Ian Blease and his Salford team-mates celebrate winning the 1996 Divisional Premiership
When they walked out onto the Old Trafford pitch on Wednesday for their pre-Grand Final visit, the Salford Red Devils squad got an idea of what the atmosphere will be like on the big day.
The club arranged for crowd noise to be piped over the PA as the players made their way out of the tunnel at the Stretford End, mimicking the walk they will make with their St Helens counterparts for real just before 6pm on Saturday night.
Of course, the likes of Gil Dudson, Lee Mossop, Mark Flanagan and Josh Jones know from experiences with their previous clubs what it is like to walk out for a showpiece at Manchester United’s home. So to do Red Devils head coach Ian Watson and chief executive Ian Blease.