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Heywood Road

Heywood Road
LocationHeywood Road
M33 3WB
Coordinates53°24′57.87″N 2°19′16.54″W / 53.4160750°N 2.3212611°W / 53.4160750; -2.3212611
Capacity3,387 (2017)[1]
Sale F.C. (1905-)
Sale Sharks (1996-2003)
Sale Jets
Swinton RLFC (2016-)

Heywood Road is a rugby stadium in Sale, Greater Manchester, England, which has been the home ground of rugby union side Sale F.C. since 1905.[2] It was the home ground of spin-off professional club Sale Sharks until they moved to Edgeley Park, Stockport, in 2003.[3] Sale Sharks' 'A' team, the Sale Jets, still play at Heywood Road.

From the 2016 season, it has also been home to Championship rugby league team Swinton. The move of Swinton to the ground meant that the General Safety Certificate had to be renewed. In September 2016, a report by Trafford Council to the Safety at Sports Grounds Sub-Committee recommended that Heywood Road's capacity be reduced from 5,400 to 3,387 for safety reasons.[4]


  1. ^ "BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | The media man: Dave Swanton". BBC News. 4 April 2005. Retrieved 20 October 2005.
  2. ^ Sale FC Rugby Club. "History of Sale FC". Sale FC. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  3. ^ Mullins, Nick (6 May 2003). "BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | English | Sale bid farewell to Heywood Road". BBC News. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Sale Rugby Football Club – Application for a General Safety Certificate" (PDF). Trafford Council. 4 April 2005. Retrieved 21 September 2016.

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