We are sad to announce the recent death of Jean Unsworth 4 days short of her 90th birthday. Jean was secretary of the club from 1975 to 1990 and worked alongside her husband Ken who was joint leader with Dave Waterson. Ken and Jean are pictured (centre) at the 1982 camp. Jean was secretary at the time of Stephen Wright’s now iconic photograph of The Smiths taken in 1985, but back then it caused a lot of controversy. The MEN newspaper article from 1998 is now pasted in the Smiths room and gets lots of interest from visitors from around the world.
We have a great event at the club on Friday 3rd February with Smiths drummer Mike Joyce and Man City star Paul Lake talking about Music and Football. It should be another fascinating evening in the concert hall following on from talks with Tim Burgess in July and Peter Hook in October.
Mike is currently helping our fundraising with a T shirt we designed using his original photo of Morrissey. We have already sold £10,000 of the T shirts and the profits from the sales are going towards a visit to New York at Easter for young people at the club. The shirts are also available on our shop page.
Tickets for the event are available from
Last week Salford Lads’ Club featured prominently in a BBC2 ‘Culture Show’ special about The Smiths. Last night we featured in a scene in the final episode of Channel 5’s ‘Shameless’, with Frank Gallagher ranting outside our front door about tourists and mobile phones. Meanwhile, in today’s edition of The Sun newspaper, Stewart Whittingham’s report about Salford as a holiday destination includes a photograph of him outside the club, dressed in shorts and sandals. We were the first place that he visited of course!
The club will be open for 3 days to welcome Morrissey and Smith fans during Morrissey’s’ homecoming gig at the Manchester Arena.
We will be open from 12- 4pm on Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July.
Please come along to see the Smiths Room, and our new display of 100 pictures of the clubs camping holidays from 1904 – 2012.
Refreshments available all day
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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.