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  1. Wessex Wanderer

    Mac Woolford

    Good young rider in the early 70s. Would have started in the southern training schools of the time at Eastbourne and Lew Coffins School at Weymouth. I think he won the British Junior Championship in about 1972 - representing Eastbourne I think. That was a very prestigious title at the time and was won by a number of future top riders. Unfortunately Mac retired very early in his career due to injury. That at is all from memory and with age playing memory tricks these days I am quite happy to be corrected by anyone knowing more. Hope me this helps.
  2. Wessex Wanderer

    Ronnie Moore seriously ill

    Very sad news. One of the genuine all time greats. Beautiful style and I have to agree with the poster who said he was one of, if not THE, greatest ever team rider. Thoughts with Ronnie and his family.
  3. Wessex Wanderer

    2019 One big league will it happen.?

    Just a couple of observations. The 1965 and 1995 amalgamations were very different. In the 60s it was done very much on the terms of the lower (Provincial) league with a concerted effort to make all teams as equal as possible. Can never be totally achieved of course but they were close enough to provide a 17 team league fixture list. Result was a golden era for the sport. The 90s one was much more of a “survival of the fittest” effort. Result was an immediate loss of some tracks and a gradual decline in general. As regards promoters having ties to more than one track, this was never a problem for many years. Mike Parker and Reg Fearman both operated three tracks in the same league, the Knotts operated Poole at the same time as Southampton and then Newport. Then there was the Allied Promoters organisation which operated a number of tracks in each of the two leagues that then existed. Big point to make about them all though is that they were run as businesses that needed other successful tracks were needed to make a healthy league. Today’s win at all costs attitude is completely different. As I said just observations from someone who would love to see a proper full season of weekly fixtures against teams of similar strength.
  4. Great to see a young Brit win an international class meeting. Well done Robert.
  5. Evenly matched teams on a real RACING track. Wonderful entertainment. Despite its woes this just shows how good the basic concept of Speedway should be. OK, this was an exceptional meeting but will we ever see racing near this standard ever again? We can but dream. Thanks so much for bringing this to forum attention.
  6. Wessex Wanderer

    Kelvin Mullarkey R.I.P

    Sad news. Kelvin was the first star of the 1974 Weymouth return to league racing. With just a handful of team matches before that he quickly became our leading scorer and also took over the captaincy when Bob Hughes got injured in mid season. A good rider and huge personality Speedway is a that much poorer place now he is no longer with us. Condolences to his family. RIP Kelvin.
  7. Wessex Wanderer

    Vic harding

    RIP Vic. Still fondly remembered by old time Weymouth fans.
  8. Wessex Wanderer

    Characters of the sixties

    Maybe the “characters” grow in greatness with the passing years as I do remember veterans at that time reminiscing about long retired riders with “they don’t make em like that anymore”. Some great names mentioned in this thread. I particularly like the first to be mentioned was Jim Squibb who would surely be among the top characters of any era. I remember him clashing with Ken Sharples of Belle Vue at Poole one night. They tangled on the second bend and both fell. Picking themselves up they immediately squared up and the punches started swinging. Usually people close by would try to separate them but this time there was a HUGE reluctance by track staff,pit staff, riders and mechanics to go anywhere near the pair! Can’t say I blame them. Eventually the pair calmed down so discretion did prove the better part of valour. Great thread. Thanks Bob.
  9. Wessex Wanderer

    RIP Ivan Mauger OBE

    Wow. Seems unbelievable that such a legend is no longer with us. One of the brightest stars of one of the golden eras of Speedway. R I P Ivan.
  10. Wessex Wanderer

    Odd Fossengen R.I.P

    Only just seen this thread. Shocked. Wonderful memories of Poole 1968 when Odd joined a team badly hit by retirements and injuries and they battled match after match to secure enough points to stay off the bottom of the league. Great matches week after week with the crowd 100% behind them. Then league title the following year. RIP Odd
  11. Wessex Wanderer

    Antonin Kasper

    Good quality heat leader. RIP Antonin.
  12. Wessex Wanderer

    Edmund Migos

    Thanks for posting that. Migoś was one of the riders I most looked forward to watching when we used to have proper international matches under the 18 heat format. I can still vividly remember him coming round the pits bend at Poole on the outside of four abreast. He didn’t give an inch and got into the back straight in front. It drew a collective gasp from the crowd in that area. One of the most breathtaking moments I have ever known, it was that awesome.
  13. Wessex Wanderer

    Pow's In Ww2-speedway Riders

    Remember both of these. You are quite right about Harry Edwards looking old. I was quite shocked when I first saw him and wondered how someone that old could still be riding league Speedway. Of course it was his time as a Japanese POW which was the reason. I knew a few other guys who had also been prisoners of the Japanese and almost all of them looked aged far beyond their years. Not sure but I think he rode for Rayleigh at the time. Howdy Byford was a wonderful character. Got to know him when he was Weymouth team manager. Tremendous company and a kindly guy inside a real hard nut coating. Classic incident when the riders of both teams got into a mass brawl on the track which was sorted by Howdy, Pete Lansdale and Lew Coffin in about 2 seconds flat. Pretty sure he was a plumber by trade. Reminds me of how much we owe that particular generation.
  14. Wessex Wanderer

    Tv Times 27/7/63

    Cor. I remember watching this on TV. Another reminder of age! By the way it was a Provincial League match not a Challenge. I would go along with it being Len Silver. That was my first thought on seeing the picture. Doubt it is Squibby and it is definitely not Olle Nygren. Alan Cowland wore white leathers so probably not him. With both teams having Monday race nights the rearrangement to fit in with TV was probably not too difficult. Do wonder whether there would be such co-operation these days though. Nice thread, thanks for setting off the memories.
  15. Wessex Wanderer

    Neil Street Stories Wanted.

    His first team manager role was at Weymouth I believe. Far and away the best team manager Weymouth ever had. None of the hysterics shown by most managers past and present whenever a decision went against them just quietly encouraging and advising his own guys. Probably worth an extra half dozen points for his team every meeting. Off track a true gentleman with time for everyone and a great memory for names and places. Nothing flashy just a great guy. :)
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