Week Ending October 18

IPSWICH Witches were on the brink of becoming the Gulf British League Champions this week after completing their season on 54 points from 34 matches. Newport, with their programme also finished, were certain to end in at least third place. Belle Vue still had four matches to complete but would need maximum points from those fixtures, including a visit to Exeter on the following Monday. Anyone who has read Ivan Mauger’s autobiography will know of the determination of the Exeter captain that his former team should not win the championship and of the extraordinary lengths he went to in order to prevent it. After Exeter defeated the Aces, he even got onto the telephone to be the first to tell the Ipswich promotion that they had won the league! And all because the Belle Vue fans booed him when he took his Falcons team up to Manchester earlier in the year. Hell hath no fury like a former hero scorned!

AMID all the end-of-term celebrations elsewhere, at Earle Street, Crewe closed their season early, following a string of poor attendances. They had provisionally booked their former star Phil Crump for the final meeting of the year but after another thin crowd for their last league match against Berwick, they shut the doors a week early. The Kings’ executive Tommy Rumble told Speedway Star that they hoped to re-open in 1976, provided that there was no significant increase in the rental of their British Rail owned stadium. In fact, speedway never reappeared at Earle Street.

ERIC LINDEN, in his preview of the British League Riders’ Championship, predicted that Newport’s Phil Crump, riding his four-valve Neil Street Jawa conversion, would take the title. Crump was currently sitting in third place in the riders’ averages on an amazing 11.13, behind Peter Collins on 11.20 and the ever-present Ivan Mauger with 11.57, although Crump had ridden more matches. Linden forecast that Collins would be runner-up and that Chris Pusey might sneak third place. In the event, it would be Collins, riding on his home track, who would take the title, with Crump in second place and Martin Ashby the third-placed rider.

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: New World Champion Ole Olsen with runner-up Anders Michanek and third-placed John Louis

BACK: Terry Betts of King’s Lynn Stars

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