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Ron Clark (Dick Harrison, Dick the Bruiser)

Regrettably we never saw Ron Clark in action despite reading of his exploits regularly in the pages of Ringsport magazine. A regular feature on wrestling in East Anglia recorded the latest news of Ron and his wrestling brother, Bill Clarke, known collectively as the Lincolnshire Poachers. Unsurprisingly, the two were not actual brothers as Ron was Dick Harrison, a name he was to use in later years, going on to become Dick the Bruiser. Dick was trained by Bill Clarke and cut his wrestling teeth on the holiday camps of the east coast. He went on to work for major independent promoters Brian Dixon and Jackie Pallo as well as Joint Promotions.


John Clarke
John Clarke was the eldest of the two Clarke brothers from Borrowby, a village near  Thirsk. A rough pair who did little to endear themselves to fans. Although he did wrestle in singles matches he was often seen in action with brother Rob in a pairing known as both "The Yorkshire Farmers" and "The Invaders." The two brothers  were trained by the Blue Angel, Jim Stockdale, and turned professional in 1967 and had a fairly short career of about ten years, with westling activities were limited to the north east of England and Scotland. At the time of writing in 2013 John remains living in Borrowby with his wife Shirley, parents of two children.

Milton Clarke
Middlesbrough wrestler who wrestled Jimmy Devlin on one of the BBCs rare showings of professional wrestling,  from Southend. Milton was the younger brother of Ray Clarke, and shared his wrestling commitments with his day job of motor mechanic. A popular young wrestlers renowned for his sportsmanlike tactics.

Nobby Clarke
See the entry for  Karl Heinz

Ray Clarke (Middlesbrough)
Middlesbrough's Ray Clarke was a popular middleweight for a short time in the 1960s, and the older brother of Milton Clarke. Ray turned professional for Scarborough promoter Don Robinson, which led to work for Paul Lincoln Management and the move to Joint Promotions. Ray had other business interests and we guess this is why he disappeared from our rings.

Ray Clarke (New Zealand)
New Zealand farmer Ray Clarke came to Europe in 1949. Standing over six feet tall he quickly established himself as a top heavyweight. He tackled the best that the UK had to offer, the likes of Jack Pye, Ray St Bernard and Bert Assirati. He wrestled in Britain in the early fifties, before setting off back to New Zealand in 1953, wrestling en route in Mexico and Canada.  returning to New Zealand in 1953, where he wrestled for another couple of years before joining the police force. 

Rob Clarke 
Rob Clarke was the youngest of the two Clarke brothers from  Borrowby,born in 1948.  A rough pair who did little to endear themselves to fans.  At fourteen Rob began working on a farm, and has been involved in some form of manual work all his life. It was a lifestyle that made him exceptionally strong and earned the nickname “Two Man Bob” because he was said to have the strength of two men.  Although he did wrestle in singles matches he was often seen in action with brother John in a pairing known as both "The Yorkshire Farmers" and "The Invaders." The two brothers  were trained by the Blue Angel, Jim Stockdale, and turned professional in 1967. Wrestling activities were limited to the north east of England and Scotland. Only seemed to be around until the early 1970s. At the time of writing (2013) Rob is happily married to his wife of  forty-eight years, parents of three daughters.

Stedman Clarke 
London based Jamaican heavyweight Rick Clarke was known as Stedman. He had a short lived career for Dale Martin Promotions in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Born in January 1934, Stedman Clarke died on on 3rd August, 2011, aged 77. 

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