Looking back to the golden age of local boxing

Can you name anyone in this old boxing photograph?
Can you name anyone in this old boxing photograph?

Local boxing historian Larry Braysher is looking for help identifying some of those pictured in an old photograph of local boxers which he recently came across.

The 1930s decade just prior to the Second World War was a heyday for professional boxing, and nearly all towns and cities had one or more venues that staged boxing shows frequently.

Indeed, Lancaster and Morecambe were no exceptions and this era at the Winter Gardens saw boxing action on a regular basis.

Local boxing historian Larry Braysher recently came into possession of an old photograph which gives a clear illustration of those days.

It features local boxing manager Gus Angus and his stable of boxers.

Angus was a former boxer himself and lived at Pinfold Lane, Skerton.

He was a very active manager and built up a busy stable of local lads.

The photo (circa 1937) shows Angus (the small man in the suit) at the centre of the picture surrounded by his boxers.

On the extreme right is Tommy ‘Tucker’ Amith, standing immediately to Smith’s left is Billy Hodgson, and standing on the left side of the group wearing a dark vest is Billy Dodd.

The three mentioned were all from Lancaster and very well known boxers in the area.

Larry, who not long ago wrote a book about professional boxing’s past in Lancaster and Morecambe called Boxing by the Sea, would be pleased to hear from anyone who could identify any of the other boxers or was a relative of anyone who was in the photograph or could throw any light as to where the gym may have been located.

He can be contacted on 015395 35459.