Overview of the Club's History

Overview 1886-1900  1900-1914   1914-1965  1966-1982  1983-1999 2000 to Date

The defeat of the General Strike and the Miners' Lock-out produced a right wing backlash and the Bolton Socialist Party along with other revolutionary groups' influence and membership began to fade away.

Early in the 1920s some ILP members joined the Communist Party, while others joined the Labour Party. Indeed in 1921 a majority voted to affiliate to Bolton Labour Party.

Despite its gradual demise, however, the Bolton Socialist Party was never formally disbanded. Over the years membership of club and party became synonymous.

Even now an application to join the club is an application to join the 'party'.