I am delighted to say that Judi Brown contacted is with some photographs of said club.
She also sent this message...
"I am trying to find out whether anyone remembers The Forty Gang, of which my grandfather, Isaac Moores Abbott, was a member. My mother and uncle told me that it comprised a group of Hyde amateur sportsmen who staged events for charity. I am attaching a couple of postcard photos - one inherited and one purchased - depicting The Forty Gang dressed for one of their events. I'm not sure, but think the Gang existed in the early 1900s."
"My grandfather on the photos:-
(1) He is in the centre of the photo, sporting a top hat, standing behind and to the right of the chap wearing a fetching picture hat.
(2) Isaac is on the back row, fourth from the left.Apparently he was also a very successful bookie's runner, due to the fact that before he suffered from mustard gas poisoning he was a fast sprinter. Unfortunately his army papers were amongst those destroyed but he was a member of the Manchester Regiment and, at some time during WW1, was transferred to the Middlesex Regt, presumably to make up numbers"
We think the photos could have been taken in the Town Yard as Tanner Street runs behind the wall behind the gang!
Thank you so much for sharing these fabulous photos, Judi !
Old wall from the Town Yard