Ryan Adams calls in at the club today

Ryan Adams outside Salford Lads Club

Ryan Adams took a break from his UK tour and stood on the famous spot, 25 years after Stephen Wrights Iconic photo of The Smiths. It turns out that Ryan, accompanied by Jesse Malin, is a fan, and both were in awe of the musical and sporting heritage of the area.

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.


Charlatans and Topman fundraise for SLC

The Charlatans performed in Manchester last night, part of a Topman CTRL event  in aid of the club.

Tim Burgess performs at the Topman CTRL gig

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“This one’s for Salford Lads Club,”  said lead singer  Tim Burgess  “Let’s keep it going for another 100 years”. It’s Brilliant that so many people give us this kind of support,  so thanks to all the fans, and bands who contributed to last nights event and thanks to Topman CTRL for bringing everything together.

105 years ago Salford Lads’ Club set off for the first Whitsuntide 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.

Setting off for camp 2009
Setting off for camp 2009

Archie has a date with the Queen, Hazel Blears and Stephen Wright

Hazel Blears and Archie
Hazel Blears and Archie

On Tuesday this week the Queen presented Archie Swift with an MBE for his lifetime of voluntary work at Salford Lads’ Club. Archie and his family travelled to London for the ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Later in the day Archie called at the Palace of Westminster and had tea with Salford MP and chair of the Labour Party Hazel Blears. Smiths photographer Stephen Wright offered to record the occasion for Archie and we are delighted to be able to show the picture here.

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


Salford Lads’ Club on BBC Radio 4

The Front Row Arts programme on Monday 14th November,featured an item about the club and interviews with Andy Rourke, Stephen Wright, Archie Swift, Leslie Holmes, Stephen Lord and Stephen Buckley.

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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.

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