R: Robby - Roberts
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Here was a big man. The Portuguese heavyweight stood 6'4” tall and weighed twenty stones and reported to have a 20 inch neck , described by the press as “The Carnera of wrestling.” With the rapid development of British professional wrestling in the early 1930s he was one of our earliest overseas visitors, gaining quick wins over Jack Pye and King Curtis. He was back again in 1932, this time less fortunate as he went down to British heavyweight champion Athol Oakeley in Nottingham. Science beat bulk with Oakeley taking the only fall required in the fourth round after 30 minutes 10 seconds, pinning his shoulders to the mat with a double arm scissors and body press..
Barnsley's Tommy Blackburn adopted the ring name Blackburn Roberts after learning the pro wrestling trade at the famous Junction Gymnasium run by Charlie Glover behind the Junction public house in Barnsley. Like so many of his peers, Pedro the Gypsy, Karl Von Kramer and Dwight J Ingleburgh Blackburn started out as a boxer (the Junction was primarily a boxing gym) and later turned his attention to professional wrestling. Having turned professional in the late 1950s. Blackburn Roberts worked initially for the independent promoters before being signed up by Joint Promotions in April, 1964, and meeting high calibre opponents such as Billy Joyce, Arthur Ricardo, Billy Howes and Gordon Nelson.
Gwilym Roberts was born in Bala, Wales, in 1907. Gill Roberts wrestled in the early 1930s, though we have uncovered only two of his matches, against Black Butcher Johnson and Frenchman Rene Dupont, both in 1933. Gil was the elder sibling of his more famous wrestling brother, Stan Roberts.
We understand Lee Roberts had a short lived wrestling career in the mid 1980s, but it was a career appreciated by Heritage member "Seconds Out." Lee was trained at the Norman Baish wrestling gym in Burton Latimer and worked for independents including All Star Promotions. Lee saw tag action with Robbie Brookside, Doc Dean, Spinner McKenzie, and John Kenny.
10/08/2019 Frank Robb moved to Personality Parade, Pete Roberts moved to Personality Parade