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Lee Sharron falls into that large category of often overlooked, largely forgotten yet nevertheless  very capable, reliable and enjoyable wrestlers of the 1960s to 1980s.

A rugged, brutish wrestling persona he was never going to be in the  Robinson, Joyce, Wall league, but was no less welcome on any wrestling bill either in singles matches or in tag, mostly remembered as a replacement Untouchable alongside Bobby Graham following the retirement of Leon Arras. Wrestling enthusiast WilliamR remembers:
"He was an entertaining wrestler, invariably playing the villiain. I recall one time at Morecambe Winter Gardens in the early 1970's, when he and Roy St Clair comprised the opening contest and he was soon up to his tricks. An elderly lady in the theatre box just above the ring was screaming constant abuse at Lee, who suddenly stopped, looked up and shouted 'Shaddup you old bag!' That certainly silenced her." 

Kevin Ramsden was born in Leeds in 1935. As a schoolboy he was keen on soccer and boxing. On leaving school he took up a trade as a painter and decorator. A serious motor cycle accident laid him low for many months. As part of his recovery programme Kevin took up weight training. When he became mobile again he continued his weight training at a gymnasium in Oakwood, Leeds, owned by wrestling promoter George DeRelwyskow. Mixing with wrestlers Kevin began to learn the holds and by the early 1960s he was deemed ready for a professional debut.

When it came to professional wrestling barrel chested Kevin swapped his birth name for that of Lee Sharron, often reported to be from his eldest daughter Sharon Leslie, but we have no confirmation of this. Most of his work was in northern England and Scotland for Relwyskow and Norman Morrell.   He turned professional in 1961 and we came across him for the first time , wrestling Cyril Morris,  in the summer of that year. It was the start of a career that was to last a quarter of a century, taking him around the world to wrestle in Europe, the Middle East and Japan.

By 1962 Lee was a regular and busy worker around Joint Promotion rings, opponents that included Don Mendoza, Les Kellett and Pietro Capello. Surprisingly it was Dale Martin Promotions that gave Lee his television break, against a Dale Martin favourite, Tibor Szakacs at Bermondsey Baths in January, 1966. Lee's rugged tactics became familar to television viewers over the next decade with more than thirty televised bouts. 

It was a busy decade for Lee, with commitments not only in this country but regular bookings in the German tournaments and the Middle East. Although not a bill topper in his own right here Lee was a man never short of work. An aggressive wrestler he was often on the edge of villainy and it took only a spark for the fireworks to begin 1970s promoter Graham Brook said of Lee, "An excellent worker. Usually the villain but I recall matching him at Halton British Legion with Majid Ackra and they did a scientific bout. I also recall seeing him at Brent Town Hall in Wembley against 'Sir' Alan Garfield where he was the blue eye." 

Whilst most wrestlers required second incomes Lee Sharon's workload was sufficient for him to make a living from the business. There was no chance of British fans tiring of him, though, as for at least half of the year he could be found working overseas.

Nothing much changed in 1976 when he moved across to the independent promoters. With the likes of Les Kellett, Jock Cameron and Bobby Graham now working for the independents old rivalries resumed. 

With Leon Arras no longer around Lee took his place alongside Bobby Graham in The Untouchables tag team. Whilst there was nothing at all wrong with them as a team calling them the Untouchables was, in our opinion, misguided. Leon Arras was synonymous with The Untouchables and the team a combination of Leon's comedy and villainy. Bobby and Lee would have been better to have chosen a new name and established themselves as out and out villains.

Lee Sharron continued wrestling until well into the 1980s.  He even made a short return to Joint Promotions in 1981 with one last hurrah at the Royal Albert Hall, partnering Banger Walsh and dutifully going down to Big Daddy and Sammy Lee.

We last saw Lee Sharron on a bill working for the independents in 1985.

Lee Sharron died on 19th October, 2019, aged 84.
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