IT’S now a fortnight since Salford Red Devils’ tremendous comeback victory over early-season pace-setters Wigan Warriors, writes Paul Whiteside.

Trailing 14-2 Ian Watson’s side showed a gritty resilience to battle back - scoring three excellent tries.

It was Salford’s defence that caught my eye in particular. Not only through the middle but down the edges as well.

Rhys Williams, Kris Welham, Ken Sio and Dan Sarginson all produced the goods. Sarginson - with a bone-crunching tackle in the closing stages on Wigan livewire Bevan French - clinched the match and got the biggest cheer of the night from the home supporters.

A lot has happened since then around the globe and in the United Kingdom. All sports have been postponed for the time being and in a way many people’s lives are on hold.

The main thing in these worrying times is that people keep as safe as they can and listen to the Government guidelines.

We will all be delighted to see rugby league return and it will do. No-one knows when at this moment in time but in a funny sort of way, and trying to be positive, it would be great to see a boom in attendances once people can start following their teams again. 

The Challenge Cup draw was made last week and Salford were handed a tough tie at home to St Helens. This match was scheduled for the start of April but with recent announcements from Downing Street it will hopefully be played at a later date.

It’s been heart-warming to see a lot of good things on RDTV where you can subscribe to keep in touch with all things Salford Red Devils.

The past matches on there from yesteryear have been very popular with supporters, particularly a certain match against Wigan at the Willows in 1996. Subscribing also of course gives the club much-needed funds at this time.

With no match coming up to preview I thought a look back in time would keep our rugby league minds ticking.

Today is exactly 50 years since Good Friday 1970. On that day Salford won away at Blackpool Borough 41-11.

Mick Henighan and Colin Dixon both scored two tries with Paul Charlton, Billy Burgess, Stuart Whitehead, Maurice Richards and Peter Smethurst also scoring tries. Welshman Richards kicked seven goals.

The following day on Easter Saturday Salford were beaten 12-5 by Swinton at Station Road. We thought two matches at Easter was tough, back then they played three as a visit to Central Park on Easter Monday saw Salford beaten 24-11 by Wigan.

For the record Salford finished sixth in the League in the season of 1969/70. Leeds finished top but St Helens claimed the Championship beating Leeds in the top 16 play-off final. Salford’s top try scorer was Billy Burgess with 16. 

With everything that is going on at the moment be careful out there and look after each other.