Sale FC are delighted to have secured the signing of Christian Taylor from Preston Grasshoppers RFC. Christian is the current captain of England Counties Rugby 20’s and has played for England Under 16’s B team, Cheshire Under 16s/20’s and was a member of the Sale Sharks Academy from Under 14’s to Under 16’s. At 6’1” and 98kg, Christian is a mobile Hooker, who can also play 6/7/8. This is adding strength in depth to our squad and to our pack as we push forward to improve on last season.
Sale FC are delighted to have re-signed Sale FC’s top try scorer for the past few seasons. Jack Moorhouse has crossed the whitewash more than 110 times for the club at 1st team level including 19 tries last season. As part of his prolific try scoring last season, Jack was called back into the Cheshire set up for their last two games. Jack is one of the most recognisable members of the club and his older son has recently started playing in our Minis and Juniors section at the club.
Sam Stelmaszek is another player to re-sign under Director Jonathan Keep. Sam finished his season with Lancashire appearances and a win in the Bill Beaumont Cup at Twickenham. Playing at scrum half or wing, Sam brought some pace to the team last season and was a handful for opposing sides. With 23 appearances and 11 tries, Sam was one of our top try scorers last season.
Rhys was also selected by the Talking Rugby Union website in their National 2 North Team of the Year. A no nonsense agile second row with quick hands, he was excellent in the Second-Row last season.
Sale FC are also delighted to announce we are re-signing Scott Briggs for another season at Heywood Road.
Scott, plays at Hooker, but has great mobility around the park, he was instrumental in many of our biggest wins last season. Last season Scott scored 3 tries for Sale FC including one in the final regular season game against Otley.
Sale FC are delighted to announce that we have re-signed Joe “donut” Kelly for the 2017-2018 season. Joe brings a big personality to the squad and is a firm favourite with the kids in the minis and juniors section. Joe has been with Sale FC for several years and last season made 22 appearances for the 1st XV scoring four tries helping us secure 2nd Place in the league. A tough and uncompromising player on the pitch, off the pitch he’s a popular member of the Sale FC family.
Sale FC are organising a series of “Breakfast with the Lions” at Heywood Road during all three Test Matches this summer between the British and Irish Lions and New Zealand.
The breakfasts will be £10 for breakfast and a pint
24th June 7:30 am Opening the doors for Breakfast
1st July 7:30 am Opening the doors for Breakfast
8th July 7:30 am Opening the doors for Breakfast
Sale have a long history of players representing the British and Irish Lions dating back to 1910!
So far Sale FC have provided the following players who’ve all played at Heywood Road over the years.
Cap Name Year
175 ISHERWOOD, George Aldwyn 1910
411 PATTERSON, William Michael 1959
475 STAGG, Peter Kidner 1968
600 SMITH, Stephen James 1983
711 ROBINSON, Jason Thorpe 2001, 2005
734 CUETO, Mark John 2005
742 SHERIDAN, Andrew John 2005, 2009
743 HODGSON, Charles Christopher 2005
744 TITTERRELL, Andrew James 2005
750 WHITE, Jason Philip Randall 2005
After the match on Saturday, we managed to catch up with Simon Griffiths as well as getting a picture of the current Sale FC players who turned out on the day for both teams. The match itself sees our boys representing Lancashire next weekend at Twickenham in the final of the Bill Beaumont Cup.
Saturday the 20th May, Cheshire come to Heywood road to take on Lancashire.
KO is 1500
Match prices are as follows:
- Non-Cheshire RFU Members £5
- Students Free of Charge
This should be an interesting match up as Lancashire have six Sale FC players in their ranks. With Tom Ailes, Danny Birchall, Sam Stelmaszek, Scott Rawlings, Chris Johnson and Rhys Davies all taking part. For Cheshire we have Jack Moorhouse in the squad. This weekend just gone both teams won their respective games, but Lancashire are in poll position to send their team to the final at Twickenham the following weekend.
SALE FC 14 VS OLD ELTHAMIANS 19
I have been struggling to put into words this week the details of the game played against Old Elthamians on Saturday. The build up to the game was incredible, the day was cloudy and cool but perfect for our brand of rugby. Both teams came into this game having scored over 2000 points between them this season, but, this game was not a try fest, it was a war of attrition.
There are two key numbers that leap out at me everytime I try to write this report. The first is 66 and the second is 8. The 66 refers to the percentage of possession Sale FC had during this match, the second number was the total number of line breaks both teams had in total (four each). This game was a defensive masterclass from Old Elthamians. Sale FC only allowed one try in the whole game, but OE’s won this game with just 34% of the ball. They spent just 1 minute and 44 seconds in our 22 metre area.
The frustration of the team must have been immense, where this season, we have run riot up the middle or around the edges, there was just no way through the defensive line of OE’s.
The only try scored by OE’s was a penalty try with a subsequent yellow card to our scrum half Sam. However, neither of those decisions swayed the match, OE’s were going to score on that play and Sam did his best to prevent this but went too high. Down to 14 men, we still looked stronger with ball in hand. We just came up against the best defence we’ve encountered this season.
Our powerful 12/13 combination of Paolo and Scott Rawlings (followed on by the equally powerful Tom Davenport) found no way through. Paolo added a try on the death by literally smashing through two players from OE’s leaving them both needing treatment, this match demonstrated just how much it meant to both teams.
I won’t dwell on the fine details of the match, except to say that although disappointed in the outcome of this game, I don’t think the supporters could ever claim that the players didn’t put their bodies on the line for their club. Gaz Rawlings has a lovely little “eggshell blue” cast to demonstrate his commitment to the cause and until the whiskey kicked in Adam was using crutches for a pulled ligament.
What I will focus on, is that, this season, we have seen the coming together of a club. For the past few years, we’ve had a team and we’ve had a club and we’ve had kids training. This season, we’ve had the Minis and Juniors coming to games and we’ve had players coming to coach and support the Minis and Juniors. This may sound a simple process, but, we have many parents who have no rugby background at all (some of whom needed directions to Heywood Road for our end of season awards), as well as players who aren’t obligated to turn up on a Sunday morning (after a bruising game the day before) or chat to kids on a Thursday night at Carrington when they’re getting ready for training. We’ve had more engagement through social media, with players becoming more familiar to the supporters. We’ve had a revamp of the clubhouse, with more developments on the way for the upstairs over the next year. This is down to the hard work and dedication of players, coaches, staff and volunteers throughout the club.
For me the season is summed up with this one photo from Saturday’s game. The children on the left are under 6/7/8/9’s and not forgetting the Under 10’s on the left waiting for their assistant coach Tom Ailes. The boys (you can see) on the right of this photo are the under 13’s. For me, watching teenage boys actually wanting to be in a “guard of honour” to support their team is the foundation of a bright future. How many 13 year old boys would voluntarily put themselves in this position without being worried about “how cool they look.”
A current Minis and Juniors Coach and ex-player Paul Gibbon posted on the minis and juniors facebook page a very emotive and memorable statement the day of the match. The key phrases from that post is below.
There has been a wonderful buzz around the club in the build up to today’s playoff game that started at the Mini & Juniors player awards on Monday. The smiles on the faces of all the kids, parents and coaches as the senior players handed out the awards spoke a million words and illustrated the depth of feeling and unity within this great club.
I love this club and am so proud to coach the next generation of exciting Sale players who will be at Heywood Road today cheering the 1st XV on!
The excitement is killing me, roll on 3pm!
The future of Sale FC is bright, we have a long way to go, but we are getting closer to making this the club we all want to be a part of.
Finally a word to OE’s
Congratulations on the promotion to National One, you were a credit to your club on Saturday and I’ve yet to see a better defensive display for a full 80 minutes. The intent at the breakdown, the support play defensively, the bodies on the line were the epitome of teamwork and what rugby is all about. Good luck next season and hopefully we can play you in 2018/19 and work a way through that wall!
Sale FC are delighted to announce a new signing for the 2017-18 season, Simon Griffiths. Simon brings a wealth of experience to our pack and can play at Prop on either side of the scrum as well as Second Row. A powerful player, he comes in at 130 kg and 194cm tall, he adds to our flexibility and mobility around the park.
Simon comes to us from Fylde Rugby club who currently play in National One. He’s also played in the USA with the Gentlemen of Aspen and in North Wales with Llangefni and RGC 1404.
Simon currently represents Lancashire and if selected, your first opportunity to see him in action will be at Heywood Road on the 20th May when Lancashire take on Cheshire.
Sale FC are delighted to announce the signing of Saracens A league player Kennet O’Neil. Although only 22 Kennet has a wealth of experience at National One level as well as representative rugby with Hertfordshire and North Otago in New Zealand. Kennet can play across the back row and being 190cm tall and 102kg also adds some dynamic weight to the pack. Kennet has already been involved with the club as water boy in the last few games of the season demonstrating how keen he is to be involved in the club and the team ethic that Jonathan Keep and his team have implemented this season. Kennet’s previous teams also include Ampthill, Esher, Cambridge, Bedford Blues Academy and Old Boys in New Zealand.