1956

Notes:

We do not have access to complete TV listings for January to March of 1956. Between April and December, wrestling was only broadcast twice in the Midlands area. There were more Tuesday evening shows broadcast only in the London area, some of which we have now listed. The Tuesday shows were part of Cavalcade of Sport and aired at 8.30-9.30pm unless stated otherwise.

Match-ups were not included in the TV listings at this point.

All broadcast times are pm.

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Tuesday 3/1/56, Lime Grove Baths
Alan Colbeck vs Harry Fields
Reg Williams vs Norman Walsh


Tuesday 17/1/56, Lime Grove Baths
Ernest Baldwin (Holder of the Lord Mountevans Challenge Belt vs Francis Sullivan)
Mick McManus vs Chic Purvey


Tuesday 24/1/56, Lime Grove

Ray Apollon v Geoff Portz

Bill Rawlings v Francis St Clair Gregory

Johnny Kwango v Johnny Allan
(The first two matches were also listed for 31/5/56.)


Tuesday 31/1/56
Geoff Portz v Ray Apollon
Johnny Allen v Kwango


Tuesday 7/2/56
Amateur matches:
A Buck vs A Nicholl
D Slesson v M Pretorius
J Taylor v P Amey
A Aspen v H Frevehlausen
(J Taylor may well have been Jack Taylor, who later turned professional and then became a promoter.)



Tuesday 21/2/56
David Armstrong v 'Judo' Al Hayes
(This was the first wrestling aired by ITV in the Midlands region.)

(TV Times printers were then on strike until early April. It's likely the wrestling slot continued but we do not have listings.)


Tuesday 10/4/56 , Islington 
Amateur Wrestling, England vs France


Tuesday 15/5/55, Islington (8-9)
Amateur Wrestling, Great Britain vs Germany


Saturday 23/6/56, Cheethan Town Hall, 9.30-10


(Cavalcade of Sport stopped airing from 3/7/56)


Saturday 28/7/56, New Brighton Tower Theatre, 9:30-10

Tuesday 14/8/56, Birmingham Indoor Stadium, 8-9


Tuesday 21/8/56, Wimbledon

Mike Marino v Reg Williams

Not listed in TV Times:

Ray Hunter v Norman Walsh

Ken Joyce v Jack Dempsey

Black Butcher Johnson v Rex Gable


Tuesday 4/9/56 (8-8.30)

Buddy Cody vs Charles Fisher


Saturday 15/12/56, Victoria Hall, Hanley (9.45-10.15, Midlands and North Only)

Aired as "Round The Ring")