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WIGAN RUGBY CLUB (RIVERSIDE)

Started by: consec (122)

WHO USED TO GO TO THE RUGBY CLUB IN ITS HEYDAY TUES THURS FRIDAY . COPPER KETTLE, RAINBOW COTTAGE,THE ANSWERS MEMPHIS SLIM (WAS IN THE BAND) LET US KNOW

Started: 8th Mar 2009 at 02:23

Posted by: the_gwim_weaper (inactive)

What year did it close?

Replied: 8th Mar 2009 at 15:54
Last edited by the_gwim_weaper: 20th Jan 2011 at 14:42:19

Posted by: pemps bro (108)

i went alot in the seventies aurtur traynor[goldfingers] used to take money on the doors good old days eh

Replied: 8th Mar 2009 at 16:42

Posted by: busy bee (631)

we use to go to the rugby club regularly it was great.i loved copper kettle.in fact i still have a record of theirs.sad or what

Replied: 8th Mar 2009 at 17:15

Posted by: 1934granada (inactive)

The ex bass player in Copper Kettle John Lewis is still going strong. He is playing bass for us. He also plays in another band named The Outlaws

Replied: 8th Mar 2009 at 17:48

Posted by: 1934granada (inactive)

If I remember correctly Memphis Slim played a gig at the old students union club just off Coppull Lane. The building was the old Swinley labour club, houses are built there now.

Replied: 8th Mar 2009 at 17:53

Posted by: davey (247) 

What was the name of the room at the back? it was away from the main dance and bar area.

Replied: 8th Mar 2009 at 20:33

Posted by: consec (122)

IT WAS THE PLAYERS LOUNGE DAVEY

Replied: 9th Mar 2009 at 11:59

Posted by: coco (885) 

went there late 60`s early 70`s met my 1st husband there, went evry tuesday and thursday nights

Replied: 14th Mar 2009 at 22:50

Posted by: bambam (2273)

Good old days, i used to work there when john martin was in charge, coach parties come from all over the north west and even further, people still talk about the riverside and what good times they had there.

Replied: 16th Mar 2009 at 00:18

Posted by: dave whittle (245) 

coco remember you. you knocked me back tuesday 22 november 1969 recognise you from your holiday photo

Replied: 16th Mar 2009 at 07:21

Posted by: yvonne (179)

I have that record as well 'Thinking just of you' - 'Busker boy'. Kettle and Cottage were great wern't they. Those were the days! Jimmy Dyke , singer from Kettle, is my husband so I'm a bit biased

Replied: 16th Mar 2009 at 20:14

Posted by: gricer (1983)

Come on girls, who danced on the tables and took their clothes off to win a bottle of bubbley!

Replied: 18th Mar 2009 at 17:31

Posted by: stormer (74)

I remember going watching Georgie Fame there he was that drunk he fell off the stage

Replied: 23rd Mar 2009 at 23:39

Posted by: gary feath (1)

Some of the best years of my life were spent in there every friday n sat night, fantastic days wish I could turn the clock back!

Replied: 25th Nov 2010 at 16:17

Posted by: gazzer (383)

memories

Replied: 25th Nov 2010 at 19:38

Posted by: bambam (2273)

Riverside was the place to be, we aint got nowhere now in comparison to riverside, all bars on king street is where everyone makes to these days.

Replied: 26th Nov 2010 at 16:50

Posted by: rbilly (10582)

we did our courting in their brilliant nights we used to have .. does any one remember the compere be for john martin ..i have asked this question be for i can remember he had blond hair and i think he wore dark glasses can not remember his name for any thing ..

Replied: 27th Nov 2010 at 01:18

Posted by: yvonne (179)

Was it Ronnie Carr,do you think Rose?

Replied: 27th Nov 2010 at 19:45

Posted by: nicko (inactive)

Lived in Hilton Street for a short period, every week people bonking up the backs when they came out the club, vomit all down the street, John Martin turning up in his Big Bently with a peroxide tart on his arm, Yeah real class that place, why did they not replicate it at th DW stadium

Replied: 28th Nov 2010 at 10:54

Posted by: rbilly (10582)

yvonne dont think it was him jimmy seems to think is last name was dewhurst ?mind you the old grey matter is not as it was

Replied: 11th Jan 2011 at 00:25

Posted by: micky east (inactive)

it was john martin, my wife and sis in law were dancing when he was singing told em to get off dance floor when he was on,big headed barsteward.has a singer he was a bit up from karaoke.

Replied: 11th Jan 2011 at 20:31

Posted by: basil brush (16576)

I used to glass collect there late 70s, saw some sight's but happy days

Replied: 12th Jan 2011 at 18:34

Posted by: meccy69 (755) 

brothers where doormen on there some crackin nets up there wish it was still open also work there bottle snatchin it was brill NOW I SHOUT IT FROM THE HIGHEST HILL AS YOU WALK IN JOHNNY MARTIN AKA MELVIN LETHERBARROW

Replied: 14th Jan 2011 at 14:35

Posted by: rio caroni (5077) 

Johnny Martins hairpiece was almost undetectable, except the chin-strap was a bit of a giveaway

Replied: 14th Jan 2011 at 19:42

Posted by: meccy69 (755) 

nicko i dont know who that was who ya see but it wernt johnny martin cause hes never add a bentley ask him never ad a bentley

Replied: 15th Jan 2011 at 14:54

Posted by: sydneylass (2346) 

Rio I've been feeling very sad lately with the floods an all that but you've put a smile on my face today. I know small things amuse small minds and all that but it did the trick when I needed it thanks

Replied: 16th Jan 2011 at 05:23

Posted by: kittgreener (74) 

Worked at NatWest in the 70s. We were given comps every week. Used to have some great turns on. Bernard Manning was a regular. Also saw Roy Chubby Brown, Lyn Paul, Wayne Fontana. It was the last Cabaret Club in town. Nothing like it anymore. Like someone said, young people just want to get wasted on King Street today!

Replied: 17th Jan 2011 at 18:04

Posted by: nicko (inactive)

your right meccy i am thinking of Maurice and not mervyn rubbertrolley

Replied: 20th Jan 2011 at 05:15
Last edited by nicko: 20th Jan 2011 at 05:16:04

Posted by: kopitesere (inactive)

Had a good night or two in there.

Replied: 21st Jan 2011 at 22:49

Posted by: adobeflats (17)

Used to go when the suited and bejewelled little guy was on the door. There was some young guy (a relation of Russ Winstanley?), used to stand over the 3-deck disco turntables on stage and order a coke over the mic. Played Northern Soul as I remember.

Replied: 23rd Jan 2011 at 18:29

Posted by: rio caroni (5077) 

Does anyone remember Harley Collins banging a tray over his head to "Whiplash" at the Wednesday Night Disco?
Think one of the DJ's was Malc McGuire and there was also Stax Disco, although it is about forty years ago

Replied: 26th Jan 2011 at 19:44

Posted by: judithnmalc (144)

memories of great nights at the club dancing on the chairs and falling off lol

Replied: 2nd Feb 2011 at 10:24

Posted by: nelly (1)

remember it well remember watching the searchers there in the early nineties

Replied: 3rd Feb 2011 at 21:14

Posted by: TerryW (6276)

"Johnny Martins hairpiece was almost undetectable, except the chin-strap was a bit of a giveaway"

Hahaha Nice one Rio.

He didn't like folk going to the toilet when he was doing a turn either.

Replied: 9th Jan 2021 at 18:00

Posted by: davey (247) 

There used to be a glassman called Ronnie who used to work at Leyland Motors and was a big Latics fan, cant remember his surname though.
Good times on sunny Sunday lunch then up to Haigh Hall for a swim in the canal.
Remember seeing the Real Thing there, not sure what year though.

Replied: 11th Jan 2021 at 19:54

Posted by: TerryW (6276)

I remember seeing The Real Thing at the hall when I came home to Wigan ,they used have a disco on the front step of the hall on Sundays, 1976 I think it was hot.

Replied: 11th Jan 2021 at 20:18

Posted by: davey (247) 

I can remember them turning up in an orange Ford Granada PEK 1 L Tommy Ratcliffe bounced the ball we were kicking against the side of the car, as you say it was hot hot hot.

Replied: 11th Jan 2021 at 20:34

Posted by: berylh (2075)

i mostly recall the folk night, mainly Mikr Hsrding, if I was on a late shift we would ring and let them know, they always let us in. Can't remember if we saw the Oldham Tinkers there or not or if I only saw them in the upstairs rooms of the pub around the corner - always a full house at both venues.

Replied: 11th Jan 2021 at 21:26

Posted by: TerryW (6276)

Davey, I remember walking up to the hall through the Plantations hearing the music all the way, Silly Love Songs by Paul McCartney and Wings always takes me back to 76, oh and Young Hearts Run Free by Candi Staton was another, great days.

Replied: 12th Jan 2021 at 11:10

 

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