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Riders to Remember: George Newton
By Bill Dutnall

George Newton

George's statistics were respectable but not spectacular. Good finishes in the pre-war World Championships should not be discounted when the opposition contained the likes of Cordy Milne and Bluey Wilkinson. But it is not his numbers that make him my personal favourite.

Anyone who had the good fortune to watch him will know what I am talking about.

My first experience of our sport was at Walthamstow. We had a steady home team with considerable home advantage but pleasurable as it was for those few years it became apparent that we had a rather dull team on the whole. Like many others I enjoyed the more spectacular riders rather than the white liners even though they were often less successful.

The world changed in 1950 when George arrived. The meaning of spectacular was taken into a new dimension. Never before or since have I felt the excitement and expectation of the race as when George was at the staring gate. I swear that on one occasion he fell and remounted to win.

He was of course well past his best when he came to London, having suffered from extremely bad health. But he still gave 110% at all times in a way which still gives me the shivers.

I have been able to watch many of the "greats"; Ivan, Ole etc. but my biding memory is of "Gog" as we called him for this was how his autograph read.


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This article was first published on 6th March 2016


  • Barry Pickering:

    "If I was able to go into a time machine and choose to watch riders of the past, "Wee Georgie" would be in my top 3. His exploits as part of the pre-war New Cross side were nothing short of dazzling. In spite of losing the peak years of his career to injury (he didn't ride between 1939 & 1947) George courageously returned to the saddle and entertained a new generation of fans. How I wish we had the like of him now!"

  • Nicholas Achilles:

    "I wish I could have watched George Newton ride in his heyday but I wasn't born till 1965. He was the best grandad anybody could wish for and his wife Hazel is still the best nan to this day, she is 99 years old and I love her to bits."

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