Tom Sayers plaque

Photo:Erecting the plaque

Erecting the plaque

Photo:The plaque

The plaque

Photo:One final polish...

One final polish...

Photo:Carol and Patrick O'Brien

Carol and Patrick O'Brien

Photo:Carl Payne and Tommy Mellis

Carl Payne and Tommy Mellis

Photo:Tom Sayers the younger (aged 12)

Tom Sayers the younger (aged 12)

Photo:L-R: Paddy Byrne, Malcolm Cordier, Barry Penny, Tom Syers, Nigel Sayers

L-R: Paddy Byrne, Malcolm Cordier, Barry Penny, Tom Syers, Nigel Sayers

Photo:Back L-R: Paddy Byrne, Ernie Price, Alan Minter, Simon Block, Tommy Mellis; Front L-R: Nigel Sayers, Steve Wood, Winston McKenzie

Back L-R: Paddy Byrne, Ernie Price, Alan Minter, Simon Block, Tommy Mellis; Front L-R: Nigel Sayers, Steve Wood, Winston McKenzie

Photo:Laraine Delgado and Nigel Sayers

Laraine Delgado and Nigel Sayers

Photo:L-R: Simon Block and Alan Minter

L-R: Simon Block and Alan Minter

Photo:L-R: Tommy Mellis, Simon Block and Alan Minter

L-R: Tommy Mellis, Simon Block and Alan Minter

Photo:Argus photographer Sam Stephenson talks to Tommy Mellis

Argus photographer Sam Stephenson talks to Tommy Mellis

The great unveiling...

By Henry Bruce

A packed pavement for the unveiling

There was a packed pavement in North Road on Saturday 17th April 2010 for the unveiling of a plaque to the boxer and ex North Laine resident Tom Sayers to mark the 150th anniversary of his winning the first ever Heavyweight boxing title.

Bronze plaque erected

The heavy bronze plaque was erected on the wall of the Guitar Amp and Keyboard shop just around the corner from the Orange Row area where Tom Sayers had previously lived.The plaque was designed and commissioned by Tommy Mellis, President of the Sussex Ex Boxers Association and sculpted by Carl Payne.

Several generations of Sayers present

Amongst the many present were Patrick and Carol O’Brien from Patcham, who are distant relations. Carol used to work in Kensington Gardens during the 1970s in a shop selling decorative plaster mouldings. Laraine Delgado and her mother Sheila Sayers had brought a copy of their family tree showing that Tom Sayers’ brother Charles was their great-grandfather. Nigel Sayers was also there with his son Tom Sayers the younger (aged 12), who was particularly proud of his Great Great GreatGrandfather.

Several ex-boxers present

As well as related family, the event brought with it many ex boxers, promoters and impressarios including Ernie Price, Winston Mckenzie, Stevie Martin, Malcolm Cordier, Paddy Byrne, Simon Block and ex Heavyweight Champion Alan Minter. The unveiling was followed by some liquid refreshment at the King & Queen.

(For more information about Tom Sayers, click here.)


[Also published in the North Laine Runner, No 204, May/June 2010]

 

 

All photos by Henry Bruce

 

This page was added on 21/04/2010.
Comments/reviews:

Pleased to see Ian Hargie's name on this plaque for all the hard work he has put in to the Sussex ex boxers

By Anonymous
On 30/04/2010

In the seventh photo the mystery (??) person is Barry Penny, chairman of Croydon EBA, and in the eighth photo the other mystery person is Steve Wood, chairman of the Sussex EBA.

By Anonymous
On 10/05/2010

Thanks for that Anon...I thought someone would be able to help out with the names!

By Henry Bruce
On 10/05/2010

Nice to see the last bare knuckle fighter remembered. He was a brother to my gran's father which makes it all the nicer.

By Byron Chappell
On 05/08/2011

Hello, The only boxer to beat Tom Sayer was Nat Langham born 1820, Nat connects into my family. ~ Stan Greenfield born in London. England.

By stan greenfield
On 04/10/2016

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