WRESTLING HERITAGE

British wrestling history 

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

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

16th  January

NEW IN PLACES

Ron Historyo continues his rambles and arrives in North Wales


Ron's Wrestling Rambles - North Wales

16th January

NEW TO THE A-Z


Bearded Wrestler, Andy Blair, 

Cyclone Cowley, Gyorgy Cselko, 

Gypsy Dean, Dick Mann, Gene Reska, Shell Shellaker, Joss Simms, 

Inca Wiracocha,

16th January

HERITAGE NEWSLETTER


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The Newsletter


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9th January
NEW IN PROMOTERS
These are the men who made it happen, the promoters. A new series to Heritage, the A-Z of wrestling promoters.
We'll begin at the beginning...

9th January

NEW IN MEMORIES

Eddie Rose is back. More great memories, Eddie's wrestling Icons.


Read Eddie Rose's Wrestling Icons

9th January

A NEW TRIBUTE

A giant of a man, the first Gargantua. Kurt Zehe came to Britain in the early 1950s and this week is the anniversary of his birth.

Read our tribute to Kurt Zehe

9th January

MODIFIED TRIBUTE

Following last month's tribute to Pat Barratt Heritage member Graeme Cameron has added information of Pat's time in Australia.

Read our tribute to Pat Barratt

2nd January

NEW IN PLACES

Ron Historyo continues his rambles and arrives in Leicester.


Ron's Wrestling Rambles - Leicester

2nd January

A NEW TRIBUTE

Wrestling Heritage celebrates Johnny Czeslaw on the anniversary of his death.


Johnny Czeslaw

2nd January

NEWS 

We are saddened to report the death of Japanese heavyweight Shozo Kobayashi.  Breaking the mould of the dastardly Orientals usually portrayed in British wrestling the fans rather took to the genial twenty-four year old. He  was a popular visitor to Britain during the 1968-9 winter before going on to greater things in the USA as Strong Kobayashi

2nd January
A NEW TRIBUTE

Wrestling Heritage remembers a Scottish wrestler killed in action during the Second World War.

Alf Lagren


27th December

A NEW TRIBUTE

On the anniversary of his birth in 1931 celebrate Clayton Thomson.

Read our tribute to Clayton Thomson 

19th December

A NEW TRIBUTE

A tribute to a bit of Sheffield Steel, Alan Kilby.


Read our tribute


19th December

HERITAGE CALENDAR

Wow!

Christmas has come early, thanks to Martin Campbell


The Wrestling Heritage 2022 Calendar

12th December

A NEW TRIBUTE

Celebrating Billy Blackfoot 


Read our tribute

12th December

NEW IN PLACES

Ron Historyo is back on the trail and arrives in Herne Bay.


Ron's Wrestling Rambles

5th December

A NEW TRIBUTE

He was big and he was bad. Another friendly Giant

Bill Coverdale

1st December

NEWS

Irish heavyweight Pat Barratt has died.

Read our tribute

28th November

NEWS

Former Mr Universe and heavyweight wrestler of the sixties and seventies, John Lees, has died.

Read our tribute

26th November

NEWS

With sadness we report the death of Basil Romany Riley.

Read our tribute

21st November

NEW TO HERITAGE

Our latest additions to the A-Z, links to them all in the Wrestlers A - Z

Bobby Burns ..... Tom Bury ..... Steve Lee Curtis ..... Flower Child ...... 

George Harris ..... Jim Hipkiss ..... Klondyke Jim ..... Darkie Johnson ..... 

Tony Manzi ..... Stan Powton

More Recent Additions

14th November

A NEW TRIBUTE

No Muckin' About

A Celebration of Keith Williamson

14th November

NEW IN PLACES

Ron is Back On The Road - And We Want You to Join The Conversation

Ron's Wrestling Rambles Goes To Halifax

9th November

OBITUARY

Joe Cornelius  The Dazzler died on 30th October.

Joe Cornelius Obituary

7th November

A NEW TRIBUTE

Wrestling Heritage Celebrated a Pioneer of British wrestling

Ben Sherman


7th November

NEW IN PLACES

A Tale of Two Cities


31st October

NEW IN PLACES

Ron's Wrestling Rambles Arrives in the town of Fishermans Friends

Ron's Wrestling Rambles Goes To Fleetwood

24th October

A NEW TRIBUTE

Here was a man with considerable wrestling ability, tremendous strength and a style of villainy that would upset the mildest of maiden aunts. 

Read our tribute to Johnny Yearlsley


24th October

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE A - Z

Ron Baber, Frank Bibby, Imre Csak, Nola Goldsmith,Pedro Gonzales, Felix Gregor, Henri LeMao, Masked Viking, Antonio Montoro, Louis Pergantes 

17th October

NEW TRIBUTE

A rugged, brutish wrestling persona he was never going to be in the Robinson, Joyce, Wall league, but was no less welcome on any wrestling bill.....

Read our tribute to Lee Sharron

Anniversaries

22 January 1931
Birth of Joe Keegan
Read our tribute

22 January 1936 Birth of Bob Francini
He's in the A-Z

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22 January 1951 
Felix Miquet beat Frank Sexton to win the World Heavyweight Championship.

22 January 1963 
Bill Joyce defended British heavyweight title against Albert Wall in Leicester

21 January 1933 
BBC presented a programmes on the National Service in which wrestler Bob Gregory posed the question "What is the future of wrestling?"

21 January 2016 
Death of Dick Lanagan

20 January 1917 
Birth of Young Atlas Jack Austin

20 January
Happy Birthday Ian Gilmour

19 January 1904 
The National Wrestling  Association of great Britain for the government of wrestling was formed in London. 

19 January 1994 
Death of Johnny Kwango

18 January 1932 
Wrestling arrived in Bristol with the first matches supporting a boxing tournament at the Colston Hall. 

18 January 1952 
Johnny Stead defended British Lightweight title against Bert Royal at Leicester

18 January 1986 
Count Bartelli's Last Match

18 January 2018 
Death of Whipper Watson Junior

17 January 1920 
Birth of Francois Miquet

17 January 1930 
Birth of John Lees
Read our tribute

17 January 1946 Mitchell Gill’s hand was broken and Val Cerino was taken to hospital when they were involved in a car accident on icy roads outside Nottingham. 

17 January 1995 
Death of Lucky Simunovich
He's in the A-Z

17 January 2001 
Death of Rito Romero

17 January 2009 
Death of Stefan Milla

17 January 2021 
Death of Mike Donlevy
15 January 1921 
Birth of Bob McMaster

15 January 1926 
Birth of Roy Bull Davis
Read our tribute

15 January 1954 
Ernest Baldwin retained  his British Heavyweight Title against Francis Gregory at Leicester

14 January 1932 
First wrestling show at Granby Halls, Leicester. 
Story in the Newsletter

14 January 1960 
Mike Marino (holder) defeated Bill Robinson to keep his World Mid Heavyweight Title in Barrow

14 January 1967 Peter Preston beat Mick McManus on TV

13 January 1895
Birth of Margerich Anaconda

13 January 1940
In Newcastle the Blue Mask  defeated and unmasked his rival the Green Asp.
Who was he?
Story in the Newsletter  

13 January 1959 
Bert Royal (holder) defeated Paul Anton Vargas – European Middleweight Title in Wolverhampton

13 January 1969 
Death of Jim Hady

13 January 1992
Death of Paul Berger
He's in the A-Z

13 January 2019 
Death of Mick Collins
Read our tribute

12 January 1913 
Birth of Kurt Zehe
Read our tribute

12 January 1926 
Birth of Jackie Pallo
Read our tribute

12 January 1985 
Death of Paul Luty
He's in the A-Z

11 January 1921 
Birth of Mick McManus
Read our tribute

11 January 1927 
Birth of Carlos Rocha
Read our tribute

11 January 1934 
Birth of Stedman Clarke
He's in the A-Z

11 January 1947 
Lord Mount Evans named as First President of the British Wrestling Board of Control

RECENT LOSSES

15th September, 2021

NEWS

We are saddened to report the death of Alan Bardouille. 

Wrestling Heritage pays tribute to Alan, who died on 10th September.

Read our tribute

22nd August

NEWS

We are saddened to report the death of Bill Rawlings.

The Rawlings Family

7th July

NEWS

We are saddened to report the death of Sid Cooper. 

Read our tribute to Sid Cooper

Sid Cooper, R.I.P.

1st July

The death of Jackie Robinson Read a tribute to the popular Mancunian from his long time friend Eddie Rose.

Read our tribute to Jackie Robinson

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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