Manchester City Social Club (Rusholme)
The city club was a cabaret club, run by Roy Clarke who in his wisdom opened the club on Tuesday nights for young members. The good new was that it was licensed and beer could be bought by anyone and nobody on the door cared.
It started of with a DJ - can't remember his name but he was manager at a record storeand sold cheap records, so the rumour was.
Eventually bands were booked - Mobile Unit, The Focal Points, etc.
One band I remember, The Magnificant Menks! Great name but I never saw them again. The club battled on bravely till '70s when disco took over and all the young bands who played there on a Tues night now played in cabaret bands and instead played the club on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
The building that housed the club survived as Man. City's merchandise super store until the club re-located to Eastlands.
The record shop was Piccadilly Records on Piccadilly approach. I remember Wednesday was show night, the acts performed but no atmosphere. Thursday night was old time dancing. Friday and Saturday nights were again show nights, Friday being a younger audience. Sunday night was the first night for the shows. Acts seen there :- all the comedians, Bernard Manning, Charlie Williams, Ken Goodwin, George Roper, Little & Large, Cannon & Ball, Freddie Starr, the Black Abbots, the Grumbleweeds, the Peddlar. Faith Brown appeared with her "brothers" as the Carrolls. Tony Christie appeared early on in his career until he priced himself out when he hit "the big time", and many others. Members of the first team used to appear in the Christmas panto.
Alan Hackland - 3/10//12
When I was a young child I used to see the nuns walking along Carlton Avenue to the church. Later it was pulled down and many years later The Manchester City Social Club was built.
My Uncle Norman Rucker used to play for Manchester City reserves and still is a member of the ex players club. My cousin Lynne was runner up in the Manchester City Football Queen.
From the age of 18 I used to go to The Manchester City Social Club. Roy Clarke was Manager. Every Tuesday night I used to go to the Disco night. The music was fantastic. At weekends I would go to the night club, there was always top artists. Comedians "Little and Large" "Bernard Manning" "Brother Hood of Man" after they won the Euopean song contest. There was always a new artist every time. I used to enjoy the disco and Bingo. Those were the good old days. Bill was compare from Coronation Street.
Roy Clarke employed me behind the bar. I worked weekends and match days at home games. We used to receive tickets to watch the game in the Platt Lane Stand but had to be back just before the game finished ready for the rush.
1980 I entered The Manchester City Football Queen and won. And went into The Northern area finals at Blackpool. Had an interview with The Sun News Paper, had photos taken wearing a Manchester City football strip in the souvenir shop. I attended "Player of the Year" and met Steve McKenzie. We became very good friends. presented flowers to Mike Sumerbee wife at his Testimonial evening. I did a tour of Manchester in a yellow Royals Royce waving to the crowds. OMG I felt like the Queen of England. We had a float leading the Manchester City Parade with The Muppets" went to Wembely twice for the Centenary.
The Manchester City Social Club was a fantastic venue for a good night out. Many lovely friends and memories I will always remember.
Denise Rutter - 23/11/12
Steve McKenzie - Manchester City Footballer 1980/81 presenting me with a gift.