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Ace Allcard

The one time greengrocer from the Stocksbridge area of Sheffield Ronnie Allcard went from selling carrots to selling wrestling programmes at Somme Barracks to appearing in those programmes under the name Ace Allcard.

Turning professional in 1968 Ace Allcard impressed Norman Morrell, the Bradford promoter, and  worked mainly for Morrell-Beresford Promotions in northern England and Scotland throughout the 1970s.

On the nights he wasn't wrestling Ron could be found on the door at the Penny Farthing night club in Sheffield.

Opponents ranged from skilful lightweights Zoltan Boscik to the might of Andy Robins and Norman Walsh! This is an incredible spectrum of opponents that demonstrates not inconsiderable skill on Ron's part to accommodate them all.  

Ronnie Allcard passed away in September 2012. The photo on the left shows Ronnie at the Leeds Wrestlers Reunion in March 2012.

Jack Allen

When wrestling began to pick up the pieces following the end of the Second World war Jack Allen was there as a popular performer tackling the best in the business, including Billy Riley and Joe Reid.

He was a man with some experience and talent; our earliest record of him wrestling being in 1933.

He continued as a regular performer until the 1960s Jack Allen and then maintained connections with wrestling into the 1970s when he turned to refereeing and training.

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Bert Alliday

Abergavenny’s Bert Alliday was one of the fan’s favourites throughout the south of England, working mainly in East Anglia, Wales and the South West.

Bert was one of Brian Trevors' boys, training alongside Stephen St John, Bill Pye and John L Hagger.

During the summer season he was a favourite on the Anglia Promotion circuit working for wrestler and promoter Brian Trevors in the east of England. This Welsh light-heavyweight of the 1960s and 1970’s independent circuit was billed as the “Welsh Wizard.”

Bruce Allison

All we knew about Bruce Allison was that he was a South Shields lad that worked for the independent promoters of the north in the 1960s.  That was until Heritage's Dave Sutherland brought him to our attention in his wonderful series, Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, Leg Locks and Handbags." Dave told us that he met Bruce when briefly, very briefly, pursuing his wrestling ambitions. Wrestling was only one of Bruce's many interests, Dave told us he was also a poet, singer, songwriter, guitarist, raconteur, artist, painter, music promoter and, briefly, co-owner of an art gallery.

Pip Alvison

Newcastle's Pip Alvison was a distinctive sight in the 1970s independent rings. With the long blond hair, and goatee beard it could only be Pip wrestling either alone or as one half of "The Hippies" tag team with fellow Tynsider Joe Robinson.

Pip learned to wrestle in the gymnasium at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield, and was taught by Jim McCrombie alongside Farmer's Boy Pete Ross, Joe Robinson and Ian Diamond. Amongst his many clashes with numerous opponents fans probably mostly remember his some memorable bouts with Pete Ross.

In retirement Pip moved to the south coast where he managed a night club, but at the time of his addition to the A-Z (2013) has returned to live in a village near Newcastle.

Scotty Ambrose

A northern campaigner from Aberdeen who was very active in the UK during pre war years and for a few years following the war. Scotty continued to work increasingly less frequently for a few years after the war, our final sighting being in 1949. Pre war he had been a busy worker, mainly in northern England, working against  names such as Val Cerino, Ted Betley, Carlton Smith,  and Jack Alker.