The golden years of British wrestling, 1946 to 1978.
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Gora Tanaka ... Kito Tani ... Sheik Tannous ... Tarzan Tarboda ... King Kong Taverne ... Rocky Taylor .... Morris Terry ... Tommy The Demon ... Janos Toth .... Dennis Tracey ..... Brian Trautmann .... Ivan Trevors .... Claude Trigeaud ..... Roger Trigeaud .... Tomas Trujillo ... Souris Tsickrikas
A popular welterweight for two decades Heritage member John Keegan has added to the story of Rochdale's Terry Nyland, shown in the photo during his fairground booth days between a masked Cyril Morris and Henry Walker.
Norman The Butcher
Here's a rarity.
A photo of a young Norman the Butcher, courtesy of wrestling researcher Ron Historyo.
The KO King of Britain Norman Ansell was the father of heavyweight Lee Bronson
Billy Robinson 1938 - 2014 Simply the Best? ****************************************************
1938 - 2014
Simply the Best?
Did you know about Grand Slam?
Lou Ravelle's evocative autobiographical account of the wrestling business in Britain from film noir type beginnings to the swinging sixties and the Soho set?
Can you spot the many real wrestlers whose names have been changed for Lou's controversial story? Just in Amazon's three-chapter preview, can you work out who was Bert Assirati, Harry Roth, Peter Rann, Milo Popocopolis, and others?
Click the Amazon link below to download Grand Slam in kindle format for just 51 bob. Lou assures us the story perfectly is true and only the names have been changed.
Dave Sutherland takes a break from his ice cream sales to tell stories from the Newcastle St James Hall.
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Manchester's Lou Ravelle was an imposing light-heavyweight throughout the fifties and sixties.
His heel turn at Bloxwitch Baths, Walsall ignited the arena and had him back there regularly by public demand.
His friendships with Al Hayes, Paul Lincoln, Bert Assirati and many others give us insight into the workings and upheavals of 1950s wrestling. Now Lou shares some of his memories with Wrestling Heritage.
Starting with his example of the ruthlessness of wrestling promotion. See Harry Roth's entry now embellished in the Top 20 Wrestling Officials. Click here.
Martin Gillott, better known in the wrestling world as Jackie 'Glitterboy' Evans, knew early in his career that life in the ring would be no walk in the park. Posing as a blond, Lurex-clad gayboy who liked to fight dirty was great for ticket sales, but not so good for his health. He was knocked out five times in his career - always by a furious fan, never by his opponent. Yet Martin loved the game, and wouldn't change a day of his 12-year professional wrestling career. Now he tells all, including hilarious accounts of adventures in and out of the ring, fans violent and amorous, landladies who were scarier than Giant Haystacks and girls who were faster than Mick McManus. And then there were the many well-known names he rubbed shoulders with along the way, from Brian Glover to John Le Mesurier. Confessions Of A Wrestler will have you in stitches - just like 'Glitterboy'.
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