Morrissey is opening a pop-up store – at Salford Lads Club!

The Manchester Evening News reported our special pop-up shop.

Morrissey merchandise will be on sale in his ‘Mpourium’ including limited T-shirts, vinyl, and his books for three days to coincide with the weekend that the singer is performing in Manchester.

Morrissey’s gig will take place on Saturday August 20th at Manchester Arena and the shop will open each day from August 19th to 21st.

  • Friday 19th August (10.30am – 4.30pm)
  • Saturday 20th August (10.30am – 4.30pm)
  • Sunday 21st August (10.30am – 3pm)

We will also be selling Salford Lads Club merchandise and showing a collection of photographs of Morrissey and Marr taken by fan, Colin Howe, in 1983. Colin will be here in person on Saturday 20th to sign books and posters.

All welcome, no need to book!

ebay auction of Smiths memorabilia for SLC

Stephen Wright, photographer of the iconic picture of the Smiths outside SLC (used on the inside sleeve of the Queen is Dead) has generoulsy donated one of the original proofs sent to him by Rough Trade Records. This is now being auctioned on ebay with the money raised going to the club.

If you would like to help the club by making a bid for this very rare item please follow the link below.

New T shirt from Topman

Smiths fans from leicestershire  model our new t shirt
Smiths fans from leicestershire model our new t shirt

We have a new T shirt available, courtesy of Topman, who have helped our fundraising campaign by designing and printing it for us. We are also grateful to 3 smiths fans from Leicestershire who called by last week and agreed to model the new shirt.

Its in black with a picture of the famous sign and includes the club motto
To Brighten Young Lives and Make Good Citizens

The T shirts cost £10 with all proceeds going to the clubOrder yours now!

Fans ebay auction for Salford Lads’ Club

Smiths fans have put 4 items on ebay to raise funds for the club. There are 2 framed original Smiths photos by Stephen Wright and a couple of weird and wonderful Morrissey  figures – one knitted and one modelled in clay.

Please follow the link to view auction items and make a bid to support the club.

Another ‘Charming Man’ visits the club!

David Cameron visits the Club
David Cameron visits the Club

‘This Charming Man’ is the favourite Smiths track of Conservative Party Leader David Cameron who toured the club yesterday. He wrote in our visitors’ book:

“Inspirational club – thank you for all you do (and for providing such a great shrine for Smiths fans!)”

Follow this link for an article and picture of his visit:

Bigmouth Bikes Again

Moz Riders
Moz Riders

Fans are coming from the USA, Italy, Ireland and all parts of the UK to take part in a 16 mile sponsored ride around the Smiths landmarks ending up back at Salford Lads Club.

Registration is from 10am – bike ride starts from the front entrance at 11am

Tribute band The Smyths, and the Levenshulme Bicycle Orchestra will welcome everyone back at 2.30 and the event finishes around 4pm. We also have special guests, a cake and a retro ice cream van “Everyday is like Sundae”

If you want to donate to the event please use the paypal link on the site, or send a cheque to Salford Lads’ Club. If you want to come in and watch the bands this is also by donation. You can also buy one of the special limited edition T shirts, Bigmouthbikesagain. The T shirts are £15 or £10 to people taking part in the bike ride.

The Smiths is Dead: Iconic Images from the ‘Dirty Old Town’

Rothwell Street where Peter Hook lived
Rothwell Street where Peter Hook lived

The exhibition ‘Dirty Old Town’ is set in the Billiards Room and celebrates the significance of the area’s red brick streets. Artist Leslie Holmes has collected together a unique collection of archive photographs and pictures by local residents. A place that inspired ‘Coronation Street’ ‘A taste of Honey’ ‘East is East’ and ‘Dirty Old Town’. Downstairs in the Smiths Room, fans and club volunteers describe the impact of Stephen Wright’s famous image of the Smiths outside Salford Lads Club in 1986 and its effect today.

Exhibition dates 16,17,18,24,25 June. Open 12noon – 4pm. Admission Free.

Special events
Friday 16th – BBC Radio Manchester Live from the club 2-4pm
Sunday 18th Stephen Wright charity photo shoot 11am-1pm
Sunday 18th The Other Smiths perform live at 2pm.

Salford Lads’ Club t-shirts and Stephen Wright prints will be available during the events but we don’t have credit card facilities.

The exhibition is supported by Urban Splash and Salford City Council and is part of the Arts Councils 10 year celebration of Architecture Week


BBC News, Salford Lads’ Club in The National Gallery

On the BBC news website yesterday was an item about Stephen Wright’s iconic photograph of The Smiths.It has been selected to be part of the collection in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

More details on:

To see pictures of The Smiths by Stephen Wright go to:

Smiths fan joins annual camp!

24 young people and 12 volunteer workers have set off on our annual camp holiday to Aberystwyth.

This year the group includes Smiths fan Kevin Lloyd, whose role includes making a film of this year’s event. This is the 101st year of camping trips made by SLC and these two pictures show the change in modes of transport. The picture from 1911 shows a group setting off from Oxford Street, opposite the front of the club – the charabanc only took them as far as the railway station. The picture from 2005 shows the 2 mini buses
setting off from the side of the club. The street is now called St Ignatius Walk, but was formerly Oxford Street.