Salford Reds fans, impatient with behind the scenes `sensitive negotiations' and possible `investor interest', have taken matters into their own hands.
The club has to find £60,000 by January 7th to stave off a winding up petition brought by two ex players (see here). With the Reds' bank account frozen and no investor on the public horizon, there's now less than five working days to Save Our Salford. Independent supporters group, Forever Reds has set up a Reds rescue fund and has already received pledges of £20,000 from fans. Now a Save Our Salford fundraiser night this Friday is expected to substantially add to that tally.
The night is being hosted by Reds fan, Louise Woodward-Styles, and Salford City Reds players past and present will be attending to show their support. The night will feature a DJ, classic matches shown on the big screen and Salford Reds face painting. The highlight of the night will be an auction of rare Salford Reds items including a signed Super League Grand Final shirt from Stefan Ratchford, the former Reds player who is now starring for Warrington and England; a signed and framed Willows Heritage Shirt from the last ever season at The Willows, and a signed Salford City Reds 2011 Official Squad Polo T-shirt.
"I am calling for the support of all Salfordians, whether you love Rugby League or not, we cannot afford to lose another piece of Salford heritage" says Louise Woodward-Styles "I know that we are very much `salt of the earth' kind of people and loyal to our City, now let's show the rugby league and sporting community that Salford RLFC means so much more than just a sporting name."
The proceeds from the fundraising night will not be paid to the club but to the Forever Reds group to help stave off the winding up petition.
Save Our Salford Fundraiser
Friday 4th January 7pm
St Boniface Social Club, Lower Broughton Road, M72JX
After only a couple of days on sale, tickets are virtually sold out but to offer assistance or pledge items for the night, contact Louise
Phone: 0740 237 2929
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To donate or pledge an amount to the Save Our Salford fund the address is Salford City Reds Foundation Appeal, c/o, 51, Cheetham Rd , Swinton, M274UQ