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Issue 70 - British Lions, Saunders, Mildenhall, Newcastle, Etc

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ISSUE 71 of Backtrack is out now and includes:



Throughout the 70s and early 80s, attention during the British winter would instinctively turn to Australia for news of how the Lions were doing on their annual tour. In this special report, Rob Peasley recalls the infamous scraps between two of the sport's great, old adversaries. England Test star Doug Wyer, a veteran of numerous trips Down Under, gives his take on those occasionally stormy encounters, and we also hear from Michael Lee about the time the Aussies accused him of using an oversized engine.


In this new five-page interview, one of Edinburgh's most popular and long-serving riders, Australian Brett Saunders looks back with Andrew Skeels on eventful times when he was, in his words, young, mad and everything else!


This time our respected and much-travelled columnist heads to the north of England, calling in at a few sadly defunct tracks and starting at one of the sport's most famous racing venues. Belle Vue, Sheffield, Bradford, Halifax and Hull are under the MR spotlight.


It's 41 years since Mildenhall Stadium emerged from a potato field in rural Suffolk to host league speedway but the Fen Tigers very quickly established themselves as a respected force to be reckoned with. Rob Peasley looks back at the club's turbulent history in the second and third tiers.


Doug Nicolson used to work as a financial accountant (not something he boasts about!) and missing records were the bane of his life. Here he looks back on more interesting 'blanks' featuring incomplete or un-staged meetings involving Birmingham, Peterborough, Berwick, Boston, Cradley Heath, Oxford, West Ham, Nelson, King's Lynn Starlets, Glasgow, Workington, Scunthorpe. Barrow, Coatbridge, Sheffield, Mildenhall, Milton Keynes, Belle Vue, Swindon and Crewe.


Martin Rogers remembers the late Violet Littlechild, who epitomised the family spirit that saw King's Lynn rise from very humble beginnings to become one of the sport's most vibrant and admired venues.


In this edited extract from his new book, Tapes, Breaks and Heartaches, Dave Morton recalls 1985, in which he won the National League championship with Ellesmere Port at the end of a season riddled with controversy, drama and tragedy.



Martin Neal tracked down former Workington rider Mark Dickinson, who now drives for a Maryport-based plant hire company.


OPENING TIMES Newcastle, 1975
Newcastle are now firmly established in the second tier, but Andrew Skeels, Tom Owen, Brian Havelock and announcer Barry Wallace looks back nearly 41 years to the night the bikes returned to Byker, when North-East rivals Teesside were the visitors and the meeting also featured record-breaking Ivan Mauger in match-races against Jimmy McMillan. Dennis McCleary, who was the referee that night, explains why the meeting almost didn't go ahead.


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Just finished my first year subscription and will be renewing to go into my second year in the next few days.



Subscription now renewed.

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