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Portraits added to the ‘Wall of Fame’ at Islington Boxing Club

07 September, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

The wall of fame at Islington Boxing Club


Portraits of young national champions have been added to the wall of Islington Boxing Club – but there’s plenty of room for more.

The wall at the Hazellville Road club includes evocative pictures and newspaper cuttings featuring stars of the ring including Caroline Dubois, Tommy Kerrigan, Charlotte Briant and Amy Broadhurst, all of whom were Islington Boxing Club fighters.

“The club has 16 national champions on the wall,” said competition secretary Reggie Hagland (right). “It’s a tradition we started some years ago now and works as a bit of an incentive for the other members at the club.

The ones on the wall are members of the club, or were members of the club, and have become national or international champions.

“There’s always room for plenty of others – we want to show our members what they can achieve.”

For more information about Islington Boxing Club, call Reggie on 07786 080 885 or email


Knife crime drama takes to the stage

Noel Wilson, Director of Don’t Die Young

A play about the dangers of knife crime is coming to the Young Actors Theatre in Barnsbury next month.

Director Noel Wilson, who lives in Mildmay, said: “It’s about why it happens and why it escalates. The government could do so much more to stop it. In my view, if drugs were legalised, like in the Netherlands, then this would help tackle the problem.”

He added: “My dear friend died from a stabbing last year, so I also wanted to pay tribute to him.”

The play, called Don’t Die Young, is about a small boy who is caught up in gang culture and knife crime. It follows his journey as he attempts to leave that life behind.

The preview of Don’t Die Young is on Saturday, September 15 at 6pm at the Young Actors Theatre, Barnsbury Road, N1 OES. Tickets are £10 and £5 for concessions. For more information call Noel on 07956 805 213.


Women’s Football Team looking for pitch space


Goal Diggers, from left, Eilidh Brooker, Gabriella Luciani, Bryony McCabe and club founder Fleur Cousens Photo: Edi Whitehead

Goal Diggers, from left, Eilidh Brooker, Gabriella Luciani, Bryony McCabe and club founder Fleur Cousens Photo: Edi Whitehead

A football team for women are celebrating their three-year anniversary with a fundraising club night.

Goal Diggers, who are sponsored by the Old Red Lion Theatre Pub in Angel, are struggling for pitch space to accommodate their 170 members. Their current training pitch at Holloway School in Hilldrop Road can only fit up to 60 people.

Fleur Cousens, the club’s founder and manager, said: “Our success is bringing with it a struggle – we are growing at an unbelievable rate – but sadly it’s now an issue that we are too big for our training pitch.

“I want Islington Council to engage in the fact that pitch shortages is an issue. Men have a lot of choice of teams, whereas if you are a woman who is new to football, you have Goaldiggers. We are helping people in Islington who are dormant and making them active, but we need the space to play.”

The club are holding their fundraising night at The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN on Saturday, September 8 with all money going towards paying for training spaces and entering football leagues.

Tickets are available at £5 or £7. Visit /e/murder-on-zidane-s- floor-autumn-edition- tickets-302081

If there are any tickets left, they will be £10 on the door.

For more information about Goal Diggers FC visit or email

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