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F: Faichney - Farrell

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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.

Jumping Jim Farrell (Ayr; also known as Jim Isdale)  
Not to be confused with our other Jim Farrell this was Jim Isdale,  the taller and the younger of  the two wrestling Isdale brothers that enlivened the Scottish wrestling scene in the 1970s. Jim started at The Old Mossblown Wrestling Gym as a sixteen year old in the late 1960's. He progressed under the tutelage of Dale Storm and eighteen months later had his first professional bout. Having pursued a busy grappling career for a few years, then having finished his Mechanical Training Jim joined the RAF Regiment and served in many theatres including Northern Ireland.

Subsequent injury meant he was invalided out of the armed forces and he returned to civilian life, where he helped out, when able, in and around local shows run by Spartan Promotions. Jim was a Welterweight of some considerable ability and were it not for his decision to enter military service there is no doubt he would have developed into a star of some note. At the Inaugural Wrestlers' Re-Union Scotland meeting in Ayr in June 2017,  Jim the only surviving sibling graciously accepted Awards in Remembrance of both Bobby and Ronald.

Ronald was the third of the Isdale brothers, known affectionately as "Moon." Ronald was a part-time ring builder, timekeeper and occasional referee for Spartan Promotions. Jim Isdale died in December, 2020.

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.

Page revised: 06/10/2019: Addition of Jumping Jim Farrell and Paul Farrell, Additions to Guy Falla entry