Played every Thursday at The Cad (The Acadamy Ballroom, Salford) where they had a large following. Also played lots of gigs at The Jungfrau, The Oasis, Heaven & Hell, Top of the Town", Warrington, Oldham, Belle Vue (with the Kinks) etc.
Gerald (Ged) Harrison
Bass player: Diccon Hubbard
Bass player: Rod Clare
Guitarist/vocals: John (Joby)Fletcher
"The original band were Ged Harrison, Geoff Foot, John Howarth, Dave Fallon, & John Mills.
Geoff Foot is now a member of Herman's Hermits & touring all over the world. Ged Harrison is a very successfull singer & songwriter in Germany.
I was a fan of the Chasers from their very first gig. Which was at The RAF CLUB in Weaste, Salford.
I still keep in touch with Geoff & Diccon who later joined the band. I have some wonderfull memories of the Sixties from when i used to follow the Chasers.
The photo of the Chasers taken at the Academy in Salford is in fact from the origional picture that I took in 1964 and of which I still treasure to this day".
John Howarth, Eric Lydiate, Ged Harrison, John Mills, Geoff Foot
Photo courtesy: Mike Lydiate
Chasers at The Academy, Salford
30 Jan 1965
Ged Harrison, Geoff Foot, Dave Fallon John Mills and John Howarth
Courtesy Lynda Mawdsley
Hells Angels with guitarist Rod Gerrard (later of Salford Jets and Hermans Hermits) Friendly rivals!!!.
The Warriors (with Jon Anderson and his brother Dave) from Warrington, Great!!!!
John Mills, the drummer, who I know very well, used to be our drummer in the trio ''Sounds Unison'', together with John Price, the trumpet player. Played around the Manchester area - friday nights at the Willows in salford etc.
I myself used to be the drummer for Mike Sweeney in his band called ''Ohio Scotch'' together with members Ray Stacey, Ged McClellan and Bill Glover.
Had a brilliant night on Friday 4th Feb 2011.
Met up with three of my old Salford Technical High School mates from the early 1960's.
Mike Amatt contacted me about 10 months ago. Hadn't seen Mike for 46 years since leaving school until Friday 17th December 2010 when we met again to renew our old friendship and reminisce shool days and groups we were in over the years. What a brilliant night that was.
Mike was in a group called The Rogues when we were at school.They carried on and later became "Sunshine".He has also been in Mike Sweeney & The Thunderbirds, Wayne Fontanas Mindbenders and many more groups over the years.
Anyway, Mike said he would arrange another night with some of our old school pals and musicians he has kept in touch with over the years.
Friday night 4th February was the night!
I arrived at Mike's at 7.00pm and one of the lads, Diccon Hubbard, was already there. We were both gob smacked to see each other again after a lifetime. Amazing! Diccon was in The Rogues & The Thunderbirds with Mike. They also gigged as The Mindbenders during the 80's.
Then Brent Forbes, turned up. Again, amazing to see each other after leaving Salford Tech in the mid 1960's. Brent was also in The Rogues.
At about 8.30pm, another old friend of theirs, Geoff Foot arrived. I was amazed when Geoff walked in.
Geoff fronted a 60's Salford group called The Chasers (on MB website) when he was younger and has been in many groups over the years. He has been in Hermans Hermits for over 20 years.
Last saw Geoff and spoke to him at a "Chasers" gig in Manchester in 1967.
Check the photo. Looking at it from the left is Brent, Diccon holding the 1965 poster of The Rogues, myself Dave Anderton and Geoff Foot on the right.
A brilliant night! A night to remember. I didn't leave until 2.00am in the morning.
Dave Anderton (The BeatLeague & The Principals)
I worked at the Jungfrau in Manchester as one of the DJ's I remember the Chasers very well, they did a few gigs there and were brilliant. Their music was great and they were one of the best groups we had on.
Hey, this is Eric Lydiate bass player with " The Chasers" trying to catch up with my mates from the group/ been living in America the last 41yrs - got fond memories of the 60's.
Just seen post from Eric Lydiate living in America since 1971. Great years Eric! Remember when we used to pick you up from your flat in Salford you were always asleep or on the last minute but a great bass player on the gigs.
Met Geoff Foot few years ago and in touch with Diccon Hubbard who took over from you all those years ago.
Would be wonderful for a CHASERS reunion, where are you all now?
The other guitarist/singer who joined the Chasers later was my friend John (Joby) Fletcher from Baguley in Wythenshawe.
I used to go to the Academy every thursday to see the Chasers they also sometimes played there on Sundays. I first met the band at the RAF CLUB in Weaste in 1964 and followed them to many venues. I still keep in touch with 2 of the band members Geoff Foot and Diccon Hubbard Geoff now does the lead singing with the Hermits and Diccon gigs with Mike Sweeney , The 60's were the best years of my life we had the best clubs around and the best music.
Had a brilliant night on Friday 10th Aug 2012.
Mike Amatt, Diccon Hubbard, Geoff Foot, Paul Rogers (whose brother Terry was drummer with Sunshine) and myself, Dave Anderton, went over to Stretford to visit Lynda Mawdsley and her two special friends.
Lynda and the girls contributed to a brilliant night of music, photos of the last four decades of Geoff, Mike and Diccon, nostalgia, reminiscing, food, drink, entertainment and constant laughter.
A brilliant night enjoyed by all of us.
It was one of those special nights you never want to end.
Have to thank everybody who was there, especially Lynda, for contributing to make a terrific night.
(Drummer with The BeatLeague and The Principals)
L to R - Mike Amatt, Geoff Foot, Lynda Mawdsley, Diccon Hubbard with Evis on the far right
L to R - Mike Amatt, Geoff Foot, Diccon Hubbard and Elvis
I came from Salford and followed this group everywhere.My friend and I would wait on the corner just to see the lads go out,we would chat to GED until his bus came,come rain or shine.We would go to the clubs and made sure we would dance me the stage.I loved this group,and will always have great memories of them. I went to the IOM one year and met john Mills there couldn't believe it,I was over the moon.I have often thought of this group and I have still have photos and even signatures plus a guitar string.I was still at school when I started following them and today it's made my day just to catch up at the age of 60yrs.
The Chasers first gig was at St Aidans youth club Littleton road I think and not in Weaste. I think John Howarth or one of them at least, lived in Mackenzie road, one of the four streets off Littleton road. I lived in Ukraine road. Good band at the time.
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Informed yesterday that John Mills,("Milo" to all who knew him), sadly passed away last week aged 68.He was a lovely man with a wry sense of humour and a fabulous drummer, as any of the countless artistes he worked with over the years ... Read More
Informed yesterday that John Mills,("Milo" to all who knew him), sadly passed away last week aged 68.He was a lovely man with a wry sense of humour and a fabulous drummer, as any of the countless artistes he worked with over the years would testify. I had the great fortune to work with him in "The Chasers" during the mid sixties, and always enjoyed his company, he rarely missed anything! He will be sorely missed, never forgotten. My sincere condolences to Margaret and family, Love, Diccon