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NEWPORT SPEEDWAY IN 1967

Newport Wasps replaced one World Class Swedish star with another, Tobjorn Harryson. Harryson is possibly one of the most exciting riders ever to have graced Somerton Park and was a firm favourite with fans of Newport as well as supporters of other teams.

Newport made a very strong start to the season. A challenge match victory in their first fixture with Newcastle was followed by emphatic wins over Wolverhampton and Sheffield. Their first away fixture brought them a 43-35 victory at Cradley Heath. The fourth match brought them victory at home to Oxford before significant reverses at Edinburgh and Newcastle away. In mid May they suffered a home reverse against Poole before picking up a victory at Kings Lynn. Jon Erskine was in the headlines after scoring an eighteen point maximum in defeat at Poole. Sadly his Newport Wasps team mates could only contribute an additional 15 points between them. This was only the second 18 pointer since the league was formed in 1965, the first was by Cyril Maidment in 1966. Later that month the Wasps also snatched a 40-38 victory at Exeter.

Although knocked out of the Cup to Long Eaton all seemed rosy as the Wasps continued their fine form placing them in fifth place at the start of July. However, the season tailed off rather as Newport went down in a number of their later fixtures heavily despite solid home form. The loss of Harryson to international commitments and injury was a key factor.

Somerton Park hosted a Great Britain v Sweden fixture ending in a 62-46 victory for the hosts (the Swedes won the series 3-2). Reg Luckhurst won the Severn Bridge Triphy individual event. Harryson finished fifth behind Barry Briggs in the British League Riders Championship.

Tragically, promoter Ken Sharples died in a car accident shortly after resigning as promoter.

Rider Matches Rides Pts Bonus Total Average Full Max Paid Max
Tobjorn Harryson 28 123 300 9 309 10.05 7 3
Jimmy Gooch 37 162 310 25 335 8.27 1 1
Jon Erskine 28 111 170 14 184 6.63 2 0
Alby Golden 37 150 200 36 236 6.29 0 1
Cyril Francis 35 144 188 31 219 6.08 0 0
Bob Hughes 20 58 60 9 69 4.75 0 0
John Bishop 37 148 142 15 157 4.24 0 0
Fred Powell 6 11 5 0 5 1.82 0 0

BRITISH LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP 1967

M

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

Swindon Robins

36

24

0

12

1536

1266

48

2

Coventry Bees

36

22

2

12

1524

1275

46

3

West Ham Hammers

36

21

3

12

1514

1288

45

4

Edinburgh Monarchs

36

20

2

14

1485

1318

42

5

Hackney Hawks

36

20

1

15

1402

1400

41

6

Poole Pirates

36

17

3

16

1462

1339

37

7

Halifax Dukes

36

18

1

17

1456

1347

37

8

Wolverhampton Wolves

36

18

1

17

1423

1376

37

9

Sheffield Tigers

36

18

1

17

1333.5

1470.5

37

10

Newcastle Diamonds

36

18

0

18

1386

1417

36

11

Wimbledon Dons

36

16

3

17

1392

1409

35

12

Newport Wasps

36

17

1

18

1387

1413

35

13

Glasgow Tigers

36

16

2

18

1343

1457

34

14

Oxford Cheetahs

36

16

1

19

1368.5

1432.5

33

15

Exeter Falcons

36

16

0

20

1384.5

1418.5

32

16

Belle Vue Aces

36

16

0

20

1333.5

1463.5

32

17

Long Eaton Archers

36

14

3

19

1322

1481

31

18

Cradley Heath Heathens

35

12

0

24

1262

1533

24

19

King's Lynn Stars

36

11

0

25

1297

1505

22