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#1035627 - 19th Apr 2017 6:34pm whetstone lane boxing club
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Does anyone know if there was an amateur boxing club in Birkenhead possibly in whetstone lane? I am tracing my family tree and may have a cousin called Oliver Locke who I think was an amateur boxer.Thanks

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#1035630 - 19th Apr 2017 7:24pm Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: oldbirkonian1]
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Willaston boxing club, Oliver Street, Halkin Street?
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#1035632 - 19th Apr 2017 7:33pm Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: bert1]
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Whetstone lane had/has the YMCA, may have had a boxing club.
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#1035640 - 19th Apr 2017 8:22pm Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: bert1]
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THere was a Boxing Gym just past the old YMCA on the right hand side of the road, a big old house, I think it was something to do with Wally Thom or his family,(well known boxers) 50s /60s, i used to walk past it every day going to school in the late 50s,
Change of subject, the Oliver Locke you mention, did he work for the Dock Board ? if so, he was quite a well known Racing (road) Motorcyclist in his day, it's not a commom name so it's probably him, he was a friend of a friend, who used to speak very highly of him. This friend of mine was also a friend of Wally Thom, so it could all tie in together.

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#1035643 - 19th Apr 2017 8:53pm Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: oldbirkonian1]
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Went to Willaston Boxing Club age 10 or 11 but left after being put in the ring against Les McAteer and another boxer Peter McCann.
I think we used to call it Campbell's Gym and think it may have eventually moved to Whetstone Lane



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#1035646 - 19th Apr 2017 9:10pm Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: oldbirkonian1]
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Whetstone Lane Gymnasium started by Johnny Campbell and assisted by Gerry Burns. Prior to that Johnny Campbell ran Provincial ABC. Whetstone Lane Gymnasium might have been in the Birkenhead Institute land?
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#1035647 - 19th Apr 2017 9:20pm Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: oldbirkonian1]
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Vaguely recall there being a boxing place where locomotive says, same side as the YMCA

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#1035648 - 19th Apr 2017 9:29pm Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: derekdwc]
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Definitely wasn't on BI land ( Mine and Derek's old school) it was lower down on the opposite side of the road.

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#1035658 - 19th Apr 2017 11:21pm Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: oldbirkonian1]
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This photo is titled "Whetstone Lane Gymnasium" from around 1959 but I guess this is the BI gym not the boxing gym?

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#1035683 - 20th Apr 2017 11:59am Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: diggingdeeper]
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I've seen the 1955 directory for Whetstone Lane and there is no mention of a boxing club/gym, perhaps too early.
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#1035700 - 20th Apr 2017 6:25pm Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: bert1]
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Bert, I left the BI in 1959, so it would probably have been late 50s/early 60s, but I lived on the corner of Clifton Rd for 6 months when I got married in 64, so it could have been later. now the memory cells have been jogged, I think it was Campbell's Gym, there was a sign on the side of the house, the picture off DD is the BI gym, I used to go up those ropes like a rat up a drainpipe.

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#1035730 - 21st Apr 2017 8:10am Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: locomotive]
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#1035752 - 21st Apr 2017 6:48pm Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: bert1]
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Brilliant write-up, thanks

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#1036111 - 26th Apr 2017 9:43am Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: locomotive]
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I've checked the phone books for, Campbell's Gym and Whetstone Lane Gymnasium, 1960/65/73 and under those names, not mentioned in any of them. A friend checked the 60s directories at the Liverpool records office and again no mention of a boxing gym/club in Whetstone Lane.

Loco's memory of it is good enough evidence of its existence, how did anyone find it or get in touch with it?
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#1036113 - 26th Apr 2017 9:51am Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: locomotive]
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The boxing gym was definitely in Whetstone Lane, just up from the YMCA, where Locomotive says. I remember it in the late 1950s / early 1960s.


Edited by yoller (26th Apr 2017 9:52am)

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