The Smith Room
The Smiths Room

History

Phil, Leslie and the Duke of Kent - April 2004
Phil, Leslie and the Duke of Kent – April 2004

The ground floor room off the main gym room was originally a fives (squash) court. This was altered in1920 to create a changing room for gymnastics and football. By the 1970s the room was used for weightlifting and body building. It stopped being used by 1984 but retained all the pictures and equipment, some dating back to the 1950s and 1960s.

In 2003 a live BBC 6 Music programme was held at the club to mark 25 years since the release of The Smiths “Hand in Glove” A group of fans were invited to the event. Leslie Holmes outlined his idea for the weightlifting room where fans could leave pictures or messages to mark their visit.

Leslie and Hugh official opening June 2004
Leslie and Hugh official opening June 2004

In 2004 as part of the clubs HLF “From Baden Powell To Morrissey” project Leslie Holmes created the smiths room and included the first pictures and post it notes from fans. The room was officially opened by Smiths fan Hugh Clarke in June 2004

 

Mosaic from Afflecks Palace Manchester. In October 2012 Elaine Walsh,   founder of Afflecks Palace donated the original mosaic featuring Morrissey. The mosaic was created by Mark Kennedy and installed outside Afflecks Palace in 1995, it was taken down in 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visiting

The Smiths Room is open for visitors throughout the year, please contact the club by email to arrange a visit. The room is also open for the clubs open day events and as part of Heritage Open Weekend in early September. Visits are also arranged by Manchester Music tours.

Leslie Holmes would like to thank the following people for their help and contributions to the Smiths Room, Damian Morgan, Stephen Wright, Mike Joyce, Hugh Clarke, Kevin Lloyd, Anthony Ball, Phil Gatenby and the volunteer workers at the club.