The second did have the advantage of hair and appeared for the independent promoters in the late sixties and early seventies. Weighing well over twenty stones, the promoters claimed twenty-eight, Giant Jumbo (left) came from Nuneaton in Warwickshire. He could hardly be expected to be Britain’s most skilful heavyweight of the 1970s. He wasn’t, but we have been told he was surprisingly nimble for his size.
In the 1960s Britain seemed to be awash with mainland European wrestlers, and one of the most notable was Hungarian heavyweight Gideon Gidea. He was the master of the suplex, though also pretty proficient at all the other holds.
A muscular seventeen stone heavyweight who stood over six feet tall Gideon was a successful and popular competitor across Europe, most notably in the heavyweight tournaments held across the towns and cities of Germany and Austria.
The Wrestler magazine told readers that he was often saddened by the sound of Hungarian music.
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Another of Atholl Oakeley’s cavalcade of colourful characters. Oakeley said he had met Giles in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, where Giles was serving as a cook. Said to weigh anything between 22 stones and 25 stones Giles seems to have made little impression on the British wrestling public around 1933 – 1934.
Oakeley said Giles was averse to training and despite his nickname of “The Oxford Hercules” we can find little evidence of sporting skill, going down to Atholl Oakeley by two falls to nil in hust 13 minutes at Leeds Brunswick Stadium.
We have little knowledge of this 1960s wrestler working for the independent promoters, other than he was a fast and technical middleweight who we enjoyed watching on numerous occasions.
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With the gold boots, purple trunks and ponchos it could only have been the 1970s!
Yes, this was Ian Gilmour, often partnered by another popular middleweight, Jeff Kaye. Gilmour was born in Dumfries, but was more often associated with Middlesbrough, where he made his home.
He trained at St Lukes Matmen under the watchful eye of Norman Walsh. Starting out on the professional road in July, 1962 losing to Frank Robb at Newcastle, his speed, skill and looks were quickly to establish him as a fans favourite.
Here was a boy who looked just too good to be true. Regular television exposure established him as a national favourite, but despite his wrestling skill he was destined to remain a second division favourite who never really challenged the standing of McManus and Pallo or even the following of Royal, Faulkner and Saint.
During the 1970s Ian moved across to the independent promoters, using not only his usual name but sometimes pulling on a mask and going by the names Kung Fu (not to be confused with the original Eddie Hammil) and Mark Question.