Nostalgia - Grapple fans miss out on female bout

Wrestling at Sleaford Picturedrome in 1966. Dr Death is ejected from the ring by Toma Hansom. EMN-150326-150449001
Wrestling at Sleaford Picturedrome in 1966. Dr Death is ejected from the ring by Toma Hansom. EMN-150326-150449001

Sleaford ‘mat fans’ were yet to experience women wrestling when a scheduled duel between the Blonde Bombshell from Halifax and Jo Ann Phillips from Ireland at Sleaford Picturedrome in March 1966 was cancelled due to illness.

Sleaford ‘mat fans’ were yet to experience women wrestling when a scheduled duel between the Blonde Bombshell from Halifax and Jo Ann Phillips from Ireland at Sleaford Picturedrome in March 1966 was cancelled due to illness.

Instead, the eager crowd were treated to a contest between the notorious Dr Death and South African Toma Hansom. The doctor is pictured being ‘helped out’ of the ring by his opponent.

Forty minutes of grunts and groans rather than wrestling skill followed and to cap it all, the referee for the evening was a vicar, Rev Reginald Clifford Thompson of Moulton Chapel. But the wrestlers ran riot with displays of rule-breaking, bucket-throwing and crowd-baiting.