Known to everyone as “Salty” Eric joined the club aged 12 in 1942. By 1949 he was captain of the senior netball team, a high dive and crawl swimming champion and played semi pro- football for Altrincham. His first volunteer job at the club was to light the coal fires in the games rooms before each evening session. He attended the first post WW2 camp at Kettlehulme in 1947 and was still attending camp in 2012.
Senior volunteer workers at the club are remembering former member and professional footballer Albert McPherson who died this week aged 87. Albert lived in West Dixon Street and attended St Barts School, initially working as a block printer at local firm Worrall’s. He was a member of the club from 1942 to 1954, before signing for Walsall in 1955. He played centre half for Walsall until 1964 and was also club captain: he went on to coach and scout for West Brom.
Eric Salthouse, our most senior volunteer described Albert as “a fine athlete and all round good guy, a real role model for young lads at the club” Albert is pictured above (Front Right) in a Salford Lads Club football team at the annual camp in 1950 with Eric Salthouse (standing, 3rd from left)
A party of young club members and volunteers set off today for the 101st Salford Lads’ club camp at Aberystwyth, Mid Wales. A group of volunteers had already travelled down on Wednesday to set up the campsite. The party is made up of more than 50 including senior volunteer Eric Salthouse who first attended camp in 1948.
Two of the most remarkable men you could ever meet, Eric Salthouse and Archie Swift joined Salford Lads’ Club as 12 year olds. This week the club acknowledged their combined 135 years involvement, first as junior members and then as volunteers. Eric has now been involved with the club for 70 years and Archie 65 years. The first camp they attended just after WW2 was in 1946 and they were both present at this year’s historic 100th camp.
42 young people and volunteers set off for camp at 12.00 on Saturday, exactly 105 years after the club’s first Whitsuntide camp in 1904.
Photographer Stephen Wright was on hand to record this historic event.
The fatigue party were already in Aberystwyth, setting up the tents and the campsite. The party included veteran volunteers Eric Salthouse and Archie Swift who attended their first camp in 1946.