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NEWPORT SPEEDWAY IN 1973

The Wasps squad included the introduction of Norwegian star Reidar Eide as team leader and Roy Trigg. Eide provided a much needed spearhead and as a result a much more competitive season. The season opened with a win against Oxford and a narrow defeat away at Halifax. There was a narrow defeat against Wolves away before the Wasps beat them at home by the same margin, 40-38, and Reidar Eide took the Golden Helmet from Ole Olsen at Somerton Park. Eide held the honour for six meetings before losing it to Barry Thomas in the Wasps defeat at Hackney.  In the course of the meetings he lost it to John Louis and regained it as Newport beat Ipswich in the Knockout Cup. Their first advance in the competition for a number of years.

An injury to Eide coincided with a 45-33 home defeat to league champions Reading and a narrow away defeat at Swindon. Newport piled up a series of huge home victories (57-21 v Poole, 56-22 v Coventry) towards the end of the season that pointed to happier times ahead with veteran Neil Street prominent. But they were unable to secure an away win, the closest call being a 39-38 defeat at Kings Lynn.

Eric Boocock won the World Championship qualifier. The Prince of Wales Trophy went to Anders Michanek of Reading, Ivan Mauger of Exeter secured the other end of season trophy. In the hugely successful World Cup Australia beat Sweden, the eventual winner, in Newport 40-38

NEWPORT         M    Max    Paid   Rides      Pts      BP       Ave

Reidar Eide

36

4

6

135

306

19

9.63

Roy Trigg

41

1

1

156

266

25

7.46

Graham Plant

41

2

2

140

250.5

10

7.44

Neil Street

43

5

4

149

248

28

7.41

Peter Ingram

38

1

2

135

166

40

6.10

Rick Woods

8

 

 

25

28

5

5.28

Geoff Mudge

22

 

 

66

69

10

4.79

Jim Tebby

42

 

1

116

90

22

3.86