Staff and Coaches
Ron is the Honorary Secretary and a founder member of the Islington Boxing Club. Ron is seen as the ‘Grandad’ figure of the boxing club and is very popular amongst many in the amateur boxing world. He took up the role of fund-raiser when co-founder Reg Topper died of a heart attack 6 months after the club first began in 1974. Ron also took the role of Honorary Secretary when Bill McCourt, another founder member of the club moved on due to promotion in his police career. In April 1983 the club suffered another sad loss with the passing of dedicated member Jim Parodi which left Ron Hagland to pick up the role of club treasurer. Ron in that time carried the club forward and established the Islington Boxing Club for the high reputation it has today with the aid of many friends and associates who hold him in great esteem.
In 2000 Ron retired and sold his metal reclamation business and moved away from London to Frinton-on-Sea, Essex but continues with his work at the club even into his retirement. In May 2012 he stepped down as the clubs treasurer. He still visits the club once or twice a month. Ron’s son Lenny and Grandson, Reggie are also involved with the running the club. ‘Big Ron’ is Mr Islington Boxing Club!
Lenny started off at the club when it first began in 1974. He boxed for the club as a junior and senior boxer winning national titles and international honours. After retiring from boxing himself and having a short break he became a coach at the club. Lenny now has over 25 years experience of coaching boxing. Lenny has gone through every stage of this club from boxer to coach to committee member and is the current Chairman, Development Officer and Senior Comp Sec. It’s not often you don’t see Lenny in the gym, working hard away at his full time job in keeping the club going. Lenny is the longest serving member of the club along with his father Ron, and there is nothing that he doesn’t know about the club and it’s running.
Senior coach Jerry has been part of Islington Boxing Club for as long as anyone cares to remember. Steve Bunce said on radio that he joined the club in 1867!
Another former IBC ‘old boy’, Jerry originally started his amateur boxing career with the New Enterprise Boxing Club. He later joined Islington Boys Club back in the days when they were still based at Michael Sobell Sports Centre, Finsbury Park. Jerry enjoyed a 31 bout career before retiring at the young age of 27. He began coaching almost immediately.
As a coach Jerry has enjoyed incredible success with Islington Boxing Club over the years coaching many national champions. Jerry is a member of the management committee of the club and works on the London Underground. He is one of the most well known and respected trainers in amateur boxing.
JOHN ‘JR’ RICHARDS
Affectionately known as ‘JR’, John has been coaching at Islington Boxing Club since the late 1980’s, originally JR was bringing his son Jay to the club but later took an interest in coaching junior boxers and later senior boxers. A British Telecom engineer by trade, John holds a full ABA coaches badge.
Over the years, John coaches the up and coming boxers, teaching them the invaluable ‘basics’ of the trade and passes them on, whereby on several occasions the boxers he has worked with have progressed to both Junior and Senior honours.
John’s enthusiasm and sheer love of the sport is evident to all who know him. He is also a member of the management committee of the club.
Roy is one of the most experienced men in the club in terms of boxing having been involved in the ‘noble art’ for 40 years, previously he boxed for St Pancras as a junior & senior before turning over to the Professional game in the late 1980’s. After a 18 bout Pro career he turned to coaching at his old amateur club for many years and Lion ABC, Roy joined IBC 3 years ago and coaches the senior boxers when possible and is a full member of the management committee
Mick is a committee member, events manager and longtime friend of the Islington Boxing Club. Mick boxed for 9 years as a junior and senior for Tottenham & District ABC and Finchley ABC. He competed 50 times as an amateur boxer, becoming a light-middle/middle weight when he graduated to the senior ranks. Mick’s achievements include Middlesex Schoolboy Champion (3 times), Southern Area NABC champ, NW Division Junior ABA champ, National NABC semi-finalist and London Rep. His younger brother Tom Doherty boxed for the Islington Boys Club and became a NABC Finalist after only 9 bouts!
Mick’s role on the management committee is as an Events Manager. The club’s recent Dinner/Dance held at the Emirates Stadium was largely Mick’s brainchild and he was responsible for most of the ticket sales. It turned out to be a great night for the club and Mick can be proud of his efforts. He has set the bar high and we look forward to running similar nights in the coming seasons.
He now runs a successful foreign exchange business in central London having previously been a senior union official for the post office.
Steve O’Neill has been involved in football in the borough of Islington since 1983 as a player, manager and secretary of Islington Admiral United Football Club (also known as Admiral FC). He has seen the club that he started, expand to include two adult teams and six youth teams and flourish with the amalgamation with Islington Boys’ Club. It is now the biggest football club in Islington, only Arsenal FC can match it!
Steve works as a Black Cab Driver and is also a Arsenal season ticket holder.
Reggie has been brought up in boxing as his father Lenny and Grandad Ron both heavily involved with the IBC for many years. Reggie took a big interest in the club in his later teenage years due to his Grandad Ron inviting him along to committee meetings to ‘gain an education’ of how a boxing club runs and the set up. Reggie later became a committee member of the club, his role is Media & PR officer and Junior Comp Sec. Reggie runs the clubs Facebook, Twitter, website and design various posters/flyers that are displayed amongst the gym walls.
Reggie works as a Postman for Royal Mail