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  1. two ' hot spells ' either side of the half time effectively put the game out of reach . Salford ' end ' their 3 game SL losing streak , there was a time ( the last 30 years ) when a winning run of 3 games would get us all excited , now it was criticism of losing 3. July is going to be a defining one for Salford ( Leeds H- Cas -A and the Semi-final )
  2. Salford Rested Key Players for 2nd Weekend Game against Wire Welham - Dobson - Tomkins - Lannon and the Human Pinball Machine Josh Jones to injury , However the Guys that came in Youngsters Wood - Murray & Bibby stepped up and Todd Carney Slotted in like he'd been ever present all season . Chester is no mug - the players who come in will put out the stops to prove a point + he gets to rest pivotal players for the Qtr final and key run-in games. This is no walk over for the Red Devils .. Sky spent 15 rounds ignoring Wakefield & Salford progression up the table - they've recently been rescheduling us by picking up the Qtr Final & our Hull FC fixture - They've been in swoon mode over Cas all season , yey I still have the impression they are sat on the fence waiting for both teams to fail .. 21 SL seasons paying lip service to the old guard is a hard habit to break .
  3. I'd thought I'd share the - license application report using research done by Sportwise that heralded the decision to move from the Willows to a state of art Cardboard Box stadium under a flyover - 2011 It's laughable & deluded - but they actually sold & trashed our home of 110 years to carry it out - due to ' Research ' & ' Consultants and ' Marketing ' told them ( RFL & Salford ) it was the only way to protect our future & grow - 1 year after the move they crashed & burned . Now 5 years on they are at it again :- Research - Consultants - Surveys .. this time intimating the name ' Salford' is the reason . Its seems no lessons will ever be learned - success on the pitch & steady growth in Crowds ( up 46% this season ) are apparently not enough for us ....so we career towards our next crisis. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
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    Oh Dear Rangi......

    he's not the messiah ,he's just a very naughty boy ..as fans of Salford can testify , if you can get him on the pitch he can deliver some truly mesmerising skills.. Widnes need some luck - more Holby City than rugby town at present
  5. Last time Salford won at wigan it was down the fresh Bread aisle in Tesco's ...well stale now .
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    Who will be the bottom 4 after 23 matches?

    Still time for the RFL come up with a 'wild card' points deduction. ... Re Wire - Saints , people were surprised over Leeds ending up in the Bottom 4 last season , but they had too much class to really be threatened by it in the actual qualifiers. Widnes got off to a storming start last season in the early rounds winning 5 of their first 6 SL games , then only won 5 of the remaining 17 , if it weren't for Salford being docked 6 points - Wakey - Widnes may have played in the qualifiers- so early season form pre Easter can be misleading. 2017 season games are even more unpredictable. ask me again after Magic weekend !
  7. Credit to Wakefield , they clawed their way back & took their chances . Rush of blood to the head from Murdoch Masila - he went for the line when a quick pass would have meant a walk-in try for Johnson - that's why he went mad ..
  8. Certainly zero tolerance in respect to one club, no so zero if your name's Jamie Peacock or you play for a ' big ' Club
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    Salford 18 Hull FC 6.

    the Fax lads played Well - and played the last 20-25 minutes Young Full back McGrath took a couple of Grubbers & a high Bomb + the hits that followed , I bit too slight yet to play a lot , but will have enjoyed the experience the other Lad was Chester Butler - a 21 yr old centre who Fax signed from Siddal last year. He didn't look out of place at all & put in a couple of storming hits. His grandfather was Colin Dixon ... ' nuff said ...
  10. I'm tempted to use that Sam Goldwyn Quote As John M/Tony implies we are not party to the ' fine detail ' . I also bare no grudge with Sheens who always seemed an upfront guy . he'll do a fine job at KR However he signed a 3 year deal in June 15 to be Director of Rugby At Salford - then resigned 15 months later mid-way through a do or die qualifiers which made a notable impact on the teams performance.
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    2017 Kits (Merged threads)

    Yes we had a lined 4bar strip in the 1986-88 seasons , it was made by Horwich kit supplier Halbro - who actually makes the kit for Raging Bull the present kit supplier it was also the kit when present CEO Ian Blease played & was Captain
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    2017 Kits (Merged threads)

    Hull Fc away will resemble a school field trip, all holding hands crossing the road, surprised they didn't get david Prouse to launch it
  13. Australian stating the bleedin' obvious .. go figure . NZ are 'years' behind Australian RL . .. we'll never be on a level playing field with NRL . We'll never be the primary sport we won't command the TV & corporate sponsorship income of the NRL we'll never have the catchment area of raw young talent to turn into future professional players. we can no longer attract top international players in their prime to play in SL - we get fringe squad players who come good to put themselves in the shop window. We get 30+ old men ticking their ' bucket list ' - " i want to play in Europe ' .. usually Perpignan . and lastly we get damaged but talented goods. gone are the days when the likes of Cliff Lyons - Wally Lewis- Andrew Ettinghausen- Garry Jack -Mal Meninga graced our grounds. the switch into summer didn't help . our best hope is somehow the top clubs can free up their salary cap to be more in line with Premiership Rugby - NRL - maybe they can then start to pull back the best english players & 1st grade NRL players and drive up standards.
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    Bradford Bulls / HMRC / Administration

    worth noting another on the petition list :- CR-2016-005502 LONDON WELSH RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB LIMITED. secondly SALFORD CITY REDS LIMITED was the company that when into CVA in 2013 & was dissolved in January 2014 SALFORD CITY REDS (2013) LIMITED is the company trading currently
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    Salary cap row - Wire distance themselves

    2013 Puletua reportedly paid £128k per annum at Saints, they offered the 34 yr old a one-year extension whereas Salford under Noble offered him a two-year deal. 2014-15 supposedly £80k per year . he was one of the last of the 12 signings for Salford that season. I believe Green's claims of wrongdoing stemmed from the disparity in contracts , but time to time players approaching retirement accept a lower but longer contract as it gives greater security, so not proof in itself . He made 26 appearances for the club in 2014, but was not named in Harris's 2015 squad although legally contracted to the club for another yr , To my knowledge Puletua's claim for unpaid money wasn't won during the court case, but that is where verbal claims for money to be paid for various consultancy work , including acting as a introducer/ agent to target other players to sign was aired. which I guess has ultimately led to the charge? Either way its looked at it's messy. One presumes that the Salford Owner didn't walk into RL with an in depth knowledge of ' cap swerving scams ' .so shouldn't there also be similar threats of penalties against- Agents or Players if complicit in any arrangement is proven ? it certainly did not result in dominant performances , and he club has learned the hard way with a Aldi priced 2016 squad significantly outperforming it's 2014-15 counterparts.