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1982 Hackney Six (Vintage Programmes)

£2.50

Condition: All programmes in good condition. No creases. The Poole match result has been neatly filled in.

This is a bundle of SIX programmes from Hackney Wick. The much-loved Waterden Road stadium was bought by the London Development Agency and demolished in 2003. The site became the location of the London Olympics Media Centre, the main media and broadcasting centre for the 2012 Summer Olympics. It is now due to be turned over for commercial use.

Relive six nights in the summer of 1982 when the Hawks took on Cradley, King’s Lynn, Poole, Eastbourne, Swindon and Reading.These programms are all worth reading for Len Silver’s column alone.

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1982 Mildenhall Six (Vintage Programmes)

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Condition: All programmes in good condition. No creases. Staples excellent. Results not filled in.

They never pulled their punches in the programme notes at West Row in 1982. In one of these editions, they describe the Los Angeles World Final as ‘an embarrassing flop’. The writer of Mildenhall’s Pit Patter says: ‘the only atmosphere I felt in the echoing two-thirds empty stadium was one of violence as fights broke out on the terraces throughout the night.’ In other weeks, he slates the presentation and track preparation at Glasgow, (‘a clinging, red swamp’), and blasts Newcastle for tracking ‘two British League men’. If you find today’s programme notes sugary and bland, you’ll enjoy reading these.

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1982 Newcastle Six (Vintage Programmes)

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Condition: All programmes in good condition. No creases. Staples excellent. Results not filled in.

Riding high at the top of the League, Newcastle’s ‘Lada Diamonds’ had a lot to celebrate in 1982. Joe Owen and Rod Hunter were both averaging over 10 points per match and the fixture list contained 65 meetings. What would today’s speedway-starved fans give for packed seasons like that again? These programmes, all in unused condition, are packed with words and the columns from promoters Ian Thomas and Brian Larner are always entertaining. There is also a page from Team Manager Dave Younghusband who doesn’t pull his punches, either. Lots of facts, figures and pictures, too.

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1982 Swindon Six (Vintage Programmes)

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Condition: All programmes in very good condition. No creases. Eight-page, stiff card, fold-out style. Results not filled in.

The Abbey Road programme in 1982 was published in an unusual format. Its eight pages were printed on stiff card and folded together to produce a standard-looking booklet but without staples and easier to write on if you weren’t the sort of fan who carried a programme board around. No staples in 1982 means that collectors 31 years later don’t have any rust marks to worry about. Instead, you can enjoy informative columns each week from Bob Radford and Wally Mawdsley and relive the Robins’ meetings with Reading, Cradley Ipswich, Coventry, Poole and Birmingham. 1982 was a reasonable season for Swindon who finished 8th out of 15 in the British League. Their top heat-leader was Phil Crump who averaged 9.47.

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1982 Birmingham Six (Vintage Programmes)

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Condition: All programmes in good condition. Some small rust marks around the staples on the centre pages. The Poole results have been neatly filled in.

In the 1982 British League, it was still 13 heats and a full Second Half on the menu and Birmingham’s visitors on the occasions covered by these programmes were Cradley Heath, Poole, Leicester, King’s Lynn, Swindon and Halifax. Riders in the feature-photo slot include Bruce Penhall, Kenny Carter, Karl Maier and Ari Koponen.There are notes on each visiting team, a very full Straight Talking column from promoter Dan McCormick and the usual gossip on the Bits and Pieces page. The Brummies enjoyed a successful season, finishing 6th out of 15 in the British League. Their top man was Hans Nielsen who recorded an average of 9.89.

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1982 Halifax Six (Vintage Programmes)

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Condition: All programmes in good condition. No creases. The Poole match results have been neatly filled in.

The 1982 season saw a Halifax team made up of some exciting riders, including Kenny Carter, Merv Janke, John Louis, Doug Wyer and Ian Cartwright. These 12-page programmes were not big on photos but included a thought-provoking column in which Gordon Sampson, speedway correspondent of the Halifax Evening Courier discusses a number of hot issues of the day. These range from Bruce Penhall’s money-wrangles, the Golden Helmet, Guest Riders, collusion between riders in World Championship racing and Kenny Carter’s on-track successes. Worth reading on their own, they give a real flavour of the time.

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