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Cyril Morris
Heywood's Cyril Morris was a wrestler with outstanding amateur credentials who went on to learn the rough and tough of Lancashire catch wrestling. Nonetheless, he brought to the wrestling rings of the 1940s a pure and scientific style  that went down well with the fans. Weighing in at around fourteen stones he became a regular feature of rings in the late 1940s, opposing fellow northerners Jack Keegan,  George Goldie, Val Cerino and the like. He was also one of the earliest opponents for the newly hooded Count Bartelli,  recently returned from service in the far east in 1948. Coincidentally he was also one of the first opponents for Bartelli's hooded protege, Kendo Nagasaki, in 1965. 

During his  twenty year career he ventured northwards into Scotland but rarely seems to have travelled south of Birmingham. Cyril was the first opponent Albert Wall when the Doncaster man made his professional debut. In the early 1960s he pulled on a mask of his own,  Billed as "A Master of Wrestling", The Professor first appeared in rings during the Autumn of 1962, and remained undefeated with mask intact for several years. Heritage member Adrian Pollard said:" Clad from top to toe in red and claiming to be the Master of the 'Art of Scientific Wrestling' this Professor put together quite a String of Victories! Arriving to the Ring in Academic Gown and Mortar Board-He proved to be an unusual sight indeed!"

David Sutherland also saw Cyril Morris wrestling in a mask, "I was quite surprised to see a masked man who wrestled within the rules. Secondly it was widely accepted that the man under the mask was Cyril Morris. I never saw Mr Morris wrestle without the mask but the lady who sat behind me had The Professor pegged as Cyril Morris from the way he stood in the corner in between rounds, a significant stance with all his weight on his forward facing right leg."

Cyril Morris  was a favourite of Wryton Promotions, and was wrestling right up to his sudden death in 1968, also refereeing for Wryton  towards the end of his career

Geoff Morris
The wrestling world may well have forgotten Geoff Morris had it not been for Eddie Caldwell who wrote about the man who claimed to be Britain’s strongest pensioner in 1972. At the time sixty eight year old Geoff was touring the north performing his strong man feats. In the days before he became one of the world’s great strand pullers, and that’s according to the great David Gentle. In 1957 we find him world champion bar and nail breaker. Geoff was an all-in wrestler of the 1930s, training with Billy Riley and sharing a  ring with the likes of Jack Alker, Black Butcher Johnson and Jack Atherton. Geoff concentrated on body building after retiring from the ring. Geoff Morris died in 1977.