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Wrestling Heritage A - Z

Peter McGeown
We suppose it's only natural for anyone coming from a small town to enjoy seeing someone from their “own neck of the woods” climb into the wrestling ring. So we were pleased to see Euxton's Peter McGeown enter the professional ranks in 1970 and followed his early career in the independent halls of the north west. After an injury prone start to his professional life Pete quickly learnt from his early mistakes and took the decision over more experienced men such as Eddie Rose and Monty Swann. He had been taught the business by Alan Wood, and the two of them tagged for a while and were known as The Shamrocks, acknowledgement of Pete's Irish origins. In 1973 Pete was signed up by Joint Promotions and was soon appearing in bigger halls against well known names such as Ray Steel, Johnny Czeslaw and Norman Walsh.  We always expected Peter to go on to bigger and better things. Maybe he changed his name and did just that, but we lost touch with his career around the mid seventies. Another of life's mysteries.

Scott McGhee
In March 1986 a youngster winged his way across the Atlantic and impressed British fans with his his fast and skilful style. Scott had a few years professional experience having turned pro in the early 1980s.  He came with a good pedigree apparently because Gary was short for Garfield, and he was Garfield Portz, the son of British wrestling ambassador, Geoff Portz. He came to Britain having travelled extensively in the United States, winning the Florida heavyweight championship and defeated Tony Charles for the NWA United States Junior Heavyweight Championship.   On television he beat Len Hurst before losing to Marty Jones in a four man knock-out tournament. Following his short visit McGhee returned to the USA but not long afterwards ill health (reportedly suffering a stroke) brought his career to a premature end.

Earl McGrath 
We have matches recorded for heavyweight Earl McGrath, an Irish mid heavyweight,  working for Norman Morrell Promotions in the first half of the 1950s; and in the second half of the decade working for independent promoters in Lancashire.

Ian McGregor
One of wrestling's modern day heroes. A man we watched years ago who is still having an influence on the British wrestling scene.

Ashton under Lyne's Ian McGregor was but a nipper in the Wrestling Heritage days. A nipper with bags of talent and an exciting prospect as  a novice who made it onto television in the 1980's, wrestled into the 1990s and along the way becoming  a respected and successful wrestling promoter. Ian McGregor was one of the last of the wrestlers that many Heritage readers would consider a part of proper British wrestling. 

In the second decade of the twenty-first century Ian is still in the business of keeping British wrestling alive.

Ray McGuire
The blonde haired middleweight from Wickford in Essex was a popular 1960s regular across southern England. Working as a baker in his father's business Ray took an interest in wrestling and learned his trade at the YMCA and United Amateur Wrestling Club. He turned professional in 1958, working for independent promoters, mostly Paul Lincoln. With five years experience Ray caught the eye of Dale Martin management and joined Joint Promotions. National popularity came instantaneously when he was matched against Mick McManus on his television debut in September 1964. Ray continued to work regularly throughout the 1960s, meeting all the big names in the lighter weight divisions. In the 1970s Ray began to cut back on his appearances, taking part in his final contest in 1975. Ray worked as a taxi driver based at Stansted Airport up to his sudden death on 15th July, 2011.

Steve McHoy (Also known as Steve Casey)
Another wrestling son of a famous father, but in this case you'd probably never have guessed.  Steve McHoy was the popular son of the notorious Wild Angus. The contrast couldn't have been greater. Steve was tall and slender, muscular and good looking. Angus wasn't. The fans loved Steve, especially when matched against villains such as Big Daddy or Rollerball Rocco (televised from the Royal Albert Hall), or partnering Marty Jones in tag matches. Steve McHoy turned professional in 1981, wrestling throughout Britain and on the Continent, working regularly in the German tournaments. Steve was one of the better stars of the 1980s and would have maintained a higher profile for longer if British wrestling had continued to have television coverage.

Red McKenzie
Long before lightweight Jim McKenzie won the hearts of 1960s and 1970s wrestling fans there was another Jim McMckenzie. “Iron Man” Jim McKenzie was at the opposite end of the weight scale to our 1960s lightweight champion.  

Iron Man Jim, commonly known as Red McKenzie, was a  fiery Scottish heavyweight, a big man indeed who tipped the scales at seventeen stones.. McKenzie, from Methil, worked British rings in the 1940s and 1950s. We have many recorded contests for McKenzie between 1947 and 1960, mostly south of the border against top class opposition that included Alan Garfield, Mike Marino and Martin Bucht.

Soccer and boxing were Red Mckenzie's first sporting interests, until he volunteered for the army in 1939, serving overseas in the First Cavalry Division, serving in the Egypt, Palestine, Libya and Italy.   

Spinner McKenzie
Spinner McKenzie is another of those wrestlers who just scrapes into the Heritage years. He was a teenager when he turned professional in 1984,but his youth and the twilight years of the Mountevans era did not prevent him from finding success as Big Daddy's tag partner for a couple of years. Opponents ranged from speedy, skilled lightweight Danny Collins to the hardest of them all, Mark Rocco and Dave Finlay, to the biggest of them all, Giant Haystacks. 

Jim McLaren
1960s worker for promoter Jack Taylor. Opponents included Pedro the Gypsy, Prince Barnu, Mick Collins and Jack Taylor.

Sandy McLaren
Scotland's Sandy McLaren came from Coupar Angus and began wrestling around 1940, our first report of him being a draw against Bob Silcock in  January, 1940. Sandy was said to be a skilful wrestler who remained cool and collected. Standing around 6 feet tall he filled out into a fully blown heavyweight.  

He worked regularly in northern England and Scotland throughout the 1940s and was said to be a worthy opponent of top class men such as George Gregory, Francis St Clair Gregory and Dave Armstrong. With most of his matches in the north of England we suspect he may well have moved south and lived in northern England. Sandy seems to have disappeared from our rings in 1949.