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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Jack London

British and Commonwealth heavyweight boxing champion Jack London  fought his last boxing match in 1949. Three years later he was back in the ring; a wrestling ring this time, and fought a number of boxer v wrestler contests in 1952. This adventure lasted for only a short time until the ex boxer took up club management, re-locating to Blackpool where he had been based whilst serving in the army.

Chris Londos

A young Chris Londos emerged onto the British wrestling scene in the mid 1930s, and he was set to become a permanent fixture in British and European rings for more than twenty years.

His clever, scientific style made him a popular figure in Britain and continental Europe.

Nephew of American World Heavyweight Champion Jim Londos newcomer Chris had the sort of youthful appearance and athletic build that led to an inevitable billing as “Young Londos, the Modern Hercules.” As an aside we can tell you that Chris's famous uncle, Jim Londos, was also born Christos, and in his early career was also known as Chris Londos.

Initially facing other preliminary workers  the calibre of Chris's opponents had increased  dramatically by the late 1930s when he was in combat with the best wrestlers of the day – Harold Angus, Norman Morrell and Jack Dale. 

A report of a contest with Harold Angus in 1938 shows just how the youngster had progressed in such a short time. Inevitably appearances were severely curtailed during the war years until Chris re-emerged against the best of the post war welterweights, Jack Dempsey, Cliff Beaumont and Alan Colbeck.

By the early 1950s Chris was recognised as  European welterweight champion until narrowly losing it to British champion Alan Colbeck in December, 1951. Londos was leading the British champion until an unfortunate back injury robbed him of the belt. A good man could not be kept down, and in the return contest, again at Dundee's Caird Hall, Londos took the title for a second time when newspapers reported him “A worthy winner.” 

Amongst  his  Royal Albert Hall matches are included a win over Mick McManus in April, 1953, an Atholl Oakeley Promotion. Following that he began working exclusively for Joint Promotions, usually Dale Martin, and returned to the Royal Albert Hall in 1956 to defeat Cyril Knowles. He faded from the British wrestling scene a couple of years later.

George Longdon (Harry Longdon)

Nottingham's George Longdon  trained under Jack Taylor. He was a very fit and muscular heavyweight.  Brave too.  Another of Taylor's wrestlers, Al Tarzo, told us of the night that Bert Assirati's opponent refused to go in with the Islington Hercules. “Harry  volunteered to go on and saved the day for Jack. After the fight the dressing room door opened and George walked in. His nose was flat on his face which was covered in blood. His first words were "I conthider that an honour to have fought Bert Atherati.", He really meant it but his injuries meant he was unable to say it.”

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Les Lonsdale

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Dennis Lord

Dennis hadn’t planned a life as a professional wrestler, nor as the lookalike Bond villain Jaws come to that. Events just seemed to transpire which brought him to work in Ron Taylor’s wrestling booth. It was a demanding start to a wrestling career, taking on challengers from around the country, numerous bouts a night and never being quite sure what lay around the corner.

Dennis turned professional and was popular with fans in fast, technical bouts, but seemed to like it even more when he gave away weight to tackle some of the villains on the independent circuit.

Dennis’ aspirations were shattered when a serious road accident in 1976 brought a sudden end to his wrestling career. By now wrestling was in his blood and when Dennis recovered he returned to the business as a promoter.When crowds began to fall away, a sign of the times, decided to move further into the entertainment business, assembling a group of characters you’d probably prefer not to meet on a dark night, and started an 007 roadshow of Bond lookalikes.

Tommy Lorne

Leicestershire villain came onto the scene in the late 1970s. A man who dressed to impress, adorned in leathers and studs as one half of the Rockers tag team alongside Pete Lapaque. They were everything that the Royal Brothers were not, and consequently the fans booed and jeered them, usually towards disqualification.

Villainy did not make Tommy and his partner and less popular and they became well known nationwide as they made almost a dozen television appearances in the 1980s.

Tragedy struck in 1986. Returning from a show in Holmbeach Tommy  and tag partner Pete were involved in a serious car crash. Pete suffered serious injuries and Tommy was  killed.

 

Paul Lortie

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Roberto Lothario

Visiting Panamanian heavyweight during 1970-71 certainly looked the part but had a mixed bag of results against top British stars. Went down to Tibor Szakacs, as most did, wins over Johnny Czeslaw, Bobby Graham and Mike Powers, but often came unstuck against fully blown heavies of distinction such as Albert Wall, Steve Veidor, Gwyn Davies and Bruno Elrington. Challenged Mike Marino for the World mid heavyweight belt, losing by two straight falls in Halifax.

Paul Luty (Nobby Garside)

The bruising 1960s Yorkshire heavyweight could work a crowd, regularly wrestled throughout Britain and Europe but never made it to the top of the bill status.

We remember the blond haired leotarded grappler as a good villain who specialised in skulduggery and thuggery, much to the delight of the fans, and even more so when he got his come-uppance. 

He capitalised on his wrestling fame and successfully found roles in television sitcoms and films, mostly remembered for his role as club steward Nobby Garside in the "Love Thy Neighbour" comedy. "Love Thy Neighbour," now deemed politically incorrect, was at the time one of Britain's leading situation comedies.

Luty found his way from wrestling into acting through actor and writer. Colin Welland, who gave him his first acting role in "Kisses at 50."

In a moment of fiction turning into reality the promoter Max Crabtree had the bright idea of re-naming wrestler Luty as Nobby Garside, his fictional television character. Not one of Crabtree's best ideas in our opinion.

Thanks to Eddie Rose for the newspaper cutting.

Ray Luxford

Brighton wrestler worked for the independent promoters in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Dangerous Danny Lynch

The blond Yorkshire-billed heavyweight (though Manchester, Lancashire claims credit for his birth) was known as Dangerous Danny, and anyone seeing him in action was in never left to wonder why. We are led to believe there was also an Irish connection and a youthful Danny toured Ireland as a circus strong man, Johan Jensen (of Sweden!).

A short amateur career led to preparation for life in the professional ring by Hebden Bridge's Jackie Harris. That pro debut was in Edinburgh facing Cyril Knowles.
Danny was one of the most aggressive wrestlers of the sixties, tearing into opponents with a ferocity rarely seen elsewhere. When opponents retaliated Danny’s forehead had a tendency to open up and the flow of blood added to the excitement.
Danny was one of the early British globetrotters and took his special brand of hard-core violence across Europe, to the Far East and to North America.
In 1969 he defeated Dave Ruhl in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to win the Calgary version of the NWA Canadian Heavyweight Title, ending Ruhl's fourth reign. It’s easy to say a wrestler was unique, but in Danny’s case the word is fully justified.
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Duke Lynch

In the 1950s Duke Lynch was a useful wrestler working around the north of England, a win over Arthur Beaumont at Belle Vue gives testimony to that.  Heritage member Ray Noble asked, “What happened to Duke Lynch? I used to see see him at Manchester School of Building in the 50s when he was an apprentice bricklayer and I was an apprentice plumber. We called him slim but not to his face. The last time I saw him wrestle was at the Whaley Bridge Drill Hall about 1957.” We do know that Duke moved across to the independents in 1957 and our last recorded match for him is in Wolverhampton in 1961.

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