of a rarity in the 1930s, a masked
as the Mystery Man of Hungary. The
Hungarian credentials are
unproven as his identity was never revealed. It does seem an odd
claim if untrue as the number of Hungarians who
wrestled in Britain during that decade could
be counted on less than one hand.
Should he have been Hungarian our most likely suspect would be Mike
Golden Phantom made
a magnificent entrance. A
matching gold mask, singlet
and tights hidden
until the announcements were over by a splendid
just to add to the effect. His speciality move was a debilitating
headlock applied with sufficient force for his opponent to collapse
to the mat for the count, an
occurrence met by astonishment
or derision by the fans.
Golden Phantom was present in our rings from June 1938 to June, 1939
(a 1940s Belfast appearance may have been a copy). Opponents included
Jack Atherton, Black Butcher Johnson, George Gregory and Vic Hessle.
George Goldie (Also known as George Gould, Count Royle)
George Gould was born on 16th August, 1920 in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. He was born into a mining family, with both his father and grandfather being coal miners. We have no knowledge of George following in his father’s footsteps, or if he did it was for only a short time as by nineteen years of age he was working a lathe in a factory.
George took up wrestling in his teens. We came across him in three matches at Chester in the winter of 1939, his friend Bill Ogden also on each of those bills. In wrestling circles George was known as one of the “Hanley lads,” four friends who could often be seen working together, Bill Ogden, John Hall, Jack Santos and George.
The four friends would travel in Bill’s van, working all over the place for the independent promoters. George travelled and wrestled for more than twenty years, our last recorded match being in 1965, when he was forty five years old.
Admittedly not one of the biggest names in wrestling George did work at some of the biggest halls, like the Belle Vue, Manchester, against some of the biggest names that included George Kidd, Jack Dempsey and Tommy Mann. He earned himself a reputation amongst colleagues as a very hard man to wrestle. At times he pulled on a mask and wrestled as Count Royle.
During the war George got married, in 1941, and was called up to serve with the legendary Chindits, the British India 'Special Force' that served in Burma and India during 1943 and 1944
George Gould died on 30th April, 2003.
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Here at Wrestling Heritage Roy Goodall is more of a mystery than any masked wrestler. He appeared on the scene in 1969, a youthful welterweight working in northern England for Morrell Beresford. Dave Barrie was a regular opponent. Was there a Les Kellett link we wonder? More experienced men Mick McMichael, Ian Gilmore, Alan Bardouille, and Peter Preston were sometimes in the opposite corner. Was Roy a fall-guy for the promising young Dave Barrie? Surely Barrie wasn't experienced enough to “carry” another novice; and in any case Goodall seemed more than capable of looking after himself. Disappeared less than two years after coming to our notice. So many questions. Such a short wrestling life. We would like to learn more.
Butcher Goodman (Also known as Arthur Betton)
We remember Butcher Goodman as a first rate wrestler with a pleasing style able to adopt a harder edge when facing the really popular youngsters like Johnny Saint, Ian St John and Earl McCready. We though, are mere fans.
Talk to the wrestlers who worked with him and you will hear a different story.
They will tell you that this Barnsley middleweight was a “wrestler’s wrestler.” That’s not a title easily bestowed, but we have been assured that it is one that is thoroughly deserved. Without Butcher, we were told by those who know, there would have been quite a few better known names who would not have made it to the top. Both inside and outside of the ring Butcher was a kind and generous man. He was one of those professionals who would give everything to make sure that his opponent, whatever his shortcomings looked really good. For Butcher it was all about entertaining the fans, and if that meant taking second place then so be it. That philosophy came, no doubt, from Butcher’s mentor, Charlie Glover, who always taught his protégés at the Junction Gymnasium that they must put the fans first. “We had some marvellous matches,” Pedro the Gypsy told us. Others have told us Butcher was a man with time for everyone, and particularly of the immense patience he had for newcomers to the business, taking the time to advise and encourage them.
Butcher turned to professional wrestling in the 1950s, and it was a career destined to last thirty years. During that time he wrestled throughout the country, mainly on the independent circuit, yet still meeting wrestling greats such as Johnny Saint, Jack Taylor, Billy Red Cloud, Gorilla Reg Ray and Eric Sands. He often travelled around the country working with the other Barnsley lads Dwight J Ingleburgh, Pedro and Karl Von Kramer. Notable tag partners included Reg Ray and Karl Von Kramer, billed collectively as The Toffs. Butcher continued wrestling well into the 1980s, with our last recorded bout for him in October, 1983. He may not be the most readily remembered of our past stars, but he id definitely a wrestler whose memory should be treasured.
Terry Goodrum (Also known as Steve Best, Tiger Kid White, Kib White, Don Kovacs, Sandor Kovacs, Billy Red Lyons, Cowboy Cassidy)
Memories of Norfolk’s Terry Goodrum mostly go back no further than the 1970s and that here was a man who could make his presence felt with tactics that enraged the fans, usually using the name Sandor Kovacs).
Yet there is much more to Terry Goodrum who claimed he took up wrestling when his fiancé persuaded him to stop boxing. That fiance, who did become his wife, went on to wrestle herself, as Saucy Suzie Parkin.
Terence Goodrum was born in the Norfolk town of Downham on 6th December, 1943.
He made his professional wrestling debut in the mid 1960s following basic training from Sheik Michael Taylor, using the name Tiger Kid White. Terry was reported to have said that Taylor reckoned that once he had taught him to fall correctly he would be okay! Well, he was okay and by the end of the 1960s was wrestling for the independent promoters whilst training at Lynn YMCA. Martin Campbell recalled, “He was a terrific worker, had amazing stamina and wasn’t averse to taking the hood every now and again! His name is somewhat ubiquitous when trawling through the matches at Downham.”
Terry had a long career involved in professional wrestling as promoter, trainer and wrestler. The nice boy Terry from Downham received greater acclaim in the 1970s when he turned bad as the hellraiser Sandor (sometimes Don) Kovacs. On other occasions Terry “borrowed” other famous names, Billy Red Lyons and Cowboy Cassidy.
One relatively small aspect of his career has tended to dominate the memories, which is unfortunate. That was the occasion that Kendo Nagasaki took legal action against Terry and wrestler Bill Clarke for infringing his sole use of the registered Kendo Nagasaki name.
Terry Goodrum died on 7th November, 1991.
Doncaster Rugby League prop forward George Goodyear wrestled professionally for the independent promoters in the 1960s.
The powerful Canadian, born in Winnipeg in 1928, was one of the most highly respected wrestlers in the world. On both sides of the Atlantic he was renowned for skill, strength and athletic ability. An orthodox wrestler without any frills, George is now acknowledged as one of the finest modern day heavyweights to grace British rings. He lived in Britain for a few years in the 1960s, and travelled all around the world to wrestle. Although there was nothing in his performance to suggest it, there was always a suspicion that Gordienko considered wrestling to be a mere means to engage in his first love, which was an appreciation of the art, particularly painting. That was why he moved from Canada to Italy, and is the reason often cited for the man failing to stay in any one place long enough to achieve long term success. He travelled the world throughout his long career, seeking out galleries and find new subjects to paint himself. He was an artist of some renown, and his work was often featured in exhibitions around the world. When asked about his ambitions the answer always lay outside the world of wrestling and was to become an established and successful name in the world of art.
George Gordienko died on 14th May, 2002, aged 74.