Melbourne 1956 Olympics commemorative glove SIGNED (silver sharpie) and INSCRIBED "Dick McTaggart MBE Olympic Gold 1956" by lightweight gold medallist and winner of the Val Barker trophy Dick McTaggart.
Richard "Dick" McTaggart, MBE (born 15 October 1935) is a retired Scottish amateur boxer. He competed in the 1956 and 1960 Olympics in the lightweight division and won a gold and a bronze medal, respectively. In 1956 he received the Val Barker Trophy for best boxing style at the Olympics. At the 1964 Olympics McTaggart moved to the light welterweight category, but lost in the third bout to the eventual winner Jerzy Kulej. McTaggart won the British ABA title in 1956, 1958, 1960, 1963 and 1965, and retired with a record of 610 wins out of 634 bouts.
In retirement McTaggart worked as a boxing coach and prepared the Scottish team at the 1990 Commonwealth Games. In 2002 he was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame. His four brothers were also amateur boxers.
1956 Olympic results
Below is the record at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics:
*Round of 32: bye
*Round of 16: defeated Chandrasena Jayasuriya (Ceylon) by decision
*Quarterfinal: defeated Andre Vairolatto (France) by decision
*Semifinal: defeated: Anatoly Lagetko (Soviet Union) by decision
*Final: defeated Harry Kurschat (West Germany) by decision (won gold medal)
*1954 ABA Featherweight runner-up, losing to Dave Charnley (Fitzroy Lodge ABC) RSC 1 in final
*1956 ABA Lightweight champion, defeated Eddie Kane (Lochead BC) in final
*1958 ABA Lightweight champion, defeated Johnny Cooke (Maple Leaf ABC) in final
*1958 British Commonwealth Lightweight champion
*1960 ABA Lightweight champion, defeated Cedric Williams (Bargoed & Deri ABC) RSC 2 in final
*1961 European Lightweight champion
*1962 ABA Lightweight runner-up, losing to Brian Whelan (Chiswick General ABC) in final
*1963 ABA Light welterweight champion, defeated Larry O'Connell (Fitzroy Lodge ABC) in final
*1965 ABA Light welterweight champion, defeated Larry O'Connell (Fitzroy Lodge ABC) in final
Awards and Honours
*Member of the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame
*Most Excellent Order of the British Empire - (MBE)
Condition excellent (shows slight wear & tear, original laces intact)
Scotlands Greatest Boxer: Dick McTaggart
When Dick McTaggart punched his way to gold in 1956, boxing was in his family's blood.
Post-war National Service offered three McTaggart brothers an opportunity to shine in the boxing ring, an arena in which they excelled.
In 1954, one brother was the army Middle East boxing champion, another was Navy champion.
Richard 'Dick' McTaggart completed the set by becoming RAF champion.
Born in Dens Road, Dundee in 1935, McTaggart was the third youngest of 18 children.
Between 1945 and 1963, 6,000 of Great Britain's young men were conscripted for National Service every fortnight.
Corporal Dick McTaggart was working as a cook in the RAF when his talent for boxing led to the Melbourne Olympic Games of 1956.
He had considered giving up the sport, but now the sportsman with his distinctive crew cut and white boots headed to Melbourne for the first Olympic Games to be held in the southern hemisphere.
In what was to prove a vintage year for British boxing, McTaggart was one of five amateur boxers who returned home from Melbourne with Olympic medals - Terry Spinks, John McCormack, Tommy Nicholls, Nicky Gargano and McTaggart himself.
McTaggart beat boxers from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), France and the Soviet Union on points to meet Harry Kurschat of the United Team of Germany in the Olympic lightweight final.
Both the flyweight and lightweight division finals were scheduled for 1 December.
At the age of 18, Terry Spinks took a gold medal in the flyweight division.
In the lightweight final, McTaggart was to collect Great Britain's second boxing gold.
Clearly unaware of the Scot's Dundee origins, the Melbourne 1956 Official Report records that "McTaggart fought in the true English tradition of amateur boxing."
Despite being European champion, Kurschat found McTaggart's lethal right hand difficult to deal with and found himself on the canvas on two occasions in the first round.
According to the official report, Kurschat was "a very good boxer who had to be content with second place."
With his footwork and economy of movement, McTaggart had demonstrated enormous skill and style throughout his Olympic bouts.
He was rewarded with the Val Barker trophy as the most stylish boxer of the Melbourne Games.
Aside from the golds of Spinks and McTaggart, Nicholls was a featherweight silver medallist with Gargano and McCormack both taking bronze in their divisions.
The BBC's renowned boxing commentator Harry Carpenter was to say of the Dundonian, "The greatest amateur I ever saw was Dick McTaggart."
McTaggart went on to appear in two further Olympics, becoming the first British boxer to compete in three Olympiads.
He won a bronze medal at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games, where he was beaten in the semi-final by the eventual winner, Poland's Kazimierz Pazdzior.
Moving up a division to light-welterweight, at Tokyo in 1964 he was eliminated at the quarter-final stage by another Polish boxer, Josef Grudzien, who went on to claim gold.
McTaggart was crowned Commonwealth champion at Cardiff in 1958 and European champion in Belgrade, 1961.
In 1962, he collected a silver at the Perth (Australia) Commonwealth Games.
McTaggart's career at amateur, Commonwealth and European level is staggering.
He won 610 of 634 amateur bouts and is a five time Amateur Boxing Association champion at both lightweight and light-welterweight.
In recognition of his Olympic victory, he was awarded the MBE and inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
In 2010, Abertay University awarded one of Dundee's most remarkable sons an Honorary Doctorate of Arts.
Dick McTaggart retired from the ring in 1965. He now lives in Troon and maintains his involvement in the sport which made him famous.