Bulkington boxing club was founded September ’63 by former Scottish ABA light middle-weight champion – Dave Thompson. The early days were far from easy. With a dilapidated pavilion as a gymnasium, a handful of schoolboy novices, no funds available to purchase tournament prizes the club seemed destined to fail. The prospects of getting on to the tournament circuit looked impossible.
Undaunted by setbacks and with at least 30 enthusiastic youngsters, Bulkington boxing club were determined to succeed. Thanks to the patient tuition under Dave Thompson the new recruits developed into promising boxers and were accepted into Warwickshire ABA.
The club staged it’s first tournament to a capacity crowd at Saunders Hall in Bedworth. The fanatical support raised the profile of the fledging club and donations were immediately pledged by Coventry ABA supporters club. Success followed. Thanks to high quality coaching under Dave Thompson and the natural aptitude of the boxers boasted two schoolboy national finalist and two regional champions.
Considered to be one of the greatest prospect to arrive on the scene was Freddie Williams of Brewer Rd, Bulkington. Freddie became (1965 National Schoolboy Champion) & (1965 Class (A) National Junior Champion) in the same season. The following year he completed the double again by taking the National Junior Title (1966 Class (B) National Junior champion) followed up by, (National N.A.B.C. Class (B) title 1966).
The euphoria however was short-lived when the club decided to amalgamate with Bedworth Boys and move into Bedworth Youth Centre, Croxhall St, Bedworth and becoming known as Bedworth & Bulkington Boys ABC.
Bulkington and their supporters were bitterly disappointed and after some thirty years of deliberation set about resurrecting a new club.
‘Bulkington Sports & Social Amateur Boxing Club’.
The club is indebted to former President Noel Kelly with his financial help spearheading the club into one of the most successful in the County. Over the next 20 years the club went on to win Midland Counties championship titles, at both schoolboy Junior and senior Level. Sam Gorman went on record as the first champion of the new club winning the National Schoolboy Champion Class (A) 1991/2 season. Senior honours fell to Neil Tidman 1997 National N.A.B.C. Class (C) Champion at (71kg). Connor Robson in 2006 (a) National Schoolboy Golden Gloves Champion.
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Stuart Tidman, being one of the original founders has spent the last forty years developing boxing in Bulkington. His dedication to the sport earning the title: Hon. Sec of Bulkington A.B.C. Other honours include, A.B.A England Coach, Warwks divisional Hon. Sec. and Midlands Counties Executive Council Member.
Bulkington being a progressive thinking club and following the IOC’s decision to include women boxers, now offers training to both male and female members. Jenny Dowell, trained with the local lads twice a week and made history by wining the first bout of the evening at Hendon Police College in London following victory over Tamasin Malia from the Home Counties.
The club has always made a great effort to be a big part of the community in Bulkington and surrounding area and were delighted and incredibly impressed by the support from: councilor Des O’Brien and John Pritchard of Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Co. John Ross Warwks County Co. Andrea Buckley Warwks CC. Richard Liggins of Bulkington Health Support Charity. The Rev Paul Messam St James Church. Heart of England Community Foundation. Rolls Royce Ansty Charity Committee. also local welders Dave Connolly and Nigel Tranter Midland Portable Buildings. Bulkington Flower Arrangers
The village welcomed the club with open arms and in return the club has worked hard to not only integrate itself into the community but to actively put something back in a very disciplined and controlled sport. The youth of the area who join the club learn in ways that motivates and enables them to achieve self-control.
Stewart and his team finally arrived. Nearly £40,000 raised thanks to the generous donations freely given by the above named the club can now boast two impressive new buildings, one fitted with the most up to date training and fitness equipment and the other a walk around ring.