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S: Society - Soutar

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Society Boy
Dressed to impress, Society Boy (otherwise  Brian Craig-Radcliffe) entered the ring wearing bowler hat and umbrella. Here was another Paul Lincoln creation, oft time tag partner of the Wildman of Borneo,  who was a regular feature on independent shows until signed up by Joint Promotions in the autumn of 1964. In the early 1960s he was a familiar figure in Spanish rings, both as a wrestler and as manager of the Wildman of Borneo. We were told of his previous success  "in the city," but assume that was all part of wrestling's mumbo jumbo. We are more inclined to believe an early interest in rugby  and member of the Saracens rugby union team. A tough and rugged seventeen stoner, and stronger than most heavyweights, Brian's lack of respect for the rules did little to endear him to the fans of the 1960s.  

Demon” Al Solak
We didn't see him  but guess a clue lies in the nickname. 1960s worker for the independents, and most likely one of the Jack Taylor men because Mick Collins remembers  him often working on Jack's and Lew Phillips shows. Opponents included Roy LaRue,  Ken Davies, Bill Workman, Worked throughout the 1960s but seems to have disappeared around 1970.  

See the entry for Steve Serene

Sandy  Soutar
Rugged, and bearded Sandy Soutar was a hard man who produced plenty of action for his legion of Scottish fans . He  worked on  Joint Promotion bills mainly for Relwyskow and Green Promotions from the mid 1960s until mid 1970s.  He wasn't the first in the family to follow that route. Sandy's brother had wrestled for George DeRelwyskow in the 1940s, tussling with the likes of Tony Lawrence and Sanky Allen..  Sandy's brother, Robert, also used the name Sandy as a ring name, but their careers didn't overlap.

In this wrestling environment it seemed natural for Sandy to become interested in the sport and he enrolled at the North End Club in Dundee. It was there that he met a brilliant lightweight named George Kidd.  The technical brilliance of Kidd inspired young Sandy, as did another man he admired, heavyweight Andy Robin.

Sandy was born into a farming family, one of seven children, in Abernyte , Perthshire.   A poultry famer at the time the professionals he met encouraged Sandy to wrestle for money, which he was keen to do, albeit, like the majority of wrestlers,  on a semi-professional basis,as he continued with his poultry farming business.  Never one to remain idle when he wasn't wrestling or farming Sandy could be found following his other pastimes, shooting, fishing and swimming.

In the ring fans liked nothing more than to see him in the opposite corner  of visiting sassenachs Alan Dennison, Mark Rocco and Dave Barrie.  The best match of all, he told us was the night he met fellow Scot Lee Thomas at the Caird Hall in Dundee. There was great rivalry  between the two of them in the late 1970s and it was always Sandy's hope that he would one day hold Lee's Scottish light heavyweight belt. 

"I loved the wrestling," said Sandy, but everything has to end, and Sandy hung up his boots in the late 1970s.