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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 heavyweight champion Mike Brendel worked in the United States and Canada in the first half of the 1930's, coming to Britain in 1935. We have heard reports that he served four years in a prisoner of war camp during world war 2, following which he moved to France.
 
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
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. 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. When Oakeley ceased promoting Ed (real name William) continued working for the independents and was one of the big names for Paul Lincoln Promotions and opposition promoters around the country. A man who relied on size,  strength and dubious tactics Haystacks Bright certainly had the ability to upset the fans.  The photo shows Ed Bright dwarfed by the huge German, Kurt Zehe, when they met at the Royal Albert Hall in 1952.

Dean Brisco   (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.

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
See the entry for The Farmer

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