WRESTLING HERITAGE

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Andy Anderson
Scottish lightweight Andy Anderson wrestled from 1945 and met the best in the business, including George Kidd, Alan Colbeck and Mick McManus. He was one of the wrestlers selected for the Scottish lightweight championship knock out tournament at Dundee in December, 1947, which saw George  Kidd crowned Scottish champion. Andy beat Jim Teale of Glasgow in the first round of the contest before suffering an injury and retiring in his semi final contest with Tony Lawrence. Two months later Andy made another challenge for George Kidd's  title in Aberdeen on 2nd March, 1948. Andy took the lead in the fourth round when Kidd submitted in a Boston Crab before going on to  lose by a seventh round knock out.Scottish lightweight Andy Anderson wrestled from 1945 and met the best in the business, including George Kidd, Alan Colbeck and Mick McManus. He was one of the wrestlers selected for the Scottish lightweight championship knock out tournament at Dundee in December, 1947, which saw George  Kidd crowned Scottish champion. Andy beat Jim Teale of Glasgow in the first round of the contest before suffering an injury and retiring in his semi final contest with Tony Lawrence. Two months later Andy made another challenge for George Kidd's  title in Aberdeen on 2nd March, 1948. Andy took the lead in the fourth round when Kidd submitted in a Boston Crab before going on to  lose by a seventh round knock out.Scottish lightweight Andy Anderson wrestled from 1945 and met the best in the business, including George Kidd, Alan Colbeck and Mick McManus. He was one of the wrestlers selected for the Scottish lightweight championship knock out tournament at Dundee in December, 1947, which saw George  Kidd crowned Scottish champion. Andy beat Jim Teale of Glasgow in the first round of the contest before suffering an injury and retiring in his semi final contest with Tony Lawrence. Two months later Andy made another challenge for George Kidd's  title in Aberdeen on 2nd March, 1948. Andy took the lead in the fourth round when Kidd submitted in a Boston Crab before going on to  lose by a seventh round knock out.Scottish lightweight Andy Anderson wrestled from 1945 and met the best in the business, including George Kidd, Alan Colbeck and Mick McManus. He was one of the wrestlers selected for the Scottish lightweight championship knock out tournament at Dundee in December, 1947, which saw George  Kidd crowned Scottish champion. Andy beat Jim Teale of Glasgow in the first round of the contest before suffering an injury and retiring in his semi final contest with Tony Lawrence. Two months later Andy made another challenge for George Kidd's  title in Aberdeen on 2nd March, 1948. Andy took the lead in the fourth round when Kidd submitted in a Boston Crab before going on to  lose by a seventh round knock out.

Hippie Bob Anderson (Also known as Ian Anderson)
A short lived star of Northern and Midland rings of the 1970s, and even a couple of 1970 televised appearances exposed this tearaway to a wider and appreciative audience. 

We were told at the time he had trained in London and spent three years working for Paul Lincoln and Dale Martin. We have not had this confirmed but our earliest records are when Bob hit the rings of Wryton Promotions in 1969. The long, straggly hair, rule bending tactics and just a general disregard for just about anyone and everything made the Hippie a welcome name on any bill. He roughed it with contemporaries like Wonderboy Steve Wright as well as wily veterans like Bill Howes. Even giving away a couple of stones to a hard man like Howes Anderson showed no trepidation. His regular tag partner was Johnny South, but something of an accolade for the hothead to be partnered with Iron Man Steve Logan on occasions.

Tony Andrassi (Also known as Eric Smith)
With his black curly hair and trademark white trunks it could only be welterweight Tony Andrassi, except when he reverted to his family name, Eric Smith of Bradford. Worked mainly for the independent promoters in the 1960s and 1970s with some bouts (as Eric Smith) for Joint Promotions.

George Andrews
Powerful heavyweight active in the 1950s. Wrestled mainly in the south against class performers such as Doug Joyce and Joe D’Orazio, as well as an Earls Court bout against Dirty Dominic Pye.

Jim Andrews
Northern based heavyweight campaigner turned professional shortly after the war and  remained  active throughout the second half of the 1940s. Opponents included top men such as Charlie Greene, George Gregory, Vic Hessle and Jim Foy.

L’Ange Blanc
An international star of repute, both with and without the mask. L'Ange Blanc was he original Spanish White Angel who wrestled in Britain in the early sixties and appeared on ITV one Thursday lunchtime in  1974. An Anglicised version, The White Angel, was based on this original, with both eventually losing and unmasking to their villainous masked  nemeses.  

L'Ange Blanc was extremely popular in French rings, where he tagged  with Michel Chaisne.

In Britain he wrestled for northern promoters in 1962, the climax of his tour being the much heralded matching against the Black Mask  in January 1962 at the Queen's Hall, Leeds, against the Black Mask, Evil overcame good for once and L'Ange Blanc ceremoniously unmasked. Identities and more information about both these masked men can be discovered in our series Top Twenty Masked Men of the Heritage Years.

Page reviewed: 16/1/19  Addition of Andy Anderson