Team History

South Manchester Mens started out as Sale Superleague Darts team playing in the 3rd division of the Lancashire Superleague (the 6th Tier in the league structure) in September 2009. The team was started by Rick Allan (captain), Anthony Eno & Chris McGrory. Like most teams in their first season Sale struggled to find their feet and confirm a regular lineup of players signing new players up for the first few months of the season including Ken Norbury & current captain Tony Fogarty. Sale lost in the final for their division in The Lancashire Cup (an event the team regularly perform well in) and finished their first season in the lower half of the table however the team were determined to do better.  

For the 2010-11 season Lancashire introduced the Elite Super 8s & local rivals (at the time) Wythenshawe dropped out of the league this meant Sale started the season in the 2nd Division (still the 5th Tier in the league structure)but with a numbers boost from the Wythenshawe players like Stuart Graham who joined that season. Sale played better with the new players and finished in the top half of the table but were ultimately just short of promotion however things were going the right way.

In the 2011-12 season Sale changed to South Manchester and it became quickly apparent the change was more than just the name, the team won their divisional cup in The Lancashire Cup and finished their most successful season to date and their last under Rick Allan’s captaincy in second place and promoted into the 1st division.

The 2012-13 season saw a change in captain and some new players in Dave Yates and Marc Tomlinson as Tony Fogarty took over the helm to lead South Manchester on an unbeaten run through the 1st division winning the division cup on their way to securing back to back promotions and a place in the Premier Division.

In the 2013-14 season South Manchester attracted more new players as the team gained momentum bringing Gary O’Donnell, Tim Papworth and Alan Wilkinson the team’s unbeaten run continued another 5 games into the season this run saw the team well on the way to winning the league, a win that was secured on the last day of the season after a draw with fellow title hopefuls Blackpool. A third successive divisional cup win in the Lancashire Cup was capped with winning the Champions of Champions cup.

South Manchester then spent the next three seasons from 2014-15 to 2016-17 in the Super 8s finishing third twice before securing promotion at the third attempt by finishing 2nd, we now go on for the 2017-18 season in the Elite Super 8s at the very top tier of Lancashire Darts and face our toughest challenge to date.