Category: Matchday

The 16th Man

Sale FC Rugby TV are now a video explaining how much it means to the players to have the Minis and Juniors down to support them. Chris Mayor, Chris Johnson, Jack Moorhouse, Matt Bradley, Neil Briggs, Jonty Rawcliffe, Tom Ailes and Captain Andy Hughes all give us a taste of what it’s like for them to run out in front of a big crowd and the guard of honour.



Sale FC vs Chester

The Streak

Tomorrow the boys KO at 3pm to try and get vital points towards promotion and hopefully to keep our unbeaten streak at Heywood Road. The last game we lost at Heywood Road in the league was to Caldy in December 2016! Let’s keep the streak going!

Jack is Back

Jack Moorhouse will be down on the day where you can see if he can improve on his try tally for Sale FC.
Just to catch up, although he’s played 200 games for Sale FC, he passed the 100 try mark in October 2016. See his post match interview here

Home Support Counts

Time and again the players mention how important it is to have the kids creating a guard of honour, how they love playing toward the club house and the boost it gives them.

Director of Rugby Jonathan Keep Says

The noise of the crowd and the guard of honour give the boys a huge lift when they play at home. The atmosphere at Heywood road has built game on game and we want to thank the supporters, especially the minis and juniors who’ve been a huge part of that positive experience

Sale FC Match Report

Sale top again after devastating late burst

On Saturday, Sale travelled the relatively short distance to play local rivals Macclesfield, in a game they knew they had to win to go back above Sedgley Park at the head of the table, following their win at Wharfedale less than 48 hours earlier.

As you would expect, the game started with no quarter given by either side, but the hosts were dominating territory and should have taken the lead when they were awarded a penalty which the winger sliced wide.

The visitors, in their luminous away strip, took advantage immediately as a wave of attacks ended in the ball being thrown out wide for Gareth Rawlings to score in the corner.

Macclesfield, however, continued to control possession and only Sale’s famed defence stood between them and a try on several occasions.

Starved of any meaningful ball, the away side were reliant on the boot of Chris Johnson to extend their lead before half time with two successful penalties.

HT Macclesfield 0 Sale 11

The second half began more evenly and was punctuated with several supercharged sprints from hooker, Neil Briggs, who was having an outstanding game.

One such run took the promotion hopefuls deep into the host’s half and led to a barrage of forward-led attacks on the try line, with Dan Birchall eventually crashing over for the second try.

This wave of pressure appeared to suck the life out of the home side’s resistance and, with less than 15 minutes remaining, Sale began attacking at will in search of more tries.

From yet another barnstorming break from Neil Briggs, the ball was recycled for Jonty Rawcliffe to scamper in for the third try and with the game effectively won, the only remaining question was whether the visitors could score the all-important bonus point try.

This duly arrived with three minutes remaining as Chris Johnson put an exquisite kick behind the defensive line for Jack Moorhouse to touch down, the former adding the conversion.

Perhaps that try was destined to be part of the script on Jack’s 200th appearance for the club (a quite superb achievement).  He then showed that he’s lost none of his potency as he collected a high ball in the last minute and turned on the afterburners to sprint in for the fifth try of the afternoon.

FT Macclesfield 0 Sale 37

For so long this was a tight game, but to not concede a point and then produce such a sparkling last 15 minutes of running rugby to clinch the bonus point win is testament to the quality and fitness of this team.

With Five games left, Sale FC have the league in their hands.  However, the chasing pack aren’t making any mistakes, so any slip up at this stage could prove costly.

Upcoming Events

Six Nations at Heywood Road

The Club is open this weekend for the Six Nations.  The bar will be  open from 1:30pm so you can have a couple of drinks prior to the big game and some hot food.



England v Ireland…. Saturday, March 17…. 2.45pm GMT

Wales v France…. Saturday, March 17…. 5pm GMT

Sunday Colts

This Sunday the Colts are playing top of the league Chester at Heywood road with a KO time of 3pm.  Hopefully the 140 minis and juniors tourists coming back from South Shields will be able to cheer the lads on to victory.  The bar will be open prior to KO, so if you’re hungry for rugby, come and watch the future of Sale FC running out onto Heywood Road.

Sale Jets vs Worcester

Monday night sees Sale Sharks A League return to Heywood Road for a game against Worcester.  The Jets game will be a great chance to see some of Sale FC’s boys turning out alongside Premiership players on the Heywood Road pitch. The Bar will be open from 6:30pm and there will be hot food for sale as well.  KO is at 7:30pm


We only have two home games left this season as we aim to keep on top of the league until the end.  We have a few places left for pre-match lunches in the Suite @Sale.  Experience the match from the new Suite @Sale with a view of the pitch from the balcony.  For members the two course meal is only £15 for non-members it is £25 including entrance to the match.  During the meal there will be a welcome to our visitors and an interview with a Sale FC player to find out the latest news and gossip from the team.  To book for a pre-match lunch click here

Executive Box

We also have the Executive Box available for the last two games of the season.  With a minimum booking for 12 people and prices starting at £50 per head this is the ultimate way to see the last two home games of the season!  The package includes a two course meal for each person, an open bar (with a variety of options) and most importantly the best seat in the house with your own private balcony directly behind the posts.  For enquiries please contact Brad on

Sale FC vs Stourbridge

Family Day

This Saturday we take on second placed Stourbridge at Heywood Road

Timings are here

  • 12:00 pm Gates Open
  • 12:30 pm Ladies Day Lunch in the Suite @Sale
  • 13:15 pm Lunch downstairs is Served
  • 1:45 pm Q&A with a player or Coach
  • 3:00 pm KO
  • 5:00 pm Man of the Match Awards and Coach presentations
  • 11:00pm Bar Closes
Club Pld W D L F A PD TBP LBP Ded Pts
Sale FC 22 19 1 2 754 262 492 15 1 0 94
Stourbridge 23 17 1 5 747 525 222 18 1 0 89
Hinckley 23 17 0 6 707 401 306 16 3 0 87
Sedgley Park 22 16 0 6 711 533 178 18 4 0 86
Tynedale 22 16 0 6 774 500 274 16 3 0 83

Nat 2 North Fixtures Key Match Ups

Home Score Score Away KO
Tynedale 0 0 Macclesfield 14:00
Sedgley Park 0 0 Chester 14:30
Hinckley 0 0 Otley 15:00
Sale FC 0 0 Stourbridge 15:00

Another Win as Sale March On

Sale FC picked up another win on their travels to Huddersfield this weekend.  The scoreline of 28-5 reflects the game, where the intensity of Huddersfield put Sale on the back foot for long periods.

The Beautiful Setting of Huddersfield Rugby Club

Tries came from Adam, Sam and the first Senior Try for John Blanchard Jr! Chris Johnson also had an imperious kicking performance at his old club.

Our league position was solidified with second placed Stourbridge losing away to fifth placed Tynedale.  We still have a game in hand on Stourbridge who are at Heywood Road in two weeks.  A full match report will be up tomorrow with video highlights when we receive the video.





National League 2 North 2017/18 – Points Table

Club Pld W D L F A PD TBP LBP Ded Pts
Sale FC 22 19 1 2 754 262 492 15 1 0 94  
Stourbridge 23 17 1 5 747 525 222 18 1 0 89  
Hinckley 23 17 0 6 707 401 306 16 3 0 87
Sedgley Park 22 16 0 6 711 533 178 18 4 0 86
Tynedale 22 16 0 6 774 500 274 16 3 0 83