None of the posters have a year on them, but having looked at old calendars I think I've worked them all out...
|Wednesday 6th August 1980 - I'd imagine the 12 year old Piley would |
have been particularly keen on the Catweazle match!
|Wednesday 12th November 1980 - Piley's favourite Sammy Lee in the main event, |
against my favourite baddie too. I bet that day at school dragged! Note the FIFTY
PERCENT price increase on the cheap seats! Last poster £1, this time, £1.50. Outrageous!
|Wednesday 10th December 1980 - No idea who the 'American Dream' was, I have no recollection |
of him at all! So no idea why he was the main event, and why two pictures of him on the poster??!
|Wednesday 6th May 1981 - Awww, big caring sharing Daddy is back, look at the |
likkle wikkle baby... Another Big Daddy v Giant Haystacks main event.
|Wednesday 10th June 1981 - Technical wrestlers ruled this one! Wayne Bridges, |
Mike Marino, Mal Sanders, Gold Belt Maxine... I bet I was bored!!
|Wednesday 8th July 1981 - Sammy Lee main eventing again! Sid Cooper|
in the house too! No doubt made for a very happy Piley that night!
|Wednesday 24th February 1982 - Big Daddy v King Kong Kirk. Just 5 years later in |
August 1987, this same match up would lead to the tragic death of King Kong Kirk
in the ring (in Great Yarmouth), due to a Big Daddy Splash.
|Wednesday 15th October 1980 - I didn't go to this, but somehow have a poster for it. Can't |
remember how I got it, although as it's the same promoter, I'd imagine they were on display
on a Southend evening to drum up a few tickets sales.
|Wednesday 18th March 1981 - Ditto, I didn't go to this either!|
Finally, every year there is a British Wrestlers reunion, where grapple fans can meet up with their heroes (and villains!) from yester-year. All the details of past and future events can be found on their website. There are literally hundreds of photos from the events on their site too, but to finish, here are a few recent shots of some of those Saturday afternoon favourites who have been mentioned on the posters above...
|Jim Breaks and Neil Evans (Tiny Tom Thumb)|
|John Cortez, Brian Maxine and Mal Sanders|
|A very sprightly looking 80+ year old Mick McManus!|
|Mark Rollerball Rocco|
|Tom Tyrone, Mal Sanders and Lee Bronson|
|Tony 'Banger' Walsh|
|Wayne Bridges and Johnny Kidd.|