The ARGUS, edited by Roy Chapman, began publishing in 1967 from offices in North Avenue, Southend and was printed at the same premises. It initially cost 1s/9d and ran its own supporters’ club. There was a good deal of informed and challenging editorial comment - something we get too little of today - a page for ladies, a section about cycle speedway as well as items centred on new riders, ‘firsts’ at famous tracks and plenty of pictures of teams and individual riders. There was a diary page written by the Features Editor, Derrick Neave and ‘Odd Spot’ (a section for curious facts) once reported that in Swindon’s 1949 season, they used three reserves named Good, Best and Bottoms. A look at their averages revealed that Bottoms’ was bottom, Good’s was better and Best’s was best!


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