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Eddie Jackson

Nineteen year old Eddie Jackson appeared on British wrestling shows between October, 1936 and March, 1939. Newspaper reports are favourable of a skilled “Box of tricks” who wrestled high profile names that included Jack Pye, Mike Demitre, Ray St Bernard and Black Butcher Johnson. Weighing fourteen stones he was said to rely on skill rather than strength. He was advertised as a Canadian, from Newfoundland, and with the large number of North Americans in Britain at the time we have no reason to doubt it. One report describing him as “A Britisher from Newfoundland” arouses suspicion of British heritage.

Ron Jackson

Having turned professional in 1944 Ron Jackson was well placed to take advantage of the post war wrestling revival and from the end of hostilities was a regular worker in Northern rings meeting the big names that included the Pyes, The Farmer, Charlie Scott, Dave Armstrong, Ernie Baldwin and George Gregory.  

He shared his wrestling commitments with that of running an off-license in Hartlepool.  

In the early 1950s he appeared at Belle Vue almost weekly and could also be seen regularly at Blackpool Tower and Newcastle. 

Ron tagged with Arthur Jackson on occasions but we are unaware if the two of them were related.


Jacobo was a Spanish strongman type, domiciled in Argentina. He was trained by the Spaniard Quasimodo.

Jacobo toured the UK  early in 1974 at a time when many hispanic visitors appeared to be replacing the French and Germans who had regularly visited in the sixties. 

Quasimodo had done a good job at teaching him the wicked ways of the ring as he met with frequent disqualification. No time for disqualification at the Royal Albert Hall when Tibor chopped him down to a KO defeat on 16th January. He faired better with a KO win over Tony St Clair on television (losing via the disqualification route to Ivan Penzecoff on his other tv outing). Other opponnents included Mike Marino, Les Kellett and Billy Two Rivers during his two month tour

Jan Jacobs

The heavyweight from Johannesburg, South  Africa, visited Britain for three months between September and December 1964. Contests were mainly in the south of England for Dale Martin Promotions with opponents including Ramon Napolitano, Majid Ackra, Danny Lynch and Yuri Borienko.


Martimeus Jacobs

Heavyweight from Bloemfontein in South Africa visited Britain in 1955 and 1956. Opponents included Bill Howes, Mike Marino, Francis St Clair and Arthur Beaumont. He travelled extensively throughout the country.

Peter Jacobs

Born in Hendon,  London,  Peter Jacobs moved to Great Yarmouth in 1966. A fortunate move as  it was here that he met wrestler and promoter Brian Trevors.  Brian trained the fourteen stone  youngster and encouraged him to turn professional, working on the East Coast holiday camp circuit in the summer months and around southern England in the winter. 

Peter’s career started with Anglia Promotions, working the East coast holiday camps in the summer and travelling around the halls of southern England during the winter months. 

A fast wrestler for his size, a heavyweight that moved like a middleweight, Peter showed a great deal of promise in the early 1970s.  Just five years after turning professional his career came to an abrupt halt one night at the Potters Holiday camp. “My knee went the opposite way it’s supposed to do” Pete told us. Following five months on crutches and a further six months rehabilitation Pete was warned that further damage to the knee could well mean that he would be unable to walk again. A knee replacement in his mid fifties and a lot of determination  regained much of his mobility but his wrestling days were by then happy memories.

Klondyke Jake

As is one Klondyke wasn't enough we had another, Bill's wrestling brother Jake. Although overshadowed by Bill in stature and fame it is arguably Jake that had the greatest influence on British wrestling as the one who achieved  national television exposure, regularly worked the German tournaments and went on to become one of the top independent promoters. Jake, weighing over twenty stones, had greater agility than Bill and the added mobility allowed him to demonstrate more wrestling ability. Having joined the professional ranks in the early sixties he remained a prominent name on both independent and Joint Promotion shows for three decades. For the majority of this time Jake did what he did best; anger the crowd before doing the decent thing and allowing them to go home happy by getting himself disqualified or losing to the shining knight. Glory came to Klondyke Jake in September, 1975, when he defeated the legendary Count Bartelli at the Royal Albert Hall. His son carried on the family tradition of wrestling and promoting.