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

4th December 2021
24 - 0
N/A

Sale FC vs Birmingham Moseley

27th November 2021
15 - 19
N/A

Cinderford vs Sale FC

20th November 2021
Cancelled
N/A

Sale FC vs Old Elthamians

13th November 2021
15 - 32
N/A

Darlington Mowden Park vs Sale FC

30th October 2021
21 - 32
N/A

Rams vs Sale FC

23rd October 2021
32 - 24
N/A

Sale FC vs Bishop's Stortford

16th October 2021
20 - 15
N/A

Rosslyn Park vs Sale FC

9th October 2021
53 - 28
N/A

Sale FC vs Taunton Titans

2nd October 2021
21 - 17
N/A

Sale FC vs Leeds Tykes

25th September 2021
38 - 27
N/A

Sale FC vs Plymouth Albion

18th September 2021
30 - 21
N/A

Tonbridge Juddians vs Sale FC

11th September 2021
15 - 7
N/A

Sale FC vs Cambridge

4th September 2021
34 - 21
N/A

Chinnor vs Sale FC

28th August 2021
14:30
N/A

Fylde vs Sale FC

21st August 2021
14:30
N/A

Sedgley Tigers vs Sale FC

14th August 2021
14:30
N/A

Sale FC vs Sedgley Park

7th August 2021
61 - 12
N/A

Sale FC vs Rotherham Titans

25th April 2020
Cancelled
N/A

Cinderford vs Sale FC

18th April 2020
Cancelled
N/A

Sale FC vs Bishop's Stortford

11th April 2020
Cancelled
N/A

Sale FC vs Chester

4th April 2020
Cancelled
N/A

Rams vs Sale FC

28th March 2020
Cancelled
N/A

Sale FC vs Hull Ionians

21st March 2020
Cancelled
N/A

Richmond vs Sale FC

12th March 2020
26 - 10
N/A

Sale FC vs Birmingham Moseley

7th March 2020
22 - 19
N/A

Sale FC vs Chinnor

29th February 2020
34 - 15
N/A

Darlington Mowden Park vs Sale FC

8th February 2020
37 - 31
N/A

Cambridge vs Sale FC

1st February 2020
26 - 25
N/A

Sale FC vs Plymouth Albion

25th January 2020
48 - 29
N/A

Blackheath vs Sale FC

18th January 2020
40 - 21
N/A

Rosslyn Park vs Sale FC

11th January 2020
33 - 14
N/A

Sale FC vs Canterbury

4th January 2020
28 - 21
N/A

Old Elthamians vs Sale FC

21st December 2019
47 - 07
N/A

Sale FC vs Rotherham

14th December 2019
26 - 19
N/A

Bishop’s Stortford vs Sale FC

7th December 2019
19 - 26
N/A

Sale FC vs Rams

30th November 2019
07 - 36
N/A

Hull Ionians vs Sale FC

23rd November 2019
8 - 7
N/A

Sale FC vs Richmond

16th November 2019
38 - 31
N/A

Chinnor vs Sale FC

9th November 2019
18 - 8
N/A

Sale FC vs Darlington Mowden Park

2nd November 2019
29 - 24
N/A

Birmingham Moseley vs Sale FC

26th October 2019
20 - 3
N/A

Sale FC vs Cambridge

19th October 2019
33 - 22
N/A

Plymouth Albion vs Sale FC

12th October 2019
43 - 18
N/A

Sale FC vs Blackheath

5th October 2019
13 - 46
N/A

Sale FC vs Rosslyn Park

28th September 2019
7 - 27
N/A

Canterbury vs Sale FC

21st September 2019
26 - 15
N/A

Sale FC vs Old Elthamians

14th September 2019
31 - 20
N/A

Rotherham vs Sale FC

7th September 2019
22 - 46
N/A

Sale FC vs Cinderford

31st August 2019
0 - 61
N/A

Wirral RUFC vs Sale FC Rugby

27th April 2019
5 - 24
N/A

Sale FC v Cambridge

18th April 2019
34 - 24
N/A

Sale FC v Chester RUFC

13th April 2019
57 - 12
N/A

Ampthill v Sale FC

6th April 2019
31 - 22
N/A

Sale FC v Plymouth Albion

30th March 2019
31 - 29
N/A

Esher v Sale FC

23rd March 2019
31 - 22
N/A

Sale FC v Chinnor

9th March 2019
33 - 17
N/A

Loughborough Students v Sale FC

2nd March 2019
18 - 32
N/A

Sale FC v Blackheath

23rd February 2019
32 - 27
N/A

Sale FC v Darlington Mowden Park

16th February 2019
37 - 30
N/A

Sale FC v Birmingham Moseley

9th February 2019
31 - 26
N/A

Rosslyn Park v Sale FC

26th January 2019
32 - 14
N/A

Old Elthamians v Sale FC

18th January 2019
13 - 12
N/A

Sale FC v Rotherham

12th January 2019
29 - 15
N/A

Bishop’s Stortford v Sale FC

5th January 2019
31 - 17
N/A

Sale FC v Cinderford

22nd December 2018
20 - 23
N/A

Caldy v Sale FC

15th December 2018
10 - 27
N/A

Sale FC v Ampthill

8th December 2018
14 - 7
N/A

Plymouth Albion v Sale FC

1st December 2018
38 - 44
N/A

Sale FC v Esher

24th November 2018
28 - 21
N/A

Chinnor v Sale FC

17th November 2018
38 - 31
N/A

Sale FC v Loughborough Students

3rd November 2018
41 - 24
N/A

Blackheath v Sale FC

27th October 2018
31 - 22
N/A

Birmingham Moseley v Sale FC

20th October 2018
23 - 31
N/A

Sale FC v Rosslyn Park

13th October 2018
29 - 31
N/A

Darlington Mowden Park v Sale FC

6th October 2018
42 - 38
N/A

Sale FC v Old Elthamians

29th September 2018
32 - 27
N/A

Rotherham v Sale FC

22nd September 2018
22 - 8
N/A

Sale FC v Bishop's Stortford

15th September 2018
41 - 30
N/A

Cinderford v Sale FC

8th September 2018
26 - 24
N/A

Sale FC v Caldy

1st September 2018
36 - 36
N/A

Cambridge v Sale FC

18th August 2018
15:00
N/A

Doncaster Knights v Sale FC Rugby

10th August 2018
22 - 17
N/A

Sale FC vs Sale Jets

12th May 2018
21 - 22
N/A

Luctonians vs Sale FC

28th April 2018
5 - 37
N/A

Leicester Lions vs Sale FC

21st April 2018
45 - 10
N/A

Sale FC vs Huddersfield

14th April 2018
24 - 36
N/A

Blaydon vs Sale FC

7th April 2018
30 - 28
N/A

Sale FC vs Chester

31st March 2018
0 - 37
N/A

Macclesfield vs Sale FC

24th March 2018
6 - 20
N/A

Wharfedale vs Sale FC

10th March 2018
29 - 0
N/A

Sale FC vs Stourbridge

24th February 2018
7 - 28
N/A

Huddersfield vs Sale FC

17th February 2018
59 - 5
N/A

Sale FC vs Otley

10th February 2018
Postponed
N/A

Macclesfield vs Sale FC

3rd February 2018
34 - 10
N/A

Sale FC vs Tynedale

27th January 2018
18 - 26
N/A

Hinckley vs Sale FC

20th January 2018
37 - 9
N/A

Sale FC vs South Leicester

13th January 2018
10 - 47
N/A

Sheffield vs Sale FC

6th January 2018
16 - 27
N/A

Sheffield Tigers vs Sale FC

23rd December 2017
20 - 13
N/A

Sale FC vs Sedgley Park

9th December 2017
54 - 12
N/A

Sale FC vs Blaydon

2nd December 2017
10 - 40
N/A

Chester vs Sale FC

25th November 2017
48 - 16
N/A

Sale FC vs Wharfedale

11th November 2017
16 - 39
N/A

Stourbridge vs Sale FC

4th November 2017
48 - 5
N/A

Sale FC vs Luctonians

28th October 2017
13 - 31
N/A

Otley vs Sale FC

21st October 2017
19 - 3
N/A

Sale FC vs Macclesfield

14th October 2017
7 - 5
N/A

Tynedale vs Sale FC

7th October 2017
21 - 6
N/A

Sale FC vs Hinckley

30th September 2017
22 - 22
N/A

South Leicester vs Sale FC

23rd September 2017
31 - 17
N/A

Sale FC vs Sheffield

16th September 2017
52 - 15
N/A

Sale FC vs Sheffield Tigers

9th September 2017
24 - 16
N/A

Sedgley Park vs Sale FC

2nd September 2017
48 - 10
N/A

Sale FC vs Leicester Lions

25th August 2017
21 - 7
N/A

Sale FC vs Chester

6th May 2017
14 - 19
N/A

Sale FC vs Old Elthamians

22nd April 2017
59 - 14
N/A

Sale 1st XV v Preston Grasshoppers

8th April 2017
28 - 26
N/A

Caldy v Sale 1st XV

1st April 2017
28 - 19
N/A

Sale FC 1st XV v Chester

25th March 2017
10 - 42
N/A

Sedgley Park v Sale 1st XV

11th March 2017
63 - 27
N/A

Sale FC 1st XV v Wharfedale

18th February 2017
10 - 21
N/A

Harrogate v Sale FC 1st XV

4th February 2017
19 - 40
N/A

Stourbridge v Sale FC 1st XV

28th January 2017
35 - 15
N/A

Sale FC 1st XV v Sheffield Tigers

21st January 2017
18 - 25
N/A

Luctonians v Sale FC 1st XV

14th January 2017
20 - 14
N/A

Sale FC 1st XV v South Leicester

7th January 2017
28 - 37
N/A

Tynedale v Sale FC 1st XV

17th December 2016
25 - 14
N/A

Sale FC 1st XV v Hinckley

10th December 2016
11 - 28
N/A

Preston Grasshopers v Sale FC 1st XV

3rd December 2016
26 - 38
N/A

Sale FC 1st XV v Caldy

26th November 2016
5 - 17
N/A

Chester v Sale FC 1st XV

19th November 2016
25 - 24
N/A

Sale FC 1st XV v Sedgley Park

12th November 2016
13 - 18
N/A

Wharfedale v Sale FC 1st XV

29th October 2016
37 - 13
N/A

Sale FC 1st XV v Harrogate

22nd October 2016
23 - 5
N/A

Leicester Lions v Sale FC 1st XV

8th October 2016
27 - 47
N/A

Sheffield Tigers v Sale FC 1st XV

24th September 2016
42 - 39
N/A

South Leicester v Sale FC

10th September 2016
6 - 40
N/A

Hinckley v Sale FC 1stXV

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