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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Peter Halliwell ...  Johnny Halsop ... Phil Halverson ...  Judo Ed  Hamill ...  Judo Mike Hamill ... Al Hamilton ...  Flash Jack Hammond ... Rab Hannon ...  Ted Hannon ...  Toma Hansom ... More ....   

Peter Halliwell

We came across Peter Halliwell around 1970, a youngster from Chorley in Lancashire who was trained by the first class welterweight Alan Wood. Wood, at the time, was attempting to make his way as an independent promoter in the working men's clubs and smaller halls of Lancashire. Peter seemed to be around only a short time before disappearing as quickly as he had arrived.

Phil Halverson (Billy McKenzie)

Another of the North East lads, a hotbed of wrestling in the 1960s and 1970s. Light heavyweight from Durham working mostly for the independent promoters in the 1970s. Phil, who also used the name Billy McKenzie, did work for Joint Promotions in the mid 1970s after Max Crabtree had taken charge.

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Judo Ed Hamill (Judo Mike Hamill, Kung Fu)

Occasionally a wrestler comes along who creates a real buzz of excitement amongst fans. 

Such was the case when Kung Fu emerged on to the scene in 1971, though tv fans had to wait another five years before they saw  the face of this masked man with a difference.
 
For a start, unlike most masked men he was not a heavyweight, and moreover he was a good guy!.
 
He had speed, agility, and wrestling skill. We just weren't sure about the good looks, not until his unmasking which was not to come for some time.
 
Here was a hero of the fans vanquishing all before him, until his defeat (and unmasking) at the hands of Nagasaki at the Royal Albert Hall in March, 1976. 
One month later it was another defeat, and another unmasking, on television, in a bout against Mick McManus.
 
We all now knew that Kung Fu was Belfast's Eddie Hamill, a pupil of Milo's gym in Belfast. Eddie had turned professional, using the name Judo Mike Hamill, in 1966.
 
He wrestled his way around Ireland before crossing the Irish Sea, initially to work for Orig Williams and the opposition promoters.  The transition from Eddie Hamill to Kung Fu came in 1971. The judo outifit adorned with a golden dragon and semi-mask concealing the upper half of his face made Kung Fu an intriguing addition to the British wrestling scene.
 
His unmasking in 1976 was far from the end  of his career. Like Count Bartelli before him he proved that he had the charisma and the skill to pursue a career without the mystery of his concealed identity.
 
He continued as a highly successful wrestler, and toured Canada (re-acquainting himself with the mask) in 1981. 
 
Ed Hamill is one of a handful of  past wrestlers to maintain a presence to the present day with his highly rated web site (see links page). The website is a mine of information with news from the inside about the sport  we enjoyed all those years ago.

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Al Hamilton

To be added soon

Flash Jack Hammond 

Here's another one where we need our readers' help. Our only information of Flash Hammond are contests recorded in Britain during 1948 and 1949, and  appearances in Singapore around 1946 and 1947.

Opponents included Jack Dale, Harry Fields, Billy Joyce and Les Kellett.

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Rab Hannon 

Scottish welterweight of the late 1950s said to be "A little bundle of dynamite" and sometime tag partner of Ted Hannon, who we were told was his brother.

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Ted Hannon 

The wearing of a velvet jacket and a kilt passed as pretty flamboyant in the early 1960s wrestling world. Add to that a previous existence as a drummer in a dance band and Dundee’s Ted Hannon had the makings of a colourful wrestling persona. Maybe so, but those that do remember Ted are more likely to remember a skilful technician than a showman.

We remember him and here was a master of hold and counter-hold, and one of Britain’s top welterweights in the 1960s.  The boy was good. But in those days there were so many that were good.   The kilt was most likely worn because, to Ted, it was the natural thing to wear. He wasn’t one to seek attention through gimmicks, but rather a style that relied on nothing more than wrestling skill.

A successful amateur career, reaching the heights of Scottish lightweight champion, led to a wrestling career in which he was regularly seen throughout the United Kingdom. Although he kept a home in Scotland he based himself in Leeds so that he could work nationally.  Not just that, but study at college for a post wrestling engineering course, worked at his uncles garage in Leeds.

Mostly seen in singles matches Ted was a tag partner of fellow Scot, Chic Purvey, and the pair travelled to the continent.  Despite a televised win over champion Jack Dempsey, and at the time that meant quite something, and the occasional high profile bout against Pallo at the Royal Albert Hall and McManus on television, Ted Hannon was respected by many but destined to rise no higher than mid card level.

Toma Hansom

Toma Hansom, the Norwegian alter ego of Scarborough's Tommy Hanson is a name inextricably linked with wrestling promoter and entrepreneur Don Robinson.

Don and Tommy were good friends  before they entered the wrestling business, which they did together after approaching Darlington's Jim Stockdale one night at Northallerton Town Hall.

Jim taught Don and Tommy the ins and outs of the professional style, and this was the start of a lifetime commitment to wrestling.

Tommy turned professional in the early 1960s, many of his matches being on the bills of his friend and business colleague Don Robinson. Tommy would often manage Don's shows in the promoter's absence and was usually the man handing out the wage packets at the end of the night.

During the 1960s Tommy worked around the country for all the top independent promoters: Don Robinson, Paul Lincoln, Cyril Knowles, Eric Taylor and Johnny Allan. He filled out into a mid heavyweight and could be seen in action against independent wrestlers such as Reg Ray, Spike O'Reilly,  and the Klondyke brothers.

 Tommy's matches tended to be all action affairs, and not infrequently a bit of his blood would be spilled, none more so than in his clashes with the thirty stone heavyweight Klondyke Bill. Klondyke, like Tommy, also worked for Don Robinson in his non wrestling enterprises, and after Don had the idea of turning Klondyke into a wrestling attraction Tommy was entrusted with guiding him through many of those early matches.

In the late 1970s Max Crabtree signed Tommy up for Joint Promotions, which allowed him his only television appearance, partnering Ray Steele against Mal Kirk and Ian Muir. A second recorded contest, a win over John Cox, was not broadcast.

Tommy Hanson passed away on 13th March 2013.