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Saturday, 9 January 2010

Imperial Hotel, Piccadilly

Imperial Hotel, Piccadilly. (c) deltrems at flickr.

The Imperial Hotel was a fantastically styled old building sadly demolished in 1997 for the new Hotel Malmaison development.  A original Wilsons house popular with train passengers both arriving and departing and occasionally football fans returning from away matches.  It had a time as the New Mancunian in the '70s as seen here, and later the Young Pretender, then back to the Imperial.  It was once next to the once famed and freaky Manchester Dolls Hospital which went the same way at the same time due the rebuilding work.  You can just about see the Waldorf behind the Imperial which these days is a popular match day boozer for both City and United fans.

New Mancunian, Piccadilly. (c) Manchester Pub Surveys [1].

Blues and reds supping the same boozer? Well in 1907 City legend Billy Meredith and United's Charlie Roberts convened the first meeting of the Association of Football Players' and Trainer's Union (the Player's Union) in the Imperial Hotel. This group was formed in response to the maximum wage of the day which the Football League had set at a miserly £4 a week in 1901. Today it still campaigns for its members as the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), and fittingly two of its current Executives are former blue Richard Jobson and ex-red Martin Buchan.

1. The Manchester Pub Guide, Manchester & Salford City Centres, Manchester Pub Surveys (1975).

1 comment:

  1. next door to dolls hospital(with doll like owner)was the legendary Stanleys army stores,where a bunch of wayward manc teenagers were left mostly unsupervised to deal with navvys tramps proffessors students and camping types calling in for gaz,russion overcoats,sailor pants,boots and campers wandering round the magnificent basement display of cotton tents,inflatable boats and stoves.It was manchesters own "frontier supply store"like something out of a clint eastwood film!Worth a thousand of the meaningless bland hotel that has replaced it and its other shops along piccadilly.