Sports clubs across Salford will join tributes to Prince Philip whose funeral will be at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.
Sports fixtures have been rearranged to avoid a clash with the Duke of Edinburgh’s ceremony including Salford City’s game against Tranmere Rovers which has been rescheduled for 12.30pm.
As a mark of respect, EFL matches scheduled for 3pm on Saturday 17 April will be moved to avoid a clash with the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. pic.twitter.com/D29mShDGsd
— EFL Communications (@EFL_Comms) April 10, 2021
Salford clubs pay respect
This past weekend featured plenty of heartfelt tributes to the Queen’s husband before the games.
Winton Wanderers Dragons under-13s held a minute’s applause in memory of the Duke, who died last Friday, April 9, aged 99.
— Winton Wanderers Dragons U13’s (@WintonU13Dragon) April 10, 2021
Irlam Tigers FC also held a minute silence before their game at the weekend.
Minute silence pic.twitter.com/cmrl4QqXJq
— IRLAM TIGER FC.. (@FcIrlamTiger) April 10, 2021
On social media, Salford Red Devils shared their condolences with a tweet.
Salford Red Devils join the whole nation in mourning the passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
We offer our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, a former Patron of the sport of rugby league. https://t.co/SM6DUyJ9du
— Salford Red Devils 👹 (@SalfordDevils) April 9, 2021
Another club paying tribute to Prince Philip was Eccles RFC, which has a longstanding affiliation with the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, created by the Prince to equip young people with life skills and confidence and is a lasting legacy of his work
It is with sadness we acknowledge the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh today. The club is proud of its 10-year association with the @DofE Award scheme and believes in its ethos of inspiring confidence, commitment, personal development and an adventurous spirit in young people. pic.twitter.com/hgt3jcA14s
— Eccles RFC (@EcclesRFC) April 9, 2021
Salford residents react to rescheduled fixtures
Plenty of people have welcomed the news that sports fixtures have been rescheduled.
One Salford resident said: “I think it’s a great thing to do. My husband is playing cricket and they are stopping just before three for a minute’s silence and then will break for tea until the funeral has finished. Respect costs nothing.”
Another resident, Jamie Smith, shared the sentiment: “I could understand people being inconvenienced if they’d actually made plans to attend games but with Covid that’s not an issue.”
One resident said: “He was king in all but name so his funeral should be treated as such.”
Paul Ferguson, who runs a local team on Saturdays, said: “It’s not a problem. I’d rather pay my respects.”
However, others are not happy about the rescheduling.
Darren Seddon said: “Personally I’ll carry on as normal. It’s a normal day for me. I have no interest in the media coverage.”