‘TIS THE SEA­SON

MEBA’S fes­tive get-to­gether is a big suc­cess

Boxing News - - YESTERDAY’S HEROES - Si­mon Euan-smith EBA cor­re­spon­dent

WE’RE get­ting to the sea­son of Christ­mas par­ties, and I know a great many EBAS will be hold­ing one. Manch­ester had theirs last month, and it all went very well, as Sec­re­tary Ed­win Copeland re­ports. “We had our Christ­mas party on Novem­ber 25 at the Light­bowne Sports and So­cial Club in Manch­ester,” Ed­win said. “A minute’s si­lence was held for Mick Smith, a great am­bas­sador for the EBA move­ment who sadly is no longer with us.

“The event saw 200 peo­ple – with guests from Leeds, Mersey­side and Wir­ral EBAS – en­joy bril­liant en­ter­tain­ment from artists Paul Mccoy and Re­becca Parry, and an ‘all you can eat’ buf­fet. The Frank Nightin­gale Me­mo­rial tro­phy went to Lawrence Years­ley, MEBA’S box­ing scribe, who month on month comes up with an ar­ti­cle for our news­let­ter which is al­ways in­for­ma­tive, en­ter­tain­ing and in­ter­est­ing. He well de­served the award.

“Cur­rent and former box­ers in at­ten­dance were former WBA light­weight cham­pion An­thony Crolla; Wayne Crolla (An­thony’s dad and a former pro); former Bri­tish feath­er­weight cham­pion Al­lan Richard­son; former Cen­tral Area feather and su­per-feather cham­pion Gerry Mcbride; former Cen­tral Area wel­ter­weight cham­pion Gor­don Mca­teer; former Cen­tral Area feath­er­weight cham­pion Mike Whal­ley; former ABA cham­pion, Olympic rep and good-class pro Tommy Prof­fitt; Aus­tralian State cham­pion Neville Tet­low; former pros Jimmy Lewis, Gavin Stir­rup, Jonjo Greene, Roy Richard­son and Phil O’hare; and top amateurs Terry Car­son (Eng­land in­ter­na­tional and NBF Chair­man) and Pat Gar­vey ( Ju­nior ABA Cham­pion).

“The raf­fle raised £450 and fur­ther get-to­geth­ers are planned by Wir­ral and Leeds EBAS in the New Year.”

I’m de­lighted there was such a high turn-out, and that so many other EBAS were rep­re­sented, it’s vi­tal that EBAS sup­port one an­other by at­tend­ing other As­so­ci­a­tions’ meet­ings and func­tions. I wish Wir­ral and Leeds ev­ery suc­cess with their func­tions, and I’m sure they’ll be well sup­ported by Manch­ester and oth­ers.

Ed­win tells me that Manch­ester’s news­let­ter has had to be sus­pended as they’re cur­rently with­out an edi­tor. They are look­ing for some­one to take the job on.

At Croy­don, Chair­man Barry Penny takes on a plethora of dif­fer­ent du­ties. Some months ago he had to go into hospi­tal, and a pro­jected few days’ stay turned into sev­eral weeks. We had to

keep go­ing, and vol­un­teers were found to take on var­i­ous tasks – and the meet­ings went ahead. I hope Manch­ester find a new edi­tor soon – their news­let­ter is al­ways a good read, with Lawrence Years­ley’s ar­ti­cles a high­light. To any­one at Manch­ester who’s think­ing about it, I’d say: Have a go. As the Croy­don ex­pe­ri­ence showed, it’s amaz­ing what you can do when you have to.

Talk­ing of Croy­don, last week’s AGM had to be post­poned, thanks to yours truly – I’d come out of hospi­tal the pre­vi­ous evening (noth­ing se­ri­ous) and couldn’t make the meet­ing. As Croy­don don’t meet in De­cem­ber, the AGM will now take place at our Jan­uary meet­ing (the 27th) – and if any­one has a mo­tion to put for­ward, or is in­ter­ested in tak­ing on a role on the Com­mit­tee, please let me know.

Ip­swich EBA are very good at sup­port­ing lo­cal box­ers, pro and am­a­teur – and I re­cently heard from sec­re­tary Erik Roper about two am­a­teur shows in the area. Mem­ber Rory Burke, trainer for Pa­tricks ABC, was due to put on a show at the Ip­swich Ho­tel, Cop­dock, last week, fea­tur­ing two of Gra­ham Moughton’s box­ers, while Har­wich ABC have their an­nual show at the Pav­il­ion, Har­wich this Satur­day (De­cem­ber 8). “Ip­swich EBA will be rep­re­sented at both,” Erik said. Well done.

Erik also tells me he’s look­ing for a copy of A Cut Above the Rest – the Cliff Field Story, by Paul Knight and Jamie O’keefe. If you can help, please con­tact Erik on [email protected]

Photo: AC­TION IM­AGES/AN­DREW COULDRIDGE

SUP­PORT: Crolla was one of Manch­ester EBA’S spe­cial guests

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