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Posted by: beckettjim 16th Dec 2004, 07:10pm

does anybody remember the bantaskin boxing club in the butney.this would be early to late fifties. john[cowboy ]mccormack boxed there. he was the british and european middleweight champion. remember him boxing and beating terry downs. his mother lived right across the street next to the bantaskin bar.the club later became carney's the bookie, which was run my the mcmanus family. one of the brothers also played for maryhill harp, which i also played for in 1962, later it was disbandoned when the pitch was used for housing.

Posted by: Davie 16th Dec 2004, 07:45pm

Cannie mind any boxing club in the Butney, mind you, I am jist the boay on this board.
I don't even know if Bantaskin Street is still on the go.
I remember Sonny Liston coming into our club. in Brigton, when I had just turned 16. He lifted Walter McGowan up in one arm.
Boxing hardly exists in Glasgow anymore.
Though I think Strathclyde Uni. have a club

Here is an interesting wee site.
http://www.kazan3.freeserve.co.uk/boxers.htm

Posted by: butny boy 19th Dec 2004, 01:43pm

Hello beckettjim replied to your query yesterday I,m new to this game just finding my feet or should i say finger[s].? Another good one they had was Malkie Hannah he was a couple years afore Cowboy Aaah the bookies there was a woman who lived next door to me she was in McManus's nearly every day except when the POLIS wis gonny raid I knew Jerry McManus the youngest brother when it was raid day he was absent fae the shoap that woman was caught umpteen times but the polis always let her go

Posted by: May 21st Dec 2004, 07:42am

Where is Butney? I've never heard of it. My father-in-law was a trainer in boxing clubs in Bridgeton and Finnieston in the 50's and 60's. His name was Alex Farries. Do you know him Davie? I noticed that you said you went to a club in Bridgeton. Was it the same one?

Posted by: declyn 31st Oct 2008, 09:59pm

can any-one recommend a good boxing club in glasgow for a 9 year old boy. thaking you.

Posted by: wellfield 1st Nov 2008, 01:09am

I remember the NB Loco boxing club on Flemington St in Springburn

Posted by: angel 1st Nov 2008, 01:18am

I remember when Cowboy McCormack was boxing, although never knew him,
does anyone remember what he did in life after boxing

Posted by: Paul Kelly 1st Nov 2008, 06:32pm

QUOTE (angel @ 1st Nov 2008, 03:26am) *
I remember when Cowboy McCormack was boxing, although never knew him,
does anyone remember what he did in life after boxing


My dad was in the same year at St Mungo's Academy as John 'Cowboy' McCormack. McCormack came from Bantaskin Street in the Butney in Maryhill and was one of Scotland's finest boxers in the 1950s and early 1960s. I think he stays in the Paisley area these days.

http://www.sbhof.co.uk/?page_id=56

Posted by: angel 1st Nov 2008, 08:45pm

thankyou Paul, ... Cowboy McCormack was a big boxing favourite with my
father in those days. tongue.gif

Posted by: Dexter St. Clair 15th Nov 2008, 07:49pm

QUOTE (declyn @ 31st Oct 2008, 11:07pm) *
can any-one recommend a good boxing club in glasgow for a 9 year old boy. thaking you.



There is a list of boxing clubs here

http://www.scottishboxing.co.uk/Scotland-Boxing-Clubs.htm with a good number based in Glasgow.

Posted by: dia duit 20th Nov 2008, 10:59pm

Anybody remember McHargs or any other boxing club in the Calton in the 40s>

Posted by: DOLKIN 23rd Nov 2008, 10:45pm

in the seventies i attended noble arts boxing club in ashley st st georges x my trainers were vince okein from the butney and peter kennan and when jim watt was world champ he used to be leaving the gym as we started training vincy worked on the buses so we never paid for buses from butney to st georges cross

Posted by: stuarty 4th Dec 2008, 12:47am

my wee pal cut it sue in gg she goes to boxing with carlton ac and she loves it as it helps her athritus and other stuff ,a bet it would be great to do a would love to get a punch bag and when i get a new life a will go to a boxing club for women and men. a bet its a laugh my wee da was a boxer in the army a love boxing the gentlemens sport with the queensbury rules kind no the punch up efter a few to many swallies wink.gif

Posted by: stuarty 4th Dec 2008, 12:49am

QUOTE (angel @ 1st Nov 2008, 01:17am) *
I remember when Cowboy McCormack was boxing, although never knew him,
does anyone remember what he did in life after boxing

how old was he as my granda was a McCormack but it wouldny be him but he might have had brothers and came from maryhill

Posted by: tommy blair 4th Dec 2008, 01:04am

QUOTE (beckettjim @ 17th Dec 2004, 04:39am) *
does anybody remember the bantaskin boxing club in the butney.this would be early to late fifties. john[cowboy ]mccormack boxed there. he was the british and european middleweight champion. remember him boxing and beating terry downs. his mother lived right across the street next to the bantaskin bar.the club later became carney's the bookie, which was run my the mcmanus family. one of the brothers also played for maryhill harp, which i also played for in 1962, later it was disbandoned when the pitch was used for housing.

vincent kine or o'kine was a good boxer also from the butney around the same time

Posted by: stuarty 5th Dec 2008, 03:35pm

he was born in the late 18 hundreds as he served in the 1st world war and was 30 years older than my granny and his name was john mc cormack blinded in the war and was given a heros funeral if that helps any a dont know a suppose a would need to talk to my aunty theresa she might know if he had brothers ohmy.gif

Posted by: John Agius 3rd Feb 2009, 04:55pm

QUOTE (angel @ 1st Nov 2008, 01:05am) *
I remember when Cowboy McCormack was boxing, although never knew him,
does anyone remember what he did in life after boxing



I was stationed with John McCormack in Germany 1954-55. We were at RAF Celle. I was into weight lifting and used the same gym as John. His trainer was a Maltese Staff Seargent. He boxed for our station and needless to say he never lost a bout. After he returned to Scotland we never kept in touch.

Posted by: Paul Mc Manus 12th Feb 2009, 12:59pm

QUOTE (beckettjim @ 16th Dec 2004, 06:57pm) *
does anybody remember the bantaskin boxing club in the butney.this would be early to late fifties. john[cowboy ]mccormack boxed there. he was the british and european middleweight champion. remember him boxing and beating terry downs. his mother lived right across the street next to the bantaskin bar.the club later became carney's the bookie, which was run my the mcmanus family. one of the brothers also played for maryhill harp, which i also played for in 1962, later it was disbandoned when the pitch was used for housing.


I am the son of John Patrick McManus who played for the Maryhill Harp in 1962. I drove through the Butney with my Dad last week. They have demolished Bantskin St. and all the rest. Spare ground layen there with all those memories. I am sure my Dad will know you jim, he knows everybody and all his reminising is about the Butney. Benny Lynch was a regular down there.

Posted by: simon graham 27th Jun 2009, 05:15pm

Does any one remember a Simon Graham of maryhill that could have used the bantaskin boxing gym in the 1950s.

Posted by: *pwm437* 11th Jul 2009, 07:31am

As a boy in the late 1960's I attended Joe Aitchison's boxing club (sometimes referred to as Dalmarnock Boxing Club) at Dalmarnock Road.

Access to it was via a close, up a stair and then down a stair into the backcourt where the gym was. Joe was a lovely man and knew the boxing game inside out.

Posted by: Joe McAllister 7th Sep 2009, 04:27pm

QUOTE (angel @ 1st Nov 2008, 01:35am) *
I remember when Cowboy McCormack was boxing, although never knew him,
does anyone remember what he did in life after boxing

Cowboy worked offshore on the oil rigs for many years, and also as a ceiling fixer. I remember a foreman shopfitter telling me about a big ceiling fixer bullshitting about earning 250,000 in the ring, said his name was John McCormack. I asked if he had bow legs, yes he replied very. He wasent bullshitting he was the genuine article, I replied.

Posted by: ian dick 7th Oct 2009, 02:53pm

does any one remember the transport abc gym in forneuk street ? the trainner was called blondie mcwean was a great club still standing but sadly not used anymore

Posted by: *wullie* 15th Nov 2009, 12:03pm

The Glasgow Transport used to be really busy but then it ended up with not many people there. It was a gym with a lot of character at some point though. The Kelvin Club in Govanhill is a similar charismatic club. U sometimes feel u r training in a place that has a lot of social history

Posted by: ian dick 23rd Nov 2009, 03:13pm

QUOTE (*wullie* @ 15th Nov 2009, 12:01pm) *
The Glasgow Transport used to be really busy but then it ended up with not many people there. It was a gym with a lot of character at some point though. The Kelvin Club in Govanhill is a similar charismatic club. U sometimes feel u r training in a place that has a lot of social history

do you know why not many people went there in the end? when i was training at the transport gym people like gary jacobs and paul weir where also there .did you know blondie ?

Posted by: *Ross* 14th Nov 2011, 03:12pm

Glasgow Transport was run by Blondie for years but it slowly lost people and he hardly charged anything (1 over 18s and 50p under). I went there for 3 years back around 1996 and I hear it shut down a few years later. Gary Jacobs, Drew Docherty and Paul Wier frequented the place and I trained with those guys more than a few times over the years. I have a picture of all three and Blondie.

I recently heard that Blondie passed away a couple years ago. He was an awesome manager and a cool guy.

Posted by: Guest 31st May 2015, 04:36pm

Hello folks, doing a little reading here about British boxing, a relatively new subject for me. Im looking at Johnny Caldwell, and a few newspaper articles refer to him as being trained by Joe Aitchison at his Glasgow gym during at least 1960 and 1961, during Caldwell's run with the Bantamweight belt. Boxrec lists a Joe Aitcheson out of Australia fighting in the 40s. Is it one and the same guy?

Posted by: andy weir 11th Oct 2017, 05:45pm

QUOTE (*Ross* @ 14th Nov 2011, 03:12pm) *
Glasgow Transport was run by Blondie for years but it slowly lost people and he hardly charged anything (1 over 18s and 50p under). I went there for 3 years back around 1996 and I hear it shut down a few years later. Gary Jacobs, Drew Docherty and Paul Wier frequented the place and I trained with those guys more than a few times over the years. I have a picture of all three and Blondie.

I recently heard that Blondie passed away a couple years ago. He was an awesome manager and a cool guy.