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Rugby teams to play in honour of Alan Henning

Local rugby league rivals Salford Red Devils and Swinton will play a friendly in January, with all the proceeds going to the family of Alan Henning.

The Salford taxi driver was murdered by Islamic State at the start of October after being captured in Syria where he was delivering aid.

Alan Henning was described as a 'local hero'

All money made from the game will be donated to the Alan Henning Fund, which was set up by his family following his death.

Salford owner Marwan Koukash said: “We all have been deeply touched by the sad loss of Alan and I feel it is a fitting tribute to the wonderful work he carried out that the two rugby Clubs of Salford have combined to provide support for Alan’s family.

"From personal experience as a refugee myself, I have been the recipient of the humanitarian efforts of such wonderful people as Alan and I really do hope that this game can be a way in which the sporting teams of the City can show their gratitude and support for Alan and his family."


Who are Salford City FC?

Non-league football team Salford City are set to be bought by five of Manchester United's most famous sons.

Messrs Giggs, Scholes, Butt, Neville and Neville have played in some of the world's grandest stadiums in their illustrious careers, but their prospective new club operates on a different level:

  • Founded in 1940 as Salford
  • Play at Moor Lane - capacity 1,400
  • Currently 11th in the Evo-Stick Northern Premier League Division One North - the eight tier of English football
  • Nicknamed the Ammies
  • No professional players
  • Play in orange

Gary Neville says Salford City name will not change

Gary Neville said on Twitter that he and his fellow investors had no plans to change the name, ground or management of Salford City FC, which he and four former Manchester United team-mates have agreed to buy.

There had earlier been rumours in some media that Paul Scholes would be appointed as the club's manager.

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