Recently I was discussing with BERNARD THE GHOUL'S First Appearance at NEW ST. JAMES HALL NEWCASTLE on JUNE 20TH 1948 against JIMMY HUSSEY!!
We talked about the Report of this Match in 'HANDBAGS'- and particularly the mention of
how the REFEREE-MIKE HOWLEY 'Frisked' THE GHOUL-presumably for 'hidden weapons'!
At the time this Official's Name didn't 'Register' with me-and I thought no more about him!!
Well looking thru my Collection of 1940's HANDBILLS/FLYERS-as I am doing a lot these Days-and thoroughly enjoying it by the way!- Guess what I 'Discovered'??
This MIKE HOWLEY was also a Wrestler!!-Can't see him in the A-Z at all either!
Do the RIOTS know this Guy?-Does BERNARD know of him as a Fighter??
Here he is below..........FROM 1944!!!