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Bert Silcock

A bit of a mystery. We believe Bert Silcock was son of Bob, and brother of Bill. However, a friend of the family in Wigan told us Bob had two sons, both wrestlers, Bill and Bob Jnr. Maybe young Bob used the name Bert to avoid confusion with dad. It's certainly confused us.

Bill Silcock

Son of Bob Silcock young Bill followed his dad into both his trades, making his wrestling debut in the Isle of Man and running a fruit stall on Wigan market. That professional debut was at Laxey Glen in June, 1956, against a heavier opponent, Alec Bray. Bill surprisingly won that encounter with falls in the fourth and sixth round against Bray's opener in the third.

Bob Silcock

Bob Silcock was a market trader in Wigan during the day whilst at night travelled the country as a professional wrestler.

Bob's twenty year career started in the 1930s and was resumed following the Second World War, following service in the Royal Air Force. For a time in the 1930s Bob wrestled dressed from head to toe in blue, a masked man known as The Blue Mask.

Bob was a keen horse rider and member of the Holcombe Hunt. 

His two sons also took up wrestling.

Ricky Silver

One of those who brought our wrestling heritage years to a close. Richard Winter learned the trade in the wrestling booths of southern England in the late 1960s and 1970s. Heritage member Joe King recalls seeing Ricky, Johnny Kincaid  and Me Stuart king on the booth for a local man, George Saunders, He went on to work for Dale Martin Promotions, with  career highlights at the  Royal Albert Hall and wrestling Mick McManus on television. Ricky Silver continued wrestling until around 1998, and at the time of writing (2013) lives in Lewes.

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Lucky Simunovich

Fans adored the handsome Yugoslavian born six foot two inches tall visitor, Zivko “Lucky” Simunovich, who reached British shores in the early 1960s.

Having moved from his native Yugoslavia to Honolulu whilst a teenager in the 1930s Simunovich played American football professionally for the Hawaiian warriors before joining the police force as a motor cycle patrolman and eventually entered the professional wrestling ranks as a result of the encouragement of American promoter Al Karasick.

That professional debut was in 1943 and Lucky soon gained experience both in Hawaii and mainland United States. Lucky and Bobby Bruns were the first holders of the NWA Hawaii tag team championship (in 1952), a title they were to hold three times.

He toured the world as a wrestler, including not only visits to the UK, but also Australia, New Zealand, the Far East, and throughout Europe.

John Sinclair

Our memories of John Sinclair are of a heavyweight willing to mix it with the likes of Klondyke Bill, The Ghoul and other villains of the 1960s/70s independent circuit.

On one occasion we witnessed him tagging with Klondyke Jake as a substitute for Bill. John was none too pleased He was a man who at least appeared to take his wrestling very seriously,

A good, workmanlike 15 stoner who was taken on by Joint Promotions, and then we heard no more.

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Lord Bertie Sinclair

With top hat and monocle John Walsh looked the part as he assumed the persona of Lord Bertie Sinclair in the northern rings of 1970s independent promoters.

Beneath the costume was John Welsh who began his wrestling career in 1958, working for numerous promoters around the North East.  A tool maker by trade John emigrated to the United States with his work in 1967, staying for three years until he returned to Britain in 1970. 

Back in Britain he resumed his career working for opposition promoters Don Robinson, Brian Dixon and Eric Taylor and John Allan. John also worked on Ron Taylor's boxing booth, and remembers the day he met Muhammed Ali when the World champion boxer visited the North East. The photo above shows Ali on his visit to the booth alongside wrestlers John Welsh, Jim McCrombie and Dick Lannigan.

After many years in the ring, at 48 years of age, the knocks began to take their toll and Lord Bertie Sinclair called it a day. We are pleased he still remembers the good old days as an enthusiastic member of Wrestling Heritage.