Their names were once as familiar to us as our favourite brands of sweets. They weren’t the top riders in the country but they thrilled us nonetheless. How many of these stars do you remember and who have we omitted who ought to be here?

RIDER

Date of Birth

Place of Birth

British League Debut

A




Geoff Ambrose

Jul 26, 1946

Stoke-on-Trent

1967 BL1 Wolverhampton Wolves

Keith Anderson

Oct 16, 1951

Bilston, Staffordshire

1974 BL2 Birmingham Brummies

Frank Auffret

Dec-50

Middlesbrough

1970 BL1 Hackney Hawks

B




Graham Banks

Jan 15, 1949

Folkestone, Kent

1969 BL2 Canterbury Crusaders

Dave Baugh

Aug 28, 1949

Halifax, Yorkshire

1968 BL1 Sheffield

Dave (Tiger) Beech

Aug 6, 1950

Hackney, London

1971 BL2 Rayleigh Rockets

Geoff Bouchard

Sep 5, 1948

Leicester

1970 BL2 Long Eaton Rangers

Alan Bridgett

Jun 19, 1948

Newcastle-under-Lyme

1969 BL2 Doncaster Stallions

Mike Broadbanks

Sep 25, 1934

Hoddesdon, Herts

1965 BL1 Swindon Robins

Eric Broadbelt

Dec 8, 1947

Blackpool, Lancs

1967 BL1 Belle Vue Aces

Dingle Brown

May 17, 1940

Matching Green, Essex

1968 BL2 Rayleigh Rockets

Arthur Browning

Sep 22, 1944

Birmingham

1972 BL2 Birmingham Brummies

C




Mike Cake

Apr 4, 1946

Parkstone, Dorset

1967 BL1 Exeter Falcons

Ian Cartwright

Jul 25, 1954

Crayke, Yorks

1973 BL2 Crewe Kings

Tony Childs

Jan 16, 1942

Felmingham, Norfolk

1966 BL1 Wimbledon Dons

Bob Coles

Feb 12, 1944

Exeter, Devon

1968 BL2 Plymouth Devils

Alan Cowland

Mar 17, 1944

St Austell, Cornwall

1965 BL1 Exeter Falcons

Barry crowson

Apr 20, 1947

Tufnell Park, London

1967 BL1 West Ham Hammers

D




Tony Davey

Aug 15, 1951

Framsden, Suffolk

1970 BL2 Ipswich Witches

John Dews

Mar 26, 1945

Wakefield, Yorks

1965 BL1 Sheffield Tigers

Barry Duke

Aug 28, 1948

Hampstead, London

1968 BL2 Weymouth Wizards

Dave Durham

Jun 30, 1950

Wakefield, Yorks

1968 BL2 Middlesbrough Teessiders

E




Alan Emerson

May 29, 1957

Haltwhistle, Northumberland

1973 BL2 Teesside Tigers

Laurie Etheridge

Sep 12, 1948

Pulborough, Sussex

1967 BL1 Exeter Falcons

Keith Evans

Aug 23, 1953

Manchester

1972 BL2 Barrow Bombers

F




Tony Featherstone

Dec 26, 1942

Spalding, Lincs

1969 BL2 King’s Lynn Stars

Karl Fiala

Jan 31, 1956

Harlow Essex

1975 NNL Rye House Rockets

Bruce Forrester

Oct 12, 1940

Leicester

1969 BL2 Teesside Teesiders

Rick France

July 12, 1938

Birmingham

1965 BL1 Coventry Bees

G




Paul Gachet

Apr 23, 1955

London

1972 BL2 Eastbourne Eagles

Dave Gatenby

Jun 11, 1950

Darlington

1971 BL2 Sunderland Stars

Carl Glover

Oct 11, 1952

Sheffield

1971 BL2 Boston Barracudas

Colin Goad

Mar 29, 1950

Liverpool

1969 BL2 Belle Vue Colts

Dave Gooderham

Jan 6, 1953

Ipswich, Suffolk

1973 BL2 Canterbury Crusaders

Mitch Graham

Dec 16, 1948

Broughton, Cumberland

1973 BL2 Birmingham Brummies

H




Arnold Haley

Sep 15, 1942

Leeds, Yorks

1965 BL1 Sheffield Tigers

Mick Handley

Dec 29, 1946

Dudley, Worcs

1966 BL1 Wolverhampton Wolves

Vic Harding

Jul 5, 1952

East Ham, London

1974 BL2 Sunderland Stars

John Harrhy

Sep 1, 1942

Brandon, Warwickshire

1969 BL2 Ipswich Witches

John Hart

Jan 22, 1941

Birmingham

1965 BL1 Cradley Heath

Mike Hiftle

Jun 30, 1949

Newcastle upon Tyne

1968 BL2 Berwick Bandits

Roger Hill

Mar 9, 1944

Coventry

1965 BL1 Coventry Bees

Ian Hindle

Jun 26, 1955

Barrow, Lancashire

1971 BL2 Rochdale Hornets

Mick Hines

Oct 7, 1944

Hintlesham, Suffolk

1972 BL2 Birmingham Brummies

Kevin Holden

Jul 30, 1950

North Baddesley, S’hampton

1970 BL2 Romford Bombers

Rob Hollingworth

Dec 31, 1955

Boston, Lincs

1973 BL2 Berwick Bandits

Bernie Hornby

Sep 15, 1947

Manchester

1969 BL2 Long Eaton Rangers

Ted Howgego

Jan 14, 1951

Ipswich, Suffolk

1971 BL2 Ipswich Witches

Ted Hubbard

Jun 20, 1949

Lydden, Kent

1970 BL2 Canterbury Crusaders

Norman Hunter

Feb 21, 1940

Willesden, London

1965 BL1 West Ham Hammers

J




John Jackson

Jun 26, 1952

Chester, Cheshire

1970 BL2 Crewe Kings

Pete Jarman

Jun 30, 1935

Brockley, London

1965 BL1 Wolverhampton Wolves

Alan Jay

Jan 18, 1941

Oxford

1965 BL1 Sheffield Tigers

Roger Johns

Mar 1, 1954

Epsom, Surrey

1970 BL2 Eastbourne Eagles

Kevin Jolly

Jan 29, 1958

Eye, Suffolk

1975 NNL Mildenhall Fen Tigers

Graham Jones

Dec 28, 1948

Lowestoft, Suffolk

1971 BL2 Boston Barracudas

Trevor Jones

Oct 13, 1947

Ipswich, Suffolk

1972 BL2 Canterbury Crusaders

Chris Julian

Mar 4, 1937

Fraddon, Cornwall

1965 BL1 Glasgow Tigers

K




Mike Keen

Dec 12, 1937

Minety, Wilts

1965 BL1 Swindon Robins

Terry Kelly

Mar 28, 1949

Manchester

1971 BL2 Rochdale Hornets

Alan Knapkin

Jun 26, 1941

Eccles, Manchester

1968 BL2 Nelson Admirals

L




Mike Lanham

Aug 2, 1951

Ipswich, Suffolk

1973 BL2 West Ham Hammers

Steve Lawson

Dec 11, 1957

Workington, Cumberland

1974 BL2 Workington Comets

Tom Leadbitter

Sep 8, 1945

Lichfield, Staffs

1967 BL1 Long Eaton Rangers

Bernie Leigh

Nov 8, 1944

Southampton, Hants

1969 BL2 Reading Racers

Brian Leonard

Feb 19, 1946

Newbury, Berks

1965 BL1 Poole Pirates

Carl Lomas

May 10, 1945

Rugby, Warwickshire

1968 BL2 Weymouth Wizards

Reg Luckhurst

Nov 11, 1935

Ashford, Kent

1965 BL1 Wimbledon Dons

Malcolm Mackay

Feb 24, 1947

Liverpool

1969 BL2 King’s Lynn Starlets

George Major

Oct 26, 1939

Oxford

1965 CL1 Cradley Heath Heathens

Dickie May

May 8, 1944

Southampton, Hants

1969 BL2 Reading Racers

Bobby McNeil

Feb 27, 1955

Canterbury, Kent

1971 BL2 Eastbourne Eagles

Colin Meredith

Jan 24, 1953

Hereford

1971 BL2 Rochdale Hornets

Alan Molyneux

Aug 12, 1950

Derby

1973 BL2 Long Eaton Rangers

Kelvin Mullarkey

Mar 29, 1951

Chelmsford, Essex

1971 BL1 King’s Lynn Stars

O




Russell Osborne

Jul 15, 1945

Norwich

1969 BL2 King’s Lynn Starlets

Les Ott

Mar 11, 1950

Bow, London

1972 BL2 Rayleigh Rockets

P




Craig Pendlebury

Jan 30, 1951

Manchester

1971 BL2 Rochdale Hornets

Graham Plant

Dec 15, 1949

Leicester

1968 BL2 Middlesbrough Teessiders

Arthur Price

Apr 30, 1946

Wolverhampton

1968 BL2 Crayford Highwaymen

Chris Pusey

Mar 28, 1950

Maghull, Lans

1967 BL1 Belle Vue Aces

R




Pete Reading

Apr 10, 1948

Retford, Notts

1968 BL2 Middlesbrough Teessiders

Eddie Reeves

Apr 8, 1946

Highgate, London

1965 BL1 Oxford Cheetahs

Les Rumsey

Jul 27, 1955

Canterbury, Kent

1972 BL2 Canterbury Crusaders

S




Alan Sage

May 8, 1953

Ashford, Kent

1970 BL2 Peterborough Panthers

Mike Sampson

Aug 8, 1945

Exeter, Devon

1971 BL2 Romford Bombers

Malcolm Shakespeare

Apr 25, 1950

West Bromwich

1969 BL2 Long Eaton Rangers

Sid Sheldrick

Oct 5, 1949

Sheffield

1968 BL2 Nelson Admirals

Andy Sims

Nov 4, 1955

Ipswich, Suffolk

1974 BL2 Scunthorpe Saints

Tim Swales

Feb 25, 1948

Hutton Rudby, Yorks

1968 BL2 Middlesbrough Teessiders

T




Barry Thomas

Oct 29, 1951

Harrow, Middlesex

1969 BL2 Canterbury Crusaders

Dave Trownson

Feb 20, 1954

Urmston, Lancs

1973 BL2 Boston Barracudas

Ian Turner

Feb 10, 1949

Isleham, Cambs

1969 BL2 King’s Lynn Starlets

Paul Tyrer

Dec 5, 1952

Manchester

1970 BL2 Rochdale Hornets

W




Nigel Wasley

Feb 17, 1955

Wolverhampton

1973 BL2 Chesterton Stoke Potters

Mike Watkin

Nov 1, 1943

Gillsland, Cumberland

1965 BL1 Newcastle Diamonds

Steve Watson

Jul 5, 1940

Lowca, Cumberland

1971 BL2 Workington Comets

Keith White

Aug 27, 1956

Hackney, London

1972 BL2 Peterborough Panthers

Pete Wigley

Jun 11, 1951

Emsworth, Hants

1972 BL2 Rayleigh Rockets

There are many more riders we could have included in this list. If your favourite isn’t here, why not let us know. Remember, the list is for those lesser-known riders who may not have featured so regularly in the headlines of the 1970s but who we remember with great fondness and with a lot of gratitude for the entertainment they gave us.

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