Not many clubs can claim to have had a former Open Champion as their Professional, but from 1946 until 1949, Alf Perry was the club professional at Reddish Vale.
Perry's victory was in 1935, while in the post of club professional at Leatherhead golf club in Surrey. He surprised the golfing world that year by taking a few days off and winning The Open Championship at Muirfield. His strong grip, long hitting and right to left flight did the trick as he won by four shots. Perry's winning total of 283 equalled the lowest in any Open and was not beaten at Muirfield until Jack Nicklaus won there in 1966. The nature of win being so totally unexpected, and his shy, unassuming manner provoked comment for years to come. Henry Longhurst wrote 'he was last seen sitting alone at Drem railway station, waiting for the train home and with the Claret Jug on his knee'. How times have changed!
Perry was called up for the Second World War in 1939. On his return in 1945 he discovered that during his absence, his position of Club Professional had been given to someone else!
It is said that he made his feelings known, before choosing the Manchester area and Reddish Vale for his next appointment. Perry remained at Reddish for three years, before returning to Leatherhead where he stayed until his retirement in 1972.