Sale Sharks

Based at Edgeley Park, Stockport, the Sale Sharks are one of the oldest rugby union clubs in history and a prominent team who momentously finished top of the Guinness Premiership league at the end of the 2005-06 season.

History

Founded in 1861, Sale’s rugby union club dominated the game in the North of England during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Their reign continued into the twentieth century and in 1911 the team had a particularly notable year when they won 24 out of 26 matches played and drew the other two. In 1927 Pat Davies was the first Sharks player to appear in the England rugby team and during the thirties the club went on to produce a number of notable international players including Hal Sever, Claude Davey, Wilfred Wooler and Ken Fyfe.

Between 1972 and 1987 the Sharks won the county cup championships for fifteen consecutive seasons. Despite their success on a county level, however, they failed to win the national championships, coming close only once in 1972 when they lost 35 to 6 against Coventry in the championship final.

During the nineties, coach Paul Turner joined the Sharks and with him the team began to perform well on a national as well as club level. 1994 was a momentous year for the Sharks when, at the end of the season, the team was promoted to the rugby union premier division. Despite their promotion, the Sale Sharks had a period of financial struggle at the end of the nineties when a series of defeats led to poor crowds and a loss of backing from several major club funders. After narrowly missing relegation, however, local businessman Brian Kennedy secured the club financially and the team entered a new era of professionalism.

At the beginning of the new millennium Peter Deakin left Warrington Wolves, the successful rugby league team, to become the Sharks’ chief executive. Sadly, Deakin suffered a serious illness shortly after joining the club and in 2003 he passed away, but not before making a significant impact in raising the club’s profile. Peter Deakin’s involvement with the Sharks raised the profile, not only of the premiership team, but also of the Shark’s under-21s academy and in recent years a number of Sale’s young players have also played a part of the England under-21s. In the last few years there has also been an increase in the number of high profile players who have transferred to the Sharks, most notably Scotland’s former captain, Bryan Redpath and Jason Robinson who, over the last few years, has progressed to become one of the best rugby union wings in the world.

During their first two seasons in the premiership, the Sharks struggled to perform with the confidence they had shown in the lower divisions, placing eleventh and tenth but managing to avoid relegation. In 2002, former players Jim Mallinder and Steve Diamond joined the team as a coaching partnership and at the end of the 2002 season the Sharks placed runners-up in the premiership and qualified for the Heineken Cup. Later that year the team were also victorious in the Parker Pen Shield beating Pontypridd 25-22 in a tense final at Oxford.

At the end of 2003 the Sharks moved from their former home at Heywood Road to share the 10,000 seat stadium at Edgeley Park with football team Stockport County, continuing to use Heywood Road for its under-21s and reserve matches. Since moving to their new home, the Sharks have continued to increase in popularity and they now have a sell-out stadium almost every week.

In 2004 Steve Diamond left the Sharks and French coach Philippe St Andre joined the team to become ‘Director of Rugby.’ With St Andre came a series of international transfers including Robert Todd and Sebastian Chabal. After finishing third in the 2004 Guinness Premiership, the Sharks qualified for the Heineken Cup and that same year they momentously won the European Challenge Cup, beating Pau 27-3. Following their successful year, the 2005 season started well with impressive performances in a series of Six Nations and Autumn Internationals. At the end of the season the Sharks were at the top of the Premiership table, a success which was topped when they went on to win the league final, defeating the Leicester Tigers 45 to 10 at Twickenham, ending the season as Premiership champions.

Tickets

Tickets for home and away matches can be ordered online at the official Sale Sharks website., by email to ticketoffice@salesharks.com or through the ticket office on 08444 994 994.

Tickets can be booked before the match or on match days at the following prices:

McAfee Stand (Platinum)

  • Adult: £43 (Pre booked) £47 (Match day)

McAfee Stand (Gold)

  • Adult: £36 (Pre booked) £40 ((Match day)
  • Junior: £8 (Pre booked) £10 (Match day)
  • Disabled: £10 (Pre booked) £10 (Match day)
  • Family 1 (1 Adult + 1 Junior): £51 (Pre booked) £57 (Match day)
  • Family 2 (2 Adults + 1 Junior): £87 (Pre booked) £97 (Match day)

DL Piper Stand (Silver)

  • Adult: £30 (Pre booked) £34 (Match day)
  • Junior: £15 (Pre booked) £17 (Match day)
  • Disabled: £10 (Pre booked) £10 (Match day)
  • Family 1: £45 (Pre booked) £51 (Match day)
  • Family 2: £75 (Pre booked) £85 (Match day)

DL Piper Stand (Bronze)

  • Adult: £30 (Pre booked) £34 (Match day)
  • Junior £12 (Pre booked) £14 (Match day)
  • Concession: £22 (Pre booked) £25 (Match day)
  • Family 1: £42 (Pre booked) £48 (Match day)
  • Family 2: £72 (Pre booked) £82 (Match day)

Printerland.co.uk Stand

  • Adult: £24 (Pre booked) £28 (Match day)
  • Junior: £10 (Pre booked) £12 (Match day)
  • Additional Juniors: £5 (Pre booked) £7 (Match day)
  • Disabled: £10 (Pre booked) £10 (Match day)
  • Concession: £16 (Pre booked) £19 (Match day)
  • Family 1: £34 (Pre booked) £40 (Match day)
  • Family 2: £58 (Pre booked) £68 (Match day)

Britannia Building Society Stand

  • Adult: £15 (Pre booked) £19 (Match day)
  • Junior £7 (Pre booked) £9 (Match day)
  • Additional Juniors: £4 (Pre booked) £6 (Match day)
  • Concession: £11 (Pre booked) £14 (Match day)
  • Family 1: £22 (Pre booked) £28 (Match day)
  • Family 2: £27 (Pre booked) £47 (Match day)

Contact

For information about matches or for general enquires contact:

Tel: 08712 220 120
Fax: 08712 220 120
Address: Edgeley Park, Hardcastle Road, Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire, SK3 9DD