Home Contact Us Stadia Pix Articles All About You Riders to Remember
DVDs Books Pictures Archive Dream Teams Programme Generator
28/07/2019
Scrapbook: Cyril's Starting Gate
NZ World League - Part 6
Your Feedback
 
21/07/2019
Never Give Up On Odsal
NZ World League - Part 5
Speedway at the Ace
 
10/07/2019
It's All About You: Barry Preston
NZ World League - Part 4
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
04/07/2019
Large and Noisy Crowd
NZ World League - Part 3
Your Feedback
 
05/05/2019
Briggs Gets MBE
NZ World League - Part 2
Your Feedback
 
23/04/2019
Book Review: Freddie Williams
NZ World League - Part 1
Your Feedback
 
07/04/2019
DVD Review: Heathens Heroes
Your Feedback
 
23/03/2019
The Fifties
Speedway Olympics
 
17/03/2019
Wages Day
The Australasian Finals - 1982
Your Feedback
 
03/03/2019
Diary of a Speedway Kid
The Australasian Finals - 1981
Plus Points
 
19/02/2019
Track Pix: Albany
The Australasian Finals - 1980
Your Feedback
 
12/02/2019
Scrapbook: The Rivals
The Australasian Finals - 1979
Your Feedback
 
05/02/2019
Scrapbook: The Dugards
The Australasian Finals - 1978
Your Feedback
 
26/01/2019
Death of Supporters Club
The Australasian Finals - 1977
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
20/01/2019
DVD: 90 Stars of the BL
The Australasian Finals - 1976
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
06/01/2019
Mauger and Golden Helmet.
Freezing Trip Across the Border
Your Feedback


England v Australasia 1972 - 2nd Division Test Series - Part 2
By Tracy Holmes

The second Test was at Rayleigh on August 19. Roger Wright arrived battered and bruised from a spill the night before. He was moved to reserve with fellow Cantabrian Terry Shearer taking his place. England selected three home stars, Brian Foote, Allan Emmett and Trevor Barnwell. Peter White said, "Both teams were determined to win and with hot-heads on both sides, fireworks were inevitable."

White continues in this report;

"Jack Millen and Graeme Smith came out for heat 3 against Brian Foote and Arthur Price and the fun and games started! On the last lap, Foote fell while racing in close company with Millen. Price crossed the line ahead of Smith and Millen but the referee dropped a bombshell and excluded Millen for unfair riding. The Australasian camp saw red, especially the volatile Millen who is rapidly becoming accustomed to such decisions from English referees ! [ Anyone who witnessed Jack Millen in full volcanic blast can visualize what was being reported !!! ]

Vehement protests fell on deaf ears and the result stood at 4-2 for England with Foote being awarded the third place point in lieu of Millen. Granted, Millen zoomed under Foote possibly a little harder than the Pom might have liked, but this was a speedway test match, not a Teddy bears picnic. In heat 10, Garry Flood came a cropper and slammed into the fence head first. He sustained severe concussion but would not leave the pit area for medical attention until the match was over. Although dazed and seeing spots before his eyes, this tenacious track tornado was prepared to take his last two rides if needed. The will to win was that intense.

With no-one giving an inch, the racing became fast and furious [ in the true Wally Loak style ] culminating in a heat 16 boil-over. Crump [ unbeaten with 15 points ] missed the trap against Foote. As he attempted to ride around, Foote moved up track and the Aussie fell. Crump banged against the safety fence and lay motionless. [ He was in a mess ! ] The race was stopped but the referee failed to exclude Foote. [ It was all four back but Crump was injured and unable to ride. ] Refusing medical aid and ignoring the track doctors instructions, both Crump and Flood left the track under their own steam and returned to their home at Crewe."

It was 5-1 for the Poms in the heat 16 re-run but the Australasians clinched the series win in the next two heats. Bob Young and Terry Shearer making it 3 all behind Malcolm Ballard in heat 17.

Then a 5-1 to Jack Millen and Graeme Smith. Peter White continues,

"There was no way the boys were going to lose this one. With their dander up and the tension tight around the circuit, Jack and Graeme showed just what spirit and guts can do as they proceeded to blast Allan Emmett and Arthur browning into the dust !"

 

Heat 1. Crump, Ballard, Flood, Davis.
Heat 2. Emmett, Young, Kennett, Mills. Shearer ex. tapes.
Heat 3. Price, Smith, Foote awarded. Millen ex.
Heat 4. Crump, Kennett, Flood, Emmett.
Heat 5. Young, Price, Foote, Shearer.
Heat 6. Smith, Ballard, Millen, Davis.
Heat 7. Crump, Price, Flood. Foote fall.
Heat 8. Ballard, Browning, Young, Shearer.
Heat 9. Millen, Emmett, Smith, Kennett.
Heat 10. Crump, Ballard, Browning. Flood fall.
Heat 11. Young, Emmett, Wright. Kennett fall.
Heat 12. Millen, Price, Foote. Smith ef.
Heat 13. Crump, Emmett, Kennett, Mills.
Heat 14. Young, Price, Browning, Mills.
Heat 15. Ballard, Millen, Smith, Barnwell.
Heat 16. Foote, Price, Mills. Crump inj ns.
Heat 17. Ballard, Young, Shearer, Davis.
Heat 18. Millen, Smith, Browning, Emmett.

 

Australasia 56.

Phil Crump 15. Bob Young 14. Jack Millen 12. Graeme Smith 9. Garry Flood 3. Terry Shearer 1. Roger Wright 1. Dave Mills 1. Jim Ryman injured. No start.

England 52.

Malcolm Ballard 15. Arthur Price 13. Allan Emmett 9. Brian Foote 6. Arthur Browning 5. Gordon Kennett 4. John Davis 0. Trevor Barnwell 0.

On To Part 3

 

This article was first published on 17th December 2018

[ Use Mobile Version ]
 

 

Comment on this Article | Contact Us | Go Back to Main Menu

   Please leave your comments on this article or on the site as a whole