Nightmare Team : Derek Watson
Being a slightly older Tiger's fan my memory can go back a bit
further.You won't find too many current riders in my team!!
Big signing in 1978 from BL Halifax via Stoke. He had been a
good second string the year before but ended up losing his place to a
junior called Charlie McKinna!
Incredibly signed as a heat leader in 1982 despite being only
a 4 point man the year before in a really bad Workington side. Was Steve
Lawson's pal which helped him.Was known as the fastest man over 30
yards(as was!), pity about the rest of the track!!
Signed as a reserve in 1991. Lightning fast gater who
couldn't stay on!
Signed on loan from Belle Vue in 1985 but was really
wild. Wiped himself out in second match at Mildenhall and didn't get
round Craighead Park much better!! Might say more for Belle Vue's
judgement, they bought him from Middlesbrough for £6000!
Dane signed in 1992,who had broken his leg at Shawfield
two years before. Always looked scared of the bends, shutting off too
He may have been an England International in his time but
by the time Tigers got him he was well past it. Rode at Middlesbrough
scoring 4 points but lasted all of 40 yards at Craighead Park. Was never
seen again but Tigers did get R/R for a time, somehow!
He may have had a good season last year but Tigers fans
remember his stint in 1998.Had finished runner-up to Jason Crump a few
years previous in the World U21s but at times struggled to beat opposing
reserves. He often flattered to deceive. Scoring a home maximum against
Arena then following it up with scores of :5,6,3,4+1 and 1+1!!
Honourable mentions to: Terry Kelly, Alan Mason, Nathan Murray and Kevin
This article was first published prior to October 2002
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