Senior volunteer Eric Salthouse is 90 years old today.

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.

In the video, Tales from camp Eric talks about cycling the 20 miles from Ordsall to Kettleshulme in Derbyshire, after work on a Friday evening to set up the campsite.

Eric is pictured top left in the centre (wearing braces) at the 1949 camp; in the kitchen at the 1980 camp; front left at the 2005 camp and front row centre in the SLC football team of 1947.


NeverMoreNeeded at Salford Lads Club

#NeverMoreNeeded  Our film is a reminder of a typical lively Wednesday night at Salford Lads Club with football and boxing.  170 local young people benefit from activities we offer each week.

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Rising Football Star comes back to the club

Kallum and mates
Kallum and mates

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

Fishing and Football

The club had a busy weekend with volunteers taking a group of lads to Thirsk in North Yorkshire on Saturday to take part in Angling Day provided by the National Federation of Anglers. The event involved young people from the North of England and was organised by Clubs for Young People.

On Sunday volunteers took our under 14 five a side football team to take part a special “Centenary Legends Football Match” held at Sportcity in Manchester. They were invited as winners of last years GMFCYP competition.

Salford Lads’ through to Football Final

Our U14 Team
Our U14 Team

Last Saturday at the Kenward Sports Centre in Hyde our under 14 Five a side Football team won through to the final of The Greater Manchester Federation Cup. The final will be played at the Manchester Athletics Arena in March 2007 as part of the Centenary Celebrations of The Greater Manchester Federation of Clubs For Young People.

The team of 2006 are pictured with a Salford Lads’ Club team photograph from 1909 when the club already had four football teams playing in Greater Manchester Leagues.