Category: Rugby

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.

Chairman’s Chat

Welcome to Heywood Road, for our game against Plymouth Albion RFC, in what is the start of three consecutive home games for the 1st XV. We hope that that we have the same levels of support we experienced at our last home game, where a large crowd cheered the lads to victory against Cambridge. At that game we sold out our pre-match meals upstairs in the suite.

The House Committee are working hard to ensure that the match-day experience is fantastic for all and today we see the launch of our annual ‘Bottomless Brunch’. We hope this will also be attractive to club members and visitors. Next week we have an M&Js pre-match meal, where all the ‘minis’ can eat free, so parents bring along the kids and help create a fantastic atmosphere for the lads as they take the pitch. Tickets can be purchased here. I know that Jonathan Keep and the players love the atmosphere, that the kids help to create.

Our commercial link up with our new kit suppliers SUPRO has seen us launch our new brilliant looking home and away kits, bringing in record sales for the new home version. For those looking to purchase club leisurewear we have fantastic new lines available at our online shop.

I would like to thank Dream Doors, Philadelphia Scientific, M33 Emporium, Urban Splash, BeeManc and Stanley Square for coming on board as club partners for the 2021-22 season. Each partner plays an important part in ensuring that we can plan for the season ahead to help the club grow on and off the pitch. If you would like to become a club partner, contact Peter at .

Tomorrow we have the Colts kicking off at Carrington at 1:00pm in a local derby against Altrincham Kersal. The lads had a fantastic win away last week at Southport and Mark Roberts his players will be looking to take that good performance into tomorrow’s game. The new club house Bar will be open from 12:00pm and staying open after for the Sharks away game. Why don’t you pop down to Carrington and see the lads play on the main show pitch.

Good luck also to Sale 1861 as they kick off their league campaign tomorrow away to Didsbury ToCH. Next Sunday that are playing at Heywood Road, where we are launching our first ‘Club Sunday Carvery’ of the season, so if you like good food, excellent rugby and maybe even a cheeky Malbec, details will be found here .

Can I ask that members and visitors be courteous and respectful to staff and volunteers, if any member needs to raise any points with the club, please seek out an Exec member to talk to on match day. Without the hard work of our volunteers and staff, this historic club could simply not operate the way it does. I would like to extend our thanks to our fantastic team of volunteers and staff, some of whom are dining with us pre-match today. We will be inviting more hard-working volunteers to dine as club guests throughout the season.
I hope you have a great day and we get win.

See you in the bar!

Scott Bambrick


Sale FC Rugby

Match Report and Photos

At long last the dogs were back in action at HQ and a sizeable, vocal crowd were there to cheer them on as they took on the blood and sand of Cambridge.

Running out in front of the Under 15s and the flag bearers


After an impeccably observed minutes silence for several club members who had very sadly passed away during the previous 18 months, the opening exchanges of the game were cagey with both sides testing each other out.

Sporting their brand new Supro home kit for the first time, an early charge down from Fergus Mulchrone was one of few highlights and as the half wore on the away side began to dominate territory, albeit the blue and white massed… Read more here