No Barton farewell for Salford Heroes
10th September 2012
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In many Salford supporters minds, The end of Salford's 2012 season couldn't of come quick enough with Salford ending the season on a 6 game losing streak.


The match against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats was due to take place at 8pm on Friday night at The Salford City Stadium, but the Wildcats battle with Bradford Bulls for the final play-off spot ensured that Sky chose to televise this game on Saturday night.

The problem with this was the fact Sale Sharks, who recently set up home at The Salford City Stadium also play at home on the same day in front of the ESPN cameras. The refusal from Sky to switch the coverage to the original Friday night slot meant the Reds had no other option but to switch the match to Leigh.

No Home Farewell

The switch to LSV means that several of the departing Reds stars will be deprived of their goodbyes in front of the Salford faithful. The departing players include Salford's long serving second row forward Luke Adamson who made his debut in 2006. Crowd favourites Feka Paleasina, Vinnie Anderson, Sean Gleeson, Daniel Holdsworth and retiring legend full back, Luke Patten face the possibility of playing in front of a near empty stadium.

Since the announcement Salford supporters have been venting their anger both on the clubs Facebook page and on the unofficial supporters forum "The Scarlet Turkey". Many Supporters have decided this situation as the final nail in the coffin and have pledged to withdraw their support for 2013

Club Statement

A Salford club statement read: “Due to existing fixture commitments Salford City Stadium is unavailable at the required time.

“The club would like to reassure the supporters that all other options were fully explored, but due to the lateness of the rearrangement the only viable solution was to play the game at another venue.

“Salford City Reds and Salford City Stadium would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

“Supporters do not need to exchange tickets for this fixture – all existing paper tickets and membership cards will be valid for entry at the alternate venue.”

Potential Investors

So after another turbulent, mediocre season Salford supporters are left wondering where we go from here? Recent rumours from creditable sources suggest Salford are about to be taken over by new owners. Many will pray that this rumour is true as the club desperately need new investment if we are to retain and attract supporters for 2013.

It will be an interesting season and I'll be back next week to talk more Salford Rugby League.

– Louise Woodward-Styles

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