SHEFFIELD’S boxing community will say farewell on Wednesday to a stalwart of the local amateur scene, Frank Middleton, who has died aged 90.
His coaching record stretched 70 years and he was still helping at the Sheffield Boxing Centre at the age of 80.
Coach Brendan Ingle said: “When I first came over from Ireland, Frank helped me enormously. He was the kind of man who helped everyone and he was always so reliable.
“I would say he is probably one of the most important parts of boxing in Sheffield, ever. But he always preferred to remain in the background. He will be sadly missed.”
Frank trained his son, Harvey, and other young boxers at Southey Boxing Club before moving on to Hillsborough Boys’ Club where he met Brendan. The pair then moved to St Thomas’ Gym in Wincobank where Brendan built up his boxing empire.
Frank later moved to St Vincent’s Boxing Club on Solly Street and spent the last 16 years of his coaching career with Glyn Rhodes at the Sheffield Boxing Centre.
Bob Wright, who coaches at Parson Cross Boxing Club, said: “Frank was a man among men - a giant in the amateur boxing world.
Frank, who used to work in the steel industry and was a driver at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, died at Loxley Court nursing home in Fir Vale.
He leaves son Harvey and daughter Eileen, two grandsons and six granddaughters.
The funeral is at Grenoside Crematorium on Wednesday at 1.15pm.