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Dany Brecht
However much the fans may have taken to the blond haired, muscular German heavyweight the promoters did him no favours at all. Unless you welcome being put in with the very best during a four day visit. Four days that included getting knocked out in front of 5,000 fans by Tibor Szakacs at the Royal Albert Hall, witnessed  by television fans nationwide losing by the odd fall to World Mid Heavyweight champion Mike Marino, and going down in the relative obscurity of the Wirina Stadium, Peterborough to the powerful Pat Roach. There was a fourth match in Southampton but we have no record of his opponent or the result.

Mike Brendel
Hungarian born Mihaly Orogovanyi became Hungarian heavyweight champion. Based in North America  in 1931 and 1932 he worked in the USA and Canada using his birth name and then adopted the name Mike Brendel.  He came to Europe in the summer of 1935, wrestling in Britain and France. Opponents included the biggest names – Dougls Clark, Karl Reginsky, Bert Assirati,   and the like. He was reported to be a fine. Skilled wrestler and one of the hardedst men in the ring. He wrestled in britain until the summer of 1939

We have heard reports that he served four years in a prisoner of war camp during world war 2, following which he moved to Spain. In the 1950s.  he became an actor, playing mostly small roles between 1953 and 1969. he died in Madrid, Spain on August 18, 1969.
Bill Brennan
A regular worker in the 1940s and 1950s about whom we would welcome more information.

Pat Brennan
A regular worker in the 1940s and 1950s about whom we would welcome more information.

Jean Louis Breston
The Belgian colossus visited the UK in 1974 with mixed fortunes. Defeated Terry Rudge and Judd Harris in his televised contests. Harris reversed the decision off screen and the Belgian  was disqualified in contests against top rate heavyweights such as Gwyn Davies, Judd Harris and Bruno Elrington.

Wayne Bridges
Read our extended tribute: Wrestling to the Top of the World

Strangler/Haystacks Ed Bright
Strangler, Tiger or Haystacks Ed Bright was a long time career heavyweight villain from Essex. Yes there was a Haystacks before the mammoth Martin Ruane. Nowhere near as big as the 1970s giant we saw Haystacks Ed Bright just the once, and whilst admittedly a big man he didn't look close to the twenty-four stones that was claimed. A man who relied on size,  strength and dubious tactics Haystacks Bright certainly had the ability to upset the fans. 

Following the war Strangler Ed Bright was one of the Oakeley men, as Atholl Oakeley strived to re-establish his pre-war promotions against the unstoppable tide of promoters using the new fangled Mountevans rules. We come across him for the first time in 1950, and the following year wrestling in a European heavyweight championship tournament at Harringay. He lost in the first round against the eventual winner Alex Cadier.

 He wrestled the huge German, Kurt Zehe at the Royal Albert Hall in 1952. We have also found Bright wrestling in Singapore in 1952. We found him sharing one of those Singapore bills with an Australian named Paul Lincoln who was en-route to England. When Oakeley ceased promoting Ed (real name William) continued working for other independents and was one of the big names for Paul Lincoln Promotions and opposition promoters around the country, regularly working with the likes of Bert Assirati, Ray Hunter, Al Hayes and Mike Marino. The number of matches againsAssirati in the second half of the 1950s suggests that in his best years here was a hard man who feared no one, Our last sighting of Ed Bright came in 1966.

Dean Brisco   (Also known as Mike Dean) 
One of the bright young things that sprung onto the professional circuit working for dale Martin Promotions in 1977 when he was just 17 years old. Dean was immensely popular with fans and a talented young wrestler. Initially billed as Mike Dean the name was quickly dropped to avoid confusion with a northern heavyweight. Despite being the son of Wayne Bridges he did not get the "push" from the promoters that many felt he deserved, Heavyweight champion Tony St Clair amongst them. The wrestling world was robbed of a future star when Dean tragically passed away in his early twenties.

Sue Brittain
To be added soon

Len Britton  
Len Law chose the ring name Len Britton and became one  of the stalwarts who, as wrestler and promoter,  helped get the post war UK wrestling business back onto its feet. Len trained at the John Ruskin Amateur Wrestling Club, alongside renowned amateur Stan Bissell. before before turning professional wrestler. Stories abound about Len. Driving back home with a group of fellow wrestlers one night they stopped at a transport cafe. Len, who was wearing a black high neck vest,  put on a detachable white collar, resembling a vicar. He led the way into  the Café where the drivers were eating their meal and swearing and cursing in their normal way.  Len tapped on the table and they all looked up. He said "Gentlemen can I ask you to moderate your language then I can bring in the members of my flock in for tea."  Of course they all became silent he then beckoned them to come in.  In they came, one with an arm in a sling, one with a crutch and many bandages and plasters on their faces, and real bruises. They hobbled to tables, the drivers realised they had been taken in and they laughed for a long time.  Len Britton was the brother of College Boy Charlie Law.
Monty Britton
Manchester's Monty Britton trained at Grant Foderingham's gymnasium in Longsight, Manchester, alongside Eddie Rose, Pete Lindberg and Ezra Francis. He was a popular worker on the independent circuit, particularly in the north of England, during the the 1960s until his retirement in the late 1970s.

A frequent and popular wrestler in North West rings in the '60s and '70s, Manchester-based Monty Britton could wrestle or mix it depending upon his opponent's approach to a bout.
He was recommended to Danny Flynn originally by Terry McDonald, the Salford heavyweight. Danny and his partner, Fred Woolley, recognised Monty's potential and sent him along to Grant Foderingham's Black Panther Gym, then located in Longsight, Manchester.
This was the start of a long-term association and, before long, Monty was featuring on Unique Promotions shows around Manchester, paired with the likes of Steve Allan and Mad Mike Mahoney. From this foundation, Monty eventually worked for all the major independent promoters, from Scotland down to Cornwall but the bulk of his wrestling was done locally.
"In those days you could wrestled virtually every night of the week in and around Manchester, a mere half an hour's travel. Why take bookings for Cardiff or Glasgow for the same money?" Monty asked.
He remembers and wrestled some of the legendary characters of the time:Lord Bertie Topham, the afore-mentioned Mad Mike Mahoney who was definitely unusual, to say the least, Bill Coverdale, the "early" Hans Streiger, Jack Cassidy and everybody's favourite, Chunky Hayes who had a single-decker bus in which he used to transport  the ring AND provide accommodation for the wrestlers for a week's tour of the West Country. Can you just imagine what the interior of that bus was like at the end of the week?
Monty is now retired and lives in Denton just outside Manchester and continues to support God's Own Team, Manchester City!

Paul Britton
Paul Britton made one televised appearance, a July 1983 odd fall loss to the Cypriot Tony Costas. In the 1980s Paul worked on Joint Promotion shows mainly in the south of England for Max Crabtree and Ken Joyce. 

George Broadfield (The Farmer, Farmers Boy)
The roots of professional wrestling lay in the countryside; it was only during the “Golden Age” at the beginning of the twentieth century that the likes of Georges Hackenschmidt, Tom Cannon and Jack Carkeek made wrestling a fashionable night out for the city folk.

In British wrestling rings the name “The Farmer” or “Farmers Boy” are synonymous with one man, and that man is George Broadfield. George came from farming stock in Yorkshire, near Dewsbury.

Agricultural work built up the power to execute a fearsome elbow slam that could knock out an opponent and earned him the title “KO King.” Not that wrestling was his first love. As a youngster rugby was his favourite sport. In his mid teens George took up wrestling, and took to the sport like the proverbial fish to water.

Promoter George DeRelwyskow (Sr.) was impressed by the young amateur and offered him professional work. George weighed around fourteen stones at the time and was soon facing some of the top lighter heavyweights. He was a professional from the 1930s, the days of all-in wrestling who continued his career following the Second World War under the newly introduced Lord Mountevans rules. Shortly after the war George had a long run of matches with Bert Assirati, at a time the Islington Hercules was at his best and avoided by many wrestlers. George found championship success at the highest level, claiming the World Mid heavyweight title from 1947 until 1949.

George was the older, and heavier, brother of Harry Fields. A Yorkshireman through and through George even persuaded Ireland's Frank O'Donnell to move to the county.

Bearcat Brody
See the entry for Bull Pratt

Colonel Brody
See the entry for Magnificent Maurice.

Ox Brody
See the entry for Ragnor the Viking

Page revised: 9/05/19; Addition of Paul Britton