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Whilst being a relatively new organisation, the PAA UK & IRELAND has benefitted from the support of some of the greatest armwrestlers of these home isles. This page will celebrate some of the greats who inspired us & directly supported the formation & continuation of the PAA UK & IRELAND.

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We have two amazing pullers that have been inducted into the PAA UK & IRELAND HALL OF FAME. This page records their achievements, with stories & words of appreciation from their friends & contemporaries. If you have a story or memory of your encounters with them please send them via the contact form of this site.


The Original Chesterfield Bad Boy, Alan Greaves was inducted into the Hall of Fame on 12th Oct 2019. 

The day after he wrote: "What a day yesterday inducted into the PAA HALL OF FAME .I would like to thank Paul Maiden and Garry Ricketts and all the PAA MEMBERS .40 years in armwrestling and I wouldn’t change a thing."

Here's what some of his friends wrote in response:

Declan Dillon
Well deserved king above men

Ethan Fisher
The best armwrestling coach out there, very lucky to be taught by one of the best!

Ste Rhino Hurst
U.K. legend right there

Garry Neal Rickett
It was an honor to receive the award on your behalf it just shows the love and respect you have from the arm wrestling world ! Well deserved Squab!

Vasco Dimitroff
Legend Al

Craig Sanders
Well deserved mate. Living legend!

Sean Graham Paterson
Well deserved Alan

Nick Hall

Chris Fellows
110% deserved LEGEND

David Horne
Big congrats and absolutely deserved. You are a British arm wrestling legend!!!

Sam Schofield
Well deserved Jerry Brown. Not sure where you’re going to put it though. Those shelves are looking full!

Paul Maiden
We love you Jerry Brown

Dean Inger
Nice one mate

Adam Kaczor
Daddy Champ

Jonty Murphy
Absolute definition of the word legend! And a true gent too!

Daniel Tutt
well done champ

Dean Thomas
Obviously well Deserved Jerry Brown

Agy Gorzynska
Well deserved!!!

David Bradford
Legend Al, well deserved pal

James Beech
The original bad boy and and actual living legend. Congratulations pal that’s well deserved. 

David Horne

"My first knowledge of Alan was seeing him in the 1988 Strength Athlete magazine" 

Nick Hall:

"MrGreaves the daddy of armwrestling in the uk legend , don’t miss his snoring from Brazil it was like a tractor with no exhaust.."

Dan Earthquake:

"At my first tournament in Sussex in 2019 I was ill, hopeful to recover but overall just glad to be there.  I saw Alan Greaves pull on a refs shirt & he smiled all day. I thought - I want to be as happy as that guy is when I'm his age. I didn't know then what pedigree he had. Now I know, he's even more impresssive."


Andrew Thorn was inducted into the Hall of Fame on 26th November 2022 by Alan Greaves. 

Andrew writes: "I started armwrestling in the 80s in pubs around croydon on bar tables. My first competition: I was thrown in at the deep end against top armwrestlers, my first British championship was 1980s in West Norwood. I Came 5th. I went on to arm-wrestle around the east end with different promotors and got into assisting in organising British championships and pub competitions - I worked with the British tourist board and Chas Brooks who was one of the main promotors at the time In the 90s. I was beating top armwrestlers in the country and world, coming close to winning arm wars title and British titles. I never won a British title but won southeast championships and regional comps. Motivation was the people I met and the places I competed in. To this day I love the sport and still winning trophies. My aim is a world senior grand masters title now I’ve reached 60 over the years..(click button below to watch) ...Me in the 80s just after the over the top auditions in Coventry - I was ref and promoting armwrestling - bit young there."


The Baker:

"Andy Thorn, a friend of mine...we clicked in Devon when we gripped up, my hands felt what is this a cactus? Cactus Jack - so from then on his name was that. The best guy I know, a good man to all, Andy Thorn fame for all." 

Nick Hall:

"I first met Andy Thorn in the late 90s always spoke to us in the early days giving us support I remember him being a very strong hook puller , both (he & Alan are) great guys."

Dan Earthquake:

"I lost a match to Andy in one of the Sussex events. He was very generous with some advice & since then always has a kind word or two & helps me warm up in a hurry. We've pulled a few times since that first match & he always gives me a bit & makes me work rather than just smashing me over like I know he could. A much loved character & one of the greats for sure."


Andy Thorn's Hall of Fame medal did  not arrive in time for his induction at the 2022 Pro Nationals. It eventually found its way to him via Devon Larratt at the ARMGODS Valhalla event in Ireland in Jan 2023.

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