The above cutting from the paper was when the newest gym was built in Valance way, and here is a quote from a good friend of mine who was also a very good boxer, Stuart St John
“I think we should all note the achievements and give him the credit he deserves, Ned Quirey the coach (my father) for not only building the club in his spare time, but for also creating one of most (possibly the most) successful boxing clubs in Essex.
In that picture alone there is an ABA champ, 2 times ABA finalist who was unfortunate not to win one of those and a school boy national finalist, plus there’s the school boy national champion 2 years in a row, a couple of NABC National champions and junior ABA Champions.
1991, that was over 22 years ago and while most of us have left he is still there giving up free time to change boys lives for the better. I could not thank him enough for what he has done for me.
Ned Quirey you are the true champion of Berry ABC
I boxed for Berry Boy’s from the age of 10 to 27 before having two pro bouts and I am now coaching at Berry. I am still there with my Dad (head coach) Ned & Gary Steff a great coaching team.
Due to a change in the Amateur boxing rules I will be returning to the ring for one final year for the ABA Championships, I reached the final in 1998 & 2000 with my good friend & club mate Stuart St John who won the Heavyweight title in 1999. Berry Boy’s has been to three ABA finals which I believe is more than any other Essex club. With my Dad Ned (head coach) and Gary Steff training me, I have every confidence this year will be the clubs 4th visit to the final & 2nd ABA Champion.
I’m trying to get in touch with as many of the guys through social media with regards to names etc, I have shared your article so hopefully some of the boys will be in touch. Looking at the photo I am the second child to the left (same row) as Charlie Margi and my brother Finbarr is next to him on his right.