Week Ending November 1

CANTERBURY supporters were planning a further campaign to save speedway at Kingsmead after the City Council’s planning committee voted against an application to stage the sport at the stadium in 1976. The decision had come hot on the heels of a recommendation by the Public Works and Environment Committee that the noise level should be reduced within six months.

The Supporters’ Club chairman, Reg Funnell, was making a direct approach to the Mayor as well as to city councillors. He told Speedway Star, ‘Speedway is a wonderful public amenity for people from Canterbury and throughout a large area of East Kent. In the eight years the track has operated, we have shown ourselves to be most public-spirited, too. Besides mechanical and financial help to our riders, our fund raising efforts have stretched far and away beyond Kingsmead.’ This included support for a new St John ambulance with additional appliances, assistance to Canterbury Hospital’s League of Friends and donations towards most Mayoral charity appeals.

ALTHOUGH not in as serious a position as Canterbury, there were rumblings down at Crayford after Bexley Council asked the owners to submit a fresh planning application to stage speedway in 1976. Promoter Peter Thorogood told supporters, ‘It will help considerably if you will put pen to paper and confirm that Crayford Speedway is a necessary amenity.

BELLE VUE were winners of the Speedway Star Cup after beating Leicester Lions 46-32 at Hyde Road in the second leg of the final. This gave the Aces an aggregate victory score of 86-70. It was always going to be an uphill struggle for Leicester after losing by two points in their home leg but they fought doggedly to the end. No one could beat home star Peter Collins, however, who recorded a 12-point maximum.


EARLIER, in the New National League, the Cup winners had been Eastbourne, who clinched their victory beating Workington by a thumping 52-25 in the second leg of the Final at Arlington. The Eagles themselves had gone down heavily at Derwent Park the previous Friday but they wiped off the 16-point deficit by heat seven to win 83-72 on aggregate.

It says something about the variability of teams in the National League that the Comets had only just gone into the record books themselves by inflicting a record-equalling defeat 61-17 on the Scottish side Paisley Lions.

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: Arthur Browning of Birmingham and Sören Sjösten of Belle Vue

BACK: Phil Crump (Newport) leads Bengt Jansson and team-mate Steve Gresham

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