Posted: 16/May/2010 at 02:30
OK, be amazed - I'm actually posting in the wrestling bit!!!! OMG!!!! This has never happened, like, ever.
It's just a quick topic to see how many people actually have wrestling heritage or wrestling in the family (I suppose it is General Wrestling chat as our members aren't just from one area of the world.)
I wondered why I'd never posted about this before, as I found out about 6 months ago that James' (my other half) grandad was a very popular and one of the top British wrestlers in the 50s and 60s.
Harry Broadfield, most commonly known in the wrestling circuit as Harry Fields. He held the British middleweight championship title in 1958, and was very successful in Mexico in the late 40's. James has a scrapbook full of newspaper clippings from his fights, it's very impressive!
True skill of the traditional style expected by post war fans. Here was a wrestler whose reputation was dependent on his ability rather than flashy gimmicks. Harry Fields was the younger brother of George Broadfield, the Farmer.
Harry turned professional just after the war, aged sixteen years old. He was something of an overnight sensation at a time when rings were dominated by heavier men, many returning to the ring after a wartime break.
This early success allowed Harry to travel early in his career, and he worked in Mexico in 1948. Harry was a popular wrestler throughout his career, which extended into the late 1960s. His farm near Dewsbury restricted his wrestling commintments to the north of England.
Harry's older brother, George, was also an extremely successful wrestler known as 'The Farmer'. He held the World Mid-Heavyweight title for 3 years in the late 40's. Looks like it does run in the family!
There may have been many farmers in wrestling but mention the name of “The Farmer” and there is only one, George Broadfield. George was the older, and heavier, brother of Harry Fields. He was a professional of the pre-war all-in days who returned to the ring following the second world war. George found championship success at the highest level, holding the World Mid heavyweight title from 1947 until 1949.
Here's the website link for checking:
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