Nipper Pat Daly

I highly recommend this book

Rob Snell


Wonderboy Nipper Pat Daly

A biography of my grandfather, '20s and '30s boxing Wonderboy Nipper Pat Daly, is now available to buy for an online price of £15.99 + £3 postage & packaging to a UK address or + £5 p&p to an overseas (non-UK address).

The price may seem a little high, however the product is a high-quality 330-page sewn hardback book (with photo plates), and so the production costs for a short run were sizeable. 

The book can be purchased securely online via credit/debit card or PayPal by visiting:

Alternatively, if you'd like to place an order and prefer to pay by cheque, please email This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it for details of where to send it. Book orders will be dispatched once cheques have cleared.

I've attached a sample PDF file of the book's Introduction and opening chapter. If you have trouble opening the file, you may need to visit and install Adobe Reader. The file can also be read at:

Also attached are the jacket cover image and a brief synopsis and release info for the book.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.   

Please feel free to forward this email on to anyone who you think may be interested. 

Best wishes,

Alex Daley

Nipper: The Amazing Story of Boxing's Wonderboy


A biography of boxing Wonderboy Nipper Pat Daly, exploring his ring career and life, as well as the times in which he boxed.


With rare photos, detailed fight analysis, and extracts from Nipper Pat's personal (previously unpublished) memoirs, the book resurrects the extraordinary times of an extraordinary boxer, and offers a great insight into the boxing world of the 1920s and '30s.


  • Hardback, 330 pages


  • First published: 2011


  • Author: Alex Daley


  • ISBN: 978-0956749406


  • £15.99 (online price)


  • + £3 p&p to a UK address or


  • + £5 p&p to an Overseas (non-UK) address






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UK phone: 07982 713 112


About the author


Alex Daley is a grandson of Nipper Pat Daly. This, his first book, is the result of eight years of research into the Nipper’s life and career and the times in which he boxed.




They called him brilliant – the greatest since Driscoll and Wilde; an assured future world champion and a potential all-time great. Nipper Pat Daly, who made his professional debut aged just nine, was a boxing prodigy so precociously gifted that he beat the cream of Europe's boxing talent while still in his mid-teens.


Fans across Britain clamoured to see him fight and sat agog at his uncanny skill, dazzling speed and boundless courage. He topped bills nationwide week-in and week-out, conceding age and strength to full-grown men yet outclassing everyone put before him. By 16 he had beaten several champions, was ranked in the world's top 10 and seemed on the brink of a world title. But incredibly, at 17 he reluctantly retired from the sport he loved, leaving sportswriters and fans to ponder just how great he would have been if he had reached his full potential.


Diligently researched and retold in vivid style, this book resurrects the career and life of one of boxing's most amazing performers, piecing together his unique career in order to understand how such a great talent could vanish so suddenly. Taking us on a journey through a lost world of smoky fight halls, colourful characters and courageous men, this is the story of an incredible boxer and his incredible times.



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Name: Frank Erne
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Birth Name: Erwin Erne
Nationality: Swiss
Birthplace: Dottington
Hometown: Buffalo, NY, USA
Born: 1875-01-08
Died: 1954-09-17
Age at Death: 79

Nebraska State Journal
24 March 1900

Erne Triumphs Over Gans

Buffalo Boy Still The Lightweight Champion


New York March 23

erne-1Frankie Erne of Buffalo successfully defended his title of lightweight champion of the world against Joe Gans (colored) of Baltimore before the Broadway athletic club tonight. Erne did most of the heavy  fighting displaying better judgment and more skill than his opponent.  Gans receive his punishment gamely until the twelfth round  when his left eye was started from its socket by a terrific right hand swing from the Buffalo boy. Gans was helpless  and there was no alternative for the referee but to award the decision to Erne.

Round 1

Both were careful. Erne forced Gans into his corner and tried left and right, but Gans blocked. Erne forced again and landed a straight left to the stomach, getting away cleverly. Then he tried left and right for the head, but failed to land. At the close of the round Gans landed a straight left on the face.

Round 2

Erne opened with a rush and forced Gans into his corner again. The Buffalo lad was very quick and sent right and left to the head, cleverly blocking a left hook which Gans attempted. Erne then forced Gans across the ring and landed three straight swift left jabs on the face and uppercut the negro under the chin with his right

Round 3

Erne kept Gans in his corner and landed a light left on the wind Gans tried a straight left as he jumped to the centre of the ring, but Erne dodged it. Gans placed his right to the body. An exchange of lefts on the face followed Erne leading  Gans countering. Both blocked cleverly until Gans landed straight left on the Jaw.

Round  4

Erne led his left for the head but was blocked. Gans sent a well directed left swing to the jaw, but Erne stepped in quickly and planted his right on the wind at close quarters. Erne swung a light right to the wind and Gans hooked a very light left to the face. Erne led his left to the face and at close quarters Gans sent his right three times rapidly  over the kidneys. Gans sent right and left to the wind Just before the bell.

Gans begins To Fight

Round 5

Gans landed a left on the face and Erne  returned a straight left. Gans sent his left to the head and followed with a right hard on the body and again to the head. Erne sent back a left swing on the jaw to which Gans replied with a short left to the face and right over to the head.

Round 6

There was a lot of fiddling. Gans breaking ground. The negro stopped suddenly and swung his left to Erne's right eye, cutting It. Gans then went in sending right and left swings to the head and Erne surprised everybody by replying with similar blows. Erne was bleeding from the mouth and nose at the bell.

Round 7

Erne rushed and staggered Gans with a right swing on the head. He tried a left, but fell short and stepped in and shot his right up to Gans' chin. Erne sent a hard left to the body and Gans planted a good right on the head. Gans swung his left to the jaw and Erne staggered, but quickly recovered and rushed back with a left and right to the body.

Round. 8

Erne put a straight left to the face and hooked it again to the ear Gans failed to counter, and  Erne reached the body and head with his left, forcing Gans to break ground. Gans stopped after falling short with the left and uppercut Erne on the face with his right.

Round 9

Erne rushed, sending his right over to the head Both men let their arms go like windmills. Erne having- the better of the mixup. Erne hooked three lefts to the ear and Gans reached the body with his left lightly.

Erne Hitting The Hardest

Round 10

Erne landed his left to the wind. He tried for the head and Gans slipped and almost went through the ropes. Erne stepped in, sending a hard left to the stomach and Gans failed to reply. Gans then swung his left to the head and Erne countered. Erne sent straight left and right swing to the face Gans planted a left on Erne’s body.

Round 11

Erne opened with a right hook on the head, Gans countering: on the ribs. Gans landed a light right on the ear and right and left to the body. Erne Jumped in with a left to the body and a right  to the jaw. Erne then came like a whirlwind, starting Gans with a left swing  on the jaw and both went at it hammer and tongs until the bell separated them, with Erne having- the call by long- odds.

Round 12

Erne opened with a left smash on the eye and followed with one on the other optic. Then he smashed his right to the stomach and Gans started toward Frank's corner, staggering blindly. He dropped his hands to his sides and Referee White, seeing: that the negro was in distress, caught hold of Gans, who said:

"I'm blind; I can't see any more."

White threw up both hands and told Erne to go to his corner, He then led the colored man to his corner and for the first time saw that Gans' left eye was out of its socket. "Erne wins," shouted White, as Dr. Creamer jumped into the ring and replaced the injured optic. "My right did the trick," said Erne as he left the ring, and the Buffalo crowd carried him to his dressing room.

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