Sale Sharks and Sale FC Rugby Announcement

A Club Statement

“The agreement between Sale Sharks and Sale FC Rugby has fantastic benefits for both clubs as we work together to grow rugby in the Northwest. We are very excited about what this means to both clubs and in particular how this will take Sale FC Rugby to where we believe it should be.”



Steve Smith, Chairman , Sale FC Rugby


Sale Sharks and Sale FC Rugby To Work Even Closer

Gallagher Premiership Rugby club Sale Sharks and National One side Sale FC Rugby have announced an initiative to work together more closely than ever before.

The venture entails support from the senior club, on and off the pitch, with Sale FC Rugby rising to Championship status part of the long-term ambition.

Since the advent of professionalism at Rugby Union clubs, the Sharks and the FC have been connected for over twenty five years. Indeed, the Sharks played at the iconic venue of Heywood Road until 2003.Sale FC Rugby have the history and Sale Sharks the professionalism.

They have now agreed to work together more closely than ever before.This latest move allows the two clubs to retain their own identities. They have devised a philosophy that will assist Sale FC Rugby in their ambition to play Championship Rugby whilst avoiding financial difficulties, and concurrently develop Sale Sharks into the strongest rugby franchise in the country.Sale Sharks will continue to invest into its own Academy and also into Sale FC Rugby, making all three teams stronger in their respective competitions.

Whilst both organisations will continue to be separate entities, operating independently in accordance with their status within the game, their rugby departments will co-operate fully.

Corpacq, Morson and Sale Sharks will invest sufficiently and liaise with Sale FC Rugby’s Executives to enable Sale FC Rugby to become a sustainable ‘break even’ business, thus securing the club for years to come.

Sale FC Rugby will benefit from the loan of senior and talented young players on a wider level of availability. Sale Sharks, who have players gaining on-field experience at several clubs, will be able to keep more players at a higher matchday fitness level.The ‘sharing’ of players will strengthen all teams and create a development pathway which all parties believe will be ‘second to none’.Furthermore, Sale FC Rugby will have access to the Sharks’ coaches, dietitians, kicking and scrum coaching expertise and rehabilitation staff.


Sale leave it late again

This was Sale FC’s first ever visit to the Northern Echo Arena and fixture against DMP. The rain abated for the start of the game but the high winds continued and caused both sides problems under the high ball for the rest of the afternoon.

The first ten minutes Sale FC kept DMP defending in their own half with both sides testing each other’s defences, during which our first casualty of the day had Adam Aigbokhae leading the affray with a damaged ankle to be replace by Nic Dolly.

This seemed to upset the team’s rhythm and raised the home sides work rate who enjoyed the majority of the possession during the first half , scoring three tries to Sales one and only try. Read more here

Sale FC 2’s Back on Track

Sale FC 2’s 47 Preston Grasshoppers 2’s 15

On a wonderful Autumnal Saturday afternoon here at the CorpAcq Stadium, it was the turn of the second team to entertain Preston Grasshoppers in the Cotton Traders Premier League. With the home side having started the season with a mixed bag of results, they were looking to get back to winning ways against a youthful Hoppers side who had only won one of their last four games this season.

It was they who opened the scoring early on, with just two minutes on the clock when Sale were adjudged to have left their feet at the ruck. Hoppers decided to go for goal on this occasion with the impressive No.9 Jobe Roxby taking the three points on offer giving Hoppers the early lead in the match.

However, this lead was only to last for another five minutes before some excellent interplay between the forwards and backs saw Sale take a real hold of the game and cement the advantage in their favour, thanks to the hard work of Ryan Parkinson who was able to offload after being tackled to Captain Ben Simpson who went in under the posts. The extras were added by Matt Simpson giving the home side a 7-3 lead. Read More Here

Photos Courtesy of (c) John Hoye Photography

Sale FC vs Old Elthamians Match Report

From the kick off Sale attacked and maintained control until a knock on by Sale hooker Taylor gave Old Elthamians (OE) an opportunity to relieve the pressure with a scrum.

Harassed by Matt Bradley, OE scrum half Claxon knocked on. From the scrum, Sale continued to apply pressure, driving at the OE defence.

Sale FC 42 v Old Elthamians RFC 38 – National League Div 1 – 6th October 2018 , Heywood Road, Sale , Greater Manchester, United Kingdom (Credit Image: Gareth Lyons for Sale FC 2018)

Play halted when Jack Moorhouse knocked on, the referee, however, awarded a penalty to Sale for an OE offside. The penalty found touch inside the OE 22, Sale won the lineout, Kieron Wilkinson found Moorhouse who went for the line but was held up by OE.

The resulting 5 Metre scrum was re set after the Sale pack disrupted the OE scrum. Sale won the ball and went wide, Johnny Leota, holding off his man, passed one handed to Paulo Odogwu who powered over the line, leaving two OE defenders in his wake.

An excellent kick from the touchline by Wilkinson secured the extra 2 points with 7 minutes played. Read more here