‘Who is the most popular sportsman in the East of England?’ Asked TV Times writer David McGill. ‘A footballer, a golfer, a jockey? Not according to your votes in Anglia’s Sportsman of the Year poll. The front runners for the trophy are all motorcyclists in their early twenties and their popularity underlines the surge of the three speed-
The year was 1969 -
HOW DO THEY COMPARE?
Terry Betts made £3000 from speedway over the 1969 season, earning as much as £100 a night at a time when the average wage of a British worker was just over £1600. His bike cost him £500, his helmet, leathers and boots were £60 and, at the time, he ran a garage with the money he made from the track.
Derek Chatterton had made £2000 during the year but, each winter, he built his own version of a Yamaha at a cost of £1000. It cost Mike Hailwood £1,000,000 to build his Honda and he was paid £50,000 to ride it exclusively but Chatterton had beaten him on a bike he built himself.
John Banks could earn £240 a meeting in prize-
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He looks like Terence Stamp. He has a fan club of several hundred at King’s Lynn and, even here, guesting for London against Wimbledon at Wimbledon’s last meeting of the season, Terry Betts pulls the fans.
Anglia Television provided the independent TV service for the East of England as well as producing network programmes such as the much-
Anglia Edition November 22, 1969
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Anglia House, Norwich, the home of Anglia Television from 1959 until 2004 when the broadcaster was submerged, like all other independent companies, into ITV plc, becoming ‘ITV Anglia’. As with the others, only the regional news programme remains
Anglia TV Sportsman of the Year Poll 1969