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Report - Salford City Reds , The Willows before Demolition May/June 2012

snapperman

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May/June 2012

Spur of the Moment Visit as the Opportunity was given to get in and avoid security


Salford City Reds played at the Willows from 1901 until 2011 and then moved to the brand new stadium in barton


Until the end of the 2011 season, Salford City Reds played their home games at the Willows. It was a medium-sized, mainly terraced stadium with two seating-only stands, one along the Kennedy Road (west) side and one behind the goal-posts at the old cricket ground (north) end. Another standing-only stand, known as 'the shed' stood along the Weaste Lane (east) side. It was behind 'the shed' that the dressing rooms were located. The capacity was 11,363 with 2,500 seats. The Willows was also a local entertainment complex and has several function rooms, which were used to hold meetings, wedding receptions and other parties. Small concerts were regularly held in the function building.

From the start of the 2012 season, the Reds have played at the purpose-built City of Salford Stadium in Barton-upon-Irwell, co-owned by Peel Holdings and Salford City Council and shared with rugby union side Sale Sharks

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The Willows was a community venue that not only hosted the Rugby but also the Variety Centre Above had many star acts over the years and was a hub of activity every weekend for not only the locals in the area but people from afar

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there wasnt much left of the insides as it at all been stripped beforehand ready for the bulldozers

I did manage to sneak about into the dressing rooms which were situated under the stand called the Shed and the same side as the dugouts and where the players used to run out avoiding the old security guard that was busy picking his horses for that days racing

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Sorry for the amount of pictures but i wanted to post a picture from every stand and where i got to

thanks
 
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