Sheffield Speedway Memorabilia

Hull 'Vikings' v Sheffield 'Tigers' Northern Trophy 10th April 1974
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1. Jim McMillan 2 2 2 3 9
2. Jurgen Hehlert ef ef 0 - 0
3. Bobby Beaton 2 1 2 1' 0 6+1
4. Steve Gresham r 0 - 0 0
5. Dave Gifford 2 2 0 1 5
6. Tony Childs 2' 1' 0 3+2
7. Robbie Gardner 3 1 0 2 6
2 5 2 3 2 2 1 1 2 2 3 3 1
Hull 'Vikings' 2 7 9 12 14 16 17 18 20 22 25 28 29
Sheffield 'Tigers' 4 4 8 11 15 19 24 29 33 37 40 43 48
4 0 4 3 4 4 5 5 4 4 3 3 5
1. Bob Valentine 3 3 3 2' 11+1
2. Bob Paulson (c) 1 1 3 0 5
3. Doug Wyer 3 3 3 2 11
4. Reg Wilson 3 3 3 3 12
5. Arnold Haley 1 2' 1 1' 5+2
6. Rod Haynes tps 1 1 2
7. Craig Pendlebury r 0 2' 2+1
Track record = 73.4
P.Crump, 12 July 1972
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76.277.077.475.877.4 76.077.478.476.476.4 76.476.276.4

This was Hull's first season in the first division having succeeded in buying Coatbridge's license during the winter. Ian Thomas and Wally Mawdsley's programme notes spoke of the flight to Glasgow to clinch the deal which included being bussed from fogbound Leeds to Manchester and then having to land at Prestwich and another bus ride to arrive at the meeting five hours late!

Halifax were first night visitors (minus Eric Boocock) on a bitterly cold night and what few supporters braved the elements saw the Vikings fight their way back into the match and grab a draw for their efforts. Jim McMillan became the fans favourite as he top scored with a fifteen point maximum!

The Tigers proved to be a sterner test and dominated from the starting gate on a rain soaked track. Bob Valentine, Doug Wyer and Reg Wilson between them won 10 heats with only Robbie Gardner and Jim McMillan taking the chequered flag for the homesters and Jurgen Hehlert and Steve Gresham failing to open their accounts.

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