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A PART OF SCOTLAND DECIDES TO REMAIN INDEPENDENT

AS SCOTLAND PREPARES T0 MAKE THE DECISION THAT COULD CHALLENGE THE FUTURE OF THIS ANCIENT COUNTRY AND SEEK HOME RULE, WHICH WOULD MEAN SEVERING ITS CONNECTION WITH THE UK FAMILY, SO A FUNDAMENATAL REASON WHY BOXING HAS SURVIVED IN BOXING IS ALSO UNDERGOING A RADICAL CHANGE.

THE ICONIC ST. ANDREWS BOXING CLUB, WHICH HAS BEEN THE SPIRIT AND FLAME OF BOXING IN SCOTLAND FOR DECADES UNDER THE OWNERSHIP OF PROMOTER TOMMY GILMOUR, HAS ALREADY  UNDERGONE CHANGE WITH THE POSTING OF ‘SOLD’ ON ITS  FRONT DOORS.

The Scots are a canny people and two businessmen Iain Wilson and Colin Belshaw have bought the club from Tommy Gilmour  As a mark of respect Tommy has been invited to stay on as President.    

He said, “Much as I want to step back from things on a daily role, Iain and Colin have announced that they are going to make me the club’s first ever president.

However, true to his Scottish heritage  the ever alert Tommy when the subject is money, quipped with a smile, “Its a terrific gesture. But I secretly believe it’s also so they can chap my door and ask for advice at any time.”

He said: “It’s 27 years since I took over when I was 35 but I’ve been thinking about retiring for years.

“So, it’s not a sad occasion but a joyous one. I don’t know whether this news will make the sports pages or if it’ll be found in the Births, Deaths and Marriages page.” 

Unlike the need for a referendum on whether Scotland should remaining part of the United Kingdom, St. Andrews Sporting Club required only the sanction of Tommy Gilmour.

Oh, how the probable most astute politician in the British Isles, Alex Salmond must wish the decision on whether Scotland will, or will not, become part of the wider family of the European Union or remain part of the Westminster wanderers,could be determined in the same manner.

Tommy Gilmour MBE said, “It was critical that I found the right people to buy the club. It wasn’t about selling a business, it was about looking after an institution.

“I have managed to do that in handing over to Iain and Colin. They are two major boxing anoraks and I say that in the kindest of terms.

 “I wanted to make sure the historic traditions of the club were preserved and looked after. I’m delighted that Iain and Colin are going to do that.”

Under the guidance of Tommy, who for many years was ably assisted by his matchmake, Irishman Paddy Byrne, St. Andrews has raised for charitable causes thereabouts of a million sterling pounds.

When boxing went through one is its cycles of depondency and the anti-boxing brigade were firing on all guns, boxing sporting clubs across the length and breadth of the UK folded including the first organised boxing club, The National Sporting Club with its headquarters in the famed Cafe Royal, where Oscar Wilde held court.

The Mickey Duff operated Anglo-American Sporting Club in the Hilton Hotel in Mayfair was also guillotined'  

  Yet St. Andrews Sporting Club survived and despite its limitations in size St. Andrews staged the 1973 British title fight between Ken Buchanan and Jim Watt, which is arguably the most illustrious on its menu of traditional iconic fights.

 “If it wasn’t for St Andrews then there wouldn’t have been  boxing kept alive [in scotland].

The club’s foundations are about giving Scottish fighters the chance to box in Scotland.Recalling the harsh times in boxingTommy related, “Jim Watt has said that St Andrews was the saviour of Scottish boxing from the late 60s into the early 70s when you would be lucky to have two shows a year.

BoxingAction wishes the new partnership continued success with St. Andrews and may the traditions abide without limitations on time. ~

 

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