United We Fall ... to Rock Bottom
The season started with great expectations, things were looking better with a
new name Cradley "UNITED", a new manager, none other than one of Cradley's
finest home produced riders - Harry Bastable. No less than four new signings
wore the new racejacket. Howard Cole from Kings Lynn, Bruce Cribb from Exeter
and veteran Colin Gooddy from Oxford plus an exciting young Swedish rider
recommended by Bernie Persson - Lars Hultberg.
L to R. Howard Cole, Lars Inge
Hultberg, Team Manager - Harry Bastable, Peter Jarman, Colin
Malcolm Corradine was signed from Birmingham and Ulf Lovaas brother of Dag
from Reading, though they tried hard they were not good enough to make up
for all the injuries.
Once again the Heathens slipped down the table, winning only seven of the thirty four league matches and ending up with the wooden spoon.
One good thing came out of it though, a youngster by the name of Dave Perks continued to improve - never missed a match throughout the year and finished with a respectable 152 points, including paid 12 against Kings Lynn. Also another youngster emerged and went to Ivan Mauger's training school, the stylish Dave Harvey.
International matches were held at Dudley Wood - Noway/Denmark against
Sweden and then five days later against U.S.S.R.
Riders Performance Chart
statistics taken from the Cradley Speedway database for BL matches only.
Final League Table
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