British wrestling history 

R: Roberri - Robertson


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Vasco Roberri
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..

Blackburn Roberts
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.

Gill Roberts
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. 

Lee 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.

Bill Robertson (Also known as Enrico Pirelli)
Jim Watt the boxer, Moira Stewart the singer and wrestler Bill Robertson have something in common. They were all born eight miles north of Glasgow  in a small town called  Kirchintilloch.  

For Bill a  good amateur background led to a good professional wrestling career, though sadly restricted to north of the border. Bill turned professional in the 1960s, working mainly for the independent promoters.  He did wrestle occasionally for Joint Promotions, one of those occasions in June 1969 on a bill at the Eldorado Stadium when a young Johnny Saint came over from the opposition and defeated Iron Man Steve Logan. Work commitments prevented Bill from travelling too far south, thus limiting his opportunities with Joint Promotions. Nevertheless, a lively independent scene in 1960s and 1970s Scotland provided no shortage of opportunities to meet quality opponents and Bill proved himself one of the best, holding the Scottish welterweight championship for quite a few years. He travelled throughout Scotland, which does involve often travelling hundred of miles to contests and whilst popular everywhere he was  a particular favourite in Rothesay and in his native Glasgow. Bill worked frequently for Dale Storm's Spartan Promotions against the likes of Bruce Welch, Farmer John and Dale himself. “He was a really good worker,” recalls Dale, “very popular throughout Scotland. He regularly came  down to my gym in Mossblown village to train.” In the early 1970s Bill opened his own vending machine company, which restricted his wrestling appearances until he retired in the late 1970s.

10/08/2019 Frank Robb moved to Personality Parade, Pete Roberts moved to Personality Parade