Secretary - Stan Harrison
Mob: 07767 272403
79 Blackburne Close
Copyright: South Manchester Angling Club 2013.
The club was founded more than 45 years ago by the current club secretary along with a close angling friend who sadly passed away many years ago. Initially it was formed in and for the members of the Chorlton United Services Club located in Brookburn Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, South Manchester which changed very quickly when word got around of its existence to anglers in the surrounding area that resulted in a welcome increase in the club male membership including their wives, children, friends and relatives. One attraction was the excellent social side of CUSAC who put on and ran weekly events for members at significant times throughout the year. Then there was the club fishing competitions that not only catered for males but ladies and juniors also. Matches were organised on local venues alongside others that could take anything up to 5 hours travelling by coach to get to. These included venues on the River Weaver in Cheshire and Witham in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire Ouse, Lancashire Ribble, Dee Chester, Warwickshire Avon the Severn @ Shrewsbury not forgetting the Trent in Nottingham probably the most popular. Sadly the restrictions on coach driver’s hour’s plus the increasing high cost of fuel meant coach travel became much too expensive resulting in an end to this type of club competition fishing. Changes followed as a result with the emphasis on fishing waters preferably owned/rented by local angling organisations and clubs that was only succesful for short while. The fishing rights to a small pool had already been acquired on land owned by a member’s employer in Goostrey – Cheshire then we managed to rent a pool in Knutsford with two adjacent ones following later.
Our previous club Secretary Dave Crookall was advised about two pools owned by the Crowns Tabley Estates that had come available after the previous club decided to give them up which he quickly secured for the club. This complex is now seen by members as the most popular with one of the two pools on the complex containing many specimen sized fish. In addition a former trout pool at Bowden Hall - Chapel-en-le-Frith was acquired that had about 4 inches of water after the retaining dam made of just wood colapsed requiring a mammoth amount of work to rectify. Unfortunately some years later it was lost after the house owner sold the house & property and the new one decided to offer the fishing rights to a local angling club. The club for most of this time was guided by the then club secretary Dave Crookall who has been the longest serving official until his untimely and sad death following a short illness in 2010. During his reign as club Secretary he got the club accepted as a member of the National Federation of Anglers that led to us entering a team competing against other NFA clubs at venues throughout the UK. David’s planning organisation and secretarial skills did not go un-noticed and he was elevated to the position of National Federation of Anglers NW Regional Representative. This he held until the NFA became the Angling Trust who immediately changed their membership criteria and fees structure sadly making it no longer viable for us to be a member.
Over recent years the club has significantly changed mainly to accommodate the larger part of the Original Clubs membership whose preference is fishing Natural Waters rather than the growing number of JCB dug artificially stocked holes in farmer’s fields they call Commercials which have become much to expensive for the average angler especially those on low wages or a pension. This led to the clubs founder and chairman with most of the clubs officers deciding to split from the match section that was seen as the best way forward after the majority felt the club was being forced in the wrong direction and if allowed to continue would end up catering for Commercial Fishery Match Anglers only resulting in ''The Original Club'' ceasing to exist. The split took place in the early part of 2012 and as club founder, vice president and current secretary I am pleased to say the club is thriving again with membership continuing to increase with yet another new fishery acquired for the 2014 season. Those deciding to join us in the future can look forward to some exciting times ahead with plans for many events and projects for members who enjoy their coarse fishing on natural waters such as rivers, lakes, pools & ponds and socialising with like minded anglers.
You will not be disappointed.
Stan Harrison – Founder & Secretary.