Instalment eight of our A to Z series brings us to H which is for…
Over many decades the name Harold Brearley was synonymous with that of Salford City Football Club.
Harold’s first involvement came as a player with Salford Central, the forerunner of the present club. Over the years he was to take on the roles of Secretary, General Manager, Chairman and President.
As a proud Salfordian Harold was involved in many local charity groups and organisations but always managed to give time to the running of the football club on almost a daily basis.
He witnessed the highs and lows of various sides representing the club and was instrumental in moving the club on from local park football into firstly the Manchester League, then the Cheshire League, and in 1982 into the semi-professional world of the North West Counties League.
The move up in standard also required improved facilities and, with others, it was through Harold’s hard work that the club moved from the Crescent onto our present base at Moor Lane.
There were times when the situation off the pitch was difficult for the club but Harold was always a constant presence to ensure its stability and he was well known around Greater Manchester and the North West for his passionate desire to see the Ammies be successful. Harold sadly died in 2008.
Words by Frank McCauley.