Sunderland boxing coach was “a good man” with a real gift for helping young talent

George Liddle's memories of his boxing uncle Jack Wilson.
George Liddle's memories of his boxing uncle Jack Wilson.
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Boxing hero Jack Wilson remains in the minds of many people - decades after he helped so many Wearside youngsters.

Our story last week on the man who did so much to set up a boys club in Pennywell, brought back fond memories for George Liddle, now 78 himself and a fellow Sunderland resident.

Pennywell Boys Club in 1979.

Pennywell Boys Club in 1979.

Jack was his uncle and George never forgot the man who he described as “a lovely person.”

Former pitman and engineering worker George, from the Ford Estate, said his mother was Jack’s sister and it was Jack who did so much to help develop boxng talent in Lambton Street and Pennywell. “He trained a lot of the lads,” he remembered fondly.

And similar memories came from Paul Watson who told us ‘Jacky Wilson’ was “old school strict but still very funny and taught you respect for others and more importantly for yourself.”

“Some of the boxers I remember were Darren and Dave Banks, Anthony (speedy) and Henry Charlton, Ronnie Kearney, Chris Cooperweight , Darren Watson (no relation) Gary Watson (my brother) , Sean Casey, Mark “benny” Monson , Corby, Dave “funeral director” Gardiner, John & Gary Hull.”

Jack Wilson was old school strict but still very funny and taught you respect for others and more importantly for yourself

Paul Watson

Paul said there were many trainers and coaches who “helped many young lads stay out of mischief , well mostly!

“We would train 3 times during the week and Sunday Mornings, which I liked the most (well until we discovered Bentleys nightclub) because we would sometimes go to the beach to train and we would always finish up with a game of footy – in fact I think we would have made a good football team due to our fitness levels. “

We would love to receive more of your boxing memories - or indeed, any of your recollections on all aspects of nostalgia in the Sunderland, Wearside and County Durham areas. Tell us more by emailing chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk

George Liddle who paid tribute to his uncle.

George Liddle who paid tribute to his uncle.

George Liddle's memories of his boxing uncle Jack Wilson.

George Liddle's memories of his boxing uncle Jack Wilson.