Sheffield's Full Monty working men's club could become sports bar

Shiregreen Working Mens Club, which famously appeared in The Full Monty, could be saved from demolition after an eleventh-hour agreement.

By Steve Jones
Thursday, 30th July 2020, 11:35 am

The Shiregreen Lane-based venue, which has been derelict since 2018, was given a stay of execution in February when council officers refused an application to bulldoze it.

At the time local councillor Peter Price warned there were no long term grounds for refusal, however, and the community needed to rally round to save it.

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Shiregreen Working Mens Club. Photo: Chris Etchells

A group of theatre professionals failed in their bid to have the building declared an Asset of Community Value last month and it was set to be demolished almost 100 years after it first opened.

Cllr Price admitted he ‘had almost given up hope’ until a meeting with developers Eyre Investments, councillors and St Vincents Amateur Boxing Club, who are looking for a new home.

Plans have been agreed to convert the concert room into a youth centre and boxing gym, with the lounge turned into a sports bar.

Contracts are currently being drawn up and while the future of the venue is not yet 100 per cent secure, it is ‘looking very promising,’ Cllr Price said.

He told The Star: “It’s all looking very positive. It's still early days, I don’t want to jump the gun but it’s looking good.

“We are looking at giving the boxing club a bit of money from the ward pot to adapt the concert room.”

Previously, Eyre Investments, who own the building, wanted to demolish it and turn it into flats.

Cllr Price said: “Peter Eyre’s [owner] quite happy and prepared, as long as it gives him an income, to work with these groups for the community.

“The bar is quite viable because there’s no pubs in the area, there’s no competition. The right setup could be good for the community. When we last met he was hoping to have it open by Christmas.”

The club’s members are also prepared to help out with the cost of adapting the concert room, Cllr Price said.

He added: “I’m delighted. It’s a tremendous asset, there’s a lot of love for the place.

“Hopefully we will have a definite answer in the next few weeks, then the work will start.”