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Sunday, 19 January 2014

Wembley / Doubloon, Adswood Road

Wembley, Adswood Road, Adswood, Stockport, 1998. (c) Alan Winfield with permission.

The Wembley Hotel was a huge pub build between the wars by Wilson's Brewery on Adswood Road in Adswood, Stockport, near the junction with Garners Lane.  It was named after Wilson's Wembley Ale which, despite its use in football-related adverts in the 1930s, was nothing to do with the sport.  Rather, it came from the 'WMB' abbreviation for Wilsons Mild Beer which was a good seller back then, and 'Wembley' Ale was born in 1932 [1].

Wembley, Adswood Road, Adswood, Stockport. (c) Neil Richardson [1].

In 1934, Wilson's produced a number of adverts in response to Manchester City's FA Cup triumph.  "If you can't get to Wembley, Let 'Wembley' come to you".  Comedian Sydney Howard appeared in printed adverts and in a short film called "Up for t'Cup", saying:  "Well lads - you were great at Wembley - as great as Wembley Ale is at home [1]."

Wilsons Wembley Ale. (c) Neil Richardson [1].

The Wembley was renamed the Doubloon for an ill-fated time in the 1970s, and is pictured above in 1974 [1].  The Wembley was demolished a couple of decades ago after gaining something for a reputation for unsavouriness and dodgy dealings.  

Doubloon, Adswood Road. (c) Stockport Council. Click here to view full image [2].

The Adswood Road Surgery sits on the site of the old pub, and the short Wembley Close is a reminder of the old boozer and Wilson's Wembley Ale.

Wembley Close, Adswood. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

1. A History of Wilsons Brewery 1834-1984, Neil Richardson (1983).

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