British wrestling history          
has a name     

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

24th August

The colourful Maurice LaRue has died. Was he magnificent? Or just magnificent? Read our tribute, Majesticly Magnificent.

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24th August

Well known around the halls for many years, Bill Ogden is our latest Local Hero.
Everyone was someone’s favourite.  That’s very true of Bill Ogden. A man who falls into the category of forgotten names, yet a man  who played  an important part in the history of professional wrestling for so many years. By no means unique  Bill is one of those unsung heroes who made wrestling great by entertaining us fans for almost forty years.

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24th August

Remember one of our greats, who died on this day in 1981.

Golden Boy Mike Marino was one of the great names of post war British professional wrestling.

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24th August

Loved by all, Mucky Mal Kirk died on this day in 1987.

Mal Kirk was one of the last great heavyweight villains, a man who carried forward the proud tradition of great wrestling villains Robert McDonald, Jim Hussey and Ian Campbell.

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22nd  August

Three Cornered Jack they called him. Born this day in 1905.

One of the most fondly remembered  characters of wrestling Jack Atherton was a hard man who was well skilled in wrestling and very familiar with its less sophisticated aspects; which was no doubt led to disqualification in his first professional bout!

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20th August

Remember Les Stent on the anniversary of his birth in 1913.

Les Stent wasn't just a gentleman. Friends and family knew him as a gentle man; until he stepped foot into the wrestling ring that is.
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14th August

The Iron Man of the Lakes has died. 
Read our tribute to Britain's heavyweight champion, Gerry Hoggarth.

13th August

The A-Z keeps on growing.We have added more entries to add to the more than 2,000 wrestlers we already remember

Martin Deneef,  Al Diamond, 

Wally Dix,  Billy Donnegan, 

Jimmy Doran,  Marcel Douvinet, 

Mick Duffy, Vince Earnshaw, 

Vince Edward, Saxon Elliott, 

Emerald Phantom

11th August

We celebrate Frank Robb,always remembered with fondness.

British wrestling boasted an abundance of larger than life personalities. The names most readily remembered today are those who brought a splash of colour; names like Pallo, McManus, Kellett and Big Daddy. Flamboyant and entertaining most definitely, but not necessarily the best wrestlers.

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11th August

Llew Roberts, not a famous name, but most definitely a Local Hero

Llew Roberts joined the professional wrestling ranks in the early 1960s; born in 1937 he was in his mid twenties, “A bit late getting into the business” was his own admission. Late maybe, but not too late to become a favourite for the next fifteen years.

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5th August

In Memory of Jim Rawlings, who died recently.

Born on 30th October, 1935, the third member of the Rawlings clan who, like his brother Bill, was a powerful skilled wrestler who never quite matched the ring presence of the old man. Hardly surprising with Alf being  such a rugged force in the ring. None of this should take anything away from Jim .......

4th August

We add a tribute to an American wartime hero. 

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11th August

Llew Roberts, not a famous name, but most definitely a Local Hero

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30th July

No one knows Belle Vue Like Ron Historyo. He will take you there.

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28th July

We pay tribute to one Tony Baer, one of the greats of the 1940s and 1950s as we add him to Personality Parade.

28th July

Sandy Soutar died a few weeks ago. Heritage looks back at the Scottish wrestler and add him to our Local Heroes series.

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28th July

Not every wrestler was a tv star. Many of the best didn't make it to our screens. We have added Tony Ancell to our Local Heroes.

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27th July

Great Scot! Remembering Bob McDonald on the anniversary of his death in 1964.

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21st July

Celebrate Judo Al Hayes on the anniversary of his death in 2005.

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21st July

The irrepressible Leon Arras died this week in 1997.

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17th July

The loss of gentle giant

Read our tribute to Pete Curry

16th July

We remember Norman Morrell on the anniversary of his birth.

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