Popular Chichester boxing coach is mourned

Norman Millyard in his coaching heyday
Norman Millyard in his coaching heyday
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TRIBUTES have been paid to well-known former Chichester Boys’ Club boxing coach Norman Millyard, who has died aged 79.

Norman boxed for the club in the 1950s until he did his National Service in the RAF.

In the 1980s, he became the senior coach at the club and continued in the role for about 20 years.

During this time he taught countless boys the finer points of the noble art.

A highly-intelligent man, Norman was a great teacher and a stickler for technique. He gave a vast amount of his time to the club - like many involved in amateur boxing.

His role included not just two or three training sessions per week at the club but many hours on the phone arranging contests and trips to shows all over the south.

Norman’s proudest moments in boxing included the achievements of Gary Booker, who won the ABA Southern Counties title three times - first as a 16-year-old junior light welterweight, then twice as a senior at middleweight.

Norman will live long in the memory of those lucky enough to have been taught by him, and will be missed by all who knew him.