Ancoats Youth Club – Butler St – Ancoats – Manchester

28 Aug

Ancoats Youth Club in its guise as a bed shop, shortly before demolition in 2011.

Ancoats Youth Club had sadly ceased being a place for the community to come together and use the facilities a number of years before it became a bed shop before it was finally demolished in 2011, with yet another community resource gone forever.

It was at its height of popularity in the 1980s when it was well used by the community of Miles Platting and further afield, when poverty and unemployment were rife in the area as it was in much of North Manchester and when children had little or nothing to do, with very few opportunities for sport or other activities. All of which were on offer at Ancoats Youth Club and included indoor football, regular trips to Harpurhey Baths and pool.

There is very little information regarding the origins of the building, although the architecture dates in from between the 1960s to the 1970s.

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4 Responses to “Ancoats Youth Club – Butler St – Ancoats – Manchester”

  1. Harjeet Singh October 23, 2016 at 12:38 am #

    so good to find comments about Ancoats Lads Club me Jadge Singh and my brother Johnny Singh were members at the club and were really keen used to stay on to attend the gymnastics class where we won medals and the cup which were presented by Burt Trautman the Manchester City goal keeper.My two older brothers Karnell and Jack Singh were also Boy Scouts at the club

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  2. Chris roberts September 3, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Happy memories of the club from way back in the early 1960s when it was in a old mill in Percy street If I remember, three of us used to travel from bolton with a mr miller whose son kept goal we played our matches on pitches near belle vue think it was platt playing fields if I remember, and it was a very good side wining most competitions including the league most seasons. Very sad that it’s no longer in exsistance but still have lovely memories.

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    • Tony Chilton October 21, 2016 at 12:02 am #

      I remember Ancoats Lads Club as a thriving centre of activity during the mid 50s to the late 60s. Gymnastics,boxing,football, boys netball and basketball, billiards and snooker and a range of other activities such as Summer Camps,kept hundreds of boys engaged for many,many years. I particularly remember Arnold Smith as the Lads Club full time leader. He was totally dedicated and committed and had a clear sense of caring. The Club won many awards,trophies and commendations during his time there. Where are they all now I wonder.
      Tony Chilton

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      • Mick dewhurst December 20, 2016 at 9:58 pm #

        I to have great memories of the Club I played football for them throughout the 60s and went nearly every night playing all games we won the County cup mates like dave hilton jimmy Hughes happy days oh and tom coming watching

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