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Frankie Townsend

The 1960s was the decade of a popular musical revolution and the years during which wrestling reached a mass appeal peak.One man combined them both, and that man was The Fighting Marine, Frankie Townsend.

American heavyweight wrestler and former marine  Frankie  visited the UK during the winter of 1961-2. Known in the USA as the “Singing Wrestler” he released a UK record, “I’m the Greatest.”

For a man of 6'4" and weighing around eighteen stone he was surprisingly nimble and his drop-kicks caused something of a talking point amongst Brtish fans.

He came to Britain with a record that included drawn verdicts against Lou Thesz and  Pat O'Connor at their best. Following his UK visit he went on to tour Japan in 1963 before meeting an untimely death in a 1965 boating accident, aged just 32.

Dennis Tracey

We have good memories, but little knowledge of a clean and skilful Merseyside based welterweight working for the independents in the 1960s.Please get in touch if you can provide more information

Holiday Camp Memories

I like to think that the holiday camps introduced many casual onlookers to the sport and that some went on to become avid fans. It also gave some their weekly fix as many missed their Saturday dates with the television whilst on holiday.

For many a young wrestler, the first ring experience came by way of the fairground boxing and wrestling booths (myself included) and then it seemed a natural progression to work the holiday camps. I have some fond memories of those days kindly provided by Billy Butlin and Fred Pontin and a few more besides. The travelling was horrendous and as the great Pat Roach said to me in one of our nostalgia moments, "The money was poor but the crack was good."

One of my dim and distant memories was Butlins at Minehead where I first wrestled Paul Luty, a wrestler turned actor who is seldom mentioned nowadays. I also remember that the redcoats would sell tickets to enter the Donkey Derby draw to be held at the end of the season. Name and address on the back and they would let you know if you had won. No one ever did of course, there never was a Donkey Derby. The redcoats used all the money they made to pay off their bar bill at the end of the season.   Happy Days. 

Jackie "Glitterboy" Evans

Brian Trautmann

Questions were raised in the Talk Wrestling Forum, but few answers forthcoming about this wrestler who appeared in British rings in 1957 and 1958.

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Brian Trevors

He was known as “The Keighley Strong Boy,” and for good reason, but Brian Trevors combined his strength with a great deal of wrestling skill.

He attributed his amazingly strong stomach muscles to his employment as a timber feller before he took up wrestling. Trevors was known for his feats of strength, such as breaking six inch nails with his hands and, unbelievable as it may sound, placing a halfpenny in his eye and bending it by closing his eye! 

Heritage members told us of Brian's reputation for being able to tense his neck and waist to resist being put in a Boston Crab.  Ian Pringle recalls, “I can remember  him well at St  James Hall, Newcastle, being held by his legs by his opponent with his head on the mat and being wheeled around the mat like a wheelbarrow.” 

Brian lost at the Royal Albert Hall against Mick McManus and was a popular wrestler on television. A regular worker for Joint Promotions in the 1950s and 1960s he moved to Norfolk in the late 1960s where he opened a wrestling gymnasium in Fleggburgh. Brian was responsible for bringing into the wrestling world men such as Bad Bill Pye, John L Hagger, and Stephen St John. He became a well respected promoter, under the banner Anglia Promotions, and put on shows throughout the east of England.  

Ivan Trevors

Respected wrestler of the 1980s, and unsurprisingly so because Ivan was trained by his father,  strongman Brian Trevors. Ivan was immersed in wrestling from an early age with his father's gym training some of the top wrestlers in East Anglia.  A television win over Jimmy Ocean and participation in the ensuing Battle Royle brought him to the attention of fans nationwide.

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Claude Trigeaud

Diminuitive French lightweight Claude Trigeaud stood only 5'7” tall and  made a  two week visit to to Britain in January 1964, getting time off from his work as a postman apparently.  The young Frenchman was twenty-four years old at the time and had been a professional for six years, working in France and Belgium. He made  little impression against mid class opposition. Brother of Roger Trigeaud.

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Roger Trigeaud (Cheri Bibi)

Heavily built French heavyweight villain who made a short visit to Britain in September, 1957. Appeared in the 1961 film, World by Night, with Jacky Corn. 

He reappeared as a veteran aged  38 in his  1963 visit to Britain, tackling the likes of   Judo Al Hayes and Bob Anthony.  Born in Canapville on 7th April 1925 he was seventy years old when he passed away  in Cannes on 19th February, 1996, aged 70.

Roger Trigeaud was better known around Europe as Cheri Bibi.


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Reg Trood

Kensington heavy-middleweight wrestler and long-distance runner active from 1959 until 1977 when he had become billed as "The Classical Stylist". 

He had been refereeing abroad at that time also and only mid-seventies did he turn his hand to occasional officiating at home.
Mike Demitre introduced Reg to wrestling following a stint in the army and some success as a swimmer. He trained at London YMCA before making his professional debut against Chic Linton at Bermondsey. Reg was one of the first finds of independent promoter Paul Lincoln, also working for other independents, often Jack Taylor. Signed by Joint Promotions in November, 1962, more than three years before the eventual Lincoln and Dale Martin merger.

Starting out as a welterweight he soon began to full out and eventually gained success as a light heavyweight. His wrestling career took him to most of Western Europe.

Had a brief flurry of fame as manager to The Big Brute, at a time when managers were scarce, but the alliance lasted not even weeks.  Failed to transfer his successful teenage amateur wrestling to the professional game.

Reg Trood passed away at his home in Spain in January, 2013.

Read our extended tribute: The Classical Stylist

Tomas Trujillo

The South American mid heavyweight bad boy visited Europe and Britain in 1967 and 1968.  Faced quality opponents but frequently ended up on the wrong side of the decision, often via a disqualification.  Whilst KO'd by Mike Marino at the Royal Albert facing the World Mid heavyweight Champion with the title at stake may have been considered a highlight, but then a straight falls defeat by Johnny Czeslaw must have been the low point. 

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