The Abingdon Blog

The Abingdon Blog is a photo record of events and places in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, started on January 1st 2006.

Saturday, 2 February 2008

Abingdon Town A.B.C

This is Rob Southey the chief boxing coach at the Abingdon Town Amateur Boxing Club. The club are trying to fund raise £200,000 for a gym.

Fundraising began at noon today with a sponsored twelve hour darts match, and a collection round the pubs in Abingdon.

(teams were looking at the Oxford Mail photographer at this point)

There has been a boxing club, or boxing training going on in Abingdon for as long as anybody could remember. Over the years they've been in rented rooms and gyms - not all suitable for boxing:
  • Across from the Horse and Jocky pub on bath street (now Gosling Court) in the 30s and 40s
  • Near the Abingdon Carpet factory (now the Upper Reaches hotel)
  • Opposite the old railway station
  • Behind Barclays Bank (in the 70's when Rob and Donald Southey first went as young lads)
  • Old Gaol (during the 80's and 90's) until it closed
  • Dalton Barracks (while they had an army sponsor)
  • Preston Road Community Centre (this year)
If they can raise £200K, and build their own gym, they kept telling me "It will be something for the kids." Not just boxers "It will be something everybody can use."

Anyway, 12 hours later, Dave accepted the trophy for winning the darts competition with the highest individual score. Over 2,000 darts had been thrown. About £2,500 was raised from the darts and the pub donations.

T Shirts were made and donated by The Warehouse near Coxeters.

The darts were all thrown at the Plough Inn, with thanks to the Landlord.


Blogger amy said...

Two years later now, so what is the score with raising the 200k?? i wanna box! lol...

20 February 2010 01:23  
Blogger Backstreeter said...

Hi Amy, Still quite a way to go. Not through lack of effort but it is a big sum. The club are training at Dalton Barracks. See for details

20 February 2010 15:02  

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