Welterweight Les Parry worked for the independent promoters in the 1950s and 1960s, mostly for Jack Taylor's International Promotions, and was a regular at the Saturday night shows in the huge Granby Halls, Leicester. Opponents included veterans such as Jack Taylor himself and newcomers Zoltan Boscik and the Lapaque brothers.
Les Parry passed away at his home in Chesterfield in July 2009.
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Oh how the nation cheered the blond Adonis as he took the battle towards the man we loved to hate, Mick McManus on our television screens in November 1965. That was not enough for the Golden Greek and he returned for further punishment from Mick's rival, Jackie Pallo, in April of the following year.
With the benefit of hindsight we know the result was inevitable, but the British public took the young Greek to their hearts, shown once again when he suffered a knock out loss to Mick's tag partner, Steve Logan, at the Royal Albert Hall.
Don't allow our dwelling on these high profile defeats disguise the fact that here was a good technical wrestler could hold his own with Europe's best middleweights of the time. Born in Greece George's father took the family to live in South Africa when the youngster was in his mid teens. It was there that George took an interest in wrestling and turned professional when he was twenty years old.
Most of 1961 was spent in Britain when he was brought over by Paul Lincoln to work for the independent promoters. Opponents on Lincoln bills included veterans Bob Sherry and Fred Van Lotta and newcomers Bob Kirkwood, Reg Trood and Bobby Barnes. George's extended visit that covered most of 1965, 1966 and 1967 was for Dale Martin Promotions, which brought higher profile opponents such as Les Kellett, Johnny Kwango and the aforementioned television contests.
The short, acrobatic Spaniard whizzed his way over to the UK for a doomed televised European middlewight championship attempt at Mal Sanders in 1979 at Wembley (photo).
Two weeks previous an earlier televised contest against Gary Wensor gave Kent Walton a further opportunity to practice his exaggerated Spanish accent with a strong emphasis on the second syllable of the surname.
The Spaniard had style; flying around the ring surprisingly acrobatically for his stocky build. These were not his only visits as he had previously come to Britain for two months in the winter of 1966, billed as Spanish Lightweight champion. On that occasion he had wrestled many of the top lighter men, going down by straight falls to Jackie Pallo at the Royal Albert Hall.
A fast, high-flying mover who worked within the rules he was a popular visitor to British shores.
American based Columbian Bill Martinez Patino came to Britain for a handful of matches in January 1961 following on from a visit to Germany. A background of of jiu jitsu and boxing eventually led to the lights of the wrestling ring, where he worked for three decades. Highest profile bouts were a televised contest against Steve Logan and a Royal Albert Hall match against Johnny Czeslaw. Although he returned to Germany numerous times in the 1960s and 1970s we are unaware of return visits to Britain. In Mexico in 1974 when Warrington's Steve Wright removed the mask of Tigre Columbiano the face revealed was that of Bill Martinez.
Ian Stenner adopted the name Pat Patton when he turned professional wrestler in 1977. Pat Patton was one of the better new breed taking over from the post war stalwarts in the 1970s. He was a familiar figure wearing brightly coloured judo outfits and a busy worker for promoter Max Crabtree during the 1980s.
He made an ignominious television debut in February,1979, the gallant loser inevitably going down by two submissions to nil against the skulduggery of Jimmy Breaks in a British welterweight championship eliminator. This was to be the first of around forty television appearances right up to the end of televised wrestling in Britain.
Whilst his favour with promoter Crabtree brought a busy engagement book and television exposure the downside was that Pat was regrettably overshadowed by his tag partnership with Big Daddy. In July, 1982, Pat was one of the last group of British wrestlers to work in Zambia.
Born in Wolverhampton and living much of his life in Cannock, Staffordshire, Pat followed many other wrestlers into the pub trade when he retired from wrestling, running the Apple Tree Pub in Bilston, near Wolverhampton, the Samson Blewitt in Hednesford and the White Hart in Cannock.
Pat Patton died on 2nd April, 2015.
Liverpool's Roy Paul was rough and tough when we first watched him in the second half of the 1960s. He was on one of the first shows we attended, knocking around Ireland's Kevin Conneely.
He was no less rough or tough when he gained more widespread recognition as one of the Liverpool Skinheads tag team (alongside Terry O'Neill), looking the stereotypical part as he wore denim shorts and braces.
Never one for the niceties of wrestling techniques Roy was an underrated wrestler and a great villain, who progressed from working for the independents to mostly working in the north and midlands for Wryton Promotions.
We are transported back in time to those exciting moments when we were up close and personal with the wrestlers themselves and in many cases were even able to have a chat with the great names of the time. The collection is indeed the product of the chase, but the process was in truth the fulfilling part, and each autograph here reminds us of very special personal moments.
Much staking out of the territory was required to ensure prey was ensnared, though it is noticeable just how much difference of opinion there is about whose was easy and whose was difficult to obtain.
Adrian Street led the way and others followed. In the case of Gaylord Steve Peacock he followed with some style and class. The Peacock could strut his stuff.
Gaylord Steve Peacock is remembered as a very entertaining wrestler of the seventies capitalising on a gay character that could enrage fans whilst bringing a smile to their faces.
He worked for both Joint Promotions and the independents. When working for the independents he formed a tag partnership with both Adrian Street and The Gay One. The photo above shows tag team partners Street and Steve Peacock.
A Scotsman who based himself in Blackpool, which was something of a hotbed of the 1970s wrestling scene. Steve made his way into wrestling following a chance meeting with Steve Fury whilst he was working in a Blackpool amusement arcade. Steve introduced Steve to wrestler-promoter Bobby Barron. The rest, as they say, is history.
Steve Peacock sadly passed away in February 2006, believed to be in his fifties.
Leeds mid-heavyweight from an impressive amateur background, active as a professional throughout the seventies, seemingly on a part-time basis.
We have a World of Sport re-run to refresh our memories of his in-ring skills as he clashes with Vic Faulkner and manages to make a great bout with an awkward opponent. Phil had been Yorkshire's amateur light-heavyweight champion and originally turned pro for the independent promoters before being booked by Relwyskow & Green Promotions.
Never seemed to travel far south from that Leeds base, though worked the Scottish halls for Relwyskow and Green. A popular, clean wrestler he remained active throughout the eighties and one of several we would have liked to have seen more of.
Harry Pearson from Wakefield was a middleweight working mainly for Cyril Knowles and Ron Farrar in the 1970s.
Not to be confused with Fiery Phil Pearson.
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