College Theatre Club
Coupland St, Ardwick

The College Club was owned and run by two blokes called Lez and Cecil. We used to do a week at a time there because our manager, George Gray, used to play alto sax there in the band.

I saw many great acts there  - Rev Black and the Rockin Vickers and Sounds Incorporated  - as well as many more.

A guy called George from Salford used to be the drummer there.  Sometimes when we played there, our bass player Barrie would walk of stage into the changing room still playing his bass to talk to whoever was in there.  You would turn around and wonder where he had gone (he had a very long guitar lead) into an Vox AC30 top and a T60 cab.

John Featherstone - Chuckles
21/8/09

At the College Club - Ian Worstencroft; Eileen Allen; Albert Beckett; Barry Lord

At the College Club -Ian Worstencroft; Billy Two Rivers; Barry Lord

The College Club was our very first gig in the Manchester club circuit. I was the founder member of "The Answers" and we were introduced to the manager by an Ex. wrestler called "Red Adare" as I recall.

We supported a three piece irish band whose name slips my memory however their lead singer was "Roy Walker" (It's Good but it's not right).

Another night we supported Bernard Manning who spent most of his act slagging off the tiny waiter "Garth" who gave as much as he got!

Went on to play all of the Manchester clubs in one form or another great times were had by all.

Tom Casey
7/2/11

I became resident compere at The College Theatre Club in 1965 after leaving The Corvettes.  It was owned by Les Lawrence and Cecil Watch.  The Organist was Bob Percy who went on to play at the Philarmonic Club in Blackpool,and George Cooper was the great little drummer.

It was great experience for me as a teenager just breaking into cabaret and stood me in good stead for forthcoming compere jobs at The Talk Of The North, Fagins, La RONDE in Huddersfield and the fabulous Fiesta Club in Sheffield where I became the original compere when it opened.

Nights of particular interest were the Stag nights,when I introduced (and had to share a small dressing room with) over a dozen strippers.Well,somebody had to do it!!

The Banshees from Belfast played there one night,stayed behind to hear me sing, then asked me to join them as they were recording the following week .I couldn't refuse and recorded RUN TO MY LOVIN ARMS at Abbey Road,which turned out great but was given to Billy Fury by our agent Roy Tempest whilst we were working the Star Club in Hamburg. Nice!!   Great times.

Paul Stevens
17/5/11

I remember doing a Sunday lunch audition at the College Theatre Club when I was drummer with Paul Fenda and the Teenbeats. This would have been 1962. We must have done OK as we were asked back as a supporting group when Shane Fenton and the Fentones were top of the bill.

Chris Bowden
29/12/11


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Peter Mills
I used to play there in the 1960s with a group called the Manchester Evening Blues. Still have the photos.
13th June 2016 8:19am
Neil Smith
I used to play guitar there along with John Moulton on drums. I think the singer was Tony Marsden?

Had some famous acts on there I recall. I was away when Adam Faith came and I seem to remember they had wrestling on at times. One group I was with was The Falcons, started out in Bolton and we did a bit at The College.

I went on as a guitarist and travelled the world (www.guitaristuk.com) and learned lots about backing at good old College.
3rd May 2014 7:29pm




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