The Quiet Mover and Shaker
Many of the stars we remember in Wrestling Heritage seemed to loom large wherever they went. No one missed Jackie Pallo walking into a room. Pat Roach had a less dramatic but equally imposing presence. Big Daddy on an economy flight would be noticed.
There were others, though, who quietly got on with things, making their mark and having an often dramatic impact on those around them. These were the quiet men.
The men who gained respect from those whom they met and made a difference to the lives of many. Such a man was a welterweight wrestler and independent promoter going by the name Jack Taylor.
It’s easy to fall into the habit of using all the usual adjectives to describe another old pro. The fact remains that words like tough, tenacious, cunning and skilful fitted Jack Taylor just as much as his local rivals Jack Dempsey, Fred Woolley, Tommy Mann and Mel Riss, though Lancastrian Taylor has spent most of his adult life living in Leicestershire.
Although less well known than many of his peers it would be totally wrong to think that this quiet man was any less significant in the history of wrestling than any of those more famous names. Indeed, Jack Taylor must rank as one of the most influential post war wrestlers. Not only was he a first class wrestler and promoter Jack Taylor was also a regular contributor to wrestling publications using the name Charles Street.
It was reassuring to see
Not unlike a modern soccer scout
Training at the
He promoted regularly throughout the North and Midlands, with the Granby Hall,
Although a respected and hard-edged businessman Jack Taylor is also respected as a generous and caring individual. In his book, “Two falls, two Submissions or a Knock-out,” Al Marquette recalls the night Jack towed his broken down car from
Following the demise of the Mountevans era Jack’s love of the sport never faltered. Despite advancing years he continued to train youngsters, promote charity shows and produce a journal of the golden years, “Wrestling Whirl.” When recalling the golden years of wrestling we ask you to find a place in your memory for one of the quiet men, Jack Taylor.
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