On Monday 7th May 2018 OMGC members and guests visited Kersal Moor to commemorate the Bicentenary of the club establishment on this site in 1818 and install a plaque to mark the occasion. The plaque was unveiled by the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Councillor Peter Connor and also in attendance were Peter and Kim Ross, the Great Great Grandsons of Malcolm Ross, who were pleased to be invited.
The day was perhaps one of the most perfect of calm sunny days where a three hole course had been established which was played by members. The course was over undulating ground amongst the abundant heather which would have emulated the playing conditions of 1818. A number of members, suitably attired in traditional dress, were using hickory shafted clubs supplied by one of the members.
The Captain, Philip Goodall, was the first to play followed by the Secretary, John McKenna, Graham Walters and Irvine Caplan all of whom found it very difficult to hit the small greens as the other members also found. Any ball landing in heather was deemed to be out of bounds although the rough grass “through the green” was the inevitable landing place where spotters were on hand to mark the spot where balls settled. Putting on the greens was very haphazard as the surfaces of the prepared areas were very uneven. All this activity was witnessed by a good number of spectators along with passers-by who enquired about the event.
At the unveiling ceremony, The Mayor, Peter Connor, spoke about the importance of history and tradition and commended the enthusiasm and dedication of the Captain, who as Secretary, had provided the continuity to ensure the survival of Old Manchester. He was pleased that the club will continue on into the future and looking forward to the next 100 years.
The Captain, Phil Goodall, thanked the Mayor for his kind words and also thanked the Secretary, John McKenna, for organising the event and the “Friends of Kersal Moor” for their assistance in helping make it happen. The Mayor removed the cover from the plaque and photographs were taken to record the event.
A buffet reception was held at Salford City Football Ground during which a pack of commemorative “Old Manchester Bicentenary Ale” brewed by Bank Top Brewery of Bolton was presented to the Mayor as a token of appreciation.
Slide show of the full Day