18 year-old Swede Jan Andersson finally signed for Swindon to replace Edgar Stangeland, who had moved to Wimbledon. The Swedish authority SVEMO had been dragging their feet over the deal since Jan was so young. They remembered the abortive start the equally youthful Tommy Jansson had made with Wembley a few years earlier. Robins’ boss Bill Chandler said, ‘We must be patient with the lad. It will no doubt take him some time to acclimatize to British conditions.’
A World Champion and an Australian Champion were due to contest the Speedway Star Golden Helmet over the weekend. Match races between Anders Michanek and current helmet-holder Phil Crump would take place at Crump’s home track, Newport, on Friday May 9 and Reading the following Monday. Crump, recently married and just about to move into his new house in Bristol, said, ‘The extra prize money for the winner is always welcome and, for Carole and me, there’s nothing like the present.’
On Sunday, a testimonial football match was to take place, in aid of veteran rider Ronnie Moore, between a Speedway Riders XI and a Showbusiness/Journalists team. The celebrity side was to include Alvin Stardust, George Layton, David Hamilton and Dennis Waterman. For the riders, there would be appearances by Terry Betts, Ray Wilson, Martin Ashby and Bruce Forrester.
Bryan Seery’s statistics page this week included the note that Boston’s home-winning sequence of 54 matches had just been broken by visitors Workington. The total stood just four short of the all-time British League record which is held by Wimbledon.