Another newspaper club like the mysterious Crusader Club, the Ponderosa apparently became the Express Club, named of course after the Express Building. June at Man Mates remembers it being behind the Express Building, just off Oldham Road, run by the Mancini family, and confirms it became the Express Club . 'Tigger' remembers "narrow stairs leading to a narrowish club (front window used to overlook New Cross / Oldham Road). From the top of the stairs, bar and seating areas to the right, dancefloor and stage to the left ." Could the Ponderosa have been in this row of buildings, possibly the black door on the right? This suggests the club might have previously been the O'Connells Arms - can anyone confirm this?
Possible location of Ponderosa Club / Express Club, Oldham Road. (c) googlemaps.