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Star date: August 26th 2009

TOPMAN SELL OUT SALFORD LADS CLUB

Morrissey fans and Salfordians are fuming over Topman's new range of northern stereotype style which the company has dared to call Salford Lads Club, without the permission of the famous landmark, of course.

The `look' which includes a `navy and red bowtie', a `grey soft stripe trilby' and a `blue polka dot neckerchief' has been absolutely slated on Morrissey fan forums and on the streets of Salford today…


SEE THE HYPE HERE

Read the hype…

"Transport yourself back to the 80s and Thatcher's Britain - you're walking into the local working mens club in the north of England.  The Smiths are playing in the background as you take off your tweed scarf and loose overcoat and move through the social club, scouting for your friends.

You see them at the back of the social club - a blur of polo shirts, crew knits and baker boy hats.  You see that all too familiar look on their faces as you get nearer...`Last one gets the round in' they shout…"

AND HERE'S THE REACTION...

From Salford People…

"Anyone walking down the street in Salford looking like that would get a good kicking!" Mike, Ordsall

"No-one wears dicky bows around here – not even the fucking students" Alan, Langworthy

 "Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeruuuuuuuuuuugggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhh" Jo, Kersal

"What a bunch of tw*ts" Sara, Eccles

From The Morrissey Solo Forum

"The biggest load of crap I've ever read, the most ignorant, dated and moronic view of the North in the 80's I've ever seen too…" Fergal 41

"Sounds like Mick and the Simply Red boys to me…" Bluebirds

"My god. This is why I believe this Country is doomed.
They have picked something they no doubt feel is 'gritty' and 'urban' and yet 'accessible'. I can picture the scene now...

"I know Tristan, what about the Salford Lads Club, my older Brother loves this band called, like Morrissey, or something, and like he is like, really Northern and stuff. He's been to this like amazing club in Salford. I dunno what tunes they play, probably Grimecore or like Urban Dance, or somethin, but like it'll be perfect to call this amazing range of Baker Boy hats, bow ties and other shit, like."

"OMG Lottie, thats amazing. Like, Soooo inspirational, Wheres the Salford lads club? Is it in London? Can we get on the guestlist? Does Katie Price go there? Amazing."

Oh fuck off. Nathan Barleyites. Bow frigging ties - whats that about? Forgive spelling. Feeling too nauseous to care." Stuheff

Feel free to add your own comments...

From Salford Lads Club - which has seen its famous sign changed to `Topman Lads Club'...

"It's great to know we're the coolest and most famous club in town!
We like Topman clothes, but is it cool of Topshop to use our name without asking us first? And we certainly don't think it's very cool of them to change our sign to "Topman Lads' Club".

We think it would be nicer if they were more like our favourite topman, Morrissey, who recently gave us a cool £20,000 towards our £1,000,000 appeal. After all, Salford Lads' Club is a registered charity with no guaranteed funding."

 

 

 

Jen wrote
at 21:55:25 on 05 September 2009
I reckon they should tip up 10% of topman profits to the lads club for anything sold from the range just for a couple of weeks then everyone is happy
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 20:09:15 on 04 September 2009
4th September - TOPMAN RETREATS! (but only as far as the nearest working mens club) I get the feeling someone from the Burton Group's been reading our comments No retraction yet of the advert's sticking our city into those lovely days of outdoor plumbing - but the emphasis has changed to one of what your Grandad was wearing as a lad in the Mens Club with an 80's twist pop on to topman.com - and look at arcadia's re-write , i'd love someone to meet the designer - and tell him to get a new idea!!! I can see the letters to arcadia (burton's owners) trebling (they've already stereotyped our city's youth, and the city's image, now it's your Grandad's)
 
steve jones wrote
at 16:24:17 on 04 September 2009
Topman have got some cheek using Salford Lads club for some crappy corperate ad, if I was Salford Lads Club I'd take these idiots to court and spend the proceeds of the winnings on some new kit for the local youth who use the club. Nike did the same thing in the US with the Black community.
 
ed wrote
at 10:03:06 on 01 September 2009
I do hope the real SLC have copyrighted the name, either way Topman should be persuaded to make a donation to the club
 
sam wrote
at 17:24:23 on 31 August 2009
Actually I have to say if that picture is anything to go by, I for one will be buying soem of that range! I'm just a bit worried it might get too popular, and thus damage my individulism
 
This Charming Man wrote
at 17:24:02 on 31 August 2009
Well i went back up to Manchester a few weeks ago and went shopping, and i must say the young people are dressed very cool. Just because they're in Manchester it doesn't mean they are stuck in the past, do they still have pearly kings in London? No, course not.
 
Mozlovesme wrote
at 17:23:20 on 31 August 2009
Peter Hook would beat you P&&&& A&&& !
 
Kelly McFarland wrote
at 17:22:15 on 31 August 2009
Yep I see people wearing this every day in Salford! NOT! The brainiacs behind this should have really put some research in to this if they have their heart set on using the name,they should have come to Salford and seen what people here do wear!
 
Brian Francis Kirkham wrote
at 17:22:03 on 31 August 2009
I read this article and Thought Hmmmm.... What the HECK were the Burton Group (owners of Topman) Thinking? Did they consider the ripping off of a local landmark to flog their goods? If they did, i'd suggest the Lads Club engage someone legal to acquire a portion of the profits from this crass marketing campaign. Once Again, its an example of the 'southern view' of what they feel salford should be like. of course this all ties in with the move up north for five BBC departments to Salford Quays new Media Development - and we've already heard about the token bribes for Londoners making the move to Salford...oops..i meant "relocation packages"!!! Whats Next..? A 'Challenge Anneka' style campaign on the remaining rental housing??? or perhaps we'll be decended on by the makeover shows in Salford Market.... I can't wait to find out....
 
Nigel wrote
at 17:21:23 on 31 August 2009
Hey-up our Jack! Don't forget to pop down t'mill 'n' get a loaf of Hovis when you've finished listening to 'Heaven knows it's miserable up north!'. What a load of junk. Don't be nostalgic about Thatcher's Britain - ever!
 
Richard Carvath wrote
at 17:44:33 on 27 August 2009
No Topman tracky bottoms then??? I'm stickin' with my Salford Star T-shirt!
 
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