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Sale FC Rugby Shortlisted

Sale FC Rugby have been shortlisted for the Contribution to Sale in the Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. The awards night is on the 11th October at the Cresta Court Hotel in Altrincham.

This is recognition of what we have achieved over the last 12 months. Our General Manager Dave Hulme and Functions Manager Brad McBride have made huge strides in getting Sale FC Rugby back on the local map. We’re not just a Rugby club, we are a Conference Venue, a Community Resource and a Business Hub. Although we’ve been around since 1861 we are building something huge in Sale and win or lose the award, we are delighted to have been included in the shortlist.
James Hourihan
President Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC Demonstrate Control

Following a minutes silence for Ex-President John Gardiner who passed away on Thursday morning Sale FC Rugby bounce back from a humbling defeat last week showing the Defence that got us through National 2 North. A stifling display from the 5th minute onwards gave us a 22-8 victory at home continuing our Heywood Rd dominance.

Sale FC welcomed Bishop’s Stortford RFC to the CorpAcq Stadium, the vistors having opened their account in National League 1 with a high scoring win over Birmingham Moseley on the previous Saturday.

It appeared as though Stortford were starting where they left off when, after just one minute, quick ball along the line found winger Duff, who beat his man leaving Captain Sam Winter free to score. Read More Here



Sale FC 2’s Match Report

Sale 2s went to vale of lune confident after much improved performances on last year against Fylde and a draw with Double winners Chester. It didn’t take long for that confidence to translate into points as a slick 8 9 14 move saw Chris Owen score in the corner. On ten minutes Rowan Barker went off with a suspected broken hand which was a blow. Sale soon found themselves 12-0 up with a highly controversial try as Ben Simmo went down the blind side, read more here

In Memoriam John Gardiner

 Mr John Gardiner 

John Gardiner meant something to everyone here at Sale FC Rugby Club, his former club Wilmslow and his county Cheshire, whom he served during his time as a player, selector and many other roles during his life. 

John joined Sale FC in 1963 from our near neighbours Wilmslow RUFC, he was a 2nd row like his son Andrew, and an occasional No.8 during his playing career here at Heywood Road. During his playing career John also played for Cheshire RFU from 1973 to 1976 

John was most definitely a club legend and stalwart, who served this club alongside his wife Sue leading the club on many fronts from being a Director of Sale Football Club Limited to President (4 years – 2 terms), he was also a representative on the North West Facilities Group, as well as the Anti Assassins as Team Manager. 

Importantly for Sale FC Rugby Club John oversaw the sale of our former training ground on Woodbourne Road, and the purchasing of the land to enable the club to have excellent training facilities that we have today at Carrington, something which we are indebted to John for. 

Aside of his playing and Executive Committee commitments for Sale FC Rugby Club, John was an avid collector of memorabilia from the club, John was said to have a chest full of history of the club, something which he treasured, and put onto film to keep safe as part of the club’s heritage. 

Throughout his married life, he always had his life companion and wife Sue, whom he had three wonderful children with Andrew, Sally and Fiona. Sue herself played a role in the club’s rejuvenation alongside John, combining over 100 years together of supporting Sale FC including the time when the Sharks left Heywood Road, where Sue, John, Fran Cotton amongst others brought the club back from the depths, going into the lower tiers of Cheshire/Lancashire League Rugby before reaching the heady heights of National One where we are today. 

Away from the club, John was a Partner and Quantity Surveyor in the firm Tozer Gallagher, based in Manchester, these job skills served him well throughout his professional life including the building of the premises at Carrington Lane. Further, John was also an avid golfer and played out of the Bramhall Golf Club, where he was regularly seen hitting the fairways and representing the club he loved. John was also a former Past Captain of Bramhall which he took on with great pride and commitment like everything he did in life. 

John will be sadly missed here at Heywood Road, but I am sure you will be sharing a moment of silence with us at the club today and remembering the wonderful work and effort John Gardiner put in to this club. 

John is survived by his wife Sue, son Andrew and daughters Sally and Fiona. We send our sincere condolences to John’s family and may he rest in peace. 

Sale FC vs Bishops Stortford Lineup

After our first loss in 25 games, this week sees some changes to the lineup. Adam Aigbokhae starts at prop (although he can play flanker or winger too so who knows where he’ll end up!), Curtis Langdon, gets his first start at Hooker and Sale FC Rugby’s record try scorer Jack Moorhouse, comes back into the game after a man of the match appearance in the Sale FC 2’s. Connor Doherty becomes our latest Sale FC Colts player to make an appearance in the match day squad. Read more here