WRESTLING HERITAGE

A hobby site created by enthusiasts of 
British wrestling celebrating wrestling and 
wrestlers from 1930 onwards through 
fifty glorious years of British wrestling history

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Wrestling Heritage A-Z

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Charlie Glover  ... The Godfather... ... Mickey Gold ...  Golden Ace ...  Golden Apollon  ...Golden Hawk ... Golden Phantom ...   George Goldie (Gould)   ...  Pancho Gonzales ... Roy Goodall ...  Butcher Goodman  ... Terry Goodrum ...  George Goodyear ...  Georges Gordienko   ... More

Charlie Glover (Red Devil)

Like many others Barnsley's Charlie Glover boxed professionally (as did brother Jack), with twenty-six bouts on his record, before he turned his attention to wrestling.  

Not only did Charlie Glover wrestle himself he was also influential in the way he developed wrestlers and wrestling in the Barnsley area. His gymnasium, The Junction (because it was behind The Junction public house) was the home to a multitude of professional wrestlers that included Pedro the Gypsy, Karl Von Kramer, Max Raeger, Butcher Goodman,  Hans Streiger and Charlie's son, Brian (Leon Arras). The Gymnasium was a two storey affair with boxers, wrestlers and weight lifters sharing the facilities.

Charlie had a creative mind, and when the abolition of the Entertainment Tax in 1957 opened up the potential for wrestling promoting Charlie was in there like a shot. He already had a team of wrestlers to draw upon, but to avoid a bill of Barnsley wrestlers Charlie created colourful characters such as Karl Von Kramer, Pedro the Gypsy and Dwight J Ingleburgh. Charlie  wrestled himself as masked man The Red Devil, the masks being crocheted by his wife.

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Mickey Gold

Radcliffe's Mickey Gold's first contact with professional wrestling, we were once told, was when he was just five years old. That was just after the war and mum and dad took their young son along to the Belle Vue stadium to watch the likes of Jack Pye, Man Mountain Benny and Bert Assirati. Fifteen years later he was stepping into the ring himself.

Mickey took up weight lifting and trained at the Manchester YMCA where he met a number of young wrestlers who encouraged him to learn a few moves. Those few moves increased until Mickey made up his mind that he too wanted to be a professional wrestler.  In 1961 he turned professional, initially for the independent promoters, and could be seen throughout the north and midlands swapping holds with established matmen such as Billy Graham, Fred Woolley, and Pete Lindberg.

In March, 1962 he had gained enough experience to be signed up by Arthur Wright to work for Wryton Promotions and the other Joint Promotions members. He made his television debut in June, 1964, losing to Alan Dennison. Mickey Gold was to remain a northern favourite for the best part of two decades, and we note that he had the distinction of being the last opponent for Ivan Penzecoff in November, 1978. Mickey Gold passed away on 1st April, 2010. 

At the time of his death Eddie Rose told Wrestling Heritage:
I've known Mickey Gold for overt 40 years and worked with him on many occasions. We are both Mancunians and became good friends during our wrestling careers. He ran the Lord Lyon on Claremont Road in Moss Side, perhaps the nearest pub to Manchester City's old ground at Maine Road and only a cock's-stride from Roy St Clair at the Welcome on the other side of Wilmslow Road. Good beer and good people at the Lord Lyon.

There was always a self-mocking smile on Mickey's face and he always gently "took the Micky", too. I saw him last at one of the Ellesmere Port Reunions and he hadn't changed since the mid-60s at venues around the North West. Used to vie with me for being the oldest working wrestler but he knew he was older than me despite the Grecian 2000!

He was a great talker (Three Bouts Mickey he was dubbed by colleagues) but an interesting and amusing one all the same. Good to work with, too. Very experienced and more skilful than often given credit for.

I know he enjoyed his retirement in Spain and It's sad that you've gone, mate. You enriched my time in wrestling

Golden Hawk

 

The Golden Hawk was known as “The Gentleman Grappler” Golden Hawk was a former R.A.F. Man who was part of the all-in wrestling scene from the 1930 start and seems to have disappeared in 1937.

A busy worker he is one of our Top Wrestlers of the 1930s.

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 The Little Things We Remember

I went to my wrestling at Clacton. I think I got my first autograph off Tim Fitzmaurice  who was shyly reading the paper. Tim got disqualified that night. Sid Cooper was very affable and the best gent was Crusher Brannigan. Strangely enough i think they all lost that night. The bus home afterwards took ages. marcus63

Honeyboy Zimba lifting Jackie Pallo from the floor whilst he (Jackie) has a scissors lock on Zimba's arm, and placing him on top of a corner post. Pure strength, which Jackie simply cannot have helped.  Caulkead

Ricky Starr hoisting Jackie Pallo high in the air,and them "piledriving" him to the floor,and me thinking that looked real as Pallo lay "unconcious" on the floor (at Doncaster).Just proves how good they both were. Bill Smith

Dynamite Kid and Rocco taking each other apart, electric atmosphere, total mayhem, pushing the ref out of the way to get at each other, the Kid bouncing off the ropes and falling into his swan-dive head butt and coming up with his own head bleeding, the ref was forces to stop the bout, with the Kid protesting that he wanted to carry on, great stuff.

Kendo Nagasaki - seeing the Kamikaze Crash for the first time and then getting that feeling of excitement every time after that when he hoisted an opponent up onto his shoulders and you knew what was coming next. Saxon Wolf

The Blake Hall, Bridgwater was the usual Friday night venue down here in the Westcountry with D/M’s in charge. A smoke filled hall, where, if the lads put on something good they let them get back to the dressing room! Naggers was on one night against Tibor Szakacs –referee Mike Demitre, MC Geo. Lawson Peake, and following Kendo’s winning fall, Tibor heaved him out of the ring whereupon two of the regulars in the front row administered some Bridgwater justice to which Naggers responded in kind!

Down in Taunton on a Northwestern promo. Circa 1963/4 held at the Gaiety Cinema, Lord Bertie Topham was doing his stuff against Bobo Matu. The punters gradually got tired of the “assistance” from Ponsonby and proceeded to hold him down on the floor outside the ring – much to the amusement of referee “Fireball” Red Naylor. Happy days! Duncan

Golden Phantom

Something of a rarity in the 1930s, a Masked Wrestler. The Golden Phantom wore a matching gold mask and tights, with a gold dressing gown just to add to the effect. His speciality move was a debilitating headlock applied with sufficient force for his opponent to collapse to the mat for the count.  The name was revived by independent promoters in the 1970s.

The Masked Men of Wrestling 

The masked wrestlers we all loved are well documented on Wrestling Heritage.

Hooded Heydays - Top 20 Masked Men

Unravelling The Strings of the Mask

Royalty In Crewe

Unmasked Again

Unmasked In Hanley

Unmasking The Zebra Kid

Who Is That Masked Man?

Nagasaki v Bartelli 1966

Dr Death v The White Angel

Kendo Nagasaki Ring Leader

The Doctor Will See You Now

Three Masked Wrestlers

Kendo Nagasaki at the Stampede

Plus, just about every masked wrestler you know in the Wrestling Heritage A-Z.

George Goldie (George Gould, Count Royle) 

Welterweight George Goldie was one of the Hanley lads, often seen in combat with fellow Stoke wrestlers Bill Ogden, John Hall and Jack Santos. He had a reputation amongst colleagues as a very hard man to face in the ring.

His wrestling career  began during the war and he worked in the north and midlands for more than twenty twenty years, our last recorded match being in 1965. George worked for the independent promoters.

During the war George served with the legendary Chindits, the British India 'Special Force' that served in Burma and India during 1943 and 1944 in the Burma Campaign of the Second World War. At times he pulled on a mask and wrestled as Count Royle.

George Gould died on 30th April, 2003.

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Roy Goodall

Here at Wrestling Heritage Roy Goodall is more of a mystery than any masked wrestler. He appeared on the  scene in 1969, a youthful welterweight working in northern England for Morrell Beresford. Dave Barrie was a regular opponent.  Was there a Les Kellett link we wonder?   More experienced men Mick McMichael, Ian Gilmore,  Alan Bardouille, and Peter Preston were sometimes in the opposite corner. Was Roy a fall-guy for  the promising young Dave Barrie? Surely Barrie wasn't experienced enough to “carry” another novice; and in any case Goodall seemed more than capable of looking after himself. Disappeared less than two years after coming to our notice. So many questions. Such a short life.

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Butcher Goodman

We remember Butcher Goodman as a first rate wrestler with a pleasing style able to adopt a harder edge when facing the really popular youngsters like Johnny Saint, Ian St John and Earl McCready. We though, are mere fans.

Talk to the wrestlers who worked with him and you will hear a different story.

They will tell you that this Barnsley middleweight was a “wrestler’s wrestler.” That’s not a title easily bestowed, but we have been assured that it is one that is thoroughly deserved. Without Butcher, we were told by those who know, there would have been quite a few better known names who would not have made it to the top. Both inside and outside of the ring Butcher was a kind and generous man. He was one of those professionals who would give everything to make sure that his opponent, whatever his shortcomings looked really good. For Butcher it was all about entertaining the fans, and if that meant taking second place then so be it. That philosophy came, no doubt, from Butcher’s mentor, Charlie Glover, who always taught his protégés at the Junction Gymnasium that they must put the fans first. “We had some marvellous matches,” Pedro the Gypsy told us. Others have told us Butcher was a man with time for everyone, and particularly of the immense patience he had for newcomers to the business, taking the time to advise and encourage them.

Butcher turned to professional wrestling in the 1950s, and it was a career destined to last thirty years. During that time he wrestled throughout the country, mainly on the independent circuit, yet still meeting wrestling greats such as Johnny Saint, Jack Taylor, Billy Red Cloud, Gorilla Reg Ray and Eric Sands.  He often travelled around the country working with the other Barnsley lads Dwight J Ingleburgh, Pedro and Karl Von Kramer. Notable tag partners included Reg Ray and Karl Von Kramer, billed collectively as The Toffs.  Butcher continued wrestling well into the 1980s, with our last recorded bout for him in October, 1983. He may not be the most readily remembered of our past stars, but he id definitely a wrestler whose memory should be treasured.

George Goodyear

Doncaster Rugby League prop forward George Goodyear wrestled professionally for the independent promoters in the 1960s.

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Georges Gordienko

The powerful Canadian, born in Winnipeg in 1928, was one of the most highly respected wrestlers in the world.

On both sides of the Atlantic he was renowned for skill, strength and athletic ability. An orthodox wrestler without any frills, George is now acknowledged as one of the finest modern day heavyweights to grace British rings.

He lived in Britain for a few years in the 1960s, and travelled all around the world to wrestle.  Although there was nothing in his performance to suggest it, there was always a suspicion that Gordienko considered wrestling to be a mere means to engage in his first love, which was an appreciation of the art, particularly painting. That was why he moved from Canada to Italy, and is the reason often cited for the man failing to stay in any one place long enough to achieve long term success.

He travelled the world throughout his long career, seeking out galleries and find new subjects to paint himself. He was an artist of some renown, and his work was often featured in exhibitions around the world. When asked about his ambitions the answer always lay outside the world of wrestling and was to become an established and successful name in the world of art.
George Gordienko died on 14th May, 2002, aged 74.