As I watched a BBC documentary last week showing The Bridges pub in Kent run by Wayne Bridges and where the annual wrestlers' reunion takes place, I wondered just how many pubs associated with wrestling we have mentioned over the years on this site?
Tibor Szakacs' Lord Palmerston in Fulham closed in 2011.
Saxonwolf, do you remember you told me about ten years ago about Eric Cutler's pub in Eckington?
Did Andy Robin have a pub in Auchterader?
Could be fun to compile a list ... and then to embark on the ultimate Heritage Pub Crawl!
Yes Anglo, that was the Angel Inn, in Eckington, a small village (now really more of a suburb of Sheffield, situated south of the city, on the edge of South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire. The pub is still there (or was last time I drove past) on the main road through the village.
Didn't Danny Lynch run a pub in Kent after he had retired?
Since I am defeated by the latest Venues here's a few pubs to start you off. Prince Kumali had the George Canning in Brixton; Wayne Bridges had a couple before The Bridges, one in Greenwich. I think Josef Zaranoff had one in Old Compton Street the name of which I can't remember. I may be compeletly wrong but I think Mike Marino had The Greyhound in Streaham and I'm told Black Butcher Johnson had one in Highgate.
Hi Anglo, I have mentioned before that they had wrestling at "The Merry Fiddlers"" pub at Chequers Corner,in Dagenham.
Bert Assirati was a regular. There was talk on here that Mrs. Assirati was the promoter.
It was the scene of a well documented bout between Bert and Bill Coverdale masquerading (Poorly) as The Ghoul.
I recall very well that Dennis Keegan from the Rochdale family of Keegans was landlord at 3 different pubs in the Accrington area:
1: The Commercial Hotel in Accrington. This pub was by the way just in front of Bob Bannister’s Gym, where we would regularly have a drink after training.
2: The Griffins Head in Huncoat (2 miles from Accrington).
3: The Thwaites Arms in Oswaldtwistle (also 2 miles from Accrington).
Steve Viedor/Bell had the Tudor Hotel, Castle Donington or the Derby/Leicester borders for a while in the late seventies.
Although it was never managed by wrestlers The Strawberry, Newcastle was in such close proximity to St James Hall (assuming I'm still allowed to mention the place) that it will always be associated with wrestling. Many of the wrestlers had a pint there prior to getting their lift home or bought a bottle for the road; meanwhile some of the punters and Hall workers got a quick one there on the way home.
Marty Jones had the Angel in Oldham for many years. It doubled as the exterior of the "local" in Life on Mars.
Roy St Clair had the Wecome Inn and I am pretty sure Jim Hussey had a pub in Bolton
Norman Walsh kept the Dog & Gun at Knayton near Northallerton and Ron Jackson had an off licence at Hartlepool before moving to the Railway Arms At Thurne Doncaster.
Here's what I recall:
Andy Robin - The Sheriffmuir Inn, Sheriffmuir, Stirlingshire
Colin Joynson - The New Inn, Bolton (built on the site of the old Wryton Stadium)
Terry Rudge - The Three Tuns, Bedford. Terry and his wife were last heard of in the B&B trade in France!
Pat Patton had a pub in Cannock where bizarrely, one of the regulars was Scrubber Daly!
The one Wayne Bridges had in Greenwich was, I believe, The Prince of Orange
Didn't Rex Strong have a boarding house in Blackpool?
Others that spring to mind: Johnny Kincaid, Zoltan Boscik (around the Wembley area?), Jim Breaks, the late Vic Stewart (Pete's father).
Didn't Rex Strong have a boarding house in Blackpool? That's a bit of a harsh way of talking about the Hadley Hotel.
Mad Mac I think Waye B also had a pub valled the Rosendale but I can't this minute think where that was.
I think neil sands owned a pub in hintlesham Suffolk to add to your list. That's another little gem. I think they had wrestling there occasionally too
When Jimmy Hussey retired from the ring he opened up "The Old Man and The Scythe" in Kearsley, Manchester. I remember visiting Steve Haggetty's pub in Portwood, Stockport, but forget its name. As one would expect, there were framed phots of himself and his confreres on the walls and I do recall smiling when I saw the name over the door, "Leslie John Good".
The Rosendale pub was run by Wayne Bridges in West Dulwich South London.
Really? Blimey, that's within walking distance of my parents' house. I used to buy imported American wrestling magazines from Rosendale News just a few doors down!
I think Vic Faulkner once had the Station Hotel at Euxton, Chorley.
During the early 1970's Steve Logan ran the Battery Hotel on Morecambe's West End and was a popular figure in the area.
During the 1960's shows were televised regularly from The Festival Inn, Trowell, Notts.
Which Steve Logan?
Logically the older I think duncan
The original Steve Logan, who else?
Sorry to have upset you Beancounter. The reason I asked the question was that the pub mentioned was in Morecambe and with "the original Steve Logan, who else" living in London there was just a chance it could have been the younger version. Next time i ask a question, I will make sure i have my crystal ball with me.
l believe Jim Breaks pub was called Seconds Out and was in the town of Batley, close to Bradford and Dewsbury.
That rings a bell, if you'll pardon the pun.
My apologies Duncan. I didn't mean to cause offence, it's just my brain stays planted in the 60's and early 70's as far as the Wrestling is concerned and steadfastly refuses to budge any further forward. I'd no knowledge of a second Steve Logan, but will look him up, if he is featured in the A-Z.
Steve Logan the blue-eye from Birmingham in the 1980s
The one and only steve logan of south london moved north to morecambe when he retired as that was his wife’s home town
Vic Hessle?Lew Faulkner (Father of Bert and Vic, The Royal Brothers) had the Bulls Head Hotel in Bolton.
Doesn't Steve Viedor still have a pub in Dorking?
And what was Johnny Kincaid's pub in Bletchley?
We have the A-Z comment that the wrestlers used to go back to Honey Boy Zimba's pub in Manchester, but which was the pub?
Jack Pye had a nightclub in Blackpool the Castle Casino I think. Remember going there in the 1960s Jack himself was on the door two and six for membership.
Carl Dane had the Robin Hood in Manchester.
Pat Patton (Ian Stenna) ran the Apple Tree Coseley where his mate Malcolm Hardiman (Scrubber Daly) used to go.....I also visited Jack Cassidy's pub The Gorton Brook in Belle Vue in the 80's and met Skulls ex wife Lolita Loren
Malcolm Edward Flanagan
Steve Veidor ran The Greyhound in Esher [just off A3] for some years.
Danny Lynch ran a couple of pubs in Ashford Kent area - 1 was in Appledore - now closed.
Though not a pub " Zaranoffs" Joe Zananoff had a super restauraunt in Warwick with his wife for many years.
Steve Veidor used to run the Tanya Manor in Castle Donington. It is still there but under another name, also is the Seconds Out still open in Batley, I have a photo,taken with Jim Breaks, inside the pub.
Jack Cassidy Gorton Brook Belle Vue