Dave Morgan (Also known as Dave Evans, Dai Morgan)
Welsh mid heavyweight Dave Morgan was another of those bright young things that came through the ranks in the 1960s when he was a regular worker in Dale Martin rings. Born in Tonypandy, South Wales, Dave and his family moved to Middlesex whilst he was a child. He joined Forresters Amateur Wrestling Club when he was fourteen years old and three years later he turned professional, using the names Dave Evans, Dai Morgan and Dave Morgan. He settled on the latter and by 1968 he was a well known figure amongst wrestling fans. However, the youngster had wanderlust. It was France first, but that was only the beginning and by the end of the decade we were beginning to see less and less of him in British rings. Dave went on to find his greatest success of all in the rings of the United States and Germany, where he set up home as a wrestler and promoter until retirement in 1999. Dave died on 1st June, 2004.
Ellis Morgan appears on our radar in the second half of the 1950s and we have many records of appearances working for independent promoters. Most of these contests are in the north west of England, but he does venture to London for Devereux Promotions. A frequent opponent was Al Brown (wrestling as Frank Sparks in those days), and others included Pete Lindbergh, Ken Else, Terry Downs and Jack Santos. He disappears around 1961, leaving us to wonder if he went on to greater fame under another guise.
One half of the Fabulous Harlequins, see the item on brother Scott below. Fast and skilful wrestler trained at the Mossblown Gym alongside Big Ian Miller, Scott Thomson and Jeff Bradley. Jim worked regularly around Scotland for Spartan Promotions, Orig Williams, Andy Robin, Max Crabtree, Jack Atherton and Relwyskow & Green. Usually seen in tag matches with brother David and known collectively as The Fabulous Harlequins or The Morgan Twins. Always the good guys, fans enjoyed them most when facing the bad boys like Adrian Street and Bobby Barnes, and masked men Les Diables Rouges and the team of The Viking and The Scorpion..
The brothers came from a wrestling household, their father being a huge fan and timekeeper, David Simpson. By day Jimmy worked in a large steel stamping works but by night he was transformed into one of Scotland’s most exciting wrestlers. Opponents included tv personalities Steve Young and Keith Martinelli, often the plucky loser that allowed the stars to shine.
Jim left wrestling in the 1980s to become a successful breeder of horses.
One time professional boxer Johnny Morgan turned to wrestling in the 1950s, tackling the likes of Jack Beaumont, Jim Foy, Bert Assirati and Gordon Nelson. He also used his sporting experiences as an author, writing The Square Jungle, based on his experience as a professional boxer and Nothing Barred in which he turns his attention to wrestling, and writes a novel about the corrupt world of professional wrestling. This is a gritty, dramatic story far removed from the cheers of the fans down at the Shoreditch Town Hall.
A supporting bill
middleweight on the independent circuit in the 1960s, with opponents
that included Sugar Ray DoDo, Jack Taylor, Jim Lewis and Ken Davies.
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Warrington's Les Morgan wrestled around the halls of the north during the 1960s. Les shared his working life between wrestling, his trade as a welder at the nearby Unilever factory and doorman at the Lion Hotel in Bridge Street, Shane Fenton's (Alvin Stardust's) Nite Spot in Mersey Street, and the Carlton Club in Sankey Street, Warrington. If you are out there Les, or any family members, do get in touch.