Black Jack Mulligan

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This article is about the British wrestler. For the American wrestler, see Blackjack Mulligan.
Black Jack Mulligan
Birth name Laurance Coulson
Born c. 1940
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Black Jack Mulligan

Black Jack Mulligan (born c. 1940) is an English former professional wrestler. He was a contemporary of such British wrestlers as Big Daddy,[1] Jim Breaks, Tony "Banger" Walsh, Giant Haystacks and many others on the UK scene.

Early life and education[edit]

A Geordie from Newcastle upon Tyne in North East England, he was born Laurance Coulson to a working-class Tyneside family.


Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, he could be seen at the usual British wrestling venues sporting his trademark cape, long "Ayatollah"-style beard and scowl. Mulligan played the bad guy[1] with relish and usually lost to the preening good-guy wrestlers. One famously broke both ankles after vaulting over the ropes and landing badly on a row of chairs when being pursued enthusiastically by the massive Big Daddy.

Mulligan wrestled once or twice a week and could occasionally be seen on the television series World of Sport on a Saturday afternoon. The pay was not great though and he supplemented his income by working as a boiler stoker and did the early morning rounds to institutions such as schools, hospitals and old folks homes.

Despite his bad-guy image (as was the case with other bad-guy wrestlers such as Breaks), Mulligan and his family sometimes fostered children from local children's homes.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "British wrestling". New Society. 42: xiii–xiv. 1977.