Friends say goodbye to ‘Rocky’ Alway

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Roy “Rocky” Alway who trained dozens of local boxers, including heavyweight Richard Dunn who fought Muhammad Ali, has died aged 84.

Rocky was a welterweight with more than 20 professional fights and went on to train boxers at Halifax Star Boxing Club in the 1960s.

It was his dream to set-up his own club and that was realised when he formed Stainland Amateur Boxing Club in the late 1960s at the Mechanics Institute.

Local fighters he trained included Gordon and Les Noble, Mick Doyne, Steve Enright, Stewart Cade, Tony Sutcliffe, Vaughan Uttley, Ian Foster and Ian Lodge.

Several of his boxers won local and regional titles.

Mr Cade said Rocky was well respected by all and loved training youngsters.

“He was a brilliant boxing trainer and an ex-booth fighter from the 1950s,” he said.

“He just commanded the respect of all local juniors. He was a no-nonsense man but comical and easy-going.”

Rocky was also a footballer in his younger years playing for Stainland and Elland Athletic.

He never married and worked as a turner at Beauford Engineering, Elland.

He was born at Normanton, near Wakefield, and as a youngster moved to the Stainland area.

After the Stainland boxing club closed in the early 1990s Rocky retired to Scarborough with his brother Ernie and his wife, Enda. Rocky died in Scarborough General Hosptial on January 12.

His funeral was held at a packed Park Wood Crematorium, Elland.

Mick Doyne is now carrying on Roy’s legacy in Stainland where he is running a boxing gym from a converted garage and seeking sponsors to develop the club.

Anyone who can help can contact Mr Cade in the first instance on 07904 339804.