Sale FC

Sale FC is a semi-professional rugby union club based at Heywood Road in Sale, Greater Manchester, England, which plays in National League 1 following promotion from National League 2 North at the end of the 2017–18 season. Premiership club Sale Sharks is a professional offshoot of Sale FC.

History

Formed by a team of sportsmen drawn mainly from Sale Cricket Club, Sale Football Club was founded in 1861 and is the fifth oldest surviving rugby club. In the early days of the club, rules were usually deemed unnecessary and those that were enforced were often made up on the spot. As the game began to evolve, however, the need for specified regulations became apparent and in 1865 the Minute Book was created stipulating the ten rules to be followed by all players. This is reputedly world’s oldest existing rugby rule book[citation needed] and a much treasured possession. Games were originally played on either a rented portion of Sale Cricket Club or on fields owned by local farmers. In 1905, the club bought a field at the end of Heywood Road.

Sale FC have featured many prominent international and county players. Pat Davies became their first England international in 1927 and the 1930s saw an international backline of Hal Sever (England wing), Claude Davey and Wilf Wooller (Wales centres) and Ken Fyfe (Scotland wing). Fran Cotton, Steve Smith, Dewi Morris, Richard Trickey and Jason Robinson also played at Sale.

In 1936, Sale were invited to take part in the Middlesex Sevens Cup and went on to win the competition.

Before World War II, an increase in membership meant that the club had almost outgrown facilities at Heywood Road and an additional site on Woodbourne Road was purchased. Initially this was meant to be a training ground for the junior team, but there were talks to eventually relocate the rest of the club there too, but when war was over it was instead decided to focus efforts on the redevelopment of Heywood Road. Land was sold to fund the project and the ground gradually began to evolve. A new clubhouse was built, the old bath house replaced by squash courts, changing facilities improved, floodlights installed and the commemorative Jim Birtles Stand erected.

Leagues
Cheshire Cup, National 2 North, National One, NCA Cup, Pre-Season
Seasons
2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022
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Results

66 - 10

Sale FC vs Tonbridge Juddians

17 - 14

Cambridge vs Sale FC

21 - 26

Sale FC vs Caldy

28 - 34

Blackheath vs Sale FC

24 - 0

Sale FC vs Birmingham Moseley

15 - 19

Cinderford vs Sale FC

Cancelled

Sale FC vs Old Elthamians

15 - 32

Darlington Mowden Park vs Sale FC

21 - 32

Rams vs Sale FC

32 - 24

Sale FC vs Bishop's Stortford

20 - 15

Rosslyn Park vs Sale FC

53 - 28

Sale FC vs Taunton Titans

21 - 17

Sale FC vs Leeds Tykes

38 - 27

Sale FC vs Plymouth Albion

30 - 21

Tonbridge Juddians vs Sale FC

15 - 7

Sale FC vs Cambridge

34 - 21

Chinnor vs Sale FC

14:30

Fylde vs Sale FC

14:30

Sedgley Tigers vs Sale FC

14:30

Sale FC vs Sedgley Park

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Sale FC vs Rotherham Titans

Cancelled

Cinderford vs Sale FC

Cancelled

Sale FC vs Bishop's Stortford

Cancelled

Sale FC vs Chester

Cancelled

Rams vs Sale FC

Cancelled

Sale FC vs Hull Ionians

Cancelled

Richmond vs Sale FC

26 - 10

Sale FC vs Birmingham Moseley

22 - 19

Sale FC vs Chinnor

34 - 15

Darlington Mowden Park vs Sale FC

37 - 31

Cambridge vs Sale FC

26 - 25

Sale FC vs Plymouth Albion

48 - 29

Blackheath vs Sale FC

40 - 21

Rosslyn Park vs Sale FC

33 - 14

Sale FC vs Canterbury

28 - 21

Old Elthamians vs Sale FC

47 - 07

Sale FC vs Rotherham

26 - 19

Bishop’s Stortford vs Sale FC

19 - 26

Sale FC vs Rams

07 - 36

Hull Ionians vs Sale FC

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Sale FC vs Richmond

38 - 31

Chinnor vs Sale FC

18 - 8

Sale FC vs Darlington Mowden Park

29 - 24

Birmingham Moseley vs Sale FC

20 - 3

Sale FC vs Cambridge

33 - 22

Plymouth Albion vs Sale FC

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Sale FC vs Blackheath

13 - 46

Sale FC vs Rosslyn Park

7 - 27

Canterbury vs Sale FC

26 - 15

Sale FC vs Old Elthamians

31 - 20

Rotherham vs Sale FC

22 - 46

Sale FC vs Cinderford

0 - 61

Wirral RUFC vs Sale FC Rugby

5 - 24

Sale FC v Cambridge

34 - 24

Sale FC v Chester RUFC

57 - 12

Ampthill v Sale FC

31 - 22

Sale FC v Plymouth Albion

31 - 29

Esher v Sale FC

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Sale FC v Chinnor

33 - 17

Loughborough Students v Sale FC

18 - 32

Sale FC v Blackheath

32 - 27

Sale FC v Darlington Mowden Park

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Sale FC v Birmingham Moseley

31 - 26

Rosslyn Park v Sale FC

32 - 14

Old Elthamians v Sale FC

13 - 12

Sale FC v Rotherham

29 - 15

Bishop’s Stortford v Sale FC

31 - 17

Sale FC v Cinderford

20 - 23

Caldy v Sale FC

10 - 27

Sale FC v Ampthill

14 - 7

Plymouth Albion v Sale FC

38 - 44

Sale FC v Esher

28 - 21

Chinnor v Sale FC

38 - 31

Sale FC v Loughborough Students

41 - 24

Blackheath v Sale FC

31 - 22

Birmingham Moseley v Sale FC

23 - 31

Sale FC v Rosslyn Park

29 - 31

Darlington Mowden Park v Sale FC

42 - 38

Sale FC v Old Elthamians

32 - 27

Rotherham v Sale FC

22 - 8

Sale FC v Bishop's Stortford

41 - 30

Cinderford v Sale FC

26 - 24

Sale FC v Caldy

36 - 36

Cambridge v Sale FC

15:00

Doncaster Knights v Sale FC Rugby

22 - 17

Sale FC vs Sale Jets

21 - 22

Luctonians vs Sale FC

5 - 37

Leicester Lions vs Sale FC

45 - 10

Sale FC vs Huddersfield

24 - 36

Blaydon vs Sale FC

30 - 28

Sale FC vs Chester

0 - 37

Macclesfield vs Sale FC

6 - 20

Wharfedale vs Sale FC

29 - 0

Sale FC vs Stourbridge

7 - 28

Huddersfield vs Sale FC

59 - 5

Sale FC vs Otley

Postponed

Macclesfield vs Sale FC

34 - 10

Sale FC vs Tynedale

18 - 26

Hinckley vs Sale FC

37 - 9

Sale FC vs South Leicester

10 - 47

Sheffield vs Sale FC

16 - 27

Sheffield Tigers vs Sale FC

20 - 13

Sale FC vs Sedgley Park

54 - 12

Sale FC vs Blaydon

10 - 40

Chester vs Sale FC

48 - 16

Sale FC vs Wharfedale

16 - 39

Stourbridge vs Sale FC

48 - 5

Sale FC vs Luctonians

13 - 31

Otley vs Sale FC

19 - 3

Sale FC vs Macclesfield

7 - 5

Tynedale vs Sale FC

21 - 6

Sale FC vs Hinckley

22 - 22

South Leicester vs Sale FC

31 - 17

Sale FC vs Sheffield

52 - 15

Sale FC vs Sheffield Tigers

24 - 16

Sedgley Park vs Sale FC

48 - 10

Sale FC vs Leicester Lions

21 - 7

Sale FC vs Chester

14 - 19

Sale FC vs Old Elthamians

59 - 14

Sale 1st XV v Preston Grasshoppers

28 - 26

Caldy v Sale 1st XV

28 - 19

Sale FC 1st XV v Chester

10 - 42

Sedgley Park v Sale 1st XV

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Sale FC 1st XV v Wharfedale

10 - 21

Harrogate v Sale FC 1st XV

19 - 40

Stourbridge v Sale FC 1st XV

35 - 15

Sale FC 1st XV v Sheffield Tigers

18 - 25

Luctonians v Sale FC 1st XV

20 - 14

Sale FC 1st XV v South Leicester

28 - 37

Tynedale v Sale FC 1st XV

25 - 14

Sale FC 1st XV v Hinckley

11 - 28

Preston Grasshopers v Sale FC 1st XV

26 - 38

Sale FC 1st XV v Caldy

5 - 17

Chester v Sale FC 1st XV

25 - 24

Sale FC 1st XV v Sedgley Park

13 - 18

Wharfedale v Sale FC 1st XV

37 - 13

Sale FC 1st XV v Harrogate

23 - 5

Leicester Lions v Sale FC 1st XV

27 - 47

Sheffield Tigers v Sale FC 1st XV

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South Leicester v Sale FC

6 - 40

Hinckley v Sale FC 1stXV

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