The Manchester Ex-boxers association is thought to be the oldest Ex-boxers members club in the British Isles.
The Oldham, Ashton and Manchester Ex Boxers Association was established on the 24th of June 1951.It was agreed the association would operate as a regular meeting place where ex boxers, sometimes ex opponents could gather and talk about there favoured sport. Present at that initial gathering were ex-boxers such as Jock McAvoy, Len Johnson, Tommy Shields, Len Steele, Billy Raybould, Clifford Higginbottom, Harold Smithson, Albert Winters, Harold Ratchford, Jimmy Eastham, Albert Tolley and Jack Bennett. The association had great aspirations and all members considered they were the only ex boxers club in the UK so with that in mind after only one year they went national and re-named the members club “The Ex Boxers Association of Great Britain”.
By 1968 young blood had arrived at the club as members and a meeting was held at the Smithfield Vaults, Swan Street, Manchester. At that meeting attended by Jack Edwards Senior, Jack Edwards Junior, Vince Ford, Tommy Proffitt, Jackie Braddock, Arnold Brown and Andy Byrne and the name was changed to MANDEX (Manchester and district EBA).
By 1973 the association decided the club needed to develop as it moved into modern times and the clubs aims and aspirations were unclear. It was proposed and accepted that the association would not only exist as a meeting place for ex-boxers it could also help ex boxers who might be struggling with life after boxing due to ill health or unfortunate circumstances and the association might assist the boxer get his life back on track. The association would not only enable boxers past and present to keep in touch it would also aim to meet up with other ex boxers Associations.
More than sixty years on and the association not only provides a monthly meeting place for ex boxers to talk about yesteryear it also plays a part in the current boxing scene contributing to worthwhile boxing projects and funding various ongoing schemes. Newsletters and biographies are issued, visits are made to other associations and the annual Blackpool weekend Gala is pending. The club is thriving and gaining new members month by month.
It is not neceserry for you to have been a boxer, as long as you have a healthy interest in boxing and the boxing scene, anybody is welcome to become a member and attend the monthly meetings and additional functions we are participating in. An application form is available on this site.