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This Day in (my) Speedway History

I had wanted to do this back in March… in line with the start of the British season but here we are in September.  So September it is.  I want to try to see if I can pull a programme from a meeting I attended over the years, that matches this day of the blog. So here’s my first edition  a meeting from the 14 September 1978.

For much of the 1978 season the Wimbledon Dons were up near the top of the Gulf Oil British League challenging for the title.  At home they racked up big scores, scoring over 50 points 5 times including a 61-17 demolition of Birmingham and the team was solid from one to seven with Larry Ross at #1 averaging  9.45 and Colin Richardson (father of current British Elite League star Lee Richardson)  at #7 averaging 6.46.  The week before this meeting, Wimbledon’s title hopes ended with a shocking home defeat by the struggling Wolverhampton Wolves (who finished 17th out of 19 teams).  The 1978 Kings Lynn Stars were primed for a great league season and after storming through to the final of the Spring Gold Cup – losing to (American)  Scott Autrey’s Exeter – they then went through a period of gaining only 3 league points from 15 league meetings and ended up finishing 13th in the League having been a pre-season favourite to win the title.   A massive let down of a season for a team featuring Terry Betts and Michael Lee.   Kings Lynn is my team (to this day) and during the late 70’s and 80’s I made sure to that I saw every ‘Stars’ meeting in the capital and cities and towns close by and accessible by the train schedule. Continue reading