Category: Sale 1861


M E E T   T H E   T E A M

Our Captain Aoife McKenna

Position: Lose Head Prop

Occupation: Physiotherapist

Season aim: To personally become smarter as a player and fitter

Most memorable moment of last season: The celebrations in the changing rooms after winning the league.




Want to try a new sport? Improve your fitness? Perhaps you’re a returning player wanting to lace up your boots. Whatever your reason there’s a position for everyone.

Join us tomorrow night for our skills session- no experience needed!

Link in the bio for more info


#iamenough #weareenough

This week, there has been a marketing campaign for the Irish Rugby shirt which used male rugby players in their advertising. The photos were appropriate, and looked great. This is clearly great marketing. However, the Irish Women’s rugby jersey was modelled not by female rugby players, but by models. Why might that be an issue? We asked Cath Ansell, one of our Sale 1861 players to respond.

Oh women’s rugby that’s interesting, it can’t be full contact though?’
‘It’s not as exciting as men’s’
‘You don’t look like a rugby player!’

Since starting rugby I’ve learnt to take a lot of these comments with a bitter smile. Lately these off-hand sexist comments have been shown on a larger platform: “models are better looking”, “the men are muscly and well groomed”, “female rugby players aren’t aesthetically pleasing”.

In 2020 I didn’t think I’d have to say this: The women I have met since playing sport and especially rugby are beautiful, strong, confident, and are role models for for the next generation of women. #iamenough



Our women’s team, Sale 1861, has created a real buzz about the future of Sale FC. Every women’s rugby player has added to the Sale FC family and is valued.

Sale FC President James Hourihan adds

When I was chair of minis and juniors, I stated that without a women’s section we would never be a complete club, we started slowly to achieve this with under 18’s. Scott Bambrick dedicated an entire year to getting more women within Sale FC with the support of Sale Sharks and other volunteers. It has taken the hard work and dedication of the executive, volunteers and players to get off the ground. What has been most rewarding for us as a club is how much it has improved us.

We have a long way to go. We need to develop a strong girls section and we must increase the profile of women’s rugby in the North West. But, we have the desire for it and to us the women’s section is what completes our club.  #enough #sale1861



University Bound?


Sale FC would like to congratulate all of those who are trying to survive the fiasco of A Level results. We feel your frustration and stress.

  • We know that some of you still don’t know whether you’ve got into University or not.
  • We understand some of you are incredibly stressed by the whole process.
  • We realise all of you will have been on a rollercoaster of emotions since schools were closed.

Stress and Sport

However, we also know that once you do manage to navigate this difficult time, sports can be a great way to deal with the stress. Are you hoping to attend University of Manchester, University of Salford  or Manchester Metropolitan University? Then when you get here, come down and join us.

Matt Bradley & Emiliano Calle Rivas

We have  an amazing setup where you can meet people, have some fun and reduce your stress!

Sale FC Rugby club is recruiting women and men of all abilities to join us in the season ahead.

What do we have?

Sale FC Rugby has every level of rugby for you. From our first team playing Semi-professional rugby in National League One, a social second team playing friendlies with other local teams, even a Vets team for the more mature students! We have our Women’s teams Sale 1861 and Sale Bee’s. Sale 1861 were undefeated last season and this team is a great pathway to playing high level rugby with six of our squad selected by Sale Sharks Women’s team over the summer. Sale Bee’s is a development team for those new to rugby or who wish to play more of a social game. Whichever team it is, we have amazing facilities and top quality coaching.

Tradition and Class

Sale FC are a proud traditional club. Founded in 1861 we are one of the oldest clubs in the world. We have world class facilities down at Carrington training ground and a stadium in the heart of Sale just near Brooklands Tram stop. Come and join us.

Tom Brady (Sale FC) offloads to Jack Moorhouse
Sale FC 14 v Doncaster Knights 42 – Pre-season Friendly 24th August 2019, Heywood Road, Sale, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom (Credit Image: Gareth Lyons for Sale FC 2019)

Sale 1861 Management Update

1861 Management Announcement
Sale 1861 are delighted to announce that Paula Bradbury will be taking over as Head Coach for the forthcoming campaign.
She comes with a wealth of experience on both sides of the pitch. She has been an ever present force in Cheshire Women’s rugby as backs coach for Cheshire 1st XV Womens along with Head Coach of the Girls U15s, utilising her previous experience at Winnington Park Ladies. She has also played for Wooden Spoon England Veterans 1st XV, Cheshire 1st XV, Winnington Park and our very own Sale 1861.
Paula has been a driving force for developing Women and Girls Rugby in the region and Sale 1861 believe she will be an invaluable part of an exciting chapter of Sale 1861’s journey.
Paula said:
It’s a real honour. Having been at Sale 1861 from the start and played alongside these women for the last 2 years. I know how passionate they are and I’m really looking forward to the challenge of carrying on the women’s progression where Steph Veal left off. We have a wealth of talent in the squad so developing that talent will be my main priority and we have a great team in place to do this.