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Newcastle 1984
 
Newcastle decided to run in the National League instead of the Lothian League. Of a higher standard, unfortunately it was to run with just five teams when Goyt Valley (Manchester) withdrew just before the season started. The Edinburgh team consisted of the best of the Lothian League, and along with Newcastle were the favourites.
 
Newcastle continued in the National League, however this year saw only 5 teams come to the tapes. The season began at Fawdon but on 19 August the team returned to Eastfield Avenue to a new purpose built track. Measured at 80.5 metres ( 88 yards ), it was one of the longest in the country. This was a deliberate move, as once the home riders became accustomed to it, it was a definite advantage, as away riders often struggled.
 
The opening ceremony was conducted by the Lord Mayor.  Hull, were the visitors in the following league meeting.
Photographs from the event and the programmes are shown below.

 

The Lord Mayor cuts the ribbon while both teams look on.  No! the mayor has not "Broken The Tapes" and earned himself an exclusion



 

 

 

 
8th April 1984 CHESHAM v NEWCASTLE National League Away Won 94-85
Chesham 85
M Zuk 18+1 P Mann 14+1 B Greenhalgh 13+2 S Mann 13+1, P Graham 11+1 C Kay 8 K Graham 4 M Kirkham 4
Newcastle 94
M Parr 18+1 no other scorers available
 
8th April 1984 CHESHAM v NEWCASTLE Combination League Away Won 76-52
Chesham 52
P Graham 15+1 K Graham 11 P Fenton 10 M Kirkham 6+1 M Bootson 6 M Graham 3 J Richards 2
Newcastle 76
K Oldham 16 D Yearley 15+1 M Jacques 11+3 D Lamming 10+1, C Oldham 10 G Parr 9 S Gray 3+1
 
15th April 1984 NEWCASTLE v SHEFFIELD National League Home Won 104-76
Newcastle 104
S Craig 18+2
P Marshall 18 B Mills 15+2 M Parr 15+1 J Wilson 13 A Murray 11+1 P Robson 9+1 T Kirkup 7+1
Sheffield 76
R Mawhood 13 A Brownell 13 B Green 12 G Stringer 11+2 P Holmes 9+1 J Burke 6+1 R Oxley 5
 
15th April 1984 NEWCASTLE v SHEFFIELD Combination League Home Won 65-64
Newcastle 65
M Parr 14+1 A Murray 14 K Oldham 10+3 Lamming 10+2, D Yeardley 10+1 M Jaques 6 C Oldham 1
Sheffield 64
J Burke 18 R Oxley 15 P Oxley 9+1 I Davidson 8+2 S Cadman 8 M Knowles 4 C Turner 2
 
15th April 1984 NEWCASTLE v SHEFFIELD Junior Challenge Home Won 80-40
Newcastle 80
G Parr 15+2 C Oldham 15 D Yeardley 14+1 K Oldham 13+3 S Gray 12+2 M Jacques 11+3
Sheffield 40
C Turner 16 J Cauldwell 11 P Cauldwell 8 C Woodall 6 K Oxley 4, I Oxley 4
 
29th April 1984 NEWCASTLE v HULL North of England Trophy Round 1 Won 109-67
Newcastle 109 J Wilson 20 M Parr 18 +2 P Marshall 16+1 B Mills 13+1 S Craig 12+2 A Murray 12+1 P Robson 11+1 T Kirkup 7
Hull 67
A Schofield 15 R Autherson 12 P Schofield 10 D Armstrong 9 B Ashton 8 R Pawson 7 D Mogg 4+1 A Marshall 2
 
29th April 1984 NEWCASTLE v HULL Combination Challenge Home Lost 56-70
Newcastle 56
D Yeardley 12 K Oldham 11+1 Lamming 9+2 M Jacques 9+1 G Parr 9 C Oldham 5+1 S Gray 1
Hull 70
R Autherson 16 D Mogg 12 B Ashton 11 D Armstrong 10+1 A Marshall 9+2 G Gibson 8+1 A Schofield 4
 
7th May 1984 KC Trophy An Individual Meeting Away in Manchester
John Wilson and Stuart Craig raced in the KC Trophy Individual Meeting in Manchester.  They both finished down the field with 12 points each.
 
12th May 1984 EDINBURGH v NEWCASTLE National League Away Lost 71-100
Edinburgh 100
M Cockburn 19+1
J Wallace 16+1 P Young 14 S Anthony 13+3, K Hunter 12+1 J Mitchell 12, Other 2 rider's scores not available
Newcastle 71
P Marshall 13 JWilson 12 B Mills 10 M Parr 10 P Robson 9+1, A Murray 7+1 S Craig 7 T Kirkup 3+1
 
12th May 1984 EDINBURGH v NEWCASTLE Combination League Away Lost 53-76
Edinburgh 76
D Stears 16 D Young 12 Laing T Johnstone 11+2 J McMillan 11+3
C Glen 8+1 Turnbull 8
Newcastle 53
G Parr 11 M Jacques 10 D Yeardley 9 K Oldham 7+1 C Oldham 6+1 D Lamming 6 S Gray 4
 
28th May 1984 NEWCASTLE v HECKMONDWYKE North of England Trophy Rd 2 Home Lost 82-96
Newcastle faced a team in the top division in the second round of the Cup. Heckmondwyke ( West Yorkshire) from the British League gave an exhibition of superior gating to end the brave challenge of the Newcastle side.
Newcastle 82
S Craig 14 J Wilson 13 P Robson 12 M Parr 11+3 B Mills 10,
P Marshall 9+2 A Murray 8+2 T Kirkup 5
Heckmondwyke 96
D Lunn 17 D Mountain 17 S Plows 15+1 M Webster 14+2 D Kent 14+1 I Clark 10+1 S Blair 6+1 S Webster 3
 
10th June 1984 NEWCASTLE v CHESHAM National League Home Won 106-73
Newcastle 106
B Mills 19 P Robson 15+2 J Wilson 15 S Craig 14+2, P Marshall 14+2 A Murray 13+2 D Lamming 10+2 T Kirkup 6+2
Chesham 73
S Mann 16 M Zuk 16 P Mann 15 P Graham 9 K Graham 6, M Graham 5 M Dootson 3 B Greenhalgh 3
 
10th June 1984 NEWCASTLE v CHESHAM Combination League Home Won 85-45
Newcastle 85
K Oldham 16 D Lamming 14+2 D Yeardlet 14+1 G Parr 14, T Kirkup 12+4 C Oldham 12+1 A Murray 3+1 (1 ride) 85
Chesham 45
K Graham 12 P Graham 10 M Dootson 8 J Richards 6, S Mountain 5 M Graham 4
 
17 June 1984 HULL v NEWCASTLE National League/InterCity Trophy Leg 1 Away Won 101-79
Hull 79
A Schofield 18 R Pawson 13 D Armstrong 12 A Moody 9+3 P Schofield 9+1 T Porter 7 I Robinson 7 M Turnbull 4+1
Newcastle 101
S Craig 16+3 B Mills16+2 P Marshall 16 J Wilson 16 (from 4 rides) A Murray 13+3 T Kirkup 10 P Robson 10 D Lamming 4
 
17 June 1984 HULL v NEWCASTLE Combination League Away Lost 55-71
Hull 71
T Porter 16 A Moody 12 (from 3 rides) I Robinson 11 M Turnbull 10 G Gibson 9+1 D Mogg 9 T Huckin 4+1
Newcastle 55
D Yeardley 11+1 S Gray 10+1 K Oldham 10 D Lamming 9 G Parr 8+2
, M Jacques 6+1 T Kirkup 1 (1 ride)
 
1 July 1984 SHEFFIELD v NEWCASTLE National League Away Won 90-86
Sheffield 86
D Robinson 19 G Stringer 17 P Oxley 12+1 B Green 11 J Burke 9+1 P Holmes 8+2 S Cadman 5+2 R Oxley 5
Newcastle 90
S Craig 17+1 P Robson 14 B Mills 13+1 A Murray 13+1 J Wilson 13+1 P Marshall 10 G Parr 6 T Kirkup 4+1
 
1 July 1984 SHEFFIELD v NEWCASTLE Combination League Away Lost 56-74
Sheffield 74
P Oxley 16 R Oxley 16 J Burke 12 C Turner 10+1 C Woodall 9 S Cadman 7+1 D Hackett 4+1
Newcastle 56
D Yeadley 16 D Lamming 12+1 K Oldham 11 G Parr 7 M Jacques 5+1 S Gray 3 T Kirkup 2+1 (1 ride)
 
20 July 1984 The semi- finals of the National League Individual Championship were held at Sheffield. Stuart Craig, Andy Murray, Phil Marshall and Brian Mills all qualified from the first semi, while Mick Parr came through the second.
 
28 July 1984 The National League averages were printed. They showed that Stuart Craig was at no 9, Brian Mills at no.13 and John Wilson at 15. In the Combination League, Terry Kirkup was at 6, although he had ridden only 6 races, Keith Oldham was at no.9, Dave Lamming at no.12 and Dave Yeadley at 13. 
 
18 Aug 1984  KC/NEPS EXPRESS FOURS at Hull
This meeting consisted of two 3 team semi-finals and a final. Newcastle were in the strongest semi by far and failed to qualify.
Semi-final 1 Birmingham B 45 Sheffield 40 Hull B 34
Semi-final 2 Birmingham A 51 Hull A 37 Newcastle 30
Birmingham A were champions.
Newcastle scorers (from 4 rides) S Craig 11 M Parr 9 P Robson 5 A Murray 5
 
19 Aug 1984 NEWCASTLE v HULL National League/InterCity Trophy Leg 2 Home Won 98-76
Newcastle 98
S Craig 20 M Parr 17 A Murray 15 J Wilson 15 T Kirkup 11+2, P Robson 9 D Lamming 6+2 D Yeardley 5
Hull 76
A Schofield 17 B Ashton 13+2 R Pawson 13 R Autherson 12 D Armstrong 10+1, M Turnbull 6+1 T Porter 3 P Schofield 2
Newcastle were winners of the Inter-Cities trophy, beating Hull over two legs 199-155
 
19 Aug 1984 NEWCASTLE v HULL Combination League Home Won 67-61
Newcastle 67
A Murray 17+1 D Lamming 15 K Oldham 10+1 D Yeardley 7, T Kirkup 10 +1 M Jacques 5+1 C Oldham 3+1
Hull 61
M Turnbull 14 T Porter 12+2 D Armstrong 11 M Storr 10 I Robinson 8, D Mogg 6+1 A Craven dnr
 
2 Sep 1984 NEWCASTLE v EDINBURGH
Edinburgh came to Eastfield as newly crowned champions, Newcastle hoped to be the first team to win against them, but without top man Stuart Craig (on holiday), they put up a decent fight, but it was not enough.
2 Sep 1984 NEWCASTLE v EDINBURGH National League Home Lost 82-92
Newcastle 82
P Robson 15+1 M Parr 14 P Marshall 13 J Wilson 11+1 A Murray 10+2 T Kirkup 10+2 B Mills 4 D Yeardley 4
Edinburgh 92
M Cockburn 19 J Wallace 18+1 S Anthony 16 J Pinkerton 12 R Young 11+1 K Hunter 8 J Murphy
 ( Jr ) 7+1 J Mitchell 1
 
2 Sep 1984 NEWCASTLE v EDINBURGH Combination League Home Lost 59-68
Newcastle 59
K Oldham 13 +1 T Kirkup 13 D Yeardley 12+1 G Parr 8 C Oldham 8 M Jacques 4
Edinburgh 68 P Young 17+1 J McMillan 13 T Johnstone 13 D Stears 12+1 D Young 8 M Baxter 5+2
 
15 Sep 1984 The National League Individual Championship was held at Chesham. The result was :-

Position

Name

Team

Points
1 James Wallace Edinburgh 19
2 Rich Autherson Hull 17
3 Martin Zuk Chesham 15
4 Dave Robinson Sheffield 14
5 Stuart Anthony Edinburgh 13
6 Andy Murray Newcastle 13
7 Paul Marshall Newcastle 12
8 Paul Mann Chesham 12
9 Pete Young Edinburgh 12
10 Stuart Craig Newcastle 11
11 Michael Parr Newcastle 11
12 Jackie Pinkerton Edinburgh 10
13 Jason Burke Sheffield 10
14 Andy Schofield Not Known 10
15 Brian Mills Newcastle 8
16 Andy Moody Hull 7
       
On the same day and track, the final for Combination riders was also held. This proved to be a win for Newcastle's Terry Kirkup who won a close and tense meeting with 18 points, one ahead of Pete Young from Edinburgh. Third place after a run-off was Jason Burke (Sheffield) from Martin Turnbull from Hull.
Other Newcastle riders did well with Dave Lamming (13), Keith Oldham (12), Dave Yeardley (11) and Colin Oldham with 9.
 
30 September 1984: Newcastle Rider's Championship/Tom Owen Trophy
The final major meeting of the season was the Newcastle Riders Championship/Tom Owen Trophy held at Eastfield on 30 September.
This proved to be as close as it could be, with three riders finishing with 19 points.
With the advantage of the inside gate, Stuart Craig led from start to finish. This was a deserved victory for Stuart, who had finished top of the senior averages for the fourth year running.
     
Position Name Points
1 Stuart Craig 19
Michael Parr 19
3 John Wilson 19
4 Paul Marshall 16
5 Brian Mills 16
6 Andy Murray 16
7 Dave Lamming 14
8 Phil Robson 13
9 Terry Kirkup 12
10 Keith Oldham 10
11 Dave Yeardley 10
12 Michael Jacques 9
13 Colin Oldham Not Known
14 Gavin Parr 7
15 Gary Robson 6
16 Paul Moorhouse 5
     
Keith Dyer says: As the Lord Mayor couldn't make it this time, trophies were presented by yours truly.
 
 
 
The final top 20 averages show Newcastle riders held their own in very strong company. Newcastle did not have the opportunity other teams had of racing in local leagues, such as the Lothian League, Yorkshire League or Manchester League, so to finish second in the National League was a huge achievement. Also very pleasing was the fact Newcastle had 5 riders in both the top 20 averages for Senior and Combination teams.
To close this year's review, I have printed Terry Kirkup's review of the season, which was originally printed in North Eastern Pennine and Scottish Express (NEPS) magazine, edited by cycle speedway enthusiast and very inky Eric Abbott, who is sadly no longer with us. I have made extensive use of his magazine in the compilation of this history.




Action at the Fawdon track in 1984
 

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