IN AN EASY VICTORY in the first Test Match in Perth, the English Lions side had notched up a 41-67 win over their Australian hosts. According to Eddie Smith’s report, ‘It was the professionals against the amateurs and the Aussies - in the shape of a Western Australia line-up - had only Phil Crump who could match up to the visitors.’ Crump dropped only one point to Doug Wyer while top scorers for England were Peter Collins (14), John Davis (12) and Chris Morton (12).
CANTERBURY CRUSADERS’ fans could sit down to their annual dinner and dance relieved at the news that speedway at Kingsmead was secure for another year. The all-clear had come the previous Wednesday with a resounding 35-7 vote at a meeting of the City Council. Earlier in the season, the Crusaders, already operating under a ‘reduce the noise or else’ declaration, had faced a rejection by the Town Planning Committee. Said one regular Council observer, ‘The vote must be one of the biggest turnabouts by any council on any topic.’
DAVE JESSUP had slapped in a transfer request to the Leicester management at the weekend. The England international said that travelling from his Kent home every week was proving too much and that he had been unsettled at Blackbird Road for the past two years.
On the Speedway Star cover this week:
FRONT: Reading Racers’ trio, Richard May, Bob Humphreys and Bernie Leigh
BACK: left to right, Bradford Barons’ Tony Featherstone and Tony Boyle fight it out with Eastbourne Eagles’ Eric Dugard and Neil Middleditch