A: Allcard - Ambrose
Wrestling Heritage A-Z
The one time greengrocer from the Stocksbridge area of Sheffield Ronnie Allcard went from selling carrots to selling wrestling programmes at Somme Barracks to appearing in those programmes as Ace Allcard. Fairground booths provided a tough foundation for entry into the professional ranks in 1968. Ace Allcard worked mainly for Morrell-Beresford Promotions in northern England and Scotland throughout the 1970s. Not exclusively though, he did travel south, and spent time working in Germany from 1976 until 1978.
On the nights he wasn't wrestling Ron could be found on the door at the Penny Farthing night club in Sheffield.
Opponents ranged from skilful lightweights Zoltan Boscik to the might of Andy Robins and Norman Walsh! An incredible spectrum of opponents that demonstrates not inconsiderable skill on Ron's part to accomodate them all.
Ronnie Allcard passed away in September 2012.
When wrestling began to pick up the pieces following the end of the Second World war Jack Allen was there as a popular performer tackling the best in the business, including Billy Riley and Joe Reid. He was a man with some experience and talent; our earliest record of him wrestling being in 1933. He continued as a regular performer until the 1960s Jack Allen and then maintained connections with wrestling into the 1970s when he turned to refereeing and training.
Abergavenny’s Bert Alliday was one of the fan’s favourites throughout the south of England, working mainly in East Anglia, Wales and the South West.
Bert was one of Brian Trevors' boys, training alongside Stephen St John, Bill Pye anf John L Hagger. During the summer season he was a favourite on the Anglia Promotion circuit working for wrestler and promoter Brian Travors in the east of England.
This Welsh light-heavyweight of the 1960s and 1970’s independent circuit was billed as the “Welsh Wizard,” due to his agility and skill.
All we knew about Bruce Allison was that he was a South Shields lad that worked for the independent promoters of the north in the 1960s. That was until Heritage's Dave Sutherland brought him to our attention in his wonderful series, Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, Leg Locks and Handbags." Dave told us that he met Bruce when briefly, very briefly, pursuing his wrestling ambitions. Wrestling was only one of Bruce's many interests, Dave told us he was also a poet, singer, songwriter, guitarist, raconteur, artist, painter, music promoter and, briefly, co-owner of an art gallery. Bruce was his middle name. Donald Bruce Allison was born on 5th August, 1934. A man of many careers he was at one time a chief engineer in the Merchant Navy. Although he spent much of his adult life in Cheltenham,and latterly Yorkshire, this larger than life character is still remembered and talked about in Teeside. He died in 2002.
Newcastle's Pip Alvison was a distinctive sight in the 1970s independent rings. With the long blond hair, and goatee beard it could only be Pip wrestling either alone or as one half of "The Hippies" tag team with fellow Tynsider Joe Robinson. Pip learned to wrestle in the gymnasium at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield, and was taught by Jim McCrombie alongside Farmer's Boy Pete Ross, Joe Robinson and Ian Diamond. Amongst his many clashes with numerous opponents fans probably mostly remember his some memorable bouts with Pete Ross. In retirement Pip moved to the south coast where he managed a night club, but at the time of his addition to the A-Z (2013) has returned to live in a village near Newcastle.
A wrestler and a referee, Scotty Ambrose was a northern campaigner from Aberdeen. proclaimed "The World's Wildest Wrestler." He was very active in the UK during the pre war years and, albeit less frequently, for a few years following the war. Our final sighting was in 1949. Opponents included Val Cerino, Ted Betley, Carlton Smith, and Jack Alker.
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See the entry for Chris Colt