Dream Team : Norman Chadwick
Belle Vue supporter when the Aces were at Hyde Road beginning in 1966 until the closure. Now supporting Sheffield and Scunthorpe most weeks plus avid fan of Skysports coverage
Clearly the most dominant rider every to apear in British Speedway, one year he was unbeaten until June, dropped only 5 points all season and 3 were an engine failure - simply the best.
The most meteoric rise to fame through 2nd Division racing at Rochdale followed by the pinnacle in 1976 at Katowice. Saw him break his handlebars in half and still finish 2nd! The first rider I saw break the golden rule, don't pass in the rain. That race-off with Anders Michanek was possibly the best race I every saw.
Awesome overtaking on the pits bend at Hyde Road, week after week. Mr. Entertainment.
Bruising 2nd string and team man, useful on bumpy tracks and if a scuffle were to break out are my good memories of Alan before his accident.
One of the best riders never to have won a world championship. Very stylish rider who always looked in full control.
Only saw Ronnie during his comeback years but he was still a class act - the best throttle control merchant I ever saw in comparison with today's style of on/off control.
In recent years, the one rider who immediately impressed and quickly and unrelentingly improved week in, week out. Then, retirement, what a loss to speedway but a gain to Short Track at present. Please make a comeback to Sheffield.
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This article was first published on 10th May 2007
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