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  1. norbold

    Most friendly, approachable, modest riders

    There were lots of riders who rode under assumed names in the early days as they rode at non league tracks like Norwich and didn't want their actual clubs to know as they had signed exclusive contracts with them. For example, Fred Leavis rode as Arthur Reynolds, Bert Garrish as Herb Peters and Allen Kilfoyle as Jack Williams.
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    Most friendly, approachable, modest riders

    Tyburn Gallows was his real name.....eventually. He changed his name by deed poll.
  3. norbold

    Most friendly, approachable, modest riders

    Tyburn Gallows, even if he was a complete nutcase!
  4. norbold

    Wembley Memories

    Is Tom Farndon the same as Tom Fardon though?
  5. Ivor Brown averaged 10.00 in 1965; 7.9 in 1966 and 7.5 in 1967.
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    Wembley Memories

    Not sure why this is under Wembley, but I remember that meeting well. Won by Jack Young who showed how he must have been 10 years earlier when he was arguably the greatest rider in the world. Still got my programme.
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    Les "muscles"Owen

    His accident was in 1973 at Coventry. He suffered brain damage and never really recovered. Les was one of the few riders to ride for one team all his career.
  8. I think there is no doubt he would have qualified in the three (four including 1939) pre-War years injuries permitting. He would have been 36 in 1946, the same age as Vic Duggan and five years younger than Jack Parker. Good call about Max Grosskreutz, LS.
  9. Tom Farndon....or doesn't it count if they died before the World Championship was introduced?
  10. norbold

    The greatest "nearly men" 1948-2018

    I would certainly go along with Vic Duggan as the greatest rider not to win the World Championship. Others would be Jack Parker, Graham Warren, Split Waterman, Aub Lawson, Brian Crutcher, Gote Nordin, Igor Plechanov, Dave Jessup and Leigh Adams.
  11. norbold

    Memories of Ron How and Brian Crutcher.

    I bought a copy of Speedway World at the first meeting I ever went to. Its front page headline was "Brian Crutcher Retires", so I never got to see him ride! I think though there is no doubt he should be in a top 30 British riders of all-time. As you say yourself, Sidney, for a while he was the equal of the likes of Fundin, Briggs and Moore and he was a well-known name in an era when speedway received a bit more publicity in the papers than it does now. On the other hand I saw Ron How many times and thought he was always a bit underrated because he was second to Ronnie Moore but he was an essential part of the all-conquering Wimbledon team of the late 50s and early 60s. He was a world finalist eight times and between 1958 and 1964 averaged over nine points per match every season. Between 1958 and 1965 he was ranked in the Top 20 riders in the world in the Speedway Star ranking lists, generally around mid way. Without listing the other top British riders, I think I would have him in my top 30.
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    Your club's all-time top team

    Yes, I must admit I overlooked Jack Biggs! I probably would put him in instead of Norman Hunter.
  13. norbold

    Your club's all-time top team

    All time Hackney team under CHR's original stipulation of all-time career: Heat Leaders: Vic Duggan, Mark Loram , Cordy Milne Second Strings: Bengt Jansson, Malcolm Simmons, Zenon Plech Reserves: Chris Louis, Norman Hunter
  14. norbold

    Your club's all-time top team

    Wot! No Savalas Clouting?
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