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Gunther Nordhoff

Wrestlers crossing between Britain and mainland Europe was common in mainland Europe, long before Brits placed their beach towels on Continental sands.

German Gunther Nordhoff  visited Britain during the winter of 1960-61.   

He was well known in Germany as the face for a polish commercial over many years. In the  commercial  he used the  name "Meister Propper" which he then adopted  in the ring for a short time.  

A German amateur champion in 1953 he turned professional in the late 1950s, and it was the beginning of a career that was to span thirty years, working throughout Germany and Austria, notably at the  famous Heumarkt in Vienna.

When he came to Britain, for Joint Promotions,  opponents included Bob Sweeney, Ernie Riley, Francis St Clair Gregory, Billy Howes and Arthur Beaumont.

In the photograph Gunther is standing behind Achim Chall.

Norman The Butcher

Although he did continue to wrestle in the post war Mountevans era Norman Ansell is mostly associated with the pre war wrestling scene. He was trained by the great George Boganski before making his professional debut at Lanes London Club against King Curtis. To begin with he was known by his family names of Norman Ansell, the Butcher moniker being the creation of 1930's promoter Atholl Oakeley. Norman the Butcher worked regularly for pre war promoters such as Oakeley, Henri Irslinger and Kathleen Luke, playing a significant part in forming the landscape of our wrestling heritage. He wasn't a big man, weighing around 14 stones, but that didn't prevent him being known as “The KO King of Britain.” If his reputation had not preceded him (which was unlikely) the trademark yellow dressing gown with a skull and cross bones on the back gave fans an inkling of what was to follow.

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Fred Norman

We'd certainly like to learn more about this wrestler. We have knowledge of around a half dozen matches in 1948, mostly at Belle Vue, against Francis St Clair Gregory, George Gregory, Clem Lawrence, Harry Brooks and Pat Curry.

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Stefan Novotny

Hungarian wrestler who appeared in British rings between May and December 1946, sixteen times at Belle Vue Manchester. A big, and usefeul man whose opponents included Bert Assirati, Charlie Green, Dave Armstrong, Bill Garnon and Chick Knight.

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Karol Nowina

Krakow's  Karol Szczerbinski took the professional name Karol Nowina after turning professional in the United States in 1929; having moved there from his native Poland five years earlier.  He wrestled in Britain in 1937, mostly in the south, but taking occasional jaunts north.

Bert Nuttall

Stockport's Bert Nuttall was the oldest of the Nuttall brothers who boxed briefly and turned to professional wrestling after serving in France during the Second World War. He was a tall, slim heavyweight who wrestled throughout the north for many years, mainly for the independent promoters. In one of his Joint Promotions matches, against Ian Campbell in 1961, Bob Andrews reported,

"Bert dictated much of the first two rounds, but in the third Mr.Scotland took over. He threw Bert on to a corner post and applied a back-breaker over the shoulder which forced Bert to submit. Unfortunately, Bert hurt his shoulder in this round and was unable to carry on. Ian thus gained the verdict."

Remembered by ex wrestler Eddie Rose as a quiet, well mannered man whilst neighbour and Heritage reader Ray Noble rembers "a real gentleman."

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George Nuttall

George was the younger of the Nutall brothers. 

After serving in the navy  Stockport's George Nuttall turned to wrestling following a career as a professional boxer, active between 1948 and 1957.

Whilst boxing he had graced the rings of famous wrestling arenas that included the Harringay Stadium, the Nottingham Ice Rink, Manchester' Ardwick Stadium and the Royal Albert Hall.  George was a sparring partner for British heavyweight champion Bruce Woodcock.

More greatly respected than many of the boxers that turned to wrestling George was never destined to become one of the more famous stars of the ring.

He was also one of the celebrated masked villains of the early 1960s. To find out who you will need to read the Wrestling Heritage Top 20 Masked Men.

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Terry Nylands

A promising newcomer of 1950s Northern rings Terry Nylands was destined to  never achieve regular top of the bill status.

He was, nevertheless, a popular and skilful welterweights and Terry did have his moments, including a win over Jack Dempsey when the Wigan maestro was at his best. That and an appearance (along with Chic Purvey and Ian Campbell) in Coronation Street. So he must have been somebody! 

Win or lose fans always appreciated the technical ability of the pride of Rochdale (who happened to be born in Bristol). Terry was six years an amateur, first at a local club and then whilst completing his National Service in the army.  Terry's early wrestling experience was at a gymnasium  in the  Langton Arms Public House in Miller Street, Heywood. With a thorough amateur grounding Terry was ready for the hard stuff. That came in the form of taking on all comers in fairground booths around the country. Half a dozen matches a day against a range of opponents gave him the grounding needed for the professional ring. 

There was one minor obstacle, and that was the requirement to serve two years national service. Life in the wrestling booths came to an abrupt end in 1950  when Terry joined the army, serving in Suez before returning home in 1952. Once returned home  Terry decided there was more to life than cold, wet wrestling booths. Dressing rooms, appreciative fans and a regular income from reputable promoters had an attraction.  (Photo right shows Terry lining up at the wrestling booth between Cyril Morris in the mask and Henry Walker).

Time to turn professional. A bit of polish was necessary, and this was provided by veteran wrestler Jack Atherton.  Terry turned professional when he was 21 years old, wrestling not just around Britain but also in Spain, France, Germany and Belgium. We enjoyed watching him in regular action in the 1960s against opponents ranging from peers such as Mike Bennett to the ring veteran Mick McManus. 

Terry's matches were mostly in the midlands and northern England for Wryton Promotions and Morrell-Beresford.  By 1970 Terry seemed to have disappeared from the wrestling scene, and he was one of those that we didn’t miss until sometime later we suddenly realised he wasn’t around any longer. 

By then he was  well and truly established as the landlord of the Wagon and Horses Public House in Rochdale.