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Sale FC vs Rosslyn Park

Sale FC vs Rosslyn Park

A tight game with the match winning try at the death from Fergus Mulchrone. The whole team stuck it out in the mud to beat the league leaders in a tight contest at the CorpAcq stadium. With eight minutes to go, Rosslyn Park were 10 points clear. Two converted tries in four minutes created scenes of delight at Heywood Road as they beat Rosslyn Park for the first time in the modern era of the club.

For Match Statistics, photographs and the “Trylights” follow this link 


Club Announcement

Club Announcement

New Positions

As part of our long term growth and development we are reorganising specific strategic areas within the club. We are therefore, pleased to make a club announcement on the appointment of the following volunteers to the new positions at Sale FC Rugby.

Club Chairman Scott Bambrick said of the appointments.


“We would like to thank these volunteers for their continued commitment to Sale FC Rugby. Their efforts are helping to ensure that we continue to create a clear sustainable future for the club. To achieve this goal, we are streamlining key areas of operations. This will help deliver a better club experience for our members. It is important to remember, like the Exec, these appointments are all volunteers and your support of their efforts is important”

Chair of House Committee – Joanne Bambrick

Joanne has been a regular volunteer in the club over the past 5 years. She has been the sole organiser of our successful New Year’s Eve parties as well as our excellent Ladies Day. These events continue to bring both increased revenues and community engagement to the club. Joanne has played a key role in the successful improvement of the match day experience this season, with pre-match hospitality regularly being sold out. As Chair of the House committee Joanne reports to the Executive and continues to ensure that the committee works to the betterment of the club and its members.

Vice Chair Rugby (Social) – Rahul Roy

Rahul is well known within the club, as a player, match day manager and coach. In this new role, Rahul will support our Chair of Rugby Paul Kelly and take a lead in the continued growth of our social rugby. This will see Rahul work as a transition coach for Colts moving into senior rugby with the Vikings. He will oversee the growth of the Viking team and have oversight of the VETs team.

Vice Chair Rugby (Women & Girls) – Paula Bradbury

Paula is currently the head coach of Sale FC 1861 and is an ex-player. In the new role Paula will support the Chair of Rugby to develop Women and Girls rugby at the club. The main focus of the role is to increase participation of girls playing rugby at the club. As part of this she will help launch our U12s U14s & U16s Girls teams.

Vice Chair Rugby (Seniors) – Matt Griffiths

Matt is currently coaching the U15s, Colts and Sale FC 1861. He had an excellent playing career playing for Wasps, Blackheath and England 7s and brings this experience to the teams he coaches. Matt’s focus on coaching will continue and he will also support Paul Kelly in other aspects of running the Rugby Section. When required he will stand in for the Chair of Rugby.

Vice Chair M&Js (Minis) –  James Fletcher

James has been a stalwart of the Minis sections for years. Without him we would simply not have pipeline of M&Js coming through. James already has oversight of the Minis section (U6s – U8s) and this position now formalises it. James will continue to look to grow the Minis and through the growth of Trickys Pups (U5s). We hope this will see even more kids playing rugby at Sale FC.

Vice Chair M&Js (Rugby) – Pete Tomlinson

Pete has been a coach in the M&Js for over 8 years and is currently coaching the U15s. He is also one of the constant volunteers we have at the club. In this new role, Pete will utilise his experience as an excellent M&Js coach by directly supporting our chair of M&Js Elizabeth Dockry in the development of all teams and coaches within the M&Js section.

Vice Chair M&Js (Carrington) – Carolyn Tomlinson

Carolyn has been Team Manager in the M&Js for the past 4 years and a constant volunteer on both 1st XV match days and Sunday down at Carrington. Along with a dedicated team, Carolyn has played a key role in ensuring that our Carrington Club House and experience for the M&Js, Colts, Vikings, 1861 and 1st XV players has improved beyond recognition. Carolyn will have oversight of the Carrington Club house and look to continue the excellent work of the past 12 months.


Phil Lamb RIP

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Phil Lamb.

Whilst leaving Sale FC last night, Phil fell over and sadly passed away later in hospital. As a club and as part the wider rugby family, we are all left devastated by this news. We have been in contact with his son Chris and sent our thoughts and prayers to his wife Jan and the rest of the family. We are ready to support Jan, Chris and their family in any way we can.

Phil was held in such high regard from all who knew him, not only at his own club Ashton on Mersey, where he leaves legacy that has seen him touch so many lives, but also his friends in the wider rugby community. The mark of the man was highlighted at our game yesterday, as explained by his son Chris who said, from the moment he arrived at the back gate, it took him 25 minutes to do the short walk to the club house. This was because he stopped every few metres, to take the time to talk to friends and people he knew who where at the game.

He will be sorely missed.