game.

We will, however, be without Andy Ackers, who is carrying a knee injury.

The hooker will miss today’s game a likely next week against Huddersfield Giants, but Paul Rowley told the press on Wednesday he will be back with the team in no longer than two weeks’ time.


Looking ahead to our Round 6 clash, Head Coach, Paul Rowley was quick to point out the threats Wigan possess and where they could hurt his side.

He began: “I think I’ve said before, I expect the same from Wigan as they’ve probably delivered since I started watching them in 1980.

“You go there and it’s tough. Wigan kids are brought up with a rugby ball in their hand, they know the game inside-out and they’re a tough bunch as well.

“They’ll be no quarter given. Anything you get at Wigan you’ve earned,” Rowley continued.

“But you can’t run away from it; you’ve got to run into the fire so to speak and get excited, and look forward to the challenge ahead because they’ll challenge us physically – we know that.

“Previous experience says they’ll come and challenge us up the middle, but on the back of quick rucks they’ve got the X-Factor out-wide in the back three of French, Field and Marshall – who I do feel doesn’t get mentioned enough, he’s been one of Wigan’s best now for over a year or so.”

To watch Paul Rowley’s pre-match press conference in full, please click HERE.


The Salford Stadium ticket office is open for purchase and collection until 12PM TODAY. After that time, pre-purchased tickets will be available for collection from the DW Stadium – with pay on the day also an option.


After a dramatic, golden point victory against Wakefield Trinity, attentions have now turned to our Round 6 clash against Wigan Warriors.

The Cherry and Whites picked up an impressive two points against Huddersfield Giants last weekend, with two tries from Bevan French and one from Jake Wardle.

Salford have been boosted by the return of Joe Burgess and Tim Lafai after short setbacks.

Here’s our favourite snaps from training earlier today:

Photo credit: Steve McCormick


Salford Red Devils travel to Wigan Warriors this Friday in Round 6 of the Betfred Super League.

Yesterday, Marc Sneyd’s dramatic, golden point drop-goal sealed the two points against Wakefield Trinity and pushed the Red Devils up to 4th place.

Next up is a trip to the DW Stadium, where Paul Rowley’s side will face a stern test just five days after a gruelling 85 minutes of rugby league.

The Cherry and Whites edged their Round 5 encounter with Huddersfield Giants, so will be looking to make it back-to-back victories and fully kick-start their season on Friday night.

Salford are looking for three in a row, but will be wanting to vastly improve their performance in both attack and defence.

Tickets for this game are now available from the Salford Stadium directly from the ticket office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570, option one. Our ticket office opening times can be found below.

We have had plenty of fantastic memories at the DW over the years, so back the boys and buy your ticket HERE.

Prices for this particular fixture is as follows:

Adult£26Online/in person/by phone
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Under-18s£12Online/In person/by phone
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Please note Under-8s and Carer tickets MUST be purchased from the Salford Stadium only.

Wheelchair spaces are also available from the Salford Stadium direct via the above ticket office number.

Tickets for this particular fixture will go off sale at 12pm on Friday 24th March.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that Salford Red Devils receive commission on all tickets pre-purchased from Salford Stadium and nothing from on the day sales, so we urge you to buy your tickets from us direct.


Salford Red Devils 4  Wigan Warriors 38                 Match Report

Five months after tasting the joys of celebrating their promotion, at the first attempt, to Super League 2, Salford Red Devils Ladies’ side got to experience just what that meant in terms of an on the field encounter, yesterday, when they took on the might of Wigan Warriors.

And ‘might’ there certainly was from them, in abundance, and the longer the game went on the more evident this became, with the levels of pace, intensity, and physicality considerably greater than anything the home side had, hitherto, experienced, which is hardly surprising when you consider that their first season had been spent in the Championship, whilst the Warriors had been among the elite of Super League 1.

Yesterday’s pre-season friendly, therefore, was against a team somewhat superior to those whom the Red Devils will encounter in Super League 2, but nevertheless a foretaste of the standards to which they will have to measure up when they eventually, as is their aspiration, gain promotion to the top flight.

If, however, their performance in the opening thirty minutes was any indication of their potential, then that is something, which given time, they will be capable of doing, with their going head-to-head with their opponents, throughout this period.

An early error in possession allowed the visitors a brief assault on their line, but Salford quickly regained possession and thanks to some really strong drives from the forwards, took play up to the other end of the field, where they established their dominance over the proceedings.

Even the loss through injury of regular try-scorer, Lauren Ellison, followed by the sin-binning, on 19 minutes, of newcomer, Sage Bannister, occupying the fullback berth, for holding down after she had so magnificently halted a Wiganer in full flight, did nothing to unsettle the Red Devils.

Indeed, it was during this ten-minute period when they were down to twelve players that they took the lead, with Ellison’s replacement, another debutant, Liana Leola, intercepting a Warrior’s pass and showing a clean pair of heels over seventy metres, for the opening score on 21 mins, which, unfortunately, Demi Jones was unable to convert.

Keeping the visitors at bay for that full ten-minute period was undoubtedly a tremendous achievement, but it did take its toll, in terms of energy levels, and the visitors gradually started to mount pressure and build dominance for themselves.

The first evidence of this came on 31 mins, when a Wigan try was disallowed for a forward pass, but four minutes later there was no such error, when they drew level, after the Reds had failed to diffuse a high bomb, with their first try in the right corner.

Almost on the stroke of half-time, they built up their best attack of the game, to that point, creating a considerable overlap on their left flank to score close to the posts and adding the extras for a 4-10 half time lead.

Despite the disappointment of conceding a third try two minutes after the resumption, the Salford players did galvanise themselves for a fifteen minute period of dominance, but, without any reward via the scoreboard, began to fade as tiredness set in, and two back-to-back, converted tries, on 56 and 59 mins put the result beyond doubt.  Two further Wigan six-pointers on 71 and 75 mins gave the result a more one-sided impression than the Red Devils possibly deserved, against a side, let us remember, who had been two divisions above them.

A second friendly in four weeks’ time, against Leigh Leopards, will give them both time to increase their levels of physicality, and gain a more accurate indication of the general standard required in Super League 2.


Sage Bannister, Katie Garry, Steph Gray, Alex Simpson, Lauren Ellison,  Lousie Fellingham, Demi Jones, Megan Condliffe, Tamzin Corcoran, Sarina Tamou, Helena Walker, Victoria Kini, Brogan Evans


Abigail Collins, Darcey Price, Eleanor Walsh, Laura Bent, Hannah Wicks, Summer Harris, Liana Leola


Salford Red Devils Women will face Wigan Warriors and Leigh Leopards Women in pre-season, as they gear up for their first campaign in the Betfred Women’s Super League.

Their first stern test will be Kris Ratcliffe’s Warriors side at Salford Roosters, on Sunday 5th March, with kick-off scheduled for 2pm. More details around this fixture will be confirmed in due course.

They will then return to action on April 5th when we host Leigh Leopards, on the same day Paul Rowley’s men take on Huddersfield Giants in the Betfred Super League. The specific venue for this fixture will also be confirmed very soon.

Our girls played their first-ever game as a team just 12 months ago, and will compete in Group 2 of the Women’s Super League this season, as well as the Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup.

Head Coach, Chris Bates has said: “We are coming to the end of a pre-season where the group have worked tirelessly throughout. We can’t wait to get going and get into some pre-season games.

“We’re clear in our aim of wanting to compete at the very top and facing both Wigan and Leigh in pre-season will give us an idea of where we are at!”


It might not have been the result most Salford fans will have hoped for, but the purpose of pre-season friendlies is rather more wide-ranging than the final figures on the scoreboard.  First and foremost, they are one of the concluding steps in the players’, and team’s, development on the road to Super League Round 1, which for Salford is less than two weeks away.

Trips to Wigan seldom bring victories for the visiting side, and the home advantage must certainly have given them a head start. In addition .there was also some added motivation for the Warriors from the fact that this was the testimonial game for their highly regarded half back-cum-hooker, Sam Powell.  Their desire to do justice to their much-admired teammate, will have been increased their desire to do well, in itself.

There are some games, in which the final score does not totally reflect the game as a whole, and this was somewhat true of Sunday’s.  The Red Devils’ many positives, unfortunately, were often over-shadowed by a disappointing outcome.  Marc Sneyd’s great interception on eight minutes – only two minutes after Wigan had taken the lead – would, on most similar occasions, have brought a score, but unfortunately, on this occasion he lost his footing and the opportunity to draw level had gone.

Indeed, by half-time, there were many spectators with the view that a twelve all draw would have been a fairer reflection of the contest, with Rhys Williams having twice crossed in the left corner, but having been denied on the first occasion by last ditch defending, and on the second by an obstruction, in the build-up.

The opening stages of the encounter had seen a physically dominant Wigan, with the lion’s share of possession, totally controlling field-position.  So many of the Red Devils’ sets were started in their own ten metre zone, and that is where the hard-yardage is really hard to come by, sapping energy and with end-of -sets kicks coming barely twenty-five metres out, meaning that the Warriors were regaining possession well away from their own line..

This, however, started to change midway through the half, with the visitors muscling up and matching their hosts physically, the pressure from which started to force errors from the Wigan players.  It was from one such of these that some excellent attacking play, on 33 minutes, brought the Reds their try from Deon Cross in the right-hand corner, too far out for Sneyd to goal.

Holding out, thereafter, to half-time would have been most beneficial but an ill-judged pass went to ground, in the final minute of the half, only to be gathered by French, who had a clear run to the line, and the score at half-time stood at 18-4, which was a reflection, predominantly, of the chances each team taken.

The opening stages of the second half saw a much more aggressive Salford side forcing further Wigan errors, two of which led to fine breaks which had them on the back-foot.  The first, on 49 mins, had the Warriors scrambling back after a final kick through, to hack the ball into the North Stand for a goal-line drop-out.  Amir Burrough’s break from dummy-half, four minutes later, set up yet another scoring opportunity in the left-hand corner, which, with the odd, slightly different option, might have brought another four, or even six points.

A little more patience immediately afterwards might still have brought some further reward, but unfortunately, ill-discipline set in with a succession of penalties accruing against them, and the Warriors did not scorn the opportunities they then had, of putting the score beyond the visitors.

True it was a game, and everyone always wants to win no matter what, but, even more important, it was a dress rehearsal, and everyone knows that a great dress rehearsal does not always portend a great opening night, any more than the exact opposite portends the alternative outcome.


Wigan Warriors were victorious in Sam Powell’s testimonial this afternoon, beating Salford Red Devils 32-4 at the DW Stadium.

After retaining the Peter Smethurst trophy last weekend, today presented a great opportunity for some first-team stars to build valuable match fitness ahead of the Betfred Super League.

There was a Red Devils debut for Sam Stone, with Club captain, Kallum Watkins returning from shoulder surgery to play in the centre. In the absence of Ken Sio and Joe Burgess, Deon Cross joined Rhys Williams as our wing pairing.

Paul Rowley’s pre-season injury woes continued within six minutes. After a heavy challenge, Jack Ormondroyd went down clutching his shoulder – clearly in a lot of pain – and played no further part.

Wigan sprang their first attack moments later. Jai Field broke down the right and combined with Bevan French to hand the hosts the lead. Harry Smith kicking the first of four conversions.

Williams was finding some joy down the left, and the wingers acrobatic effort in the 9th minute almost got the reward it deserved, but the Welsh international was just nudged out of touch.

Kai Pearce-Paul added to the Warriors lead shortly after. He received a tidy short pass from Cade Cust 10 metres out to spin away from his man and slide over.

Salford were trying to build any momentum they could and finally went over through Deon Cross. Man of Steel, Brodie Croft produced a lovely show and go from the play-the-ball and flicked a pass out to Cross on the right who had the easiest of crossings.

The Red Devils were on the front foot, but their wave of attacking play was halted when French intercepted a loose pass and sprinted 50 metres upfield to slide under the posts.

HALF-TIME: Wigan Warriors 18-4 Salford Red Devils

Rowley’s side had the first chance of the second period when Matt Costello excellently rode a challenge to tee up the supporting Sam Stone. The Aussie sent a grubber kick into the corner and Field was forced to boot it high into the stands for a goal-line drop out.

Amir Bourouh replaced Andy Ackers at hooker and sprung straight into life from his first play-the-ball. Showing brilliant deception from the ruck, he sprung past the Wigan line and played through Croft, but our number six just couldn’t shake his marker.

Wigan added to their lead just before the hour mark through Field. On the last, he chased a chipped ball from Cust to gather and slide under the posts.

They added a second in quick succession when the fresh Abbas Miski picked up a loose ball in the right corner and acrobatically touched the ball down, despite the best efforts of Oliver Partington.

King Vuniyayawa broke a few challenges with a charging run, but – as was the pattern of the game – his offload to Atkin was stopped just before the try-line.

There was still time for Miski to grab his second just before the hooter, with Smith’s short pass giving him the simple task of strolling over in the corner.

Attentions for Rowley’s men now turn to our Betfred Super League opener against Leigh Leopards in just under a fortnight.

FULL-TIME: Wigan Warriors 32-4 Salford Red Devils


Salford Red Devils travel to the DW Stadium on Sunday to face Wigan Warriors in their final pre-season test of 2023.

Paul Rowley’s side got off to a winning start last Sunday, dusting the off-season cobwebs by retaining the Peter Smethurst Trophy against Swinton Lions.

The Red Devils first-team built some valuable match fitness in the first forty, with Stuart Wilkinson’s Reserves allowed the second forty to showcase their talent.

Rhys Williams scored the Entertainers first try of 2023 in the left corner, but further crosses from Ken Sio, Andy Ackers, Ellis Longstaff and Ryan Brierley handed Salford a commanding 26-0 lead at the break.

The Betfred Championship quality Swinton possess took over in the second-half, but Wilkinson’s lads – including now-first-team members Joe Coope-Franklin and Billy Walkley – more than held their own.

Attentions have now turned to Sunday, where Salford will be facing Wigan in aid of Sam Powell’s testimonial. The hooker has enjoyed a stellar rugby league career and the game will act as a celebration of his incredible contribution to the sport over the years.

Rowley and his staff will have this final 80 minutes to assess his squad before the Betfred Super League kick-off on February 17th. Tickets are still available for our clash at Leigh Sports Village, click HERE to join us.

Squad News

Paul Rowley has named a 21-man travelling squad, which includes a potential Salford debut for Sam Stone. The back-rower joined the Club from Leigh Leopards in early November and arrives at the Salford Stadium with a lot of potential to progress his already vast rugby league knowledge.

Ben Hellewell may also make his second Red Devils debut following a successful two-week loan spell last season from Featherstone Rovers.

Full squad: Ryan Brierley, Kallum Watkins, Tim Lafai, Brodie Croft, Marc Sneyd, Jack Ormondroyd, Andy Ackers, King Vuniyayawa, Sam Stone, Oliver Partington, Chris Atkin, Tyler Dupree, Shane Wright, Alex Gerrard, Ellis Longstaff, Amir Bourouh, Rhys Williams, Matt Costello, Ben Hellewell and James Greenwood.

Rowley’s preview

For the first time in 2023, Head Coach Paul Rowley addressed the media ahead of this particular fixture.

The new Betfred Super League season was obviously high on the agenda, with everyone keen to know the match fitness of our squad with the opening game just around the corner.

“They’ll do more minutes this week against better opposition,” Rowley said.

“It’s a difficult challenge at the best of times going to Wigan, so it’ll be a good benchmark as friendlies are for, getting match fit and preparing for the rigours of the season.”

There was also plenty of praise for Powell; a player Rowley and his staff hold in the highest of respects. When asked whether the opposotion will have that extra motivation to win the game for their teammate, Rowley replied: “Nothing less; it doesn’t matter who they play, that’s the Wigan team and they have that culture.

“But we want to put our best foot forward for Sam Powell too.

“Sam is held in high respect from our Club as well from the outside looking in, so we want to pay our respects to Sam’s career by putting our own performance in and making sure it’s a good quality game.”

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