The 50th anniversary of the Munich aircrash today is of particular significance to Salford Lads’ Club, where the Manchester United legend Eddie Colman was a member.
Eddie joined the club when he was thirteen and captained the club’s 3rd division side when he was just 14. He also attended the annual camp on 3 occasions in 1951, 1952,1954.
Volunteers Archie Swift and Jim Thorpe set up a display about Eddie in the entrance hall and a minute’s silence was held during the evening to remind all the young lads of Eddie’s time here and the achievements he made during his remarkable, but tragically short life.
18 year old Kallum Higginbottom, now playing professional football in Rochdale’s first team (and scoring goals), was back in the club tonight for a game of 5 a side with his mates.
Kallam was a member of our under-16 five a side team that won the Greater Manchester Federation CYP Cup 3 years ago. The team went on to the semi final stage of the Northern Competition. Kallum left school and started out with Oldham before moving over to Rochdale this year where he is a regular member of the first team squad.
Kallam now joins the roll of honour of 17 club members who became professional footballers. The most famous of these were Man Utd legend Eddie Colman, and Man City’s Steve Fleet. Other famous names include Albert Macpherson who played for Walsall and Brian Doyle who played for Stoke City