C: Clements - Cohen
Wrestling Heritage A-Z
Blond haired Steve Clements came from famous stock, being the son of Huddersfield’s Ted Beresford. It was his wrestling skill, though, that made him such a popular and successful wrestler. In the 1960s he gained fame as a popular welterweight and as partner to Mick McMichael in the Yorkshire Terriers tag team. In 1969 he went to Mexico where 46000 fans saw him defeat Karloffe Lagarde in the Pueblo stadium, Mexico, to take the World welterweight title. Shortly afterwards he travelled to the USA where he partnered Don Greene to take the Tennessee Tag Team Championships. On returning to the UK he weighed over 14 stones, three stones more than when he had left. Tragedy lay in store and a sparkling career remained tragically unfulfilled due to Steve’s untimely death in a road accident.
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There was a very active wrestling scene in East Lancashire in the late 1960s and early 1970s, not just in cities like Blackburn but in the smaller halls of Darwen and Cole, and outdoor events such as the Burnley Horse Fair. Eddie Rose attributes much of this to the work of promoter and wrestler Sid Vickers and (only half jokingly) to the combination of wrestling with a good night out at the Cats Whiskers or a sit-in supper at John Connelly's chippy on the way home. One of the frequent workers on this northern independent scene was Burnley's Danny Clough, a very clever lightweight who could hold his own with heavier men and had a repertoire of disarmingly devious little moves with knee, foot and elbow that could bring tears to an opponents eyes
A famous name from the 1950s but Ernie Coates was renowned for his body building exploits, and Mr Universe competitor, that preceded a short lived wrestling career that began around 1959.
Texas Buddy Cody
The sturdy Texan heavyweight, surprisingly only five feet nine inches tall, hailed from Dallas and brought with him the sort of seemingly stereotypical American style that made him far from popular with British fans. Having turned professional in the early 1950s Cody first made it to Britain during the winter of November 1955. A knock out win over the tough as nails Wiganite Arthur Beaumont in one of his first contests was a signal to everyone that here was a man not to be taken lightly. During the following seven years Cody was to become a regular feature of British and European rings facing the biggest names of the day with mixed results and frequently falling victim of the referees disqualification verdict.
Another of the myriad of wrestlers who appeared on Dale Martin bills around 1977, heavyweight Rob Cody didn't seem to be around for long.
Micky Coen spelt his name the Irish way and he was as Irish as they come! From the West of Ireland, Micky was another product of Panther's Gym in Manchester and enjoyed a successful career with mainly independent promoters in the North West.Eddie Rose told us of his first bout with Micky, "A blistering baptism of six rounds during which I think he gave me one drink of water! He was a no frills, all-action man. Like Jimmy McCormack, he did not take a count but just bounced back up and carried on fighting."
Micky wrestled men like Billy Graham, Dave Reynolds, Brendan Moriarty, Red Naylor, Dave Grant, Tommy Bailey, El Medico and Johnny South. He was a wise lad: he put his earnings into his construction business and made a very good living for himself.
Eddie continued, "I don't know whether the lads were winding me up, but when they found outI I was on a show with him they told me all kinds of stories about him once being charged with manslaughter in court! He was nothing like that. He was a quiet, good humoured man and good company outside the ring!"
Powerful and unpredictable that was South African heavyweight Alec Simpson, billed in Britain as South African, Kenyan or Israeli, the Jewish heavyweight champion,. He worked in Britain from 1957 until 1961. Most of his contests were in southern England facing the best that promoters Dale Martin could throw at him. Sammy had turned professional in the mid 1940s and his involvement continued in the wrestling business as promoter, as well as bestowing three sons on the wrestling business.
Welsh Davey remembers Sammy's appearance in Cardiff, "My only memory of Sammy was the night at Cardiff's Drill Hall when he was roundly booed from the ring after a truly woeful performance. So atypical and strong was this response from the normally generous Cardiff crowd that MC Sammy King immediately announced that Cohen would never step inside a Cardiff ring again. And to my knowledge he kept his word."
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