A blue plaque tribute to a pioneer of women’s golf has been unveiled outside UA92 in Stretford.

Lilian Saatweber was born in Stretford and was the first ever captain of Manchester Ladies Golf Club.

The unveiling ceremony, teed up by Trafford Council’s Local Studies team, took place on Thursday on the 110th anniversary of Lilian’s death.

Lilian Russell Saatweber (1864-1914) was one of the first women in Manchester to take up the game. Trafford Golf Club opened in 1891 and she formally opened the clubhouse when her husband Gustav, was Captain.

Lillian then became Captain at Timperley Golf Club in 1899 and was also a member of Lytham St Anne’s Golf Club.

As well as being the first Captain of Manchester Ladies Golf Club, she was also elected Honorary Secretary, a position she held until her death. Lillian was largely responsible for making the women’s part of the Club a success. In 1912, she was made an honorary life member of Manchester Golf Club, in recognition of her valuable service.

Lilian lived in several Stretford properties during her life which have all now been demolished. Her last residence was on Kings Avenue, just a short walk away from where UA92 resides today.


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