Sale FC promoted to National One

Sale FC – the original club – are promoted to National One, two levels behind the Premiership.


New Ownership

Sale Sharks

Simon Orange and Ged Mason OBE are new owners of the club


LV= Cup Final

Sharks lose to Harlequins in LV= Cup (Anglo Welsh) final played at Worcester


Move to the Salford City Stadium

Move to the Salford City Stadium

Club moves to play at the new Salford City Stadium


Diamond appointed Director of Rugby


Steve Diamond returns to his former club as Director of Rugby


EDF Energy Cup Semi Final

Reach the semi-finals of the EDF Energy (Anglo Welsh) Cup, but lose to Leicester Tigers in a Millennium Stadium double header


Guinness Premiership Champions

Guinness Premiership champions

Beat Leicester Tigers 45-20 at Twickenham to become Guinness Premiership champions. Sharks were the first club to top the season’s table, then win the title


European Challenge Cup

Beat Pau 27-3 in the European Challenge Cup, the competition’s new name

British & Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand

Club has five players included in British & Irish Lions party for New Zealand tour


Powergen Cup Final

Back at Twickenham in the Powergen Cup Final, but lose narrowly to Newcastle Falcons

Saint Andre appointed Director of Rugby

Philippe Saint Andre is appointed the club’s Director of Rugby


The move to Edgeley Park

Sale Sharks

Club moves to play matches at Edgeley Park, Stockport

England are World Cup winners

England are World Cup winners and the trophy is paraded on the Edgeley Park pitch by Clive Woodward before a Heineken Cup match against Cardiff Blues


Parker Pen Shield Victory

Sale Sharks

Sale Sharks beat Pontypridd at Oxford in Parker Pen Shield, European rugby’s second-tier competition, with former players Jim Mallinder & Steve Diamond in charge off the field. First silverware at 15-a-side outside of Cheshire in 141 years.


New ownership of Sale Sharks

Brian Kennedy becomes new owner of the club

Jason Robinson signs for Sale Sharks

Jason Robinson

Jason Robinson is a stellar signing from Wigan Warriors


Name change to Sale Sharks

Known as Sale Sharks in the new professional era of the Courage and Allied Dunbar Leagues


Pilkington Cup Final

Sale FC back at Twickenham in Pilkington Cup Final. After a thrilling semi-final win against Harlequins at Heywood Road, they lose 9-3 to Leicester in the rain at HQ


During the War years

Club had kept afloat during the War years largely due to the efforts of Jim Birtles


Success in the Middlesex Sevens

Hal Sever leads club to success in Middlesex Sevens at Twickenham. Sever also played for England


Pat Davies is club’s first international player

Pat Davies is club’s first international player. He played one match – a win against Ireland


Club moves to Heywood Road

Club moves to Heywood Road in Brooklands. There was a plan to move to Woodbourne Road after World War II, but that was scrapped


Sale FC founded

Sale FC founded and played on numerous fields in Sale