Whenever wrestlers and fans meet together none are more popular than Alan Kilby.
If prizes were given for longevity then the Sheffield light heavyweight would have a sideboard full of them because his professional career spanned over forty years.
In the 1960s and 1970s Kilby was a regular on the nation's television screens, often partnering Harry Kendall, Mike Eagers or Tim Lomas in the Silent Ones tag team. Whoever the partner Alan was a darling of the fans.
He was a more than competent wrestler, who made it as British champion and did not allow his deafness to get in the way of a long and successful career.
In the 1980s Alan had a rivalry with Dave Finlay that saw the Heavy Middleweight title pass between them over a two year period.
Alan then went up a weight division to light heavyweight where he won the British championship on five occasions and retired as undefeated champion.
In July 2009 Alan received a lifetime achievement award from Birmingham’s Deaf Cultural Centre for his work as an ambassador for the deaf community.
His son Adam has continued the families contribution to the British wrestling scene.
Alan Kilby was inducted into the Hall of Fame in August 2017.