WRESTLING HERITAGE

British wrestling history 

British wrestling history has a name - Heritage


Wrestling Heritage celebrates the glorious days of 

British professional wrestling 

between the years 1930 and 1988.

Wrestling Heritage - Preserving Britain's social history

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21st November

HERITAGE LATEST

Our latest additions to the A-Z, links to them all in the Wrestlers A - Z


Bobby Burns ..... Tom Bury ..... Steve Lee Curtis ..... Flower Child ...... 

George Harris ..... Jim Hipkiss ..... Klondyke Jim ..... Darkie Johnson ..... 

Tony Manzi ..... Stan Powton

21st November

HERITAGE NEWSLETTER


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14th November

A NEW TRIBUTE

No Muckin' About

A Celebration of Keith Williamson

14th November

HERITAGE LATEST

Ron is Back On The Road - And We Want You to Join The Conversation

Ron's Wrestling Rambles Goes To Halifax

9th November

OBITUARY

Joe Cornelius  The Dazzler died on 30th October.

He will forever be remembered by fans of the 1960s as one of Britain's greatest stars.

R.I.P. Dazzler

Joe Cornelius Obituary

7th November

A NEW TRIBUTE

Wrestling Heritage Celebrated a Pioneer of British wrestling

Ben Sherman


7th November

NEW IN PLACES

A Tale of Two Cities


31st October

NEW IN PLACES

Ramble with Ron, but do join in the discussion.

Ron's Wrestling Rambles Arrives in the town of Fishermans Friends

Ron's Wrestling Rambles Goes To Fleetwood

31st October

A NEW TRIBUTE

The first Admiral Lord Mountevans Heavyweight Champion was Ernest Baldwin

Read our tribute to Ernest Baldwin


24th October

A NEW TRIBUTE

Here was a man with considerable wrestling ability, tremendous strength and a style of villainy that would upset the mildest of maiden aunts. 

Read our tribute to Johnny Yearlsley


24th October

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE A - Z

Ron Baber, Frank Bibby, Imre Csak, Nola Goldsmith,Pedro Gonzales, Felix Gregor, Henri LeMao, Masked Viking, Antonio Montoro, Louis Pergantes 

17th October

NEW TRIBUTE

A rugged, brutish wrestling persona he was never going to be in the Robinson, Joyce, Wall league, but was no less welcome on any wrestling bill.....

Read our tribute to Lee Sharron

17th October

NEW IN MEMORIES

In 1968, I attended my very first live pro wrestling card. It was at Sydney Stadium. I was just 11 years old but I remember every detail of it as though it was yesterday.....

Read Graeme Cameron's Memories of the Ghost Card

10 October 2021

A NEW TRIBUTE

Few wrestlers had the charisma to charm the fans as soon as they entered the hall. Such was the case when we watched the barefooted Bobo Matu bounce energetically into the ring ......

Read our tribute to Bobo Matu

More Recent Additions

10 October 2021

A NEW TRIBUTE

Memories and knowledge of this distinguished Bradford wrestler of the 1940s may be sadly limited but he is a man worthy of remembrance....

Read our tribute to George Busfield

3rd October

A NEW TRIBUTE


Martin Campbell pays tribute to one of wrestling's great female stars, Lady Caroline


Read Lady Caroline



26th September

MEMORIES

One of the great wrestlers of the Heritage Years recalls the promoters he remembers, and those he would prefer to forget

The Promoters - A Personal View

19th September

A NEW TRIBUTE

Wrestling Heritage celebrates one of the most colourful characters of the 1970s


Jackie Glitterboy Evans


15th September, 2021

OBITUARY

We are saddened to report the death of Alan Bardouille. 

Wrestling Heritage pays tribute to Alan, who died on 10th September.

Read our tribute

5th September

A NEW TRIBUTE

Boxer, Wrestler, Actor , Stuntman 


Read our tribute to Micky Wood

5th September

A NEW TRIBUTE

Where Do Wrestlers Get Their Ring Names? 

Surely , only one got his name from a gas cooker. 

Read our tribute to Roy LaRue

29th August

NEW TO MEDIA

The Martin Campbell Files 

Cowboy Cassidy

Read The Martin Campbell Files 

29th August

NEW TO MEDIA

The Martin Campbell Files 

Eight Pints Beat Klondyke.

Read The Martin Campbell Files 


29th August

A NEW TRIBUTE

On the anniversary of his  birth read our tribute to The Gorgeous Gael.

Jack Doyle


29th August

A NEW TRIBUTE

On the anniversary  of his death read our tribute to The Angel,  Maurice Tillett.

The Angel

22nd August

A NEW TRIBUTE

Bobby Barnes was one of those colourful characters of post second world war British wrestling.

Anniversaries

27 November 1962
Birth of British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith

26 November 2010
Death of Pedro the Gypsy

26 November 1964
Billy Joyce regained the British Heavyweight title from Geoff Portz in Middlesbrough

25 November 2017
Death of Rex Strong

25 November 2008
Death of Bob Sherry

25 November 1932
Birth of Tiger Delmonte

24 November 2019
Death of Klaus Kauroff aged 79.

24 November 1938
Boxer Phil Scott made his wrestling debut
Report in the newsletter

24 November 1915
Birth of Jim Pantobe

22 November 2020
Death of Gunther Nordhoff

22 November 2002
Death of Thunder Sugiyama

22 November 1944
London County Council decide to ban wrestling in its halls from January 1945.

21 November 2001
Death of Ben Sharpe

21 November 1995
Death of Prince Mario Alassio - otherwise known as Peter Grant

21 November 1946
Inaugural meeting of British Wrestling Board of Control. 
Read A Year of Wrestling 1946

21 November 1940
Birth of The Doc

21 November 1935
Court proceedings against Harold Lane for promoting wrestling on Sunday were dismissed

20 November 1937
Marriage of Bob Gregory and Princess Baba

20 November 1951
Alan Cobeck's defence of his British welterweight title against George Kidd ended in a No Contest

20 November 1963
Death of Micky Wood

20 November 1991
Death of Frank Sexton

19 November 1934
Harold Angus beat Harold Johnson at Doncaster to keep his British Welterweight title.

19 November 1960
Billy Joyce beat Jose Olivera at Belle Vue in a European Heavyweight Championship match.

18 November 1907
Birth of Olympian Joe Taylor

17 November 1996
Death of Chic Purvey

15 November 1938
Formation of British Wrestling Board of Control

15 November 1947
The Black Angel was unmasked by Dave Armstrong. It was Sandy Orford.

15 November 1952
Tony Lawrence beat Alan Colbeck in Newcastle to retain the British welterweight title

14 November 1930
Birth of Shirley Crabtree

14 November 1955
Huddersfield wrestler Harry Brooks appeared on tv's "What's My Line," hosted by Eamonn Andrews. Gilbert Harding incorrectly guessed private detective before Lady Isabel Barnett found the right answer.

14 November 2009
Death of Andre Drapp

13 November 1930
The first UK exhibition of “American Catch as Catch Can” wrestling was staged at the London Sports Club

RECENT LOSSES

22nd August

NEWS

We are saddened to report the death of Bill Rawlings.

The Rawlings Family

7th July

NEWS

We are saddened to report the death of Sid Cooper. 

Read our tribute to Sid Cooper

Sid Cooper, R.I.P.

1st July

The death of Jackie Robinson Read a tribute to the popular Mancunian from his long time friend Eddie Rose.

Read our tribute to Jackie Robinson

9th April

The death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh


Royalty at the Royal

Shining Stars - the most famous names in wrestling

The Galleries - Where a picture is worth a thousand words

2nd January
GALLERIES

Join The Ost down at the Hackney Empire in his latest Galleries album

Hackney Empire

29th December
GALLERIES

New albums in the Gallery from Ron Historyo

Garfield's Tours

Rhyl 1950

27th December
GALLERIES

New albums in the Gallery from The Ost

Sutton in Ashfield

Kirby In Ashfield

17th December
GALLERIES
Ron Historyo continues to catalogue wrestling in Leicester in the 1950s and 1960s.

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