F: Faichney - Finnie

Wrestling Heritage A - Z

Duncan Faichney
A newcomer to the welterweight ranks in the mid sixties whose initial promise failed to materialise. Perth born Faichney trained at the Barbush Amateur Wrestling Club, Dunblane, before making his professional debut against fellow Scot, Bill Ross, and beating him by the odd fall. Duncan's wrestling was restricted mostly to Scotland which must have limited his potential national fame.

Duncan was a late starter in the professional ranks, nearing thirty years old as he was born in 1937. He did, though, bring experience in the Highland Games

Frequent opponents included fellow Scots Bill Ross, Jim Elder and Jim McKenzie in addition to marauding visitors from the south such as Peter Preston and Mick McMichael.  

After retiring from wrestling Duncan worked as a postman, retiring in 2002.

Baron Faieta (Also known as Ed Gardenia)
His long, curly hair was the source of the self styled Baron Gardenia's strength according to the wrestling publicity machine; an angle that seemed reminiscent of one first used over 2,000 years earlier.The Italian-American heavyweight visited Britain in the 1950s and 1960s. He arrived in  Europe having already built up an international reputation throughout North America and the Pacific in the 1940s and 1950s. A flamboyant character he contrasted sharply with the more monochrome domestic talent with whom fans were more familiar. . Unsurprisingly, a villain of the ring who did little to endear himself as he handed out flowers to the ungrateful lady fans on the way to the ring. Following a successful international wrestling career Gardenia went on to work in films.

Peter Falcon
Wrestlefan brought to our attention Gloucestershire's Roy Harley, who started wrestling in the mid 1960s and wrestled as Peter Falcon in the West Country.  Roy was a well respected trainer of young wrestlers and NagaskisNo1Fan told us that Danny Collins, Richie Brooks, Jeff Kerry, and Peter Collins had all benefited from his knowledge. Roy also promoted wrestling, and as late as 2015 we found him promoting a charity wrestling show. We discovered that in 2012 Roy started a business called Stunt Stage, training stunt actors for work in films. We would like to know more

Guy Falla
Guy Falla was born in New Maldon, Surrey, on 9th August, 1910. To say that he led a full life would be something of an understatement – naval officer, boxer, rugby player, ships steward, physical training instructor, journalist; goodness knows how he found any time to wrestle. Wrestle he did, though, for a few years in the second half of the 1930s, and with some success. 

Prior to wrestling Guy served in the Royal Navy. He represented the Navy in boxing and rugby matches, later going on to play rugby professionally as a forward with Moseley near Birmingham, spurring on his team mates with the battlecry “Blood for supper.”  

Guy Falla left the Navy in January, 1933. Two years later we find him wrestling  in the West country. The Devonport Express met the biggest names in the business, including Bulldog Bill Garnon, Swiss Champion Guilaume Estelles, Ray St Bernard and Dave Armstrong, and beat most of them. His career was short lived as Guy took to the seas once again and became a physical training instructor on cruise ships belonging to White Star Lines. By 1938 he was back on land, living in Birmingham and playing rugby for Moseley. We later find him playing for Northampton and Cardiff.

In March 1945 Lieutenant-Colonel Guy Falla was awarded the O.B.E. for gallant and distinguished services  in North-West Europe.

Guy Falla died in 1961.

Farmer's Boy
A name most notably associated with Harry Fields, and prior to that his older brother George Broadfield, who later tool the name The Farmer. Others using the name Farmer’s Boy were  Gordon Renton, Pete Ross and Greg Valentine, all of whom can be found in the A-Z.

Jim Farrell
Dundee's Jim Farrell was a popular light heavyweight of the 1960s, both in singles combat and as tag partner of fellow Scot Tom Dowie. He turned professional in 1962 as wrestling gained popularity throughout Britain. Jim's contests were confined to Scottish venues where he met highly rated visiting sassenachs such as Danny Lynch, Alf Cadman and Ernie Riley. In December, 1964 Jim challenged Wigan's Ernie Riley for the British light heavyweight championship at the Town Hall, Falkirk. Doubtless the fans were behind him to a man but unsurprisingly Jim came off second best against the Lancashire technician and skilled catch wrestler. By travelling further afield Jim Farrell would undoubtedly have become more widely acclaimed. He retired from wrestling in 1971 due to a severe back injury.

Jim's daughter Karen has old us that Jim's actual name was Maurice, who was born in Dundee in 1933. His other passion in life was hillwalking and climbing.  He was a very active member of Tayside Mountain Rescue for many years too in fact he was Team Leader for a long time also.  Following his retirement from wrestling, Jim went on to become a primary school teacher and subsequently a head teacher. Karen told us she was very proud of the fact that her dad had been a wrestler and remembers being taken as a child to watch him wrestle in Ayr. Jim Farrell died in February 2012.

Paul Farrell
Low key northern wrestler, billed from Salford or Wigan, in supporting matches in northern England between 1935 and 1940.Low key northern wrestler, billed from Salford or Wigan, in supporting matches in northern England between 1935 and 1940.

Micky Fear
Wolverhampton middleweight worked for the independent promoters in the 1960s and 1970s.

Le Femme Fatale
There was mystery in wrestling. More mystery in masked wrestlers. Real mystery in this alleged female French wrestler for Spartan Promotions. She was a fella! Mossblown gym trained Harry McMorland.

Rod Fenton
Bearded Canadian Rod Fenton was a skilful, fast moving exponent of the drop kick in the days when the move was sufficiently novel to excite the fans. He came to Britain  in 1938, already with a few years experience in North American rings as both a wrestler and matchmaker. He was destined to become a major promoter in Arizona and Canada. In 1938 he was said to have taken part in over four hundred contests. Reports suggest that although Rod was a technically able wrestler who  could wrestle as well as the next man he was not averse to turning rough (and seems to have been a bit of a villain back home in North America). Newpapers reported his match with Barnsley's Bert Mansfield was "A typical All-In contest" with Mansfield winning by two submissions to one. The description of Rod Fenton at Preston is worth a mention. “Direct from the Canadian backwoods. The most sensational wrestler to appear in Great Britain. He is the most discussed wrestler at the moment. Don’t fail to see Lumber Jack.”

Carl Ferdinand
Billed as German, and may have been, but his many appearances over a six year period suggests Carl Ferdinand was domiciled in Britain. He was   a prolific worker around Britain between 1932 and 1938, often advertised as a heavyweight but weighing only around 13 stones. Played a supporting role to the big names though did sometimes get into the limelight fighting the likes of Jack Pye and Atholl Oakeley.

Roy Fields

Emerged on to the British wrestling scene in 1936, a burly sixteen stone heavyweight who stood 6’3” tall. We would like to learn more about this wrestler who met some class opposition, and apparently troubled them all. Although little is known about him he was no third rater and regularly topped bills against opponents that included Dave Armstrong, Douglas Clark, Bert Mansfield, and an unsuccessful bid for the European Championship against Max Krauser at Chesterfield in August, 1937. His origins remain clouded in mystery billed from Brixton, Grimsby, USA, Australia and New Zealand, heavyweight Champion no less! Last sighted in August, 1939.

Bob Fife
Known as a Canadian (because that's where he lived) Bob Fife was born  in Scotland. His birth name was Archie Smith, born in Leven, a seaside town in Fife in the east Central Lowlands of Scotland, on 29th June, 1900. When he was thirteen years old Bob's family emigrated to Canada, settling in Ontario. He enlisted in the Army during the First World War and it was around this time that he became interested in wrestling. On leaving the army Archie gained work with Canadian railways and joined a local amateur wrestling club in Hamilton. It was here that he befriended another Brit who had also moved to Canada, Alfred Hodgson. 

In 1927 Archie Smith turned professional, choosing to adopt the name of Bob Fife, in reference to his home county in Scotland. At the beginning of 1933 Bob and his friend, now wrestling professionally as Jack Wentworth, made the decision to travel to Britain, where professional wrestling was booming. Unable to afford the tickets the two men arranged to work their passage to Southampton. Harold Angus, Jack Dale,George Gregory and Jack Atherton all went down to Bob on occasions. He was to remain a stalwart of the British scene, wrestling throughout the country, until the outbreaks of World War 2. Bob returned to Canada where he continued his wrestling career as a referee.

Adrian Finch
Adrian Finch was one of a multitude of young wrestlers to make his debut in the late 1970s, and continued wrestling well beyond the Heritage years. Was a frequent worker during the 1980s, partially due to an availabilty to appear as a last minute substitute.  Was chosen as the opponent for Danny Collins when Danny made his professional debut.

Gerry Finch
1980s wrestler and brother of Adrian Finch.

George Finnie (George Finney)
Portsmouth's George Finnie served in the Royal Navy in the  early 1930s aboard HMS Neptune, whose eventual fate was to be sunk in a minefield off the coast of Tripoli in 1941. George began wrestling professionally in 1932, mainly around Portsmouth to begin with, but by the mid 1930s was a busy worker who was travelling further afield. to northern England and Scotland. At some time, and records of his contests suggest it may have been during the war, George moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne, and during the war could be seen frequently at the New St James Hall, Newcastle. Opponents included northern heavyweights Ray St Bernard, Dave Armstrong, Tony Baer and Jack Atherton. George continued wrestling following the war, finally retiring in 1950, following which he joined the Probation Service and moved to Lincolnshire.