Dear Friends, in one of my previous posts I mentioned that there were ONLY 6 Lonsdale Catch-as-catch-can Belts ever produced and awarded the champion wrestlers winners of the National Sporting Club of London International Tourneys held at Alhambra Theatre, London. All those belts were solid gold and enamel. Names of the champions:
1909 Hwt John Lemm, Mwt Frank Crozier, Lwt Tom Rose;
1910 Hwt Andre Cherpillod, Mwt Bob Berry, Lwt Peter Gotz.
Interestingly in the 1950's and 1960's ONE of the original Lord Lonsdale Belts was still in use by promoters of the game. Photos below.
the 1909 photo of Hwt champ John Lemm with his Lonsdale Belt.
In the 1960's-70's Vic Faulkner, Jim Breaks and Steve Clements held one of the real Lonsdale Belts.
But what is even MORE interesting that when Morell awarded all his champions belts he didn't have a belt for Mel Riss...that's why on the famous photos of champions HIS BELT LOOKS DIFFERENT TO OTHER CHAMPIONS BELTS.
Belt on the left is Lonsdale Belt and belt on the right is Morell-Mountevans Belt.
Photo of Clements with the Holy Grail of English Wrestling - Lord Lonsdale Belt.
Re the photo with Mel Riss, the wrestler with him is Norman Walsh, at the time British lightheavyweight champion.
yes Sir, Norman Walsh it is !!!! Looks like Morell simply didn't have the the new belt manufactured at the required quantity yet...so Riss had to wear "another" belt. But honestly ANY wrestler would be extremely thrilled and honored to we real gold Lord Lonsdale 1909-10 Belt.
Sorry, on another thread, he is shown as British Midheavyweight champion. I thought at that time Norman was lightheavy, but obviously not.
It seems that the 2 threads are intertwining.
Yes looks like Ernie Riley was light-heavy.
I was trying to figure out whose belt it was...Berry (1910), Rose (1909) or Gotz (1910)? And all of a sudden, some success, one of my Facebook friends kindly presented me with the poster/programme, which speaks for itself.
So looks like in the 1950's Peter Gotz sold his belt to Morell.
Vic Faulkner and Holy Grail !!!
Astounding once again Ruslan. Did you know that Steve Clements was the son of Ted Beresford, business partner of Norman Morrell.