|Birmingham 'Brummies' v Sheffield 'Tigers'||Northern Trophy||13th July 1946|
|1. Phil Hart||2||2'||3||2||2||11+1|
|2. Bob Lovell||3||0||0||1||0||4|
|3. Stan Dell||3||1||3||0||3||10|
|4. Laurie Packer||0||2||1'||0||3||6+1|
|5. Roy Dook||0||0||2||2||2||6|
|6. Ernie Appleby||0||1||2||0||2'||5+1|
|7. Cyril Page||1||1|
|8. Charlie Appleby||3||3|
|1. Stan Williams||2'||0||2||2||0||6+1|
|2. Alf Elliott||2||1||1||3||1||8|
|3. Tommy Bateman||1'||2||1'||3||3||10+2|
|4. Jack Bibby||3||ef||-||-||3||6|
|5. Tommy Allott||3||3||3||3||1||13|
|6. Dick Geary||1||1||0||1||1||4|
|7. Reg Lambourne||1||0||2||3|
|8. Jack D. White||0||0|
"The Blades Were Sharp" (from Speedway & Ice News, 18th July 1946)
Sheffield made sure of qualifying for the next round of the Northern Trophy competition by beating Birmingham at Perry Bar by 50 points to 46. In the first leg at Sheffield they had already piled up a commanding lead of 25 points, and the final aggregate in Sheffield's favour was 110-81.
The previous Saturday at Perry Bar Sheffield had gone down in an A-C.U. Cup match by the narrow margin of two points; on this occasion the promotion of Elliott and Geary to a place in the team gave the Northerners that extra impetus which resulted in a well-deserved success. Birmingham were a little unfortunate in that half-a-dozen wheel-to-wheel finishes all went against them, but against this must be recorded the fact that Bibby missed two of his rides through engine trouble after being filled up by Dell in heat 5.
Racing was closely contested throughout. In heat four Hart gave a magnificent display of trackcraft to nurse Lovell home in the slow time of 85.4 secs. Bateman, Elliott and Geary for Sheffield, and Packer and Ernie Appleby for Birmingham were all responsible for much determined riding, which added greatly to the evening's entertainment. In heat 14 Allott very nearly had the almost unheard-of experience for him of finishing last. Lying third behind Bibby and Hart, the diminutive Sheffield rider was almost beaten on the post by Packer, who had made up many lengths in a last do-or-die effort. Allott, of course, made no such error in any of his other races, all of which he won comfortably.
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