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> Time For A Benny Lynch Statue?, Should city's sporting legend be honoured?
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post 17th Dec 2010, 05:45pm
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QUOTE (Dunvegan @ 17th Dec 2010, 01:28am) *
Benny Lynch was from Govan. Not the Gorbals. He boxed at the TOC. H youth club but I cant recal its location in Govan.
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Benny was born in Hutchesontown, Gorbals in 1913.


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post 22nd Dec 2010, 05:50am
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Jupiter,

Your People's Palace idea is brilliant. I would gladly chip in. He was beloved by the Glasgow people.

Benny was a bigger deal than a lot of the younger generation realized. Back in the sixties when I met my husband he had a close friend who was also a Scottish boxer, a Dumbarton man named Teddy O'Neill, who is now passed on. I remember my husband asking Teddy once about Benny Lynch. if he'd ever met him and the look of awe that came across Teddy's face. Teddy was a no slouch, a champion in his own right, but he plainly idolized Benny whom he'd only met once and treasured the encounter.
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post 22nd Dec 2010, 11:55am
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Hi All ..Here is a photo of Benny Lynch,s grave stone..Cheers Flim

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post 27th Dec 2010, 04:27am
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Thanks, Flam.

I've never seen it before. The words are just right for Benny. Sorry to hear about his son. They both died young.
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post 5th Dec 2011, 07:36am
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Alex Morrison, the Glasgow-based boxing promoter, has, sadly, lost an irreplaceable collection of boxing memorabilia in a blaze that completely destroyed his Dalmarnock gym on Thursday afternoon. Losses include prized items which were part of the documented history of Benny Lynch's tragic career, including photographs and world title fight contracts.

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post 5th Dec 2011, 06:01pm
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Benny Lynch in his later years used to drink in the Bantaskin Bar in the Butney, he would let anybody punch him in exchange for a drink.
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post 5th Dec 2011, 11:33pm
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Thats really sad allyfan.
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post 6th Dec 2011, 12:20am
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It is sad Glasgow Lass, however, much as here are many myths around Benny Lynch's tragic life after his boxing career ended, I have heard this from other sources who say that they were present when this happened. Tragic, very sad, considering Benny's in-ring exploits should have assured him a place in Scotland's history of sporting heroes.

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post 6th Dec 2011, 10:14pm
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Thanks for that GG, I enjoyed the film it was really great, tho not a fan of boxing but when you see one of your own well it changes everything ! smile.gif ,,,, I can certainly appreciate the tallent and skill that Benny had in the ring. smile.gif
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post 6th Dec 2011, 11:54pm
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I have a wee Benny Lynch connection. My mother was born at 49 Clyde Place upstairs from his gym.(mentioned in his biography) She and her brother used to watch him train. When the gym closed, a sheet metal shop moved in, which is where she met my dad. Still married after 69 years. Dad is an avid boxing fan, and still remembers Benny Lynch fondly.
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post 1st Sep 2015, 10:36pm
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An update on this story in the Evening Times today:
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Campaign for statue Benny Lynch to be remembered

The campaign to erect a statue in honour of Scots world boxing champion Benny Lynch is growing momentum.

Already, high profile Scots such as actor Robert Carlyle and writer Irvine Welsh leant their weight to the plans.

Carlyle, currently starring in the film The Legend of Barney Thomson, tweeted; ‘This is long overdue. The man should be remembered and honoured with a statue in Central Station.’

The Glasgow train station reference is apt; more than 20,000 people crowded into the station in September 1935 after Gorbals-born Lynch won the World, European and British fly-weight boxing championships after beating Jackie Brown at Belle Vue, Manchester in two rounds. And more than a 100,000 lined the streets to see Lynch parade his trophy.

However, despite being Scotland’s first world boxing champion, Lynch’s success was never commemorated with a lasting tribute.

Lynne Lees is behind the crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a statute, which is being supported by Trainspotting writer, Irvine Welsh.

“He fought his way from the streets to the ring and in turn conquered the world,” she said of the fighter who honed his skills in fairground boxing booths. ...

Full story here:
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/1363769..._be_remembered

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post 5th Sep 2015, 05:04pm
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Strewn around Glasgow and other Scottish towns and cities are monuments to the glorious imperial past when English Britain ruled the waves and several millions of black and brown inhabitants of conquered lands, them having no say in their servitude. Today we are all that exists of England's empire (oh! The six counties of Ulster). The statues are in total, except for a few scattered images of Robert Burns, of those born on the soil of England.

There will be I am sure, another referendum, whose outcome may see a restoration of pride in what was longer an independent nation than a vassal state. Statues to our Scottish race need to replace those tired and irrelevant imposts.

Benny Lynch is a good start and while we are on the subject, the unsung heroes of Scottish labour who would be truly fitting of monuments to their endeavour.
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post 10th Sep 2015, 08:08pm
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The Benny Lynch campaign is up and running and you can get all the information at the website here:

www.penny4benny.wix.com/bennylynch

Her you can find information on some high profile supporters and how to donate.

Thanks!
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post 9th May 2016, 10:30pm
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A recent Herald report that actor Robert Carlyle is backing the appeal to have a statue of Benny Lynch erected in the boxer's home town of Glasgow.

Full report can be found on this link:
Benny Lynch Statue
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