Club Info

 

Introduction

Salford City Roosters are based alongside Junction 11 of the M60 in West Manchester. We have achieved the CLUBMARK accreditation, meeting the strict criteria required by Sport England and the Rugby Football League. Our ground includes two car parks, two playing pitches (one with match-quality floodlights), a grassed training area and a Clubhouse which incorporates a gym, changing rooms, shower room and a licenced bar.

 

Address

Salford City Roosters

Moat Hall, Hallsworth Road, Eccles, Manchester

M30 7LS

Tel: 0161 780 0011 (Match days and training nights only)

E-mail:    ecclesrugby@btinternet.com

 

Officers & Senior Committee

Chairman: Dave Smith  - 07970 786705 (mobile)

Vice Chairman: Rod Kindon - 07701 092886 (mobile)

Secretary: Alfrieda Kindon - 07801 639964 (mobile)

Treasurer: Dave Pratt - 07718 234845 (mobile)

Senior Committee: Steve Evans, Gary Harding, Martin Higgins, Jim Lomax & Andy Knight

Safeguarding Officers:  Andy Knight & Alfrieda Kindon

 

Individual Team Contacts

Please visit our SCR page for each age levels coaching contacts.

 

Directions By Car

From Yorkshire: M62 then follow signs for Manchester Airport. M60, then Eccles/Irlam/A57 - Junction 11. Down the sliproad and turn left onto the A57 (Liverpool Road).  Take first left into Schofield Road, then second left into Hallsworth Road.  Continue to bottom of Road.

From Cumbria: M61 and follow signs for Manchester Airport, then as above.

 

Away Team Directions

Due to the narrow nature of the Road, can coach drivers please ignore the turning for Schofield Road and take the seconf left into Gorton Street, and then first left into Hallsworth Road.  The Rugby Club is based at the bottom of Hallsworth Road with plenty of parking and turning space available.

 

Training Times

Open age teams train Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6.45pm - 8.30pm).

Youth teams train Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6.30pm - 7.30pm).

Junior Roosters train Thursday evenings (6.00pm until 7.00pm).

New and returning players are always welcome.

 

Online Shop

We are proud to announce that O'Neills will continue to be our clothing suppliers for the 2017 season. O’Neills was founded in 1918 as a manufacturer of Gaelic Footballs and it is now the largest Sportswear manufacturing Company in Ireland.

 

Sponsors

As an amateur volunteer led club, we survive from sponsorship, donations and our own fund-raising efforts. If you feel that you, or your company can help the club, please contact us. Sponsorship packages, to suit your requirements and budget, are available. Our in house designers can provide bespoke logos and adverts free of charge if required. As part of your sponsorship, you will feature heavily on our website and across all of our social media formats.

 

Volunteers

We are always looking to recruit experienced Coaches and Assistant Coaches to join the established teams with specific responsibilities for the NWML (Level 2) & NWC Youth & Junior (Levels 1 or 2). We are also in need extra volunteers for positions such as Team Managers, Team Secretaries and Admin Assistants. Please note that all applicants will be required to successfully achieve DBS accreditations via the RFL.

 

History

Eccles started out as G.E.C in the NWCL in 1977 and there was no sign in those days that the club would become the most successful in Manchester & District League history.

We finished bottom of Division 3 that first season with only three wins from 26 games. Two wins from 24 games saw us repeat a wooden spoon place the following year. It was third time luckier with a mid table finish in Division 4. As interest in the club was on the increase GEC formed an ‘A’ team who would play in Division 4. The same season the first team achieved promotion back into Division 3.

 

At this time Rod & Alfrieda Kindon, together with a committee which included ex-Salford player Stewart Williams and John Smethurst, discovered a derelict open air school in Eccles. After much hard work from several volunteers this became the club house that is still in use today. The opening of the new clubhouse also saw a change of name to Eccles ARLFC and with it a change of fortunes.

After finishing third in division 3 in 1980-81, we went through the following season undefeated to claim our first league title. In those early days winger Steve Evans became the first Eccles player to sign as a professional when he joined Swinton RLFC. More than 40 Eccles players have gone on to play for professional teams since then including, in more recent times, Paul Smith (Huddersfield, Rochdale Hornets and Halifax), Welsh international Ian Watson (Swinton, Salford, Widnes, Halifax and Leigh), Nathan McAvoy (Salford, Leeds, Wigan, Bradford and Leigh) and of course Great Britain & England international Adrian Morley (Leeds, Sydney City Roosters, Bradford, Warrington Wolves & Salford Red Devils).

 

Eccles made steady progress up the NWCL and reached the Premier Division in 1988 where we suffered our only NWCL relegation as Eccles. After just one season back in Division 1 we returned to the Premier to stay. During this period Eccles produced a top class under 18’s team that lifted the clubs first County title, the Lancashire Cup in 1993-94. Individual honours were also forthcoming during this period with secretary Alfrieda Kindon receiving a NWCL 10 year service award in 1989 followed by the NWCL secretary of the year award for the 1992-93 season. Eccles were accepted for a place in the Conference Division 2 for the 1994-95 season, winning our first ever match away at Barrow Island, and we were to stay in Division 2 until gaining promotion in 1998-99. 

 

Since joining the Conference league we have completely enclosed our pitches and club house, put spectator barriers and floodlights on the main pitch and added two changing rooms and a gym to our facility. More individual awards came when Alfrieda Kindon was awarded the prestigious "Silver Boot Award" presented by BARLA for the 1996-97 season, and the following season former chairman Rod Kindon also received his 10 year service award from the NWCL. There has also been success on the pitch as well with our NWCL team becoming the first team from outside the top two divisions to win the NWCL Challenge cup with a 26-20 victory over Heysham Atoms in the 1997-98 season.

 

The following season, 1998-99 we were invited into the prestigious Champions Challenge competition at Leigh Miners where we defeated the host club, Leigh East and Siddal to lift the trophy. The same year we played professional opposition for the first time in the Challenge cup and lost 7-26 at Oldham after taking the lead early in the game. Since then we have also played at Featherstone Rovers and Halifax.

Back in the Conference league we stayed six seasons in division 1 before finally reaching the pinnacle of amateur rugby league, the premier division for the 2005-06 season. Unfortunately, this proved a step too far too soon and we suffered relegation.

 

In 2007 secretary Alfrieda Kindon became the first female to be awarded a life membership of the British Amateur Rugby League Association.

We are currently in Division 2 of the National Conference League and still adjusting to the move to Summer Rugby which started in March 2012. We are a relatively young side going through a transitional period and although the Summer Season brings it's own distractions away from the pitch, we believe that there is a bright future ahead for the club. We continue to provide County and International players to the amateur game and, playing at the highest amateur level available to us, we attract the most ambitious players.

In October 2014 the club was re-branded Salford City Roosters. Salford City (because that's where we're from) and Roosters as it was very important that we kept the identity of the name because all our youth and junior teams have always been Junior Roosters.

 

Salford Juniors

Salford Juniors were formed as an under 21’s team in 1946 and later established themselves as an open age side as well as running youth teams. They quickly became a force in the Manchester League, and later the Oldham and Warrington leagues before becoming founder members of the North West Counties League in 1974.

At open age level, they had their best period in the mid 50’s with three successive Lancashire Cup final appearances, lifting the cup once in 1956. In the NWCL, the club were never to drop lower than Division 2 yet ironically, they disbanded at open age level after their best ever season when in 1994 they just missed out on promotion to the Premier level by just one point.

The club carried on with two youth teams, but had a nomadic existence until 2002 when Eccles offered their facilities. The merging of the clubs did not come about by design, but after just one season of sharing facilities a merger became the natural option and most of those players are now integrated into the joint open age system.

 

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