Sheffield Speedway Memorabilia

Halifax 'Dukes' v Sheffield 'Tigers'

Gulf Oil British League

16th August 1975

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1. Rick France © r/r - - - - (5)
2. Chris Pusey 1' 3 3 2 2 1 12+1
3. Charlie Monk 2 1' 3 f 3 9+1
4. Ian Cartwright 1 f n/s - - 1
5. Graham Plant f fx - - 0
6. Henny Kroeze 3 2 2 1 0 1 9
7. Andy Cusworth 1 0 1 ef 2
8. Mike Hiftle 0 0
3 4 1 3 2 4 3 3 1 2 1 2 4
Halifax 'Dukes' 3 7 8 11 13 17 20 23 24 26 27 29 33
Sheffield 'Tigers' 3 5 10 13 17 19 22 25 30 34 39 42 44
3 2 5 3 4 2 3 3 5 4 5 3 2
1. Carl Glover 0 1 2' 0 3+1
2. Tony Lomas (g) 3 3 2 3 11
3. Doug Wyer © 3 2 3 3 11
4. Craig Pendlebury 2' 1' 1 2 6+2
5. Dave Morton (g) 3 2 3 f 8
6. Taffy Owen 2 tps 1' 2' 5+2
7. Nicky Allott 0 0 0 - 0
Track record = 63.8
E.Boocock, 6 July 1974
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Eric Boothroyd's programme notes mentioned the injuries besetting both teams prior to this match. Rick France had injured his hip and groin in a crash with Mike Broadbanks at Hackney the previous week, and Dave Gatenby had recently had to return to hospital to have his broken leg reset as it was not healing properly. Charlie Monk was bewailing the reliability of his new Weslake engine which had broken a con-rod for the second time in just over a month. On the other hand Chris Pusey was making his track return following his own injuries.

Sheffield too were suffering with injuries and were missing Reg Wilson and Rodney Haynes (both with broken legs) and Arnold Haley (shoulder ligaments). Soren Karlson was home in Sweden riding in a world championship round and the Tigers had both Tony Lomas and Dave Morton guesting.

The Dukes chances took a nose dive in heat 5 when home favourite Graham Plant fell and took out his own team mate Ian Cartwright, with neither of them being able to take any further rides.

In the conventional second-half we had such names as Phil Ball, Paul Wallace, Mick Rhodes, Mick Newton and Eddie Argall amongst the juniors, while Charlie Monk was the only home rider to make the 'Cockhill Motors' Snowball final which he duly won.

The Vauxhall Chevette was advertised as "... the Right Car, Right Now!" at Dews Motors, and Wembley World Final tickets were available from the Speedway Office. Seats: £3.50, £3.00, £2.50, £2.00. Standing £1.50 and £1.00. With a month to go there were only single seats left, but plenty of standing were still available.

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