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Clive Marshall
A protege of Brian Trevors East Anglian Clive Marshall worked for both the independent and Dale Martin Promotions in the second  half of the 1970s. He was followed into the wrestling business by his daughter, who wrestled as Little Lulu.

Brett Martin
Martin Burdett was another of the Jack Taylor lads who was trained by the Accrington born promoter at his gym in Leicestershire, changing his name to the American sounding Brett Martin. Worked for the independent promoters from the mid 1960s and retired in the early 1980s.

Caswell Martin
Cast-iron Caswell turned professional in 1970.  He immediately struck us with his agility and La Savate k.o. kick, and prospects looked bright of a new black star amidst his ageing peers.  But Cas seemed to get stuck in a rut somewhere down the line in spite of his athleticism, still going down rather unbelievably to a limited Steve Logan in 1974, and surprisingly even for the commentator against Tom Tyrone.  Whether this stifled potential was his own choice we will never know ... probably.  He certainly looked capable of taking on and beating any of the top heavyweights who were around when he was.

This impression is confirmed by a far higher success rate in the principal German tournaments in the mid-seventies where he featured as one of the highest ranked foreign stars, outstripping many who enjoyed more clout in the UK.  In Austria too he was winner of the 1976 Viennese All Nations Trophy, entertaining huge crowds over 40 nights.  Caswell returned to Vienna to prove victory was no fluke by completing the double in 1977.

Promoters uncertainty as to how to capitalise on this great talent can be demonstrated through his near fifty television appearances. Fifty outings showed they valued him, but there was no pattern or consistency to his professional development. A tv debut against southern England heavyweight champion Judo Al Hayes was a clearly impossible task for a novice. They brought him back to shine against Ivan Penzecoff and then threw him to the lions again, well top heavyweight Steve Veidor to be precise. And so the pattern continued for the next seventeen years: Kevin Conneelly, Butts Giraud, Bob Abbots, Mike Marino. In 1983 finally a win over Steve Logan, then that loss to Tom Tyrone.  

When tv wrestling ended in 1988 the final main event was between Pat Roach and Caswell Martin. Now if these two had typified wrestling in the 1980s we might still have been watching today.

Jack Martin (Also known as Al Martin, Buster Martin)
The Wrexham tearaway who rarely bothered with niceties but gave a great mid-heavyweight villain's performance unfailingly every time.  Here was a man who really looked as though he wanted to win. Billed as Jack Martin in the north and Al Martin at other times, be him Jack, Al, Buster or Rough House Wrestling Heritage members have fond memories, “One of the real unsung heroes,  a most convincing villain," recalled Frank Thomas.  Graham Brooks: "I saw "Roughouse" Al Martin (as I recall him being billed) on various occasions and he had some great bouts with Les Kellett in particular." 

He was a long time independent stalwart with a successful Joint Promotions run in the early seventies and even a couple of Royal Albert Hall appearances to his name.  Another great favourite of ours. 

Tagged unusually with Keith Martinelli in The Martinis, a pairing forced through by name rather than style.  A regular and ideal television and halls opponent of Masambula and Les Kellett.  Featured in our "Favourite" Autographs.

Al Martinelli
Heavyweight Allen Martin from Castleford in Yorkshire, was a burly 16 stoner who could certainly looke after himself in the ring. Professionally he was known as Al Martinelli and  worked for independent promoters. His father, also Allen, was a referee  and ring man for promoter Cyril Knowles.

Rudo Martinez
Colombian heavyweight Rudo Martinez  worked for Dale Martin Promotions in the autumn of 1965 with an undistinguished record against domestic opposition that included Johnny Czeslaw, Ray Fury and more powerful forces such as Gordon Nelson

Ivar Martinsen
The Danish heavyweight, and one time European Heavyweight champion,  is best remembered for wrestling his way through to the  final of the World Heavyweight Championship tournament held at Harringay in 1947. In the final, held on March 4th 1947, he lost by a KO to Britain’s Bert Assirati, in a bout refereed by Lou Marco. On the way to the final he had beaten Phil Siki, Karl Reginsky and Bert Mansfield. Martinsen In the return contest, fought in Paris  in October of the same year, Martinsen took the title from Assirati. In 1952 Ivar defeated Felix Miquet to claim the European version of the World Heavyweight Championship. He is said to have taken part in the first ever tag match in France, around 1955, partnering Francois Miquet against Eddie Brush and Jack Wentworth. Ivar Martinsen passed away on 22nd July, 1975.

Ed Martinson
 Billed as the  “Dockland’s strong boy” 1950s and  1960s heavyweight working for independent promoters mainly in the south and midlands of England. Opponents included top opposition men such as Tiger Ed Bright, Mike Demitre and Ron Harrison.

Masked Marvel
Ah, the Masked Marvel. There were so many of them over the years, one of them was a driver on our local buses in the 1960s! We wouldn't know where to begin (or end), but it is certainly a name with a place in Britain's wrestling heritage. Wrestling historian Charles Mascall claimed to have known at least thirty of them.

Masked Viking
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