Salford Devils announce 1/2 season ticket deal

Who isn’t interested in a bargain that will also help their local club?

Well, With former owner Marwan Koukash announcing that he will write off the debt the club owes him, if the club becomes self financing for the remainder of this season and the next, alongside 1/2 season tickets being sold by the club, the people of Salford and Manchester have that chance.

When the email dropped earlier today, I clicked on the link (Which you can find below) only to happily see that the rush had almost crashed the clubs website, and there was a wait of nearly 30 minutes before you could purchase one.

As the transfer of control was only approved by the Rugby Football League on eve of the 2018 season, time was always going to be of the essence to merely keep the famous old Club afloat, let alone replicate the successes of the campaign before.

Club Director and Holding Company Member Andrew Rosler said in a press release: “Whilst prior to the season we had many initiatives planned to explain the new structure and start the marketing push for Season Ticket sales, the delays meant we had to scrap all that and concentrate instead on the opening game of the season. It was incredibly frustrating to not be able to announce anything for months, in fact there were times just after Christmas when I doubted it would happen at all.”

Given, the likely restructure to the entire competition by the clubs and the RFL for the 2019 or 2020 season, especially the format of promotion and relegation this is the most crucial season, probably ever, for the Devils.

The Club are currently in 8th position and will be pushing hard for a Top 8 finish in the regular season, which is a great achievement given the size and spend of the current squad, however, given the financial position is still uncertain and a general feeling of despair it is understandable that fans are getting frustrated.

Director Andrew Rosler: “For many weeks we have been engaging with the Supporters Trust with an emphasis on fund raising and sustainability,” he continues “They have been considering the various fan ownership and fund raising models that have been facilitated by Supporters-Direct, mainly in Football”

The Club can anounce that it will formally begin discussions with Supporters Direct to consider a number of options that will give fans the chance to raise funds for the Club, take ownership and have more say in how the Club should be operated. Details of the various schemes will be made public in the very near future.

As an incentive to motivate the whole Community to get behind this scheme, former owner Marwan has now offered to write off the entire debt owed to him, even though he has not asked for any repayment since his departure. But this is conditional on the Club becoming self financing for the rest of this season and next.

Andrew Rosler comments: “I think Marwan felt that having gifted his shares, the local Community would vote with their feet to demonstrate just how important the Club is to the City. He has been disappointed with the declining attendances and felt that the demand just wasn’t there. However he has now bought in to what we are trying to do and can see that the fans can shape the fortunes of the Club directly. It is an amazing gesture to write off such a large amount of debt but he is testing the fans and the whole community so do its bit and prove him wrong.

In addition, the Club will attempt to raise additional short term funds by shortly issuing half season tickets for the remainder of the season. There will also be a big push to target far more local businesses to buy season tickets. The Club is also delighted to announce that as a further gesture Marwan has also offered to match all half season ticket proceeds!

Paul McNally, Head of Communications at the Red Devils said: “Announcing, half season tickets on the back of four bad defeats would ordinarily be a tough sell however the facts are quite simply that this is the most intense and important period in the Club’s history. We need every lapsed, casual and disillusioned fan to stick it out and support the team like you’ve never before.”

Andrew Rosler agrees: “I think all of us are fed up with turning up every with season with no real expectations other than mediocrity and disappointment. The Club has to almost re-invent itself rapidly and challenge all the objections that have been levied against it for years. We have some fantastic ideas which we will be rolling out soon, including the very important local player development and there could finally be a great future for the Club. But in the here and now we need to all work together to make the fund raising schemes work and more than ever back the team no matter what.”

Half season tickets will cover the four remaining home games in the Betfred Super League as well as each home game in our 8s campaign; which means you could even get a potential eighth game FREE

Your half season ticket will cover this Friday’s game against Huddersfield Giants before our other remaining fixtures at the AJ Bell Stadium against Widnes Vikings, Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos.

The Red Devils have already earned some impressive victories at the AJ Bell Stadium this season including dominant routs against Hull Kingston Rovers, Hull FC, Catalans Dragons and Wakefield Trinity.

Supporters can purchase their Half Season tickets at the Club Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online here.


Salford Devils thrash Catalan Dragons to remain second.

Salford v Catalan, Super League round 15
Salford picked up where they left off at Magic Weekend tonight.
In a game that meant so much to the people of Salford, as well as Manchester after Monday’s atrocities at the Manchester Arena.
Displaying a banner pre game that declared “Two cities United as one”, it was the home team, looking to overturn a 36-6 defeat last month in the South of France who took an early lead, thanks to Catalan player Remi Casty being sin binned for a high tackle in the 4th minute, only for the player he tackled, Gareth O’Brien to score less than 20 seconds later.
The home side would dominate the first half, scoring seemingly at will with first Josh Jones scoring, and then, in the 22nd minute, during a round of applause for the 22 who lost their lives, Salfords 22, Kris Welham scored to make it 18-0, despite them having debutant James Hasson sent to the sin bin themselves, with Michael Dobson missing one of his chances to add the conversion.
It was 28-0 by the break, as Ryan Lannon went over to extend the lead.
All in all, it was a clinical performance from Salford, who went on to rack up 50 points in front of just under 5000 fans, all of whom had been given their tickets free, in exchange for a donation to the Manchester bombing victims fund, a huge gesture from owner Dr Marwan Koukash.
After the break, it didnt take Salford long to extend their lead, when Kriss Brinning dived over from close range with less than 120 seconds of the half gone.
It wasn’t to be until the 49th minute that the visitors would trouble the scoreboard.
Vincent Duport with the try, Luke Walsh adding the extras to make the scoreline 34-6.
Then, the moment that appeared to break the hearts of the visitors, as Rob Lui intercepted a loose pat back in the 54th minute and raced 80m to score.
Dobson accurate with the boot again from the sideline.
After that, it was again all Salford as first Olsi Krasniqi scored, then, Ben Murdoch-Masila, on for the injured Josh Jones, raced 60m to set up a platform that allowed Mark Flanagan to score, Dobson missing his second of the night, and the scoreline was 50-6.
The visitors did get a consolation try in the final minute, thanks to Fouad Yaha, Walsh again kicking the points to leave the final score 50-12.
Salford Devils head coach Ian Watson:
Catalan coaches, Michael Mognahan and Jerome Guisset:
Salford; Gareth O’Brien, Greg Johnson, Josh Jones, Niall Evalds, Rob Lui, Michael Dobson, Lama Tasi, Logan Tomkins, James Hasson (debut), Ben Murdoch-Masila, Weller Hauraki, Olsi Krasniqi, Kriss Brining, Craig Kopczak, Ryan Lannon, Mark Flanagan
Catalan; Tony Gigot, Iain Thornley, Kristian Inu, William Brayden, Fouad Yaha, Luke Walsh, Richie Myler, Sam Moa, Alrix Da-Costa, Mickael Simon, Julien Busquet, Remi Casty, Jordan Dezaria, Vincent DuPort, Ugo Perez, Lucas Albert, Paul Segiur