Harry Fleming founder of the famous Collyhurst Boxing Club, a pioneering manager of Mancunian World and British champions RARE business letterhead which also advertises his fighter's services. Measures 10 1/2" x 8 1/4".
Manchester Evening News
When we see a crowd of 75,000 attending a Manchester United game we tend to forget that before Sir Matt Busby there was a boxing manager called Harry Fleming who epitomised sporting excellence in Manchester.
Harry managed the Collyhurst stable of champions. He had three exceptional pugilists that would be in the best EVER top 10 of British boxers in there respective weight categories.
There was World flyweight champion Jackie Brown, British bantam weight champion Johnny King and Jock McAvoy, the fearsome "Rochdale Thunderbolt" British middle and light heavy champion - reputed to be the hardest punching boxer ever to come from these shores. Jock even went to the USA and KO'd their World middleweight champion Babe Risko in one round.
The last of Harry Flemming's champions was Johnny King who after being a prisoner of war and a shadow of the former fighter he was lost his British bantam crown to Scotland's Jackie Patterson in1947.
Before WW2 it was King's Hall, Belle Vue that saw the sporting pride and passion of the smogridden citizens of the 'Cotton City' of Manchester but the year after we said goodbye to our last great boxing champion Johnny King in 1947 along came another Scot called Matt Busby who compensated for Jackie Patterson's victory by giving us all something to cheer about again - the 1948 FA Cup.
‘All for one. One for all’
This has been the motto of Collyhurst & Moston Boxing Club for a century and it rings as true today as it did when Harry Fleming founded the club during The Great War. Across the decades the club has trained local tearaways, many of whom went on to become champions, yet perhaps the greatest tribute to it is that it has remained at the centre of a community that has undergone huge changes in the last 100 years.
During the twenties and thirties the club was the base for great Mancunian fighters such as Jackie Brown, Jock McAvoy and Johnny King, proving it could nurture champions as well as provide refuge. More recently Brian Hughes turned the club into a title-winning factory with the likes of Pat Barrett, Robin Reid and Michael Gomez proving themselves at British, European and World level.
Yet the club isn't somewhere to just 'hang out' - a strict code is adhered to. Once there you help, learn, listen and behave. If you don't possess the talent to be a champion boxer, you will almost certainly leave with the tools to become a better human being.
Heading into its second century, The Collyhurst & Moston Boxing Club continues to adapt with boxing training for boys and girls and a female champion in the ranks and it is through former pros such as Thomas McDonagh and Pat Barrett that the original ethos of Harry Fleming is kept alive - the beating heart of a tough but passionate community.
Condition very good (horizontal & vertical fold creases causing small holes/tears, corner creasing & tanning on reverse)