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francesb
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151 of 156  Mon 22nd May 2017 10:39am  
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My uncle Bob James was a boxer & trained many lads at the Stoke Ex-Service Club francesb
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RLCherrington
London
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152 of 156  Mon 22nd May 2017 9:18pm  
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Many clubs held boxing lessons for the lads in the 50s into 60s, Canley did as well. There is a long tradition of that. Just another example of the sort of things clubs did and the way they contributed to communities. Taught the lads some discipline and to fight fairly.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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153 of 156  Thu 25th May 2017 8:09pm  
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On 1st May 2017 9:43am, Harrier said: Anyone any ideas what the 'Sports and Social Centre Twisted ' was in the Holyhead Road and whereabouts was it in the road? What was the organisation behind it? I have a date reference of 1945.
On another thread, the following comment has been posted: . . . . it's good manners to acknowledge when help is given, especially the many hours that our fine members have undertaken diligently carrying out free research for so many people . . . Oh my
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Harrier
Coventry
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154 of 156  Sat 27th May 2017 4:07pm  
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With many apologies for any offence given. I am eternally grateful for the help I have been given from time to time and hope that some of my posts have given a little information of interest in return. No excuse, but in this instance I was waiting for my next trip into town to cross reference one of the comments so I could expand on my original enquiry. Dare I now ask for further comment related to the above. I have a reference to Sid Barriball who used to be in Godiva Harriers as one of the club's first marathon runners. My father in law knew him as a fellow local football referee and also a coach/manager with a local football club. He seemed to think he had two daughters and like him was interested in local boxing. Another reference thought that he was Belgian and came across to England with the evacuation of Dunkirk and settled here. He was a member of a Belgian athletics club.

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Midland Red
Cherwell
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155 of 156  Sun 28th May 2017 8:46pm  
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Your comment is appreciated - thanks Thumbs up Sid Barriball gets a mention here
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RLCherrington
London
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156 of 156  Thu 16th Aug 2018 3:12pm  
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Good afternoon Forum members. I've enjoyed going through the WMClubs posts. As some of you know, I've been writing about clubs for a while in various publications. I'm now setting out on writing a book dedicated to Coventry's vast array of clubs that used to exist. There were over 60 plus many works social clubs. I can't include every club in the book but will do my best to make sure most get a mention! I already have a fair bit of information about Cov's clubs from previous research but would love Forum members' own stories and memories and pics if they have any. If you've posted something here in the past that I could use, then please let me know. Your support is always appreciated. Cheers At one point clubs were the centre of the city's social life in many ways so I'm going to try to do them justice and document their existence, as so many are gone now. Look forward to hearing from you. Ruth
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