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Bob Isdale - Bobby Belle

Bob Isdale (Also known as  Bobby Belle )
The eldest of the three Isdale brothers was Bobby Isdale, who lived in the Ayshire village of Maybole. He combined his part time wrestling commitments with running a mobile grocery. Bobby  used both his family name and the name Bobby Belle, not to be confused with Ellesmere Port’s Bob Bell. Having studied martial arts Bobby joined Dale Storm's Mossblown gym in the early 1970s, around a year later than his younger brother, Jim.

He was the heavier of the two brothers,  a Heavy-Middleweight.  Bob was a naturally effervescent  person who could and would be quite comical in the ring. His great hero of his was Les Kellett, and Bob could mimic him. He had a gift of perfect timing, both as a mat-man and also as a witty grappler, with  his often  off the cuff witty  remarks.

As a Tag Team Bobby and brother Jim were always a popular addition to any Bill, and their performances were enjoyed by everyone who paid their hard earned cash.  They had memorable matches against the Fabulous Harlequins and, in singles contests against Michael O'Hagan  and Bruce Welch. Ill health forced Bobby into retirement when he was around forty and he died at too early an age, around 60, in 2001.

Jim Isdale   (Also known as  Jumping Jim Farrell )  
Not to be confused with our other Jim Farrell this was Jim Isdale,  the taller and the younger of  the two wrestling Isdale brothers that enlivened the Scottish wrestling scene in the late 1960s and  early 1970s. Jim was a founder member of  The Old Mossblown Wrestling Gym, joining  as a sixteen year old in the late 1960's. He progressed under the tutelage of Dale Storm and eighteen months later had his first professional bout, a welterweight of considerable ability. . His friendship with the Mossblown lads and connection with Scottish wrestling was to endure for more than fifty years until the time of his death.

As a professional wrestler in Scotland Jim had to travel many miles to his wrestling engagements, a career he combined with that of an engineering  mechanic. Following a few hectic years Jim took the decision in April, 1973  to join the RAF Regiment, a specialist corps founded by Royal Warrant in 1942. Its principal purpose is to counter  adversaries, wherever and whenever necessary.  The wherever for Jim was in Northern Ireland. 

Subsequent injury meant he was invalided out of the armed forces and Jim  returned to civilian life in September 1979. He  resumed his relationship with wrestling, serving as a Master of Ceremonies and referee for Spartan Promotions.

At the inaugural Wrestlers' Re-Union Scotland meeting in Ayr in June 2017,  Jim the only surviving sibling graciously accepted Awards in Remembrance of his brothers Bobby and Ronald.

Jim Isdale died on 24th October, 2020. His friend for more than fifty years, Dale Storm, said, "He was a loving family man and a wonderful human being, and he'll be sadly missed by the many friends he made in Wrestling."

Ronald Isdale
 Ronald Isdale, affectionately know as "Moon"  to everyone,  was the middle of the Isdale brothers. Although he didn’t wrestle Ronald did a lot of support work for Spartan brothers, ring builder, driver and referee. He was killed  by a falling wardrobe down a set of concrete stairs in a tenement building he was moving into whilst in his mid thirties.

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