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Ken “Hercules” Nichols

Popular supermarket manager and young middleweight from Caister Ken Nichols came from the Brian Trevors school at Fleggburgh and was a regular on the East Anglian independent circuit from the mid sixties through to the late seventies.

Fellow wrestler Stephen St John remembers Ken as a brilliant wrestlers and one of the Brian Trevor's star wretlers. A body building enthusiast Ken was not only surprisingly strong for his weight but also a highly skilled technician who always stayed on the right side of the referee.

Fellow wrestler Stephen St John was a great admirer of Ken's and has sent us the photo (top right) of one of their many enjoyable bouts.

Ken was tipped for success when given the double page spread treatment in "The Wrestler" magazine, but failed to fulfil that initial promise.

Al Nicol

The sheer depth of talent to be found in the pre 1980s wrestling business now beggars belief.

That is why men such as Nottingham?s Al Nicol are remembered by those that saw him wrestle but is missing from the mythology that surrounds that age.

Nicol was a fine welterweight of the sixties, a Middleweight Champion of the Midlands, no less, but had to rely on the likes of McManus and Pallo for the rare Main Event appearance. Life is full of such injustices.

Four years of amateur wrestling, and a splattering of judo knowledge, led to s professional debut against the vastly experienced Eric Sands. Following that predictable loss Nicol gained experience and respect amongst the wrestling community.

Against the big named opponents he was usually the bridesmaid, but he did have the occasional moment of glory with the odd win over greats Tommy Mann and Jack Dempsey.

Phil Nieman

The man who beat the gong for Rank Cinemas from 1948-1955, following on from Bombadier Billy Wells. You can learn such interesting facts here on Wrestling Heritage. Not just that professional wrestler of the 1940s and 1950s, Phil Nieman, was one of four men who struck the gong for Rank films over the years.

Also, that the filming of this introductory sequence was filmed frequently because the film deteriorated so quickly, and that the sound was recorded separately because the gong was made of papier mache. Unfortunately we are unable to tell you much about the success of film extra, stuntman, and gong striker Phil Nieman as a wrestler. Maybe others can help?

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Tommy Nilan

Globetrotting Australian heavyweight wrestled in Britain between 1937 and 1939, having wrestled in Australia since 1931. A rough, tough wrestler whose opponents included Jack Pye, Mike Demitre, Johnny Demchuck and Bert Mansfield. Left Britain in the spring of 1939.

Related article: On The Trail of Tommy Nilan on www.wrestlingheritage.com

Digger Nolan

Top recording artists have to do something before they become famous. Australia's country music star Colin Purssey was the 19stone bruiser who was knocked out by Marty Jones on television in October 1985.

Digger, or Colin in those days, was born in the the Illawarra region of New South Wales, south of Sidney.

Whilst working as a security guard at ABC in Melbourne he developed his song writing skills, which proved less painful than taking the bumps in the wrestling ring.

G.I. Joe Nolan

1960s GI Joe Nolan entered the ring in army gear and wrestled for the independent promoters in the 1960s and 1970s. Out of the ring he was landlord of The Champion Public House in Leicester.

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Oscar Norden

Heavyweight bruiser working for the independent promoters in the first half of the 1960s.

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