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Wednesday 6 December 2019

Dying woman raises money for neuro fund

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Green light for £67m hospital plan. More on page 3

DEAD BODY ON TRACK CAUSES STANDSTILL A body was discovered on a railway track in Salford this morning. The person was pronounced dead at the scene when emergency services arrived at Eccles station, shortly after 5am. The incident caused major disruption on the Eccles Metrolink line for most of the morning. The police have not provided any further details relating to the cause of death. In a statement, British Transport

Police said: “Officers were called to Eccles station at 5.16am this morning following reports of a casualty on the tracks. “Paramedics also attended however sadly a person was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers are now working to identify the person and inform their family. “The incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.” Commuters travelling via Crewe,

Chester, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool this morning were affected. Ryan Wilkinson, a commuter travelling to Manchester Oxford Road via Birchwood, said: “Unfortunately for me there are no alternative routes unless I get a bus to Warrington Bank Quay which results in possibly being 1-2 hours late for work. I’ve heard about a lot of cancellations on other lines from lime street to Manchester too” Services have now resumed.

Salford Art Club unveils Christmas drawings

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Christmas contest for social enterprises

Salford Sup returned to the Kings Arms for a festive . celebration Read more on page 5.

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Children’s services given gold By Phoebe Hughes

Children’s services in Salford have been the first in the North West to achieve the gold award in baby friendly standards. Both Salford Royal’s Children’s services and Salford City Council’s Early Help and School Readiness Service which join to make the Children’s Services Directorate Integrated Care Division have been given the Unicef Gold Accreditation. Pauline Mulhall, Baby Friendly Initiative Project Manager, Children’s Services at Salford Royal, said:”It has been a truly inspirational journey working with such dedicated practitioners to develop their knowledge and skills to enable women and families to make informed decisions.” “We are thrilled to be celebrating the success of achieving the Gold Award; it makes all the hard work worthwhile when such a difference is made.” The gold award is given when it is seen that the service can maintain the high standards in the long term. Only 58 per cent of births in England take place in accredited hospitals. To get the Unicef baby friendly accreditation a medical centre is judged on its maternity, health visiting, neonatal and children’s centres services. There are currently 92 per cent of maternity services and 91 per cent of health visiting services working towards Baby Friendly accreditation country wide.

Credit: Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Polly, pictured left, recently tied the knot with her wife in August. The Northern Care Alliance has announced plans to ensure no patient leaves hospital or community services with undiagnosed HIV, including Salford Royal Hospital

Terminally ill woman raises money for cancer patients

By Ellis Clarke

A mum-of-two diagnosed with a highly aggressive brain cancer is on a mission to raise money for Salford Royal to help others. Polly Bamber is in the midst of intense chemotherapy following her terminal cancer diagnosis aged just 39. She said: “I want to help the Salford Royal and the Salford Christie because the treatment they’ve given me is absolutely fantastic. “I couldn’t wish for a better place to go.” The 40-year-old is mum to Andrew, 20, and Abi, 14 and used to be a support worker helping people with disabilities. But tragedy struck last summer when Polly, who previously had no symptoms, suddenly lost the use of her arm one afternoon. Months later, doctors broke the dev-

astating news that she had terminal cancer – and may only have a year to live. She said: “I was at work and I kept getting numbness in my arm and didn’t think nothing of it. “Then one day the whole left hand side of my body went numb – It looked like I’d had a stroke. “I told my boss I’m going to have to go to the hospital.” Doctors initially thought Polly had suffered a stroke but tests found a shadow on her brain and a swelling. This led to her being treated for encephalitis at Wigan Infirmary. But it was only when she was referred to Salford Royal Hospital that she underwent brain surgery. After that, she received the devastating news she had grade 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme, and would be terminal. Since becoming unwell Polly has had several operations with the hope

of extending her life. She said: “My wife had to come out of work when I was on chemotherapy because it knocked me really ill. “I didn’t eat, I was just sleeping all the time and couldn’t drink anything, it was awful.” However, she is determined to make the most of the time she has left and hopes to use her experience as a source of hope for others. She said: “I’ve not been negative at all, it can go and jog on it’s not beating me. “If you think negative that’s when it’s got you.” Polly recently tied the knot with her partner Janine back in August which had been on her bucket list. She has now decided to raise money to help other people affected by brain tumors. “I want to raise money for the Salford Neuro fund as the surgeon there was amazing – he’s operated on my

head twice.” Glioblastoma Multiforme is the most common type of malignant brain tumor. Some 2,200 cases diagnosed each year in the UK, 900 of which are women, according to the NHS. Polly hopes her story can help raise more awareness of the disease and says it is not as well- known as other forms of cancers. “When you look at the adverts on the TV, they do prostate cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer. “You never see anything for brain cancer, or brain tumors, nothing –it’s very rare and far between. “But if they did raise awareness it could help more people. I didn’t know at the time – I thought I was having a stroke.” Polly has set up a GoFundMe Page aimed at collecting £5000 for the Salford Neuro Oncology Fund and to help out with funeral costs.

Plans to reduce numbers of undiagnosed HIV patients in Salford and beyond By Lauren Lomax The Northern Care Alliance has announced plans to ensure no patient leaves hospital or community services with undiagnosed HIV, including Salford Royal Hospital. The Northern Care Alliance (NCA) is an NHS Group that provides a range of healthcare services from five hospitals and community service, including Salford Royal Hospital. Salford has a high prevalence of HIV, with over 2 per 1000 people known to have HIV in this area. HIV is now a treatable, long term condition. Diagnosis and effective treatment allow people to live a normal life expectancy. Treatment also means that people living with HIV will not pass on it on to their sexual partners. A spokesperson from the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group said: “In

the UK, access to HIV treatment is excellent and more than 90 per cent of individuals with HIV have been diagnosed, with a blood test. “Action is needed to ensure that the care we provide is suited to the people who use our hospitals.” The group are stressing the importance of an early diagnosis in reducing the illnesses caused by HIV and transmission between partners. The spokesperson explained: “Unfortunately, illness and death due to HIV still occurs and are linked to late diagnosis. “The sooner a person knows they have HIV, the better for their health. Timely, early diagnosis and treatment is absolutely key to ending illness caused by HIV and ending transmission of HIV between partners.” To ensure diagnosis is possible, the five hospitals and community services will be aiming to offer HIV testing to each person attending appointments

and using the emergency services. This strategy will be implemented in priority areas first. Alongside this, the NCA have plans to educate and engage communities to increase the understanding of HIV testing. The spokesperson said: “A subgroup of our ‘Task & Finish’ group on HIV testing, led by HIV specialist nurse Jenni Cawsey, is developing a range of materials and activities to increase knowledge of HIV and the need for testing in the local communities.” They concluded: “Within the hospital we are developing health education posters to display throughout the organisation so that staff, patients and visitors will have the opportunity to see positive informative messages about HIV, aiming to reduce stigma and increase awareness. More information about the NCA can be found on their website.

Salford Royal Hospital. Credit: Geograph.org



Helping the community and environment with e-bikes

By Oliver Thorpe

A Salford based bicycle hire business are helping the community while trying to play a part in saving the environment. Machester Bike Hire lease out e-bikes on a rolling contact so that healthcare professionals can deliver vital medicines to their patients. Pavol Gajdos – the business owner – says that the service is “very popular”. Other businesses in Greater Manchester – including caterers – also use Gajdos’ services. For Gajdos, protecting the environ-

ment is a key issue and explained: “I was fed up with the situation and as it is there is simply not enough going on. “I feel that the government and council need individuals as well as local businesses to lead by example. “When I first started I hadn’t heard of these but as I’ve become more involved within the industry, manufacturers are starting to become involved.” The use of e-bicycles is growing and in Germany alone a million were sold last year and half of the bikes sold in the Netherlands were e-bicycles as we try and tackle the global climate

crisis. 152 stretches of road in Greater Manchester will still be in breach of legal limits for concentrations of harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2) beyond 2020 unless action is taken. Poor air quality is the largest environmental public health issue facing the UK. Road transport causes 80% of NO2 emissions at thew roadside, mainly from diesel vehicles. Pollutants are linked to a wide range of serious health problems, reduced life expectancy, and contribute to the equivalent of 1,200 deaths a year in Greater Manchester alone.

Picture credit: Oliver Thorpe

Multi-million pound plans set to save 50 lives every year Helipad for emergency landings leads raft of improvements due to put Salford Royal at forefront of trauma care

By Cari Morris Salford patients are to benefit from a £67 million hospital revamp designed to revolutionise life-saving trauma care across the city. The major trauma team are looking to further progress the quality of their service as they welcome the plans of a new £67 million emergency centre with a helipad on top, which bosses believe could save 50 lives per year. Instead of having to land the air ambulance in a nearby field, the medical team will be able to transport the seriously injured patients straight into the building which could potentially save many lives. Stewart said: “With any patient that has a major trauma injury, everything is time critical. Obviously landing on a playing fields where you then need and ambulance to bring the person forward increases delays.” “We are saving lives now, but hopefully going forward we are able to save more lives and enhance the care and treatment that we can give our patients and create a building that’s fit not just for today, but for the future.”

The new six storey building is expected to be completed by February 2022. Salford Royal is the lead provider for trauma services across the Greater Manchester area, and were awarded the ‘Saving Lives’ award last week by the Northern Care Alliance Group in praise of their continuous efforts and outstanding services. Major trauma units like Salford Royal have been created to enhance the care for patients suffering life threatening and life changing injuries. They recognise the complexity of these injuries, and provide specialist care right from when the patient comes in, to when the patient is discharged from the hospital. “Saving lives is not just about if that person has survived, it’s about whether you've saved the quality of their lives,'' major trauma consultant nurse, Stewart Wildman explained. “We are very much a team. Everybody comes together to ensure we can get that patient back to their families safely. In some cases we can improve their lives as well.”


New hospital scheme to keep festivities risk free

By Cari Morris

Major trauma consultant nurse, Stewart Wildman from Salford Royal Hospital. Photo credit: Cari Morris

As the festive season arrives, so does the possibility of new risks that could potentially threaten your life. Salford Royal’s major trauma unit has highlighted these risks in their latest Christmas Campaign in hopes of reducing the amount of life-threatening injuries over the holiday period. Major trauma consultant nurse, Stewart Wildman explained: “Christmas is one of the busiest times and it's usually associated around alcohol. People are out drinking more and they are at more risk of getting into fights and we see more head injuries. “We also see increases in car crashes because of the drink driving. Also the lesser things that people expect like putting up christmas decorations or getting decorations out of the loft and falling from ladders.” “Of course, we want people to have fun and enjoy the festive celebrations but wealso want to remind people to take extra care and not take risks so we can all have a happy and safe Christmas.” Caroline Abbott, a trainee advanced practitioner said: “The correct ladders, correct equipment thiinking about footware. Making sure that theres somebody with you to help. “In regards to the drinking making sure that you dont drink and drive think about getting a taxi or a designated driving. Consider how much alcohol you are drinking. We appreciate that everybody should be having a good time over the festive period but what we want you to do is to drink within a responsible limit really.”

Santa Appeal founder targets £1 million in donations by 2022 By Charlie Gregory

Convenors Sam Barry (left) and Tony Calderwood (right). Credit: Charlie Gregory

The founder of the Salford Santa Appeal campaign has set his sights on reaching one million pounds worth of donations by 2022, as the chance to donate to this year’s initiative closes next Friday. The appeal, launched in Christmas 2018 by Unison Convenor Sam Barry, sees Salford refuse collectors pick up donated gifts by generous Salfordians along their bin route, before donating

to various local charities. Last year, in the campaign’s inception, more than 5,000 gifts were donated amounting to more than £25,000 in estimated monetary value, with residents leaving their presents unwrapped on top of their dustbins ready for collection by binmen donning high-vis jackets and Santa hats. Founder Barry said: “It wasn’t a one-time fix. We wanted to roll this out on an ongoing system. Last year, we did quite well – we had over five

thousand gifts donated. “On average that works out as over five per cent of the population of Salford donating.” Barry added: “We actually had the privilege of going to one of the Christmas parties for one of the charities and it was well received. It was quite emotional to see the smiles on the kids’ faces when we walked in as Father Christmas and his elf. We’ve seen some tears, it’s good to see smiles on kids’ faces at Christmas.

“The city of Salford itself; people haven’t got a lot, but to see the generosity that they’ve given last year and hopefully replicating this year, happiness goes a long way.” Although the presents donated are gifted to mainly children, Barry underlined the fact that the campaign is a benefit to the parents too. “There’s always going to be people that will have to do without and if you can help those and give them a little bit of a lift, it’ll be a nice thing to do.”




Art Club shares stunning sketches to


he Salford Art Club has unveiled its members’ latest work, a series of sketches made at their Christmas special still life

session. The club, which was founded in 1947, meets every Wednesday at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery for a two-hour session to practise drawing and painting. It has 50 members of which 20 to 30 attend regularly. Activities follow a monthly cycle, alternating portrait, live and still life sessions as well as talks or demonstrations once every month.

Philip Westcott, social media manager at the club, said: “We have a full range of members from University students to retired people. We’ve just had our big exhibition, which was a big success.” The Christmas drawings were made by members of the club in one evening only. Mr Westcott added: “We did this Christmas still life session similarly to something we did for Halloween earlier this year. The still life is displayed in the middle and then people around make sketches.”

By Laura Joffre

Festive ‘pop up’ shop in Anchorage getting people in Christmas spirit


his week, Anchorage offices have been hosting a pop-up Christmas shop, offering guests a range of items to fill up their loved ones’ stockings. Running from 11am until 2pm each day, the Anchorage halls were decked to the nines, as they welcomed the people of Salford Quays to browse the stalls available, offering both branded and independent gifts. Since December 2nd, the office building has played host to Molton Brown, Ixia Flowers and – the star of the show today – Hilly’s ceramics. Hilary Kerr, founder of Homemade by Hilly, has been making her porcelain treats for over a decade. “I’ve been dealing with clay for about 10 years,” she said. “I work in my studio at home and every single piece is hand-made, hand-

Photography by Beckie Bold painted, hand-glazed and completely individual.” At Hilly’s humble stall, customers are greeted with a selection of homemade porcelain gifts, including colourful dishes, Christmas ornaments and handprinted tags, each

one completely unique. But there is one gift that Hilly holds closest to her heart: the white porcelain snowflakes. The pop-up shop gives customers an opportunity to pick up gifts that are a little different from the norm, so you can get your loved ones something extra special. “You could just buy something from Next, or whatever, that’s just been made in a factory, and loads of people will have it, and thats fine,” Hilly said, “or you might decide to spend the same amount of money and buy something that’s a one-off, unique little piece of art.” Find Hilly’s stall at the final day of the pop-up today at the Anchorage offices, directly opposite the Anchorage tram stop.

By Sophie Cunnhingham


mark season of goodwill to all



Pictures courtesy of Salford Art Club.

Salford Sup launches Christmas contest for social enterprises


he Salford Sup returned to the Kings Arms for a festive celebration last night. The Sup was giving away £500 to whichever Salford social enterprise had the best idea. Usually, the Sup offers £200 but with Christmas around the corner, the organisers raised the winnings to £500. Lesmond Taylor, a development worker for Salford CVS said: “For some people, it’s testing their idea and getting some feedback but also it’s an opportunity to network with other organisations […] and share their experiences and understanding of what’s going on out there but also the challenges that each other are facing as well as the successes.” The Business Group, alongside the Salford CVS get involved with the University of Salford to encourage entrepreneurs that are just ‘starting

out’ to come along to the Salford Sup. Mr. Taylor added: “The university get involved by the way of having a number of students who are looking to become entrepreneurs in this area.” He added: “Obviously, Salford CVS work with people in the community who are setting up social businesses and enterprises so we encourage them to come along to see what’s going on.” Adam Preston, a hopeful for winning the £500 for his enterprise ‘That Toy Thing’ said: “The £500 will be going straight onto the project. We’re still in the early stages of planning so we’re making sure we’ve got some storage room, we’re going to be putting out some advertisements to get in some donations.” “Whilst money is always useful, the long-term benefits are based from

the networking and connections you get.” As well as the event offering £500 to the winner, it is also an opportunity to network. Martyn Wilcock, lecturer at the University and centre for social businesses said: “Whilst money is always useful, the long-term benefits are based from the networking and connections you get.” The Sup was inspired by Detroit SOUP, which also looks to promote community-based projects in the states. Like SOUP, attendees are given food, drink and a voting slip after contributing £10. At the end of the night, everyone votes for the enterprise they believe deserves the funding. For more information, email events@thebusinessgroup.org

By Abigail Major




A look at Salford’s most secretive club

By Viktor Kayed

One of the people behind Salford’s White Hotel tells us more about the importance of Salford’s underground experimental scene. Like every other secret, the White Hotel is carefully hidden somewhere in Salford for the most adventurous to find. Opened four years ago as an MOT garage, it can be easily mistaken for one of the derelict buildings and commercial warehouses that are surrounding it. The garage has been split up into two main rooms. After going down a very short staircase, guests land on a concrete floor to find themselves in the middle of the first room. It’s a small lobby fitted with a smaller bar where people can unwind inbetween shows in front of a projector screen. The omnious lighting helps set the right atmosphere for such a mysterious venue.

Manchester Collective The sheer atmosphere of the White Hotel is perhaps what attracts so many different artists here. Even some overseas bands have previously performed here, such as the Atlanta-based Black Lips. On what makes it such a desirable spot, owner Austin Collings says: “The attitude of the place is unrivalled and unparalleled. We do not exclude, rip off, look down or bore. From The White Hotel, you never come back.” Mr Collings further noted the importance of the White Hotel in putting Salford on the world experimental music map, branding it “as important as HEINZ tinned spaghetti is to a hangover”. The last musicians to perform there were Manchester Collective (MC), a Manchester-based arts organisation critically acclaimed and praised for their work around Europe. Their performances of new experimental music, theatrical plays and classical tunes have toured in 18 cities across Europe and the UK. Their work has also been featured on the BBC and in various other national news outlets. One of the newest additions to the Collective’s twelve solo string players touring lineup is violin player Steve Proctor. On how does it feel to be a part of such a new, bold and exciting group such as Manchester Collective, Steve said: “I was aksed to play for Manchester Collective on this project, it’s the first project that I’ve done with them. It’s been really thrilling. An amazing experience to play with so many fantastic musicians. We’ve had six performances so far, all have been great.”

Islington Mill art student selected for 2020 exhibition Hanaa Cara holding one of her works ready to be hanged at the exhibition

By Mwika Bulaya

A student at Islington Mill Art Academy has had her artwork selected for the Manchester Open Exhibition 2020. Hanaa Cara, will be one of more than 500 artists whose artwork will be displayed at HOME as part of the ‘Push Festival’. The chosen piece is called ‘The Reflection of Self’ which explores rapid

eye movement sleep (REM sleep), mental health and heritage She said: “It was a combination of REM sleep and dreaming. “I wanted to think about the relationship of the body [and sleep], which is what a lot of my work is inspired by. “I did a lot of research into the scientific background of sleep and how it can affect you.” ‘The Reflection of Self’ is part of

the last exhibition created by Hanaa at Islington Mill called: ‘Welcome to the Dream Factory’. The 26-year-old artist draws inspiration from performance artist such as Marina Abramović, and Ukrainian-American filmmaker, Maya Deren. Islington Mill Art Academy (IMAA) is based at Islington Mill in Salford. The programme encourages artists from all backgrounds to attend.

Hanaa said: “I came to the school a year ago, I hadn’t thought of doing art practice full time or even meant to be an artist. “I’ve had lots of mentors throughout the year as well and lots of support from them. “This all was really vital and important for me in continuing my journey as an artist.” The HOME exhibition will run from 18 January 2020 until 29 March 2020.

Rising ‘Dirty Laces’ to play Salford Lads’ Club

By Ben Esson

Oldham band Dirty Laces are set to play the iconic Salford Lads Club on December 7 in a flagship moment for the ’60s and ’70s inspired rock and roll outfit. The iconic venue will also feature support from Cleargreen and Bines. ‘The Laces’ have been making some large waves in the sea of musical talent that Manchester has to offer, and they aren’t going unnoticed. Last year, Pete Doherty invited them to support him at his gig at Northwich Plaza and at The O2 Ritz in Manchester. More recently, the band held a sell out home-coming gig at Gorilla, with Clint Boon and another rapidly rising local band, ‘The Lathums,’ in support. Don’t be surprised if the ‘Laces’ names pop up and their instantly recognisable tones are heard on your radio.

Dirty Laces ready to rock your world



Sale play Exeter in cup clash


By Oliver Thorpe

Sale Sharks play what is arguably their biggest game of the season so far on Sunday as they host the Exeter Chiefs in the Heineken Champions Cup. The Sharks go into the game off the back of a 20-13 defeat to Worcester in the Gallagher Premiership last weekend but will be looking to right those wrongs and make it two wins from their opening three matches in Europe. If successful, then the Salford based club will pick up back-to-back victories in Europe’s premier rugby competition for the first time since December 2009. Sale haven’t picked up back-to-back victories since their four successive wins in the Premiership Rugby Cup at the start of the season. Their Director of Rugby, Steve Diamond, knows that Sunday’s game won’t be a walk in the park and are aware of the threats that Exeter can pose.

James Faulkner with Lancashire Lightning Picture courtesy of: Lancashire Cricket

Lancashire re-sign Faulkner

By Dave Crowther- Green

Sale Shark Coach Steve Diamond Picture Courtesy of: Sale Sharks “Exeter are a dominant side – they don’t come with many whistles but are hard working,” said Diamond. “They are capable of getting good field position for a score and can keep the ball for long periods of time so we have to be ready to adapt to that. “They’re top of the group. We’ve got to keep our tails up and win but the more daunting challenge is to go to Sandy Park next week – however , our main focus is this weekend,” he added. Sale will be without lock Jean-Luc Du Preez who is currently serving a three week ban following his sending off at Sixways last weekend for a shoulder-led challenge on Graham Kitchener. The South African accepted the ban and will miss both Champions Cup matches against Exeter and the Premiership meeting with Northampton in two weeks’ time. Du Preez will be available for selection ahead of the visit to Bath on 28 December. Starting XV to face Exeter Chiefs: (1-8) Coenie Oosthuizen, Akker van der Merwe, Willgriff John, Bryn Evans, James Phillips, Tom Curry, Ben Curry, Jono Ross (c) (9-15) Faf De Klerk, Rob Du Preez, Marland Yarde, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Sam James, Chris Ashton, Simon Hammersley Replacements: Curtis Langdon, Ross Harrison, Jake Cooper-Woolley, Matthew Postlethwaite, Cameron Neild, Will Cliff, Luke James, Denny Solomona

Lancashire Lightning have announced the signing of all-rounder James Faulkner for the 2020 Vitality T20 Blast. The Australian returns to Old Trafford for his fourth season with the club, having previously featured in the Blast-winning season in 2015 as well as spells in 2018 and 2019. He has featured in a total of 40 T20 fixtures for the club across those spells, taking 56 wickets at an average of 17.53 and recording 461 runs. Faulkner said: “I am thrilled to be

returning to Emirates Old Trafford for next season’s Vitality Blast. “It feels like a home away from home for me and I cannot wait to get started again in May. “We were unlucky not to progress past the quarter-finals last year and we are all determined to put that right in 2020. “We will be going all out to repeat the success of 2015, which remains one of the proudest memories in my cricketing career. “Emirates Old Trafford is an amazing place to play cricket and I can’t wait to reunite with the squad next

summer. “I’m determined to win the Vitality Blast trophy back for the club.” Lancashire’s director of cricket, Paul Allot expressed his delight at the Australian’s return to the club and expects him to have a big impact in the competition. He said: “James is a fantastic, well-rounded cricketer of significant experience and we are delighted to welcome him back to Emirates Old Trafford for a fourth season in 2020. “He is the very definition of an all-rounder. He can bowl in any situation, which he has done successfully

for us at both the beginning and back end of an innings. “He is still a powerful batsman, not to mention his outstanding ability in the field too. “His enthusiasm in representing the Red Rose is evident and he has established himself as a key figure in our T20 side. He is a proven winner and a great role model for the younger players.” Lancashire kick-off their 2020 Blast campaign against the Northants Steelbacks at Liverpool Cricket Club on May 29.

City draw Port Vale in Leasing Trophy

By Gaurav Chaddah

Salford City will host fellow League 2 side Port Vale in the third round of the Leasing.com trophy next month. Graham Alexander’s men saw off Wolves Under 21’s 3-0 on Tuesday night to continue their 100% record in the competition. The game at the Peninsula Stadium will take place during the week commencing the 6th of January and the Ammies will be hoping to book their place in the Quarter-Finals as they seek to reach the Wembley final in April. It will be the second meeting between the sides this season, with Salford’s Jake Beesley scoring a stoppage time equalizer during the side’s 1-1 draw at the Peninsula Stadium back in August. Like Salford, Port Vale also qualified from the Group stages with a 100% record however needed penalties to come through their second round tie at home to Mansfield on Tuesday following a 2-2 draw in normal time. Confirmation of a date for the fixture as well as ticket details will follow in due course.

Salford Celbrating Win Picture Courtesy of: Salford City FC

SALFORDNOW SPORT Friday 6 December 2019



Amateur boxers will be swapping wrapping presents for wrapping hands this Christmas at Irlam social club. Young fighters from all across the countries will come to Irlam for an amateur boxing event put on by Salford City Boxing Academy’s Gary Booth. Booth, who has put on both professional and amateur boxing shows believes events like this are important for young fighters and stressed the importance of his fighters listening to coaches in order to improve. “Yeah I’ve got a few good kids here. It’s all about listening, learning and accepting and if they don’t listen they don’t learn.” Nights like these are not only beneficial to the fighters in terms of experience but they are also key to raise funds for the boxing club that gives the club more opportunities to help the fighters. Booth is hoping to be able to take his

fighters on trips. He said: “It’s important for us because we raise vital funding for the club which enables us to buy some more equipment and it means we can take the children on trips away. “We’ve been to America, we actually have links to the Mayweather gym [in Las Vegas]. If we get enough money we can go.” The majority of Booth’s young fighters are from Salford with a lot coming from the Irlam area so it is a big night for his promising young fighters. Among those fighting are younger relatives of boxing royalties Ricky Hatton and Tyson Fury. He said: “We’ve got Ricky Hatton’s son fighting so he will bring a few. We’ve got a Fury fighting, hes boxing one of my boys and that will be a good fight.” He continued: “All the kids that are fighting have good records. There’s that many kids in the gym at the minute.” Booth is expecting a crowd of 250 for his amateur show.

Gary Booth and his sparring partners

Salford superfan breaks football ‘rule’ By Lars Roys

Richard Kedzior, Salford City Superfan

“You can change your wife, your politics, your religion, but never never can you change your favourite football team.” Those are the words of former Manchester United forward Eric Cantona. However, Salford City superfan Richard Kedzior, 64, from Chorlton, decided to break it: He said: “I saw Salford in the 1980s, funnily enough as an away supporter. “I did actually see them in the early 1970s when I lived near Old Trafford and they were called Salford Amateurs and they played a couple of amateur cup finals at Old Trafford. “I wasn’t supporting Salford then. My league team was Oldham Athletic. I was supporting Salford from the point of view they were the local club.” Mr Kedzior started to support Salford City in 2007, seven years ahead of the Class of 92 takeover. Then the club found themselves in Division One of the North West Counties League, the ninth tier of

English football. Now, Salford City and Oldham Athletic are both in League Two, causing an unexpected situation for the former Latics fan. He said: “I would never have believed that. I was an avid Oldham supporter, and they’re still my league team, although it’s many years since I’ve been since I go home and away. “So it’s gonna be strange when I go back to Boundary Park in the away end. “The away end is actually where the home end is now, so it’s gonna be very strange. Having said that, my allegiance is to Salford.” Kedzior started going to Oldham games with his dad in the 1960s as he did not want to be like his classmates who supported Manchester United and Manchester City. However, as he got older and more money was invested into the sport he loved, Kedzior felt he missed the feeling of non-league football. He chose Salford as lower league team, having grown up close to Old Trafford.

In a period from 2007 to 2015, Kedzior saw 338 games in a row, home and away, before missing three games in 2015. Salford have now made the step out of non-league but Kedzior is not finding another non-league team. He still feels Salford City has a nonleague feel to it. He said: “I love non-league football and always will do and have a soft spot for it. In a way I sort of prefer it to league football. “I’m fortunate to have seen Salford at a lower level when the crowds were 50-60-70,” says the Ammies fan who is enjoying life in the Football League. “It’s nice to go to stadiums and actually have cover, not standing out in the open cold somewhere. “It’s a great ride we’re having. “I have no aspirations towards the Premier League, I don’t care about that. “The most important thing is that we stay in the Football League and build for the future,” concludes Kedzior.

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Salford Now 6 December 2019  

A community newspaper produced by Salford University BA Journalism students

Salford Now 6 December 2019  

A community newspaper produced by Salford University BA Journalism students