I am the young schoolboy in the picture below receiving my school’s boxing championship medal from the great German goalkeeper Bert Trautmann whom you might remember was an ex prisoner of war and played for Manchester City FC. The photo was taken at Newton Heath Technical High school in Manchester in 1954
My father George (Dusty) Miller was a licensed boxer and managed by Harry Fleming, born in Collyhurst in January 1914.
He is mentioned in the book about ‘Manchester Ex Boxers’. Dusty Miller was a very popular boxer who had several classic contests with a tough rough and ready boxer whose name escapes me – the gentleman versus the scrapper – it was so popular they repeated it for the nobbins several times! Dusty later worked at the Daily Express and frequented the Cheshire Cheese pub when his pal & champion Johnny King managed it.
I personally boxed as a schoolboy – my trainer was Jack Edwards in Blackley. Later as a Royal Navy champion I fought Charlie Grice in a Royal Navy V Manchester Police team in 1960.
Jack Edwards has always been like a father figure to me as was his Dad. He will remember my ‘open to the public’ sparring sessions with Denis Day – old Jack used it as an excuse to open the White Lion pub early on Sundays in the early 50’s! My first prize he gave me for such – it was half a dollar – it just fit inside a watermans ink top – had it for ages!
Charlie Grice was a true gentleman of the sport – after our bout he came in the dressing room and shook hands with me and wished me all the best and a safe journey back to Pompey. A credit to the game.
In the early 80‘s I retired to the sunshine Island of Tenerife where I pioneered the first modern health and fitness club. Many boxing stars trained with me in my sunshine gym including Nigel Benn.
Yours in sport and best wishes to all especially my good friend Mr Jack Edwards