Norwich 1946

Norwich 'Stars' v Sheffield 'Tigers' Northern League 3rd August 1946
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1. Paddy Mills 2 3 2 2 9
2. Ted Bravery 0 0 0 2 2
3. Roy Duke 0 3 3 1 7
4. Bert Spencer © 3 ef 3 3 9
5. Wilf Jay 2 3 3 3 11
6. Don Houghton 0 - 1 1' 2+1
7. Len Read 0 0 0
8. Geoff Revett 0 0 0 0
2 3 2 3 3 3 2 3 4 2 4 3 3 3
Norwich 'Stars' 2 5 7 10 13 16 18 21 25 27 31 34 37 40
Sheffield 'Tigers' 4 7 11 14 17 20 24 27 29 33 35 38 41 44
4 3 4 3 3 3 4 3 2 4 2 3 3 3
1. Stan Williams © 3 2 2 2 9
2. Reg Lambourne 1 1' 0 0 2+1
3. Tommy Bateman 2 2 2 3 9
4. Dick Geary 1' 2 1' 1 5+2
5. Tommy Allott 3 3 2 2 10
6. Jack Bibby 1 1 0 3 5
7. Jack D. White 1' 1' 2+2
8. Stan Hodson 1' 1' 2+2
 Fastest; 76.2 Ron Johnson
(New Cross) 13 July '46
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80.877.679.282.082.2 82.880.282.281.282.7 77.881.878.8 81.6

Norwich gain revenge Sheffield had recently moved into second place in the League table and applied pressure on the leaders Birmingham by becoming only the second team of the year to visit the Firs stadium and leave with the match points tucked in their belts.

One week previously Tommy Allott had won the Norwich round of the British Championships with a 15 point maximum in front of a crowd numbering 15,088 despite the devastating thunderstorms of the previous days. Home favourites Wilf Jay (14) and Bert Spencer (13) joined him on the rostrum with Roy Duke, Ted Bravery and Paddy Mills next in the top scorers list. Track conditions cannot have been too bad as Wilf Jay took Spud Murphy's Silver Cup awarded to the fastest Norwich rider of the season with a time of 77.2 in the opening heat.

The Stars had several riders out of action carrying injuries. Bluey Thorpe was on the road to recovery, and Sid Hipperson was due back into action within a couple of weeks, while Harwood Pike finished second behind Geoff Revett in the second half reserves race on his return to track action.

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