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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Popular northerner (billed from either Rotherham or Newcastle) Eddie James began his professional wrestling life in the independent rings around 1960 facing the likes of Alan Sergeant, Pedro the Gypsy and Brian Maxine. In 1965 he transferred to Joint Promotions, although our records show him working only for Relwyskow and Green Promotions. He made it to the back cover of The Wrestler magazine (alongside tag partner Ron Davis) in January 1967.
Jimmy James was a wrestler working for independent promoters in the north of England in the late 1950s. Opponents included Johnny Mack, Red Callaghan, Monty Swann and Tommy Bailey. His career was cut short when he was killed in a car crash at Shotton. A memorial show in his honour was held at Ellesmere Port in 1962. See also the entry for Jon Cortez.
Mick James (Also known as Mike Jackson)
In the latter half of the 1960s Mike James (who also wrestled as Mick Jackson) seemed to be just about everywhere, well in the North and Scotland he seemed everywhere at least. A popular welterweight ho was a regular worker on Morrell and Beresford bills and seemed to have a very bright future. Hardly surprising as the young Leeds based wrestler was trained by erstwhile British champions Eric Taylor and Ernie Baldwin at Jack Lanes Wrestling Club in Leeds . His professional debut followed four years in the amateur ranks. Fast and skilled we thought he was really going places, but lost sight of him in the early 1970s.
Carl Jason (Also known as Carl McGrath)
Carl Jason (the family name is McGrath) is a Merseyside wrestler who trained at Crosby Amateur Wrestling Club before turning professional in 1972. His career endured into the 1990s, though his involvement in training youngsters endured much longer and only a few years ago we heard he was still teaching wrestling on his summertime return visits to Britain from his home in Spain.
Alf Jenkins (Also known as Jimmy Johnson)
One of the pre war wrestlers of the All-In style Alf Jenkins began appearing on northern bills in 1938. Alf was the first professional opponent of Wigan maestro Jack Dempsey in Belfast on 19th July, 1946. In the months and years following the war Jenkins became a regular feature on bills in the North and Midlands, wrestling the likes of Tommy Nelson and Tommy Demon. In the late 1940s and early 1950s he could be seen regularly at “The Bloodtub,” formally known as the Ardwick Stadium, Manchester. We also have record of Alf using the name Jimmy ,Johnson in the 1950s, always in Ramsgate and Margate. He was certainly a man who knew what he was doing, with wins over Mel Riss and Carlton Smith, and draws against George Kidd and Bob Archer O'Brien.