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Belle Vue 'Aces' v Sheffield 'Tigers' KO Cup (Quarter final) 2nd August, 1969
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1. Ivan Mauger 3 ef 3 2 3 11
2. Ken Eyre 1 1 0 ef 2
3. Tommy Roper © r/r - - - - (3)
4. Dave Hemus 0 tps - - 0
5. Soren Sjosten 3 3 3 3 1 13
6. Bill Powell 2 2 0 0 4
7. Chris Pusey 1' 2' 1 2' 2 8+3
8. Eric Broadbelt 0 0 0
Dent Oliver 4 3 3 2 5 4 3 1 5 2 2 3 1
Belle Vue 'Aces' 4 7 10 12 17 21 24 25 30 32 34 37 38
Sheffield 'Tigers' 2 5 8 12 13 15 18 23 24 28 32 35 40
Terry Thornhill 2 3 3 4 1 2 3 5 1 4 4 3 5
1. Arnold Haley 2 1 2' 3 2' 10+2
2. Billy Bales 0 0 - - 0
3. Jim Airey © 3 2 tps 2 7
4. Brian Maxted 1' 2 1 3 7+1
5. Bengt Larsson 2 1' 3 3 1' 10+2
6. John Dews 3 0 1 1 5
7. Guy Hawkes 0 1 - 0 1
Track record = 69.8
Peter Craven, 5th April 1958
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Silver Sash Match Race
Ivan Mauger (Holder)2nd
Arnold Haley (Tigers top-scorer)1ST
74.0

Arnold Haley having wrested the Silver Sash from Ivan Mauger at Belle Vue in 1969

Dent Oliver's programme notes referred to Tommy (Roper) leading out a full strength side for this quarter final KO Cup match following the return from injury of both Bill Powell & Dave Hemus. Unfortunately Tommy himself was missing and his rider-replacement cover accumulated just 3 points.

Terry Thornhill made a double tactical substitution in heat 8 which took us back to just two points behind, but Jim Airey's tape exclusion in heat 9 undid the hard work. A marvellous ride by Bengt Larsson to defeat Ivan Mauger in heat 10, and another 4-2 win by Arnold Haley and John Dews in heat 11 brought us back into contention trailing by just two points once again. Mauger won heat 12 but Jim and Bengt shared the heat leaving us requiring a maximum win in the last heat for victory. Amazingly it was Brian Maxted who trapped and Arnie thwarted every move that the previously unbeaten Soren Sjosten tried as the Tigers claimed a most unexpected victory.

The following account of Arnie's 'Silver Sash' match race against Ivan is taken from Arnie's testimonial brochure;

"... he also took the Silver Sash off Ivan Mauger at Belle Vue with a king-sized gamble. Ivan made his usual superb start, and kept Arnie behind for 3 laps, a wide patch of slick on the bends meant you had to take the outside line and Mauger made sure that Arnie wouldn't pass by riding right out on the boards. Arnie took the big gamble by chancing his arm on the few feet of dirt on the inside edge of the pits bend, he got the drive he needed and surged into the lead, and desperately hung on for the final lap to win and score a memorable victory. All the Sheffield riders ran to the pits gate to grab Arnie from his machine and toss him high in the air. He went on to defend the sash against Eddie Reeves in August and also Eric Boocock, but finally lost it to Terry Betts at King's Lynn."

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