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N 15 B 891 C 2 E Feb 28, 2024 F Apr 13, 2024
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Salford Lads Club, Coronation St, Salford

My previous posting - The Smiths Room seems to have bombed, maybe the sheer overload of imagery and colour put a lot of people off… or they simply don’t like The Smiths!

So, here’s a more tranquil image, just as much information as the room next door (maybe even more – I didn’t stop to count all the names). At first glance it’s hard to make out what it actually is, but on closer inspection I found it somewhat mind blowing. A simple concept, but with a hell of a lot of planning, forethought and sequencing to make it work.

Tags:   Salford Lads Club Salford archive room listed building historic members membership art installation Andy Rouse AndyRousePhotography Canon 5DMkIII EF17-40mm f/4L USM

N 24 B 997 C 7 E Feb 28, 2024 F Apr 11, 2024
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Salford Lads Club, Coronation St, Salford

I couldn’t not post images of this room… after all, it’s what put the club on the national and global map judging by all the overseas visitors it attracts (Salford Lads Club is the third most visited music related venue in the UK next to the Abbey Road crossing and The Cavern). It’s a bit in-yer-face compared with the tranquillity of the Archive Room next door.

The left image is the photo of The Smiths outside its doors for their album sleeve – The Queen Is Dead, but in reality, it was more to do with Morrissey’s love of Coronation Street and the street sign high on the wall why it was used.

The right image is a mosaic I’ve never seen before as I’ve photographed all ten of the mosaics outside Afflecks Palace many years ago. A little bit of research and… in October 2012 Elaine Walsh, founder of Afflecks Palace donated the original mosaic from the building exterior, featuring Morrissey among other Manchester music icons to the club. The mosaic was created by Mark Kennedy and installed outside Afflecks Palace in 1995 – it was taken down in 2008 and replaced with newer versions.

Tags:   Salford Lads Club Salford The Smiths Morrissey album The Queen Is Dead icon listed building historic archives music pop Afflecks Palace mosaics Andy Rouse AndyRousePhotography Canon 5DMkIII EF17-40mm f/4L USM

N 35 B 1.2K C 14 E Feb 28, 2024 F Apr 9, 2024
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Salford Lads Club, Coronation St, Salford

It’s been over a month since I posted the iconic Salford Lads Club front doors here on Flickr and added it to my Etsy shop… not a sniff of a sale so far, but that’s art and photography for you in a commercial world!

As I mentioned in my previous write-up, Kathy’s parents both lived in Salford and her dad was a member of the club in his youth so it was a great surprise to find this room. Here are stored all the membership records going right back to 1903. It took our guide Ross no time at all to dig out the membership card of Kathy’s dad… and all his brothers from such a well organised and indexed filing system (all the grey boxes on the shelving). We even got photocopies of all the family records and at no cost!

But this room is more than just an archive store… look at the grey panel left of the chairs. That is a laser cut (might be water cut… not sure) panel of a selection of members names, all arranged alphabetically which fill the entire wall behind me. We found Kathy’s dads name and brothers on the wall but it was too high to capture a good close up image (a good reason to go back and try again with a tall tripod).

One final note to mention, many footballers of yesteryear were members of SLC including Brian Doyle (Stoke City), Steve Fleet (Manchester City), Albert McPherson (Walsall and coach at West Bromwich Albion) and most tragic of all – Eddie Coleman (Manchester United) who was killed in the Munich air disaster. That’s his membership card over the desk with his last entry dated 6th February 1958.

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N 32 B 1.2K C 7 E Feb 28, 2024 F Mar 5, 2024
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Coronation St, Salford

I’ve been meaning to visit here for a very long time, mainly to take a picture of the iconic front doors for my Etsy shop. Pop art, abstract art and logos seem to sell better than any landscape I’ve ever tried to sell.

Kathy’s parents both lived in Salford and her dad was a member of the club in his youth so it was a double reason to finally go and visit. It’s open to the public every Wednesday and Saturday between 11am and 2pm. It’s run by volunteers and we were met at the door by Ross – who originated from Devon, came to study in Manchester and has never left. Ross is a mind of information and as we were the only one’s there at opening time gave us a personal guided tour of the building and its history. It’s very impressive and I had the free rein of the building to take photos (with tripod I might add) with the Archive Room being the most impressive but I’ll write about that in another posting.

Salford Lads Club is the third most visited music related venue in the UK next to the Abbey Road crossing and The Cavern (you don’t get free coffee/tea and biscuits at those venues unlike SLC) – proper northern hospitality! Its fame was probably boosted by the iconic image of The Smith outside its doors for their album sleeve – The Queen Is Dead, but in reality, it was more to do with Morrissey’s love of Coronation Street and the street sign high on the wall.

Tags:   Salford Lads Club Salford The Smiths album The Queen Is Dead icon listed building historic football Busby Babes archives music pop Andy Rouse AndyRousePhotography Canon 5DMkIII EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM


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