Funeral of boxing stalwart Albert to take place

Albert Uprichard �Edward Byrne photography INBL22-208EB
Albert Uprichard �Edward Byrne photography INBL22-208EB

THE funeral of Albert Uprichard will take place on Thursday afternoon.

The Banbridge Boxing Club stalwart passed away this week aged 93. The funeral will take place with a service at Albert’s home in Hallsmill at 5pm followed by internment in Moyallen Quaker graveyard.

Albert first took an interest in boxing as an eight year old when he was taught at school by a Scotsman called Jock Timpany. He competed as a boy, a youth and a junior before moving into officiating.

He became a top-class referee in Ulster and was the referee when a young Barry McGuigan made his amateur debut as a 13-year-old.

We will have tributes from across the sporting world to Albert in this Tuesday’s Leader.