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  1. norbold

    1957 Southern Area League

    Just as a sideline on this, I checked through the Rye House results for 1957. Out of the ten SAL fixtures they raced, only one resulted in a score that added up to 84!
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    1959 Queries

    Yes, Aldershot took over the Southern Rovers fixtures, so at the end of the season, all Southern Rovers fixtures were noted as Aldershot fixtures, so, officially Aldershot did race the 31 May fixture at Eastbourne even though they were not in existence at the time! If that makes sense....
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    Wembley Arena 1981 & 1983

    Just looking into this a bit more. The programme has Joe Owen and Ari Koponen printed in red & blue. White & yellow were to be 3rd and 4th from Qualifying Heat 3. Joe Owen was not due to race in the qualifying rounds but was supposed to go straight into Repechage Heat B. However, he replaced Egon Muller in Qualifying Heat 3 and came third, hence his appearance in white in Repechage Heat B and removal from red. I hope you can follow that!
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    Wembley Arena 1981 & 1983

    I have a filled-in programme for the 1983 Lada W.C.S.S.I There is no time given for Heat 2. Every other race has a time - I suspect it was never announced? The line-up and result I have for Heat B is the same as you: In the printed version it has Joe Owen in Red, but this has been crossed out and he has been hand-written in as white.
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    Elite League 1999

    Yes, the 1999 season started with the Craven Shield.
  6. Great effort yet again by Ipswich tonight - the team that everyone wrote off at the start of the season.
  7. If you had the final say, Sidney, which 15 riders would you choose for this year's GP series then?
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    Warsaw 2019

    Why did you ask that? What possible bearing does it have on what he said?
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    Warsaw 2019

    Not content with being a racist, you're now using handicapped as a derogatory term. You really are a very very unpleasant person.
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    Warsaw 2019

    So you're saying you cannot be black and Polish then deny you're being racist! Do us a favour!
  11. norbold

    Fay Taylour the greatest woman rider.

    After writing my little story above I dug out the book as I haven't looked at it for a while. Here is a fuller list of the well-known speedway autographs it contains: Sprouts Elder, Tom Farndon, Lionel Van Praag, Wally Kilmister, Gus Kuhn, Alec Jackson, Eric Gregory, Norman Evans, George Greenwood, Vic Huxley, Dick Case, Buster Frogley, Alf Foulds, Bluey Wilkinson and Johnnie Hoskins. It also contains a number of photographs of teams and individual riders as well as some other autographs of actors, including Robertson Hare, and an autograph of World Flyweight Boxing Champion, Jimmy Wilde. It won't be up for sale on eBay any time soon!
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    Fay Taylour the greatest woman rider.

    I can highly recommend the Tom Farndon book, Sidney. Some years ago I was at a college reunion. Funnily enough, the person who first gave me the nickname, norbold, was there. I hadn't seen or heard from him since we'd left college about 45 years previously. During the reunion, he said to me that someone had brought along a small autograph book to sell at his school fete (he was a headteacher now), but it hadn't sold and the owner was just going to throw it away. He had a look at it and realised it was full of old speedway riders' autographs. He rescued the book as he hoped he would be seeing me at the reunion. He knew I was interested in speedway because he had seen some of my books in his local bookshop. Anyway, he showed me the book and I couldn't believe it. It contained dozens of speedway autographs including Tom Farndon, Vic Huxley, Lionel Van Praag, Johnnie Hoskins, Alec Jackson, Dick Case and many many other top riders. He asked me how much I thought it was worth. I told him he could probably get at least £75 for it. He thanked me and took the book back. Later on, just as I was leaving, he came over to me and said, "Here you might as well have the book, it's no good to me and I could see how much it meant to you." I reminded him it was probably worth at least £75 and he just shrugged and said, "It's ok, I wouldn't have known if you hadn't told me and we were just going to throw it away anyway." So he gave it to me for nothing. A little while later I showed the book to John Somerville and he offered me £100 on the spot for it. I said it wasn't for sale. I still have the book today. A prized possession!
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    Fay Taylour the greatest woman rider.

    Sorry, my question should have been directed at Sidney. My mistake. Anyway, I highly recommend you get a copy of our Tom Farndon book, Steve!
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    Fay Taylour the greatest woman rider.

    She has been mentioned a number of times on different threads on "Years Gone By" topics. If you type her name in the search bar, you will find a lot more information about her. By the way, are you talking about the biography of Tom Farndon, Steve?
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    Alan Sage

    Alan Sage rode for West Ham at the back end of 1970, moved to Ipswich in 1972 and then to Crayford in 1975. From his first appearance for West Ham in 1970 until 22 July 1979, Sage did not miss one single official fixture, riding in 327 consecutive matches. A quite remarkable record. His run came to an end when he broke his leg guesting for Canterbury.
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    Memories of Hackney Speedway

    I have to admit I had a very odd relationship with Hackney. I was born and brought up in Hackney and, until I moved away in 1965, the track was about a 20 minute walk from my home across the Marshes. So, for the first three years of its Post-War existence I was a regular there every week. However, I never actually supported the team. The reason for this was that I was already a New Cross supporter and so, when Hackney opened in 1963, they became the local Provincial League adversary. New Cross, of course, closed in 1963, but then in 1964, West Ham opened, so I transferred my allegiance to them, not being able to bring myself to support the "enemy". Towards the end of 1965, I moved away and Hackney and West Ham became fairly equidistant to my new home, so that made things a bit better and more acceptable in my own mind to be a West Ham supporter. For many years, until West Ham closed, I still visited both tracks on a fairly regular weekly basis. However, I have always felt a bit uncomfortable in not supporting Hackney as, in every other regard, I always have, and still do, regard myself as a "Hackney boy" and have always been very proud of it and, in many ways, still regard it as my real home. I contribute to a number of Hackney Facebook pages and, of course, my best-selling book, Pie 'n' Mash & Prefabs, is all about Hackney in the 1950s and 60s. There! I've made my full confession at last. It's good to finally get it all off my chest!
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    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.
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    Most friendly, approachable, modest riders

    Tyburn Gallows, even if he was a complete nutcase!
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    Wembley Memories

    Is Tom Farndon the same as Tom Fardon though?
  21. 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.
  24. 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.
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