WRESTLING HERITAGE

British wrestling history 

B: Sue Brittain


Sue Brittain

Also known as Lady Satan
Contributed by James Morton

Throughout her career Sue Brittain fought for Women’s Rights battling with local councils who had banned female wrestling. Women’s wrestling had been banned in London since the 1930 and her biggest win came in 1979 when helped by the Equal Opportunities Commission she won a two day hearing against the GLC to allow her to appear at Wimbledon Town Hall to defend her BWA title against Jane St John.

She won that bout in Round 6 with a Boston Crab. After the bout had taken place an Appeal Tribunal promptly reversed the decision and women’s wrestling was again banned. Wrestler Al Marshall called her the ‘Emmeline Pankhurst of wrestling’.

She began her career in borrowed boots when a wrestler failed to appear at Whitley Bay and was knocked out by Maria Rivoldi who became a regular opponent. In 1970 she and her husband Ron Farrar set up the British Wrestling Alliance and that year she won the British Wrestling Alliance women’s title.

Except for a short period when she was defeated by Akala Jan in Bradford before regaining the title a fortnight later she held this from 1970 until she retired in 1982. The title then passed to Lady Dawn. After her retirement she appeared a few times in a mask as Lady Satan —who unsurprisingly also favoured the Boston Crab. 
She also held the BWA Mixed title with Mike Demain, celebrating their victory on the left.

An uncompromising heel, citing family commitments Brittain declined invitations to wrestle in Europe and America where Ring magazine placed her in their Top 10 rankings.

Marjorie Farrar’s campaigning for women’s rights earned a tribute awarded to very few wrestlers – her death, on the 28th April, 2013, aged 76, was included in BBC news reports.
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