Dream Team : Graham Hall
My very first speedway meeting was actually the third meeting of the 1964 season, if my memory serves me correctly, Long Eaton v. Exeter in a Southern League challenge, and I think the score was 39-37 to Long Eaton. From then on, I was hooked, we lived in Derby at the time, and Tuesday nights were something to look forward to. I supported Long Eaton through good and bad, who can ever forget the match against Scunthorpe when Long Eaton won the league. Never seen so many grown men crying, excitement I hasten to add!
Various combinations of our family visited many away tracks, mainly with my late father, we could never find Cradley Heath! My favourite other track was probably Sheffield, the next nearest, which during the 80's I visited loads of times with my younger brother. Memories of Long Eaton, so many, but I remember the local derbies with Boston, the visiting hordes of tartan clad supporters from Glasgow, the match when Mildenhall refused to race giving Long Eaton a 65-0 victory, and one weekend in the 80's when a group of us did 4 matches in 2 days, World Final at Bradford in the afternoon, league match at Halifax in the evening, Belle Vue on the Sunday afternoon, and Stoke on the Sunday evening on the way home. So, after a lot of deliberation, here is my dream team.
So, that's it, hope this will be enjoyable reading for many fans, as it has been for me reading others.
This article was first published on 31st December 2004
"I would like to see Station Rd statium reopen because I have family who used to work there on speedway nights. My Uncle Joe Heath and my cousin Frankie Heath. Unfortunately Joe has now passed away."
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