Sale FC Rugby Club

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Sale FC
Full name Sale FC Rugby
Union Cheshire RFU
Founded 1861; 157 years ago (1861)
Location Sale, Greater Manchester, England
Region Cheshire
Ground(s) Heywood Road (Capacity: 3,387)
Chairman Steve Smith
President James Hourihan
Coach(es) Jonathan Keep
Captain(s) Andy Hughes
League(s) National League 1
2017–18 Promoted from National League 2 North (champions)
Official website
www.salefc.com

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[edit]

Heywood Road

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.[1]

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.

The Suite @Sale[edit]

The Suite @Sale FC

In December 2017 at their home game against Sedgley Tigers, Sale FC opened their Suite @Sale hospitality suite. This new suite seats 180 for meals in the main room, 24 people in the Executive Suite and has two bars. The downstairs also has a new gymnasium and a Martial Arts facility used by TaeKwonDo.

Training ground[edit]

Carrington High Performance Centre

Sale FC also own the Sale Sharks High Performance Training Centre on Carrington Lane. This facility has four pitches, one of which is floodlit and a training resource area including dining room, performance analysis suite and it is also where Minis and Juniors train on Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings.

Mascot[edit]

The unveiling of Trickey the Mutt, 23rd December 2017

On 23 December 2017 the club unveiled a new mascot, Trickey the Mutt.[2]

Honours[edit]

Old amateur club (pre Sale Sharks)

Modern amateur club (post Sale Sharks)

Current season[edit]

2018–19 National League 1 Table watch · edit · discuss
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Old Elthamians 7 5 0 2 234 195 39 5 1 26
2 Caldy 7 5 0 2 188 167 21 3 1 24
3 Sale FC 7 4 1 2 215 207 8 4 1 23
4 Chinnor 7 4 0 3 168 157 11 4 3 23
5 Blackheath 7 5 0 2 170 120 50 2 0 22
6 Rotherham Titans 7 4 0 3 205 174 31 4 2 22
7 Cinderford 7 4 0 3 175 146 29 3 3 22
8 Darlington Mowden Park 7 4 0 3 194 188 6 5 1 22
9 Rosslyn Park 7 4 0 3 185 178 7 4 1 21
10 Ampthill 7 3 0 4 173 163 10 4 3 19
11 Cambridge 7 3 1 3 155 164 -9 2 2 18
12 Plymouth Albion 7 3 0 4 134 134 0 3 3 18
13 Bishop's Stortford 7 3 0 4 196 141 55 3 2 17
14 Esher 7 3 0 4 133 169 -36 2 2 16
15 Birmingham Moseley 7 1 0 6 171 234 -63 3 4 11
16 Loughborough Students 7 0 0 7 129 288 -159 2 1 3
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background is the promotion place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 13 October 2018
Source: "National League 1". NCA Rugby.


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