Manchester Evening News

  • Winding Up Petition for Cash-Strapped Reds

    Manchester Evening News have reported that cash-strapped Salford City Reds have been hit with a winding-up petition – by a firm they brought in to revamp their own finances. Cheshire-based management consultants Steuer Gregsson have issued the claim for work they carried out earlier this year in a bid to put the crisis club on the road to recovery. Reds’ bosses have played down the move, saying it relates to a small sum of money and is not a threat to their future. M.E.N. Sport understands t...

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  • Reds Miss Out on Stadium Sponsor

    Manchester Evening News have reported that motor dealers, the Williams Group, have pulled out of securing naming rights for Salford Reds’ new stadium.Williams, the BMW specialists, were in pole position to take charge after agreeing a lucrative five-year deal with both Salford city council and landowners, Peel Holdings.However additional signage costs for the stadium’s roofs on top of initial costs were then reported to be too high, forcing the Williams Group into a U-turn. This now leaves t...

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  • Salford Set For Major Rebrand

    ... January, insists that the new name just sounds better and hopes that the switch will improve the club’s identity and brand. The 54-year-old, who has also called for the Super League salary cap to be lifted from the current £1.8 million, has told the Manchester Evening News that the name change makes sense and also indicated that the colour of the away kit may be altered. “We are up against teams in Super League who are known as the Bulls and the Warriors and I want us to be seen as the Red...

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  • Council Ease Pressure On Salford Loan Repayments

    Salford City Council have extended the deferment of loan repayments from Salford Red Devils for a further a three-years according to Manchester Evening News. Marwan Koukash assumed £3m-worth of debt when he took over the Super League club in 2013, including £1.5m owed to the council. The loan, paid through an independent administrator after the previous club’s assets were seized to pay off creditors, is due to be paid back by 2038 after a 25-year deal was arranged in 2013. The council will n...

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  • Manchester becomes Union hotbed

    Greater Manchester has become a hotbed of rugby union development activity as partnerships between the Rugby Football Union, Manchester City Council, Sale Sharks and the Manchester Rugby Union Development Group continue to blossom across the region. The expansion of the rugby union workforce, headed by North West Rugby Development Manager Dave Southern and directed by the city's Rugby Development Officers Phil Clarke and Tom Mapp, is supported by resources provided by the various agencies, wit...

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  • Kooga Financial Director Jailed For Stealing £150,000

    The former financial director of Kooga Rugby Limited has been jailed, after being accused of abusing his power to steal £150,000 from his former employer, reports the Manchester Evening News (MEN). Christopher Harold Horsfield was acting as financial director overseeing all accounts for Kooga and the MEN reports that over six years he stole £150,000 from funds at a time when staff were made redundant due to financial restraints on the firm. A court heard that Horsfield was living 'well beyond...

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  • Edinburgh's Geddes Joins Stew Mel

    Edinburgh Evening News has reported that Edinburgh Rugby's former marketing manager, Lindsey Geddes has been appointed by Premiershiop club Stewart's Melville. Geddes, who spent 12 years with Edinburgh, is taking on the recently created post of business development manager and is tasked with generating income to secure the future of the club and help promote it to a wider audience. The position is being funded by an allocation from the Scottish Rugby Club Sustainability Fund, which was made...

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  • Manchester gets two more Magic Weekends

    The Etihad Stadium in Manchester has been confirmed as the venue for Super League’s Magic Weekend for the next two seasons. The two-day event was held there for the first time this year and, after being deemed a commercial success thanks partly a record crowd of 63,716, it is now set to return to Manchester in 2013 and 2014. The Magic Weekend will take place on the bank holiday weekend, with every Super League side featuring at some point on Saturday 25 May and Sunday 26 May, and chief executi...

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  • Lions Fraudster Convicted

    A serial fraudster has been jailed over a scam selling fake tickets to unsuspecting fans for the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia in 2013, according to the Manchester Evening News. Michael Hizer, 56, set up a website to persuade 59 rugby fans to pay £79,627 for tickets which never turned up. He has now been jailed for one year and eight months after admitting fraud by false representation and money laundering. The sentence comes on top of a four year prison sentence he is already ser...

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  • Salford Part Company With CEO

    ... parting is by mutual consent and indicated that his replacement has already been lined up. “I made it clear when I took over that I would give people chances and I don't care who it is - a cleaner, an administrator, a player or a coach,” he told the Manchester Evening News. “If someone is not doing it we need to move them on. But Ed has not been sacked. I just think it is for the best. “He will be replaced by someone with no rugby background, someone who has done business development fo...

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