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, 2022-2023
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Fixtures

15:00
Birmingham Moseley

Birmingham Moseley vs Sale FC

14:30
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Leeds Tykes

15:00
Plymouth Albion

Plymouth Albion vs Sale FC

14:30
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Taunton Titans

15:00
Cambridge

Cambridge vs Sale FC

15:00
Cinderford

Cinderford vs Sale FC

14:30
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Esher

15:00
Chinnor

Chinnor vs Sale FC

14:30
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Hull RUFC

15:00
Bishop's Stortford

Bishop's Stortford vs Sale FC

14:30
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Darlington Mowden Park

15:00
Rams

Rams vs Sale FC

14:30
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Rosslyn Park

15:00
Headingley

Leeds Tykes vs Sale FC

14:30
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Plymouth Albion

15:00
Taunton Titans

Taunton Titans vs Sale FC

14:30
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Cambridge

14:30
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Cinderford

15:00
Esher

Esher vs Sale FC

14:30
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Chinnor

15:00
Hull

Hull RUFC vs Sale FC

14:30
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Bishop's Stortford

15:00
Darlington Mowden Park

Darlington Mowden Park vs Sale FC

14:30
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Rams

15:00
Rosslyn Park

Rosslyn Park vs Sale FC

15:00
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Birmingham Moseley

Summary

50 - 17
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Chinnor

13 - 9
Caldy

Caldy vs Sale FC

29 - 23
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Blackheath

24 - 43
Birmingham Moseley

Birmingham Moseley vs Sale FC

32 - 17
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Cinderford

Cancelled
Old Elthamians

Old Elthamians vs Sale FC

36 - 14
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Darlington Mowden Park

22 - 21
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Rams

33 - 35
Bishop's Stortford

Bishop’s Stortford vs Sale FC

21 - 17
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Rosslyn Park

40 - 50
Taunton Titans

Taunton Titans vs Sale FC

13 - 17
Leeds Tykes

Leeds Tykes vs Sale FC

7 - 10
Plymouth Albion

Plymouth Albion vs Sale FC

66 - 10
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Tonbridge Juddians

17 - 14
Cambridge

Cambridge vs Sale FC

21 - 26
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Caldy

28 - 34
Blackheath

Blackheath vs Sale FC

24 - 0
Heywood Rd

Sale FC vs Birmingham Moseley

15 - 19
Cinderford

Cinderford vs Sale FC

Cancelled
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Old Elthamians

15 - 32
Darlington Mowden Park

Darlington Mowden Park vs Sale FC

21 - 32
Rams

Rams vs Sale FC

32 - 24
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Bishop's Stortford

20 - 15
Rosslyn Park

Rosslyn Park vs Sale FC

53 - 28
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Taunton Titans

21 - 17
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Leeds Tykes

38 - 27
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Plymouth Albion

30 - 21
Tonbridge Juddians

Tonbridge Juddians vs Sale FC

15 - 7
Sale FC

Sale FC vs Cambridge

34 - 21
Chinnor

Chinnor vs Sale FC

14:30

Fylde vs Sale FC

14:30
Sedgley Park

Sedgley Tigers vs Sale FC

14:30
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Sedgley Park

61 - 12
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Rotherham Titans

Cancelled
Cinderford

Cinderford vs Sale FC

Cancelled
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Bishop's Stortford

Cancelled
Macclesfield

Sale FC vs Chester

Cancelled
Rams

Rams vs Sale FC

Cancelled
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Hull Ionians

Cancelled
Richmond

Richmond vs Sale FC

26 - 10
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Birmingham Moseley

22 - 19
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Chinnor

34 - 15
Darlington Mowden Park

Darlington Mowden Park vs Sale FC

37 - 31
Cambridge

Cambridge vs Sale FC

26 - 25
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Plymouth Albion

48 - 29
Blackheath

Blackheath vs Sale FC

40 - 21
Rosslyn Park

Rosslyn Park vs Sale FC

33 - 14
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Canterbury

28 - 21
Old Elthamians

Old Elthamians vs Sale FC

47 - 07
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Rotherham

26 - 19
Bishop's Stortford

Bishop’s Stortford vs Sale FC

19 - 26
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Rams

07 - 36
Hull Ionians

Hull Ionians vs Sale FC

8 - 7
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Richmond

38 - 31
Chinnor

Chinnor vs Sale FC

18 - 8
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Darlington Mowden Park

29 - 24
Birmingham

Birmingham Moseley vs Sale FC

20 - 3
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Cambridge

33 - 22
Plymouth

Plymouth Albion vs Sale FC

43 - 18
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Blackheath

13 - 46
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Rosslyn Park

7 - 27
Canterbury

Canterbury vs Sale FC

26 - 15
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Old Elthamians

31 - 20
Rotherham

Rotherham vs Sale FC

22 - 46
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Cinderford

0 - 61
Wirral

Wirral RUFC vs Sale FC Rugby

5 - 24
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC v Cambridge

34 - 24
Winnington Park

Sale FC v Chester RUFC

57 - 12
Ampthill

Ampthill v Sale FC

31 - 22
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC v Plymouth Albion

31 - 29
Esher

Esher v Sale FC

31 - 22
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC v Chinnor

33 - 17
Loughborourgh

Loughborough Students v Sale FC

18 - 32
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC v Blackheath

32 - 27
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC v Darlington Mowden Park

37 - 30
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC v Birmingham Moseley

31 - 26
Rosslyn Park

Rosslyn Park v Sale FC

32 - 14
Old Elthamians

Old Elthamians v Sale FC

13 - 12
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC v Rotherham

29 - 15
Bishop's Stortford

Bishop’s Stortford v Sale FC

31 - 17
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC v Cinderford

20 - 23
Caldy

Caldy v Sale FC

10 - 27
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC v Ampthill

14 - 7
Plymouth Albion

Plymouth Albion v Sale FC

38 - 44
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC v Esher

28 - 21
Chinnor

Chinnor v Sale FC

38 - 31
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC v Loughborough Students

41 - 24
Blackheath

Blackheath v Sale FC

31 - 22
Birmingham Moseley

Birmingham Moseley v Sale FC

23 - 31
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC v Rosslyn Park

29 - 31
Darlington Mowden Park

Darlington Mowden Park v Sale FC

42 - 38
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC v Old Elthamians

32 - 27
Rotherham

Rotherham v Sale FC

22 - 8
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC v Bishop's Stortford

41 - 30
Cinderford

Cinderford v Sale FC

26 - 24
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC v Caldy

36 - 36
Cambridge

Cambridge v Sale FC

15:00
Doncaster Knights

Doncaster Knights v Sale FC Rugby

22 - 17
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Sale Jets

21 - 22
Luctonians

Luctonians vs Sale FC

5 - 37
Leicester Lions

Leicester Lions vs Sale FC

45 - 10
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Huddersfield

24 - 36
Blaydon

Blaydon vs Sale FC

30 - 28
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Chester

0 - 37
Macclesfield

Macclesfield vs Sale FC

6 - 20
Wharfedale

Wharfedale vs Sale FC

29 - 0
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Stourbridge

7 - 28
Huddersfield

Huddersfield vs Sale FC

59 - 5
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Otley

Postponed
Macclesfield

Macclesfield vs Sale FC

34 - 10
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Tynedale

18 - 26
Hinckley

Hinckley vs Sale FC

37 - 9
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs South Leicester

10 - 47
Sheffield

Sheffield vs Sale FC

16 - 27
Sheffield Tigers

Sheffield Tigers vs Sale FC

20 - 13
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Sedgley Park

54 - 12
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Blaydon

10 - 40
Chester

Chester vs Sale FC

48 - 16
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Wharfedale

16 - 39
Stourbridge

Stourbridge vs Sale FC

48 - 5
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Luctonians

13 - 31
Otley

Otley vs Sale FC

19 - 3
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Macclesfield

7 - 5
Tynedale

Tynedale vs Sale FC

21 - 6
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Hinckley

22 - 22
South Leicester

South Leicester vs Sale FC

31 - 17
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Sheffield

52 - 15
Heywood Rd

Sale FC vs Sheffield Tigers

24 - 16
Sedgley Park

Sedgley Park vs Sale FC

48 - 10
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Leicester Lions

21 - 7
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Chester

14 - 19
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC vs Old Elthamians

59 - 14
Sale FC Rugby

Sale 1st XV v Preston Grasshoppers

28 - 26
Caldy

Caldy v Sale 1st XV

28 - 19
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC 1st XV v Chester

10 - 42
Sedgley Park

Sedgley Park v Sale 1st XV

63 - 27
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC 1st XV v Wharfedale

10 - 21
Harrogate

Harrogate v Sale FC 1st XV

19 - 40
Stourbridge

Stourbridge v Sale FC 1st XV

35 - 15
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC 1st XV v Sheffield Tigers

18 - 25
Luctonians

Luctonians v Sale FC 1st XV

20 - 14
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC 1st XV v South Leicester

28 - 37
Tynedale

Tynedale v Sale FC 1st XV

25 - 14
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC 1st XV v Hinckley

11 - 28

Preston Grasshopers v Sale FC 1st XV

26 - 38
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC 1st XV v Caldy

5 - 17
Chester

Chester v Sale FC 1st XV

25 - 24
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC 1st XV v Sedgley Park

13 - 18
Wharfedale

Wharfedale v Sale FC 1st XV

37 - 13
Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC 1st XV v Harrogate

23 - 5
Leicester Lions

Leicester Lions v Sale FC 1st XV

27 - 47
Sheffield Tigers

Sheffield Tigers v Sale FC 1st XV

42 - 39
South Leicester

South Leicester v Sale FC

6 - 40
Hinckley

Hinckley v Sale FC 1stXV