Wrestling leg­end’s son hits out at claims fa­ther was ‘gun thug’

HAND­GUN: Al­le­ga­tions made in new book about Dundee hero are ‘lu­di­crous’, says son

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - GRAEME STRA­CHAN gstra­chan@the­courier.co.uk

Dundee wrestling hero Ge­orge Kidd’s son has slammed claims in a new book that his fa­ther was a gun-tot­ing grap­pler.

Ge­orge Jr, who lives in Dundee, said the al­le­ga­tions made by Andy Robin in John Lis­ter’s Have A Good Week...Till Next Week about his fa­mous fa­ther were “lu­di­crous”.

He took is­sue with a dress­ing room in­ci­dent de­scribed in Lis­ter’s book in which Robin ap­par­ently took the mickey out of Kidd’s in-ring rou­tine.

Ac­cord­ing to the book: “Ge­orge had stuck a hand­gun half­way up Andy’s snout and threat­ened to blow his brains out if he ever saw him ap­ing the cham­pion’s reper­toire again”.

Mr Kidd said the claims made no sense.

“The whole thing about him pulling a gun on Andy Robin is just lu­di­crous be­cause that just wasn’t in my fa­ther’s na­ture at all,” he said.

“I’d hate peo­ple to think my fa­ther was a com­mon thug with a gun in his back pocket.

“I can’t 100% cat­e­gor­i­cally guar­an­tee that he never owned a gun but I’d be ut­terly as­ton­ished if he did.”

Mr Kidd ques­tioned why it has taken 20 years since his dad’s death for the story to sur­face and said the fam­ily would now be at­tempt­ing to speak to the pub­lisher of the book.

Mr Lis­ter in­sisted his sources were sound.

“The Robin story in my book is a di­rect quote from Adrian Street in his own au­to­bi­og­ra­phy,” he said.

“For what it’s worth, most of the claims Street makes in his books seem to check out when­ever I’ve had cause to ver­ify them, so at the least I’d be con­fi­dent Robin def­i­nitely told him the story.”

At 5ft 6in in his socks, Kidd was thought too small to be a pro­fes­sional wrestler but was given his chance by pro­moter Ge­orge de Rel­wsykow at the Caird Hall.

In 1947 he claimed the Scot­tish light­weight ti­tle in Ed­in­burgh when he de­feated Tony Lawrence.

Af­ter de­feat­ing Jack Dempsey in 11 rounds for the Bri­tish light­weight ti­tle in 1948, Kidd went on to de­feat all-com­ers in the 1949 tour­na­ment in Paris to be crowned Euro­pean light­weight cham­pion.

Since his death in Jan­uary 1998 aged 72, he has been hon­oured with a plaque mark­ing his in­duc­tion to the Scot­tish Wrestling Hall of Fame.

“I can’t 100% cat­e­gor­i­cally guar­an­tee that he never owned a gun but I’d be ut­terly as­ton­ished if he did.

GE­ORGE KIDD JR

Ge­orge Kidd claimed the Scot­tish light­weight ti­tle in Ed­in­burgh when he de­feated Tony Lawrence.

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