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    Les Owen

    In 1973 Rick finished on a 6.85 average for Sheffield he finished seventh in the averages behind Paulson 6.92. Larsson 7.08 what a strong one to seven they were.
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    Les Owen

    It was one hell of a achievement BOBBATH for Rick to quality from the 1967 West Ham British Final for the world final.In a way it was an equivalent of Martin Yeates qualifying from Coventry to the Overseas final at Belle Vue in 1984 the underdog prevailing Rick did achieve more though. Briggs 15, France, Mauger, Wilson. E.Boocock, Pratt ( did brilliant) qualified--- non qualifiers were Trigg, Ashby, Maidment, Betts, Hedge, Airey, Luckhurst, N.Boocock,Broadbank, Hunter great days.
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    Les Owen

    Totally agree Steve that is why the core of the 2020 Robins team of Doyle,Batchelor,Jensen,Ellis, Perks is refreshing to see some sort of continuity from last season.
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    Les Owen

    From 1964- 68 the Coventry top four or five was always from a pool of the same riders, Boocock,Mountford,Lightfoot,France,Cottrell,.Then in the late 60s when Lightfoot and Mountford retired Mckinlay and Lomas came on board.
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    Les Owen

    No problem Addio, funny thing is i had forgotten just how good a rider Ron Mountford was .My uncle who first took me to speedway had his favourites and his favourite bee from the late 60s was Col Cottrell.I could not quite understand that as Boy Blue was the man and he has to be one of the most exciting riders i have ever seen ride.
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    Les Owen

    Could not be bothered to go through both rider's race record's before 1965 Addio but here are a few interesting facts Les Owen 1965-73 - rode in 235 matches. Ron Mountford 1965-72 - rode in 158 matches so your hunch on Mountford was right averaging less than twenty meeting's a year.
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    Les Owen

    I did not know that about Les Owen Addio the eye injury !!! he did get 3 England caps and in the early 60s especialy1961 was going really well before breaking his collarbone badly.Harrhy had three more seasons at Brandon 1974/75/76 and one season at Stoke in 1978 after his serious injury.
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    Les Owen

    Coventry v Cradley midland cup 16/05/73. John Harrhy and Les Owen were involved in a horrific crash in which Harrhy was excluded.This crash gave Les Owen life threatening injuries and Harrhy ended up with a broken neck in which resulted in Coventry running R/R for Harrhy in most of the remaining fixtures of that season.
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    Les Owen

    Les Owen rode from 1957- 1973 for the Coventry Bees a real stalwart for the club which is nearly unheard of these days.I read that Les and Col Smith both used to turn up at the Brandon stadium and try to get a few laps in until the great Charles Ochiltree chucked them out.Mr Ochiltree told them both if they went through the right channels ( i.e.) the training school they would both be considered the rest is history.I know when you think of Coventry you think of the great Booey boy blue and rightly so and in later years Olsen/ Knudsen but LesOwen, Roger Hill, Ron Mountford, always make me remember that brilliant Coventry race jacket RIP Les.
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    Frank Arthur a real Pioneer.!!!

    After looking through books and articles it was amazing to discover that Frank Arthur had a huge input on how the sport developed.As a rider he won the first Overseas star riders championship in 1929 and later on was responsible for bringing Max Grosskreutz over and later two other aussie greats in Ray Tauser and Dicky Case.Talk about great riders i dont often hear Arthur mentioned but he should do a real pioneer.
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    Poole Pirates 2020

    Kurtz and Bowtell for me Skidder your side would look pretty vulnerable with those two making up the side.I presume Poole are not going to get a Hansen,Kvech, Gilmore (etc) I think they will try to take a punt on a Aussie probably Keleher.Without getting the targets they wanted i would of gone for Jeppesen/ Hume for the last two options.
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    Peterborough Panthers 2020

    I like Nicol and i think he could have a longterm future at Wolves but you are right Nichols at reserve say would of been a great move.I presumed Nicol would get a place in a stronger team meaning he had no real pressure now that scenario has changed.On the plus side if Douglas can up his home form in Becker,Douglas,Nicol they three riders who could feature regularly for the Wolves in years to come.
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    Peterborough Panthers 2020

    I think Hans could average between 6.50/ 7.00 but if he comes back lighter and fitter he might even average more.He is not the rider of old and I know he is not as quick these days but his trackcraft and his riding of clever lines are still there.He had a few bad smashes but his race at Belle Vue with Dan Bewley earlier in the season was a brilliant race showing he still has the craft.
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    King's Lynn Stars 2020

    A balancing act really Bagpuss, you want to be entertained but i would imagine all tracks have 70 per cent of fans who just want to see there team win.Would you want to see dross everyweek but be happy if your team win? for me entertainment comes first everytime.Going back to your home strip is your track to grippy for the modern day bike now? i personally dont know the answer myself.I haven't seen live racing at King's Lynn since 1989 but then it was definately in the top 4 tracks in Britain the World team cup rounds were superb there.
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    King's Lynn Stars 2020

    If your track is slicker you could even be vulnerable at home.If it is the norm you should be hard to beat at home away that will be a different ball game Lambo to be back on it this season Webby.!!!
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    King's Lynn Stars 2020

    Cant see Lynn's side getting in the top four Lambert , Cook , Riss have to score 30 plus every meeting.
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    Wolverhampton 2020

    Col do you think it is possible worst scenario for me that Swindon could lose 1 point on Batchelor , 1 point on Jensen, .5 of a point on Stewart and 1 point on Rowe on there averages.I can't see it hopefully not but it is very possible.
  18. Picking out of all of the three leagues what riders do you think will improve or up there average three selection's from each league.Here goes PREMIER Lidsey - Becker - Bewley. CHAMPIONSHIP. Pickering -- Flint --- Bailey. NATIONAL LEAGUE -- Bailey--- D. Thompson ---- J Thompson.
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    Birmingham Brummies 2020

    And you are right Col , he is worth the gamble for Newcastle.
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    Birmingham Brummies 2020

    If you are a stats man then both Wright/Silver are pretty similar really.Both reached 5 British Final's ( Silver's decade more difficult?) one U21 world championship final and both won a Division 2 title.Silver though had two division two averages of 10.46 and 10.66 where as Wright had one year only over nine at 9.53.For me Silver underacheived really he was around with Martin Dugard ( class) yet Dugard pushed on in his career and Silver left the scene everyone will have a view but it would be Silver for me all day long.
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    Roman Matousek.RIP.

    God what a massive shock , a real racer and a great character RIP Roman. It makes you put thing's into perspective we should all cherish life and try to make everyday worthwhile.
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    Birmingham Brummies 2020

    You are joking ? as much as i like James Wright and have always followed his career have a look at what Andrew Silver achieved in his.speedway career.
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    Birmingham Brummies 2020

    It is so hard, as a club you want young riders some who might be longterm asset's to progress but you have to think of the now as well.At Swindon we have young Anders i am really keeping my fingers crossed that he can be on the pace but i know Ellis Perks will more and likely swap races at times.A real dilemma and that is the brutality of sport i suppose.
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    Birmingham Brummies 2020

    Yes young Flint/ Bickley forgot those two, with the reserves in place as they are it will be very interesting to see who goes at number six.Does the rule state it has to be the senior reserve at number six ? for these youngsters being at number seven that has to be an advantage.
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    Poole Pirates 2020

    List, Kennedy, Keleher, would any of those. Aussies average 6 in the Championship Ben what do you think.?? For me Steve Hols54 has named the six riders that i believe would interest Poole as a longterm option Jeppesen, Kvech, Hansen, Rew, Hook,Gilmore ( my first choice.).I think Gilmore, Rew,Hook, might do a Lidsey and want to go straight in the Premiership when they are ready.
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