First World War fight poster featuring local MANCHESTER boxing military servicemen, 10th July 1915, Blackley Football Ground, Manchester.
Billed: ASSAULT-AT-ARMS - Promoter: Jack Dare
(Darwin) Who claims the Light-weight Championship of Lancashire and has beaten the following men - Jim Connor, Alf Shields, Jack Atkinson, Jack Judge, Nichol Brady, Dom Vairo, Jack Elmore, Jack Holme, Jim Lagan, Draw Bert Dyke, Joe Ward, Tommy Mitchell.
Tracy also holds a decision over Eddie Feathers, whom followers of Boxing in Manchester, will remember winning the "Chronicle" White Hope Tournament.
(Manchester), Lancashire's coming Light-weight Champion, who as defeated such men as Jim Connor, Stoker Grant, Jack Judge £5 a-side; Bob Thomas , Chopper Hall, Joe Jones, £25; and Young Carnea, Norman Fitchett, Frank Baker, Walter Holding, Jack Atkinson, £5 a-side; Jack Helm, Draw Arthur Tracy; also won Jack Smith's Six Guinea Cup Competition and 30 other minor contests.
Pte. SEWELL (19th Ser. Batt. Heaton Park) vs W. THOMPSON (Gorton)
JACK EVANS (Moston Colliery) vs Pte. J. Buckley (19th Ser. Batt. Heaton Park)
M. COYLE (Gorton) vs Will Smith (Middleton)
BANTAM WEIGHT 8-st. 6-lb. NOVICE MILITARY COMPETITION
Open to men stationed in the Manchester District. Winner and Runner-up Gold Medals. Entries to be sent to Jack Dare, 96, Middlewood Street, Harpurhey, Manchester, or will be taken on the ground on Saturday.
***Fascinating that during the Great War our local boxing military servicemen would fight one another on a show aptly named "ASSAULT-AT-ARMS". This historical poster is a wonderful collectible which chronicles individual achievements along with interesting reading in regards to terms and conditions, prizes and purses from the period, not only did these local Manchester fighting men win their own individual battles but collectively they won the ultimate big fight between 1914 to 1918***
Condition very good-placed between 2 glass panes for safety & preservation (light vertical & horizontal creasing with minor splitting & small hole with some left side edge wear & tear). Measures 8 3/4" x 5 1/2".