I am writing this retrospectively six years later, so apologise if my memory is flawed. It is also a period of time when I was at my heaviest, so not pround of how I look in these pictures. As I write this my weight is 5 stone(70 pounds) lighter than in these pictures.
My primary reasons for attending this event were to meet Andy Gorman, and some old British boxers. I had a Rangers legends print signed by 3 of the 4 people and just needed Andy Gorman to complete it. Upon arrival I soon discovered he had cancelled late. As an aside, I did eventually get the print signed a couple of years later.
I enjoyed the setting of the event inside the Milton Keynes Centre. It was easy to get to from Hemel, and the MK Centre was very nice for a mall. It was free to attend, and open for shoppers to mingle with collectors. It was a nice idea, and to be honest, I expected more interest than there was. There were plenty of footballers there including Gazza, and other boxers like Carl Froch, but I had a very limited budget. I had a wander around, worked out who was there early, and who was starting later, and who I could get with my budget.
I started by meeting four British boxers who were active when I was first watching boxing as a kid, and amongst my early heroes. As such, it was a pleasure to meet all four, and they were great fun to talk to. I purchased a great print of all four, and they all signed it for me, as well as an 8x10 each. I had pics of or with all four. Was really chuffed with the print, so took it to a dealer's stall who was offering a framing service, and had it nicely mounted and framed while I was there for just 15 quid. Meeting this four great gents was the highlight of my trip, and I also spent a fair bit of time with them. A great experience.
This is the awesome poster signed by al four gents -
I then met an inspiring chap named Bob Champion. In 1979 he was diagnosed with cancer and after gruelling treatment went on to win the Grand National in 1981 on Aldaniti. It was an honour to meet Bob. His story was rightly turned into a film Champions starring John Hurt, and it became a hugely popular film. I got a nice picture signed by him.