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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19th September

HERITAGE LATEST

Wrestling Heritage celebrates one of the most colourful characters of the 1970s


Jackie Glitterboy Evans


19th September

NEWSLETTER

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  • Anniversaries
  • Andras Svajcsik
  • Wrestlers Reunion Scotland

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

5th September

HERITAGE LATEST

Where Do Wrestlers Get Their Ring Names? 

Surely , only one got his name from a gas cooker. 


Read our tribute to Roy LaRue

5th September

A NEW TRIBUTE

Boxer, Wrestler, Actor , Stuntman 


Read our tribute to Micky Wood

29th August

A NEW TRIBUTE


On the anniversary of his  birth read our tribute to The Gorgeous Gael.

Jack Doyle


29th August

A NEW TRIBUTE


On the anniversary  of his death read our tribute to The Angel,  Maurice Tillett.

The Angel

29th August

NEW TO MEDIA


The Martin Campbell Files 

Eight Pints Beat Klondyke.

Read The Martin Campbell Files 


29th August

NEW TO MEDIA


The Martin Campbell Files 

Cowboy Cassidy Falls.

Read The Martin Campbell Files 

22nd August

A NEW TRIBUTE

Bobby Barnes was one of those colourful characters of post second world war British wrestling.

22nd August

NEWS

We are saddened to report the death of Bill Rawlings.

The Rawlings Family

15th August

A NEW TRIBUTE

He strutted his stuff sixty years ago. We remember Gorgeous Terry Garvin.


Gorgeous Terry Garvin

15th August

A NEW TRIBUTE

Celebrating a legend of three continents. Heritage remembers Maurice Letchford.


Maurice Letchford

8th August

A NEW TRIBUTE


Read our latest tribute


Max Raeger


More Recent Additions

27th July

Happy Birthday Joe D'Orazio

Wrestling Heritage sends birthday greetings to Joe D'Orazio as he celebrates his 99th birthday

Read our tribute to Joe D'Orazio

18th July

A NEW TRIBUTE 

We celebrate (Barnsley's) Pompey giant Big Bruno Elrington at the time of the anniversary of his death this week in 1993.

Bruno Elrington

11th July

MEDIA

It gets even better for Dr Death fans as  Martin Campbell opens another file

Dr Death's Struggle to Hide His Identity


11th July

UPDATED TRIBUTE

We have updated our tribute to Atholl Oakeley

Read Shooter and Showman

11th July

A NEW TRIBUTE

We have a double helping of fun for Doctor Death fans. Discover his unmasking (it's earlier than you think), how a seemingly unrelated Ricky Starr decision had huge implications for wrestling and the curious inscription on the cup awarded to Dr Death. 

The Five Dimensions of Dr Death

4th July

A NEW TRIBUTE

The fastest tag team in the land Jon and Peter Cortez captured hearts in the 1960s and beyond.

Read our latest tribute to two of the lightweight stars.

Jon and Peter Cortez

4th July

A NEW TRIBUTE

Masked men of mystery. Remove the masks and we are left with more mystery.

Masks, Mystery, More Questions Than Answers

Los Vaqueros

1st July

A NEW TRIBUTE

Following the death of Jackie Robinson earlier this week read a tribute to the popular Mancunian from his long time friend Eddie Rose.

Read our tribute to Jackie Robinson

21st June

A NEW TRIBUTE

The demonic German Karl Von Kramer looked every bit the part. Until he opened his mouth that is, because Karl Von Kramer wasn't all that he seemed.....

Read our tribute to Karl Von Kramer

20th June

A NEW TRIBUTE

Two of the most popular wrestlers to arrive on our shores. They came, they conquered, they stayed

Tibor and Peter Szakacs


20th June

MEDIA

Grunt Groan and Grow Rich: Behind the Scenes, Pallo, McManus, Czeslaw, Kwango, Kellett, Hayes.

The Martin Campbell Files


Anniversaries

25 September 1961
Death of Jack Alker

25 September 1932
Atholl Oakeley  defeated Len Franklin at the New Victoria Hall in Nottingham and retained his British title.

24 September 1992
Death of Roy Heffernan

24 September 1981
Death of Billy Torontos

24 September 1944
Birth of Crusher Mason

24 September 1939
The Red Mask and Dark Owl drew at Hanley

23 September 1934
Birth of Dennis Dean

20 September 2004
Death of Quasimodo

20 September 1958
In Newcastle two weeks after an inconclusive championship encounter Alan Colbeck (holder) beat Cliff Belshaw in a return championship match.

20 September 1938
Birth of Ed Wensor

19 September 2011
Death of Jack Keegan

19 September 1934
In a female wrestling contest at Lanes Club in London  Peggy Parnell beat Ivy Russell for the British Womens Championship.

19 September 1922
Birth of Jack Cheers

18 September 1938
Birth of Billy Robinson

17 September 1951
Norman Walsh won vacant British light heavyweight title when he defeated Tony Baer in final of a knock out competition in Edinburgh.

17 September 1978
Death of Ernie Mack

17 September 1989
Death of Don Vines

16 September 1958
In a British light heavyweight title clash at Wolverhampton Judo Al Hayes held champion Ernie Riley to a draw.

16 September 1885
Birth of Tom Rose

16 September 1929
Birth of Dickie Swales

16 September 1961
The British middleweight championship match between holder Tommy Mann and Chic Purvey in Manchester ended in a No Contest verdict.


15 September 1937
Birth of Prince Curtis Iaukea

15 September 1970
Death of The Iron Duke William Welsh

15 September 1977
Death of Billy Riley

15 September 2000
Death of Billy Joyce

15 September 2008
Death of Danny Hegan

15 September 2012
Death of Ace Allcard

13 September 1906
Birth of Alex Cadier

13 September 2019
Death of Ray Robinson

12 September 1897
Birth of Micky Wood

12 September 1934
Bill Garnon beat Atholl Oakeley to win the British heavyweight title

RECENT LOSSES

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

9th April

The death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh


Royalty at the Royal

8th April

The death of popular 1960s visitor from the Land of the Long White Cloud

Read our tribute to John DaSilva

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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12th September

NEWSLETTER

Delivered to Inboxes around the world once a week:

  • Anniversaries
  • Heritage Award
  • Wrestlers Reunion Scotland

5th September

NEWSLETTER

Delivered to Inboxes around the world once a week:

  • Anniversaries
  • Alf Rawlings 
  • Roy Bradley
  • Dale Storm
  • Time Machine 1961

29th August

NEWSLETTER

  • Anniversaries
  • Promoters at War
  • Mustapha Nasser
  • Syd Ingleson
  • Pat Barratt



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