Return of Reece the hero

Reece McFadden celebrates with his medal back home in Forgewood.
Reece McFadden celebrates with his medal back home in Forgewood.

Crowds of wellwishers greeted Reece McFadden when the Commonwealth Games boxing hero returned home to Motherwell’s Forgewood today.

Neighbours had organised a street party and there were whoops of delight as the 19-year-old arrived with his bronze medal, accompanied by members of his family and a piper.

McFadden grew up in the area, and friends and neighbours who have known him all his life were out in force to offer their congratulations.

Right on cue, the sun came out as the Forgewood Amateur Boxing Club member thanked the crowds for their ‘fantastic’ reception then signed autographs and posed for photos.

McFadden reached the flyweight semi-finals in Glasgow with a string of fine performances, including an opening round win over the world number one.

His dream of gold ended when Australian Andrew Moloney beat him on points with the judges split 2-1.

McFadden said he now intends to focus on selection for the 2016 Olympics, saying: “I’m going to Turkey for a two-week holiday, but after that I’ll be straight back to a strict diet and training.”

Meanwhile, Newarthill’s Charlie Flynn, who won boxing lightweight gold with a fantastic performance in Glasgow on Saturday, remained in the city today on media duties.

He’s back in Lanarkshire tomorrow and will get an ecstatic welcome from colleagues at Royal Mail’s Netherton sorting office where he works.

Don’t miss this week’s Times & Speaker for full coverage of the celebrations for Flynn and McFadden.