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The start of boxing in Manchester

By clicking on the text below in red, this will open a recording of a 15 minute talk on how boxing started in Manchester pre 1900.

The talk was given by Mr Miles Templeton from http://www.boxinghistory.org.uk

Miles has carried out extensive research into boxing in the U.K. from its inception up until around 1970.

The recording was made at a recent meeting of the Manchester ex-boxers at The Derby Arms pub, Cheetham Hill, (3rd February 2012)

Boxing beginnings in Manchester

R.I.P. Billy Marshall

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Mr Billy Marshall. Billy passed away on Friday the 1st February.

Billy was a very well known and active member of The Manchester Ex-boxers association. Funeral details and a full obituary will follow.

Next M.E.B.A. meeting

The next meeting of the Manchester ex boxers is on Sunday 2nd June 2013 at the Derby Arms, Cheetham Hill road, Manchester.

Proceedings commence at 12.30, all are welcome, ex-boxers, current boxers and non boxers.

A tribute to Mr Kenny Baker R.I.P.

It is with sadness that I inform of the passing of Kenny Baker the Manchester Ex Boxers treasurer who passed away peacefully this morning December 25th in Glasgow. Kenny lost his beloved wife Gwen in early November and since then found himself in Hospital and after receiving various scans found himself with various ailments all of which were too much to bare, particularly the broken heart. Kenny was transferred to a hospice in Glasgow on Saturday 22nd and I received a text from his son Raymond today saying Kenny had passed away peacefully this morning.
I shall miss Kenny greatly, when I first joined MEBA in 1993 (we were then based in the Railway Club, Store Street). Kenny was on the door and my Father in law Roy Richardson introduced me to Kenny and Kenny gave me a warm handshake and a big smile and he knew of my career etc and I will never forget the warmth that Kenny had for people, he made you feel that you counted.
In 1998/99 I joined the MEBA Committee to which Kenny was already a member, the Secretary and acting treasurer at the time was John Fleming. John died suddenly and Kenny and I became treasurer and secretary respectively. We sorted out the accounts and from then on we worked successfully as a team particularly when it came to collecting monies for the NBF Blackpool gala which was held every year and involved collecting and accounting for large sums of money.
Kenny was well known by all at MEBA and also through Kennys association with the Scottish Ex Boxers Association. Ken was friends with Dick McTaggart to which Kenny was responsible for inviting Dick McTaggart to the NBF Blackpool Gala to which he has attended every year since.
Kenny was elected to be the NBF president for 2012/13 and received his chain of office (and well deserved) at our Gala in June this year, a proud moment for Kenny and also his wife Gwen who was with us at the time.
I must mention Kennys son Raymond and his wife Wilma who attend the Blackpool Gala every year, since the passing of Kennys wife they have supported Kenny in his time of need, they live in Paisley Glasgow and have looked after Kenny in so many ways, travelling weekly to Manchester, staying in hotels, organising care packages, Gwens funeral and ensuring Kenny had everything he needed whilst in Hospital. A result of Kenny’s condition was confusion and Kenny was unable to tell visitors the status of his condition, Raymond not only cared for Kenny but kept myself and others updated with Kennys condition. Raymond you would have made a great cornerman.

Although I and many of us at MEBA will miss Kenny terribly he is at peace and with his beloved Gwen. Rest in peace Kenny and give our Love to Gwen.

Eddie Copeland

Norman Mercer

We have had an enquiry from a relation of ex Manchester boxer Norman Mercer, he boxed for the navy in 1958/59.
His daughter Dawn is anxious to find information about him and his career.
Can anyone help? Does anybody have information about Norman, however little it may be ❓

The Next Manchester Ex Boxers meeting

The next meeting of The Manchester Ex Boxers Association will be held at the usual venue The Derby Arms, Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester on Sunday the 4th of November 2012.

The meeting starts at 12 noon with proceedings commencing at 1pm, all old and new members are welcome.