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Society Boy

Dressed to impress, Society Boy (otherwise Brian Craig-Radcliffe) entered the ring wearing bowler hat and umbrella.

Here was another Paul Lincoln creation, oft time tag partner of the Wildman of Borneo, who was a regular feature on independent shows until signed up by Joint Promotions in the autumn of 1964.

In the early 1960s he was a familiar figure in Spanish rings, both as a wrestler and as manager of the Wildman of Borneo. We were told of his previous success "in the city," but assume that was all part of wrestling's mumbo jumbo.

We are more inclined to believe an early interest in rugby and member of the Saracens rugby union team. A tough and rugged seventeen stoner, and stronger than most heavyweights, Brian's lack of respect for the rules did little to endear him to the fans of the 1960s.

We don't know what became of Brian, but would certainly like to know more.

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Demon Al Solak

We didn't see him  but guess a clue lies in the nickname of this wrestler and promoter. 1960s worker for the independents, and most likely one of the Jack Taylor men because Mick Collins remembers  him often working on Jack's and Lew Phillips shows. Opponents included Roy LaRue,  Ken Davies, Bill Workman, Worked throughout the 1960s but seems to have disappeared about 1970. 

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Sandy Soutar

Rugged, and bearded Sandy Soutar was a hard man who produced plenty of action for his legion of Scottish fans . He  worked on  Joint Promotion bills mainly for Relwyskow and Green Promotions from the mid 1960s until mid 1970s. 

He wasn't the first in the family to follow that route. Sandy's brother had wrestled for George DeRelwyskow in the 1940s, tussling with the likes of Tony Lawrence and Sanky Allen..  Sandy's brother, Robert, also used the name Sandy as a ring name, but their careers didn't overlap.

In this wrestling environment it seemed natural for Sandy to become interested in the sport and he enrolled at the North End Club in Dundee. It was there that he met a brilliant lightweight named George Kidd.  The technical brilliance of Kidd inspired young Sandy, as did another man he admired, heavyweight Andy Robin.

Sandy was born into a farming family, one of seven children, in Abernyte , Perthshire.   A poultry famer at the time the professionals he met encouraged Sandy to wrestle for money, which he was keen to do, albeit, like the majority of wrestlers,  on a semi-professional basis, as he continued with his poultry farming business.  Never one to remain idle when he wasn't wrestling or farming Sandy could be found following his other pastimes, shooting, fishing and swimming.

In the ring fans liked nothing more than to see him in the opposite corner  of visiting Sassenachs Alan Dennison, Mark Rocco and Dave Barrie. In the picture above Sandy is being restrained by referee Brian Crabtree in a contest with Golden Ace John Naylor. The best match of all, he told us was the night he met fellow Scot Lee Thomas at the Caird Hall in Dundee. There was great rivalry  between the two of them in the late 1970s and it was always Sandy's hope that he would one day hold Lee's Scottish light heavyweight belt.

"I loved the wrestling," said Sandy, but everything has to end, and Sandy hung up his boots in the late 1970s.

Johnny South (Johnny Southern, Legend of Doom)

Johnny Saint and Al Marquette, brought over from the independents to Joint Promotions in the summer of 1969. There was a difference.

South had a rougher edge and didn't mind bending a few rules on his way to victory or disqualification. Johnny had around four years experience when Martin Conroy tempted him across to Joint Promotions, working for promoters like Don Robinson and Dale Storm against Jim Armstrong, Ian Wilson and Brendan Moriarty and Eddie Rose.

In July 1969 he entered Joint Promotion rings and showed that he could stand up against bigger names like Peter Stewart and Colin Joynson. Fans enjoyed what they saw, or more precisely usually enjoyed booing what they saw. In the years that followed Johnny was a prolific worker for all the northern promoters, but mostly Wryton, which left time for only the occasional jaunt south of Worcester.

Tag partner of Paul Mitchell in The Broughton Rangers, bringing fame and glory to the suburb of Salford. The original Broughton Rangers were a rugby union club, founded in 1877, later to become a rugby league club and one of the founder members of the Northern Rugby Union (forerunner of the Rugby League) in 1895.

He appeared on television more than twenty occasions. When wrestling disappeared from the television screens Johnny South was still going strong, and continued to do so for many years to come.

Brian Sparks

The "Essex teenage idol" was a popular youngster of the late fifties and early sixties. It was hardly surprising that Brian turned to professional wrestling as he was the son of Charlie Fisher, one of the great wrestling family of seven grappling Fisher brothers

He made his professional debut in 1958, combining grappling with studying. Whilst a student at London University Brian's studies took him to Los Angeles State College where he continued to train and even worked out with Lou Thesz, Dick Hutton and Buddy Rogers.

In the photo on the right Brian has a back hammer on Tug Holton. He seemed destined for success but Brian disappeared from the rings of Britain in 1965.

Spartacus (Jacques Pecheur)

Another Gaulic heavyweight invader.

An impressive figure he was too as he made his way to the ring. Beneath the gladitorial costume was the champion French Body builder and wrestler, Jacques Pecheur. Jacques visited the UK in the early 1960s, impressively making his ring entrance dressed as a Roman Slave.

The first visit, for northern Joint Promotions member was  in 1962;. He returned in 1963 at the request of Paul Lincoln, working for the for the independent promoters. Dale Martin Promotions took the bait and Spartacus was back to  make his first visit to southern Joint Promotions rings in 1964.

In 1971 he made a fleeting visit to Britain using the name Jacques Pecheur, losing in the opening round of the 1971 Royal Albert Hall tournament to Mike Marino.

Following his retirement Jacques Pecheur.went on to work in films and as a bodyguard for the rich and famous.





Chris Spyros

Greek mid heavyweight visited Britain between 1964 and 1965,coming to Britain with an allegedly impressive record in India, Australia,, Egypt and Malaya. Maybe, but  meeting an impressive array of British based mid heavies and heavies he seemed to  frequently lose to them, including a Royal Albert Hall beating by Danny Lynch.

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