NEWPORT SPEEDWAY IN 1969
Hungarian Sandor Levai stepped into the Newport team for the 1969 season along with Chris Julian. Otherwise the team had a familiar look and with no star riders and strength in depth struggled to make an impact. They eventually slumped to 17th out of 19 with no away wins.
The season opened promisingly with two wins at Somerton Park over Newcastle in the League (51-26) and Wolverhampton in a challenge match (42-36). The third fixture against Cradley at home was restaged after Heat 12 was declared null and void, the original score was 42-36, Alby Golden was ruled to have incorrectly replaced an excluded Joe Erskine. The first away fixture was a portent of things to come, a 49-29 defeat at Poole, marking the debut of short-lived Norwegian signing Einar Egedius. The Wasps maintained their unbeaten home league form until 6 June when their colours were lowered by Exeter by 42-36 with Martin Ashby gaining a 12 point maximum. Defeat at home followed to Coatbridge, Wimbledon and champions Poole. Levai though showed himself to be a capable team leader. He inflicted rare defeats on Ivan Mauger and Barry Briggs as Newport beat Belle Vue and Swindon at home (see details of the latter below). Mauger finished the season with an 11.67 average, dropping only 13 points from 158 rides, amassing 25 full or paid maximums in 37 meetings!
Barry Briggs dominated the big individual meetings. He edged out Reg Luckhurst in a run off for the Prince of Wales Trophy in June. He was back in August to seal the Eddie Glennon Trophy ahead of Martin Ashby, Nigel Boocock and Ole Olsen. Sandor Levai won the World Chamionship qualifier. Wimbledon heat leader Reg Luckhurst won the Southern Riders Championship qualifier ahead of Jan Holub (Exeter) and Stan Stevens (West Ham). In the international match Britain beat Sweden by 70 to 38 with Toby Harrysson the only Swede to make an impression.
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1969 LEAGUE TABLE
Newport v Swindon (1/9/69)