Prolific goalscorer with Chorley Town FC and author of numerous books including Down & Out in Parbold & Langho (1933) Barmcake Days (winner of the Chorley & District Literary Festival Award for best first novel in 1934), Keep The Aspidistra Watered (1936), Homage to Catatonia (1938), Coming Up For Cupcakes (1939), Animal Magic (1945) and Nineteen Ninety-Four (1995). Irwell's autobiography, The Road To Wigan Peer, was published in 1997 but is currently out of print.
Some experts suggest that Spatchcock made over 20,000 films from his studio in Hollinwood, near Oldham, many of which were destroyed (sometimes accidentally). A recent publication by Dr Derek J Ripley has catalogued hundreds of them, including the epic Mancunian Trilogy - The Third Mancunian, The Thin Mancunian and The Invisible Mancunian. The Lost Films of 20th Century Spatchcock is available to purchase direct from the publishers via this link.
Find out about these and other forgotten Lancastrians in Forgotten Lancashire and Parts of Cheshire and the Wirral (TMB Books).
"A dozen laughs a page"