WRESTLING HERITAGE

DYNAMITE & DAVEY

THE EXPLOSIVE LIVES OF

THE BRITISH BULLDOGS

British wrestling history has a name - Heritage


Wrestling Heritage celebrates the glorious days of 

British professional wrestling 

between the years 1930 and 1988.

Wrestling Heritage - Preserving Britain's social history

Looking for a wrestler?

Use the comprehensive A-Z Index or the search box.

15 May 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

A Prince among Giants. Wrestling Heritage celebrates Prince Kumali.


Read our tribute to Prince Kumali

15 May 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

To us oldies he was always Judo Pete. To the youngsters he was The Super Destroyer. Whatever the name he was one of the best.

Read our tribute to Judo Pete Roberts

15 May

HERITAGE NEWSLETTER


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08 May

A NEW TRIBUTE

Wrestling Heritage celebrates an evergreen welterweight of the Mount Evans Era, Eddie Capelli.

Read our tribute to Eddie Capelli

08 May

NEW IN PLACES

This man just won't stand still. Ron continues his wrestling rambles across the country and arrives in Spalding.

Ron's Wrestling Rambles - Spalding

05 May 1962
ANNIVERSARY 
Billy Joyce unmasked Black Mask in Newcastle 

05 May 1962 
ANNIVERSARY
Mick McManus wrestled Jackie  Pallo prior to the FA Cup Final.

03 May 1932
ANNIVERSARY
Birth of Paul Lincoln
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02 May 1891
ANNIVERSARY 

Birth of Douglas Clark
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02 May 1935
ANNIVERSARY
Birth of Harry Duval

02 May 1938

ANNIVERSARY

Birth of Peter Preston

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02 May

ANNIVERSARY

Happy Birthday Roy St Clair

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01 May 1928
ANNIVERSARY 
Birth of Joe Cornelius
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01 May
A NEW TRIBUTE
To us he was one of the new kids on the block. But what a kid. With more like Dave Finlay things could have turned out a great deal differently.

01 May

A NEW TRIBUTE
A masked man who we cheered, and for good reason too, even when the mask came off.

01 May

A NEW TRIBUTE
Another masked man. Well quite a few of them actually.

01 May 2002 
ANNIVERSARY
Birth of Hans Streiger

28 April 2002

ANNIVERSARY

Death of Lou Thesz

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26 April 1923
ANNIVERSARY

Birth of Ken Joyce

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26 April 1924
ANNIVERSARY

Birth of Ray Apollon

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26 April 1935
ANNIVERSARY

In Bradford Douglas Clark defeated Jack Pye to keep his British heavyweight title.

25 April 1936

ANNIVERSARY

Mitchell Gill set sail from London on the Otranto, heading to Sidney.

25 April 1982
ANNIVERSARY

Death of El Greco

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25 April 2008

ANNIVERSARY

Death of Bob Bannister

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24 April 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

Louis Pergantes had been wrestling for over ten years when he wrestled in Britain from1936 until 1938, which may well have been the twilight of his career.....

Read our tribute to Louis Pergantes

24 April 2022

NEW IN PLACES

Ron is off to the seaside for a paddle, a bag of chips and memories of the wrestling.

Ron's Wrestling Rambles in Southport

24 April 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

Not the most imaginative of names but it was understandable that Kyriakos Anastasiadis opted for a name that would save a bit of time when signing autographs.....

Read our tribute to El Greco

24 April 1916

ANNIVERSARY
Birth of Lou Thesz

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23 April 1890
ANNIVERSARY
Birth of Charlie Glover
23 April 1958
ANNIVERSARY
Jack Dempsey beat Mick McManus to regain the British welterweight title. 
23 April 1978
ANNIVERSARY
Death of Bearded Ken Davies
22 April 1976
ANNIVERSARY
Death of Steve Clements
The popular Yorkshireman who had made a home for himself in America was killed in a road crash. 
22 April 2019
ANNIVERSARY
Death of John Quinn


21 April 1903
ANNIVERSARY
Birth of Ernie Mack
21 April 1936
ANNIVERSARY
Birth of Keith Williamson
21 April 2005
ANNIVERSARY
Death of  Angus Campbell
20 April
A NEW TRIBUTE
On the anniversary of his birth we have added a Wrestling Heritage tribute to the Sydenham Cyclone,  Frankie Hughes

17 April

NEWS

Ken Sowden reports: Sad news received this morning (17th April) that Tony 'Banger' Walsh passed away peacefully on the 16th April. 

Read our tribute to Banger Walsh

17 April 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

Towards the end of the Heritage Years and beyond there will still some great wrestlers carrying forward the traditions of proper British wrestling, and this week we remember one of the best.

Read our tribute to Danny Collins

More Recent Additions

17 April 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

The name Jack Dale was known to just about every wrestling fan of the Heritage years. But not all knew he had been one of the country's greatest middleweights.

Read our tribute to Jack Dale

15 April

A NEW TRIBUTE

The shaven headed bruiser from the East. Ken that is. Wrestling Heritage celebrates Karl Heinz.

Read our tribute to Karl Heinz

10 April

A NEW TRIBUTE

Bull and Young Bull. Wrestling Heritage celebrates Bull Coleman and his son, Vic.

Read our tribute to Bull Coleman and Vic Coleman

10 April

NEW IN PLACES

Go West Young Man. Ron continues his wrestling rambling and takes us to Redruth.

Ron's Wrestling Rambles - Redruth

03 April

A NEW TRIBUTE

To us oldies he was one of the new kids on the block. Chic Cullen was King of the block.

Read our tribute to Chic Cullen

03 April

A NEW TRIBUTE

The Prince of the Prom. Wrestling Heritage celebrates Blackpool's Bobby Barron.

Read our tribute to Bobby Barron

27 March

A NEW TRIBUTE

His Lordship is in town. Mancunian James Blears spent most of his life Lording it over the Americans. Read our tribute to Lord James Blears, the lad from Manchester.

Lord James Blears

27 March, 2022

NEW IN PLACES

Rambling Ron arrives in Reading

Ron's Wrestling Rambles - Reading

20 March 2022

NEW IN MEMORIES

Wrestling Heritage remembers the smallest men in wrestling


Small Giants of Wrestling


20 March, 2022

NEW TO PROMOTERS

We arrive at the final part of our A-Z of wrestling promoters.


Men In Suits A - Z

13 March

NEW IN PLACES

Walking boots back on, Ron Historyo is on the move once again and explores wrestling in Purley.

Ron's Wrestling Rambles - Purley

13 March

A NEW TRIBUTE

Scarborough's favourite Scandinavian. Wrestling Heritage celebrates Toma Hansom on the anniversary of his death in 2013.

Toma Hansom


06 March
NEW IN PROMOTERS

We arrive at the penultimate chapter of our A-Z  of wrestling promoters

Promoters M - R

02 March

NEW IN MEMORIES

More memories from Eddie Rose of his days on the road. This time Eddie recalls opponents who were skilful, fast, but most of all, they were Dangerous Foes.

Dangerous Foes

27 February

NEW IN PLACES

Ron's wrestling rambles continue and arrive in Paddington. Click the links and add to the discussion.

Ron's Wrestling Rambles in Paddington

Anniversaries

21 May 1931 
The Daily Mirror reported that Atholl Oakeley had won his first two matches in the United States.

21 May 1965
 BBC Wrestling came to BBC 1 for one night only.

21 May 2007 
Death of The Great Marcus
The Great Marcus had a great teacher; he was Marcus Reid, the son of former Olympian and professional Joe Reid.

21 May 
Happy Birthday Jack Rowlands
Family members or friends get in touch to help us improve his Heritage presence

21 May
Happy Birthday Ray Steele
Family members or friends get in touch to help us improve his Heritage presence

19 May 1916 
Birth of Dave Armstrong

19 May 1937
 Birth of Pat Roach

19 May 1938 
Mud wrestling at Blackfriars in  London

19 May 1946 
Birth of Jean Ferre

19 May 1949 
Wrestling returned to Plymouth for the first time since the end of the  war

19 May 1979 
Tony St Clair regained the British heavyweight title when he defeated Giant Haystacks in Hanley.

18 May 2002 
Death of British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith

18 May
Birth of Tony Mancelli
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17 May 1911 
Birth of Accra, Father of Majid Ackra
Karam Rasul Kashmiri, that was  Accra's birth name,  was born in India on  17th May, 1911. He was  an Olympic competitor in the middleweight freestyle wrestling event at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. Accra wrestled in Britain during 1938 and 1939.  

17 May 1939 
Birth of Syd Askin
He's in the A-Z

17 May 1966 
Death of Randolph Turpin

16 May 1912 
Birth of Rex Gable
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16 May 1947
British Wrestling Board of Control dissolved

15 May 1887 
Birth of Peter Bannan
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15 May 1928 
Birth of Tony Vallon
14 May 1914
Birth of Charlie Fisher
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14 May 1929
Birth of Spencer Churchill
He's in the A-Z

14 May 1934
Birth of Dave Shade
He's in the A-Z

14 May 1948
Birth of Tony Kelly
He's in the A-Z

14 May 2012
Death of Tony Vince
He's in the A-Z

13 May 1922
Birth of Iron Man Steve Logan
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13 May 1960
Jack Dempsey beat Alan Colbeck in Bradford to keep the British welterweight championship.

13 May 2002
Death of George Gordienko
He's in the A-Z

12 May 1935
Birth of Otto Acron
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12 May 1935
Birth of Gwyn Davies
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12 May 1939
Douglas Clark wrestled Jack Sherry in a world heavyweight championship match at Belle Vue, Manchester.

12 May 1953
At the Royal Albert Hall Mario Matassa defeated Mike Marino for the European Heavyweight Title at the Royal Albert Hall

12 May 1999
Death of Johnny Eagles
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11 May 1915
Birth of Les Kellett
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11 May 1946
Bert Assirati successfully defended his British heavyweight championship against Dave Armstrong in Newcastle.

11 May 1951
Birth of Mark Rocco
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10 May 1948
A civic reception was held at the Leeds Town Hall for the wrestlers appearing that evening. The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Alderman G. Brett, hosted the eight wrestlers who were hoping to raise £100 for the United Nations Appeal for Children. 

10 May 1958
Eric Taylor held Ernie Riley to a draw in a challenge for the British light heavyweight title

09 May 1936
Birth of Linde Caulder
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09 May 1939
Harold Lane fined for staging wrestling on unlicensed premises

Anniversaries

21 April 2020
ANNIVERSARY
Death of Taffy John  Jenkins

20 April 1920
ANNIVERSARY
Birth of Johnny Kwango

19 April 1927
ANNIVERSARY
Birth of Bernard Murray

18 April 2014
ANNIVERSARY
Death of Mike Jones
17 April 1922
ANNIVERSARY
Birth of Gerry Hoggarth
16 April 202
ANNIVERSARY
Death of Al Marshall
13 April 1933
ANNIVERSARY
Birth of Ivan Penzekoff
13 April 2007
ANNIVERSARY
Launch of Wrestling Heritage
12 April 1910
ANNIVERSARY
Birth of Rashid Anwar
12 April 2015
ANNIVERSARY
Death of Peter Szakacs
11 April 1995
ANNIVERSARY
Death of Harry Pennington
09 April 1925
ANNIVERSARY
Birth of H.W.Abbey (Billy Dale)

09 April 1931
ANNIVERSARY
The first All In show in Glasgow

09 April 1934
ANNIVERSARY
Birth of Les Thornton

08 April 1953
ANNIVERSARY
Happy Birthday Jackie Glitterboy Evans

08 April 2021
ANNIVERSARY
Death of John DaSilva

07 April 1931
ANNIVERSARY
Birth of Al Tarzo
07 April 1933
ANNIVERSARY
Hull Corporation Baths Committee  voted to ban wrestling at the town’s baths.
07 April 1936
ANNIVERSARY
Happy Birthday Bob Kirkwood
07 April 1942
ANNIVERSARY
Happy Birthday Jimmy Devlin

06 April 1935
ANNIVERSARY
Birth of Peter Maivia
05 April 2010
ANNIVERSARY
Death of Accrington's Jack Taylor 
04 April 1922
ANNIVERSARY
Birth of Bob Sherry
04 April 1924
ANNIVERSARY
Birth of Pedro the Gypsy
03 April 1981
ANNIVERSARY
Death of Ben Sherman
01 April 1979
ANNIVERSARY
Death of Harry Fields
01 April 2016
ANNIVERSARY
Death of Geoff Portz
31 March 1931
ANNIVERSARY
Birth of Frank Robb

RECENT LOSSES

10 March 2022

NEWS

Goodbye to our Father of Wrestling, Giusseppe Augusto Antonio Loreto Mario Scala

Joe D'Orazio


08 February

HERITAGE NEWS

The death earlier today of Canadian 1981 visitor Cowboy Rick Hunter.


Read Our Tribute


13 February

NEWS

Sad news received of the death of 1960s/70s wrestler Steve Casey from Boston, Lincolnshire.

Read our tribute

2nd January

NEWS 

We are saddened to report the death of Japanese heavyweight Shozo Kobayashi

Shining Stars - the most famous names in wrestling

The Galleries - Where a picture is worth a thousand words

2nd January
GALLERIES

Join The Ost down at the Hackney Empire in his latest Galleries album

Hackney Empire

29th December
GALLERIES

New albums in the Gallery from Ron Historyo

Garfield's Tours

Rhyl 1950

27th December
GALLERIES

New albums in the Gallery from The Ost

Sutton in Ashfield

Kirby In Ashfield

17th December
GALLERIES
Ron Historyo continues to catalogue wrestling in Leicester in the 1950s and 1960s.

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