Fellow British wrestlers would follow this lead ten years later and add effemininity to the repertoire. That was less appropriate in the late fifties, and, in any case, Garfield could antagonise the fans enough with his arrogance and biting asides, not needing to invite the shouts of "Pooftah!."
All he had to do was raise his water bottle to the light between rounds to check its purity and they were in uproar. The magic of Garfield lies not in statistics but in our memories of his wrestling: a classic fifties villain, diving in cowardly fashion for the ropes at the first hint of any pain, making nasty blindside fouls, professing his innocence at every admonition. But taking heavy bumps and inflicting crunching Boston Crabs.
He was a great talker during his bouts, and we remember him leaning out between the top two ropes to engage in ongoing debate with irate spectators. When his wronged opponent finally retaliated with fouls it was Garfield who memorably and majestically would roar "Disqualify him!".
Alan Garfield's list of opponents reads like a who's who of world heavyweight wrestling and he could hold his own with Billy Robinson, Billy Joyce, Kendo Nagasaki, the Zebra Kid, Rocky Wall and Georges Gordienko, or he could play the foil to Ricki Starr, Masambula and Les Kellett, to all three of whom he was a favoured opponent. It should be noted that he was one of the very very few ever to defeat Ricki Starr in a British ring, a sure-fire measure of his stature. See the pair locked up, right.
It should not be forgotten that Alan Garfield wrestled all over the world, being a favourite at the famous Palais des Sports in Paris, regularly touring the Middle East, and even growing a beard to ham it up as Yukon Rex in South Africa.
We stated that Alan Garfield was far from a household name. He made a handful of televised appearances between his tours, and then, after his second homecoming, in 1965, made what proved to be his final television appearance in a Bradford bout against Gwyn Davies. This must go down in the annals of history as one of the great mystery bouts, for it was as a result of something said to commentator Kent Walton that Garfield was apparently banned from further small screen exposure.