66 Main Street (Alex Woods)

66 Main Street was the home of possibly Randalstown’s most famous sporting son, boxer Alex Woods (1919-2001). His boxing career lasted from 1937-1948.

According to the website Boxrec, Boxing’s Official Record Keeper, Woods fought 61 bouts professionally of which he won 39, drew 5 and lost 17. He held the titles of Northern Ireland Light Heavyweight in 1944 and 1947 and Northern Ireland Heavyweight in 1946.

He retired from boxing in 1948 and ran a photographic studio in Randalstown for a time before emigrating to Australia in 1953. There he worked for an aircraft firm until his retirement. He died on Boxing Day 2001 aged 84 years.