50-60 Club

Terry Ainsworth founded the 50/60 Club in 2000 when he asked five friends who had played football in the North Lancs League to help him organise a reunion of football players who had played in the 1950’s & 1960’s.  The first reunion was held at the Boot & Shoe at Scotforth and 75 people attended, enjoying a hot pot supper and reminiscing about the “good old” days.  After expenses had been paid there was a surplus of £141 and as nearly all the footballers had at some time in their life used the facilities of the Orthopaedic Ward at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary it was decided to donate the money to them.  The demand for reunion tickets was so great that the club had to look for a larger venue and the Skerton Liberal Club was chosen and from then on it became the headquarters of the club, entertaining up to 150 people on the reunion night which was held on the second Saturday of March annually.

Donations increased to £500 and then £1,000 as the club began to expand its activities and eventually the Orthopaedic Ward was receiving an annual cheque of around £5,000, which ward sister Lesley Allsopp used to purchase high technology equipment for the benefit of her patients.  The 50/60 Club, as a rule, organised four events per year including a Football Open Night in March and a Sponsored Walk/Bike Ride on the last Sunday in June from Kingsway to Caton and return on the cycle track.  Other events included dinners at the Morecambe Golf Club and Pizza Margherita and Cheese & Wine evenings at other venues.

Cheque Presentation 2010

Lesley Allsopp, Ward Manager of Orthopaedic Wards 35 and 36, received a cheque for £5,000 from Craig Stanley, Morecambe Football Club’s star midfielder, on behalf of the 50/60 Club.  Throughout the year the club has held a number of functions to support the work that the Orthopaedic Ward carries out so efficiently day after day.  The money was raised at an annual football reunion held at the Skerton Liberal Club in March, a sponsored walk from Lancaster to Caton and back in June and a dinner at Morecambe Golf Club in August.

Photograph shows Craig Stanley presenting the £5,000 cheque to Lesley Allsopp watched by John Townson, Chairman, Alan Moorhouse, Treasurer, and Terry Ainsworth, Secretary of the 50/60 Club since its formation 10 years ago.

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