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NEWPORT SPEEDWAY IN 1968

Newport Wasps failed to make an impact in 1968 in a highly competitive British League where Coventry edged out Hackney for the title

The league season started on April 5 with a 43-34 defeat at Monmore Green against Wolverhampton. Toby Harryson was dominant winning four races but falling in his other outing. After another defeat at Sheffield both the Swede and Cyril Francis picked up maximums against Cradley Heath in a 47-31 home win. Without Toby Newport managed to beat Coventry at home 42-36 before going down narrowly away at Kings Lynn 40-38. The pattern of good home performances and poor away results continued throughout the season with a number of heavy defeats, the only point dropped at home came in a 39-all draw with West Ham. Harryson missed a large number of fixtures due to injury and international commitments.

Somerton Park hosted a World Championship qualifier in May won by Cyril Francis. It also hosted an International between England and Russia in June with the former winning 68-40, Exeter's Martin Ashby scored an eighteen point maximum breaking the track record with a time of 66.6 seconds in his heat 1 win over Igor Plechanov. Tragically, promoter Eddie Glennon was killed in a car crash on his way home from the Russia meeting. Norman Hunter won the Newport Trophy individual event in honour of Eddie Glennon in July and Coventry's Nigel Boocock ran out the victor in the Welsh Open.

NEWPORT AVERAGES M R Pts BP Total Ave Max Paid Max
Tobjorn Harryson     22 95 219.5 11 230 9.73 2 2
Jimmy Gooch          30 130 243 16 259 7.97 2 0
Jon Erskine          37 170 247 32 279 6.63 2 0
Norman Strachan      24 94 146 6 152 6.46 1 0
Bob Hughes           35 138 196.5 19.5 216 6.26 1 1
AlbyGolden           37 121 137 36 173 5.72 0 0
Cyril Francis        31 128 161 21 182 5.69 0 0
Terry Shearer        29 66 28 5 33 2.00 0 0

 

 LEAGUE TABLE 

                                                M         W         D         L          F          A      Pts

1          Coventry Bees            36        22        0          14        1436    1369    44

2          Hackney Hawks         36        21        2          13        1421    1383    44

3          Exeter Falcons            36        20        1          15        1556.5 1248.5 41

4          Sheffield Tigers           36        20        1          15        1463.5 1337.5 41

5          Newcastle Diamonds  36        20        0          16        1454    1350    40

6          West Ham Hammers  36        19        1          16        1454    1348    39

7          Halifax Dukes             36        19        1          16        1424    1379    39

8          Coatbridge Monarchs 36        18        1          17        1404    1397    37

9          Wimbledon Dons        36        18        0          18        1411    1384    36

10        Belle Vue Aces           36        18        0          18        1387    1417    36

11        Swindon Robins          36        17        1          18        1448    1353    35

12        Leicester Lions            36        17        1          18        1373    1430    35

13        Newport Wasps          36        17        1          18        1348    1457    35

14        Cradley Heath             36        15        4          17        1373    1430    34

15        Oxford Cheetahs        36        17        0          19        1319    1487    34

16        Wolverhampton          36        16        0          20        1388    1413    32

17        Poole Pirates.              36        13        2          21        1327    1478    28

18        King's Lynn Stars        36        13        1          22        1330    1473    27

19        Glasgow Tigers           36        13        1          22        1312    1495    27