Newcastle Riders
1990's

Wayne Garratt     Jesper Olsen     Nicki Pedersen     1999 Reunion


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Newcastle 1990 Team
Rear Right: David Bargh, ? Tom Graham, ? ? Simon Green, front kneeling: ? Mark Thorpe.  I do not know all the names or the year, can you help please John
Update: Tony Richardson says: could the one next to Dave Bargh be Richie Owen? And the other one kneeling be Scott Norman? Newcastle 1990 Team, I think this is the year Rod Hunter swapped places with Martin Dixon. Rear left: David Bargh, ? , Tom Graham Team Manager, Martin Dixon, Peter Carr on Bike,  Simon Green. front kneeling: ? Mark Thorpe 
Update: Andrew Farrar says: This has Peter Carr on the bike, with Tom Graham standing behind him and Martin Dixon to Graham's left and Simon Green to Dixon's left with Mark Thorpe kneeling in front of Green. With David Bargh in the red leathers, it's just the two riders in predominantly green leathers remaining.
Dave Rowland says: The unnamed pair are John Wainwright & Spencer Timmo



Derek & Simon Green


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Simon Green



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1990 team


David Blackburn


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J Wainwright


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G Whitaker


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Peter Carr


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Rod Hunter


Shane Bowes


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Mark Courtney


Mark Thorpe


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David Bargh


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Garry Stead


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1991 team, can you name them please John
Tony Richardson  says: Team from left to right Promoter not known, Scott Lamb, Kneeling Richard Juul, Dave Bargh, Martin Dixon (on bike), Brian Havelock (Team Manager), Mark Thorpe, Jamie Habbin I think (nickname Pink Panther), kneeling not known
Update: Craig McCurdy says: - I think the rider kneeling on the right is Brian Nixon (Australian)
Steve Park says: The Promoter is Bill Reay
Carl Nicklin says: Is the mystery riding kneeling on the right not Dave Hamnett?


1991 Gold Cup Winners


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Max Schofield


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The Pink Panther

Jamie Jamie Habbin,  was a Diamond for 12 meetings in 1991 averaging 3.91.


Wayne Garratt

Wayne Malcolm Garratt (born 30 October 1968 in Halesowen, England - died 28 September 1992) He started his speedway career with the Cradley Heath Heathens in the British League. Wayne was also a junior grasstrack champion at the age of six. Garratt showed a lot of promise but due to the points limit restrictions he was loaned to the Arena Essex Hammers in the National League for two seasons. He was recalled to Cradley again in 1991 but was forced out again by the points limit for 1992. However, in 1992, whilst on loan with Newcastle he was involved in a crash at Brough Park on Sunday 13th September and was rushed to hospital and placed on a life support machine. Wayne died after 15 days and never having regained consciousness. His body was transported back to the West Midlands

These clips were sent in by Malcolm Ridley, thanks Mal

 

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1992

Phil Jeffrey Scott Norman David Bargh Richard Juul Brian Havelock Mark Thorpe With Kneeling Wayne Garratt and Max Schofield. These photos of 1992 were supplied by Annette Aisbitt who no longer comes to the speedway.  Come back Annette the team needs you!
 


Richard Juul


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Scot Norman


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Phil Jeffrey


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1992 Gold Cup Winners


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Max Schofield


1993 Diamonds


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Paul Thorp


Team 1994

back row - Richard Juul, Max Schofield, Brian Havelock (manager), Garry Stead, Neil Evitts, kneeling & on bike - Stuart Robson, Mark Thorpe, Scott Robson. Evitts only rode a handful of meetings and then retired to be replaced by rider replacement and, subsequently, Petri Kokko.

Petri Kokko


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1994 Diamonds


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David Bargh Mark Thorpe and Richard Juul from the Debmat Diamonds of 1992


Scot Robson and Garry Stead 


Update: Andrew Farrar says: The photograph in the 1990s section denoted "Scott Robson and Garry Stead" appears to show Phil Jeffrey in the lead (I can't vouch for the rider behind, because he's not all that clear, but it looks more like Max Schofield to me (see team photograph for 1992 further up the page for leathers comparison). So, I would say that it's Phil Jeffrey (definitely) and Max Schofield (possibly).


Newcastle's Speedway fans were yet again denied their fix of the sport as it closed at the end of 1994 and didn't open again until 1997 with a new promotion and a new team.  George English and Dave Rowland on behalf of Newspeed Ltd., brought the bikes back  to Brough.

1997

1997 - Glyn Taylor, Brian Turner, Paul Bentley, Jesper Olsen, Andre Compton and Stuart Swales

This team was led by Newcastle born and bred Paul "Banger" Bentley, backed up by Danish import Jesper Olsen and Andre Compton. Unfortunately, Compton broke an ankle on practice day at Brough Park and missed several matches at the start of the season. Stuart Swales was a big favourite with the fans for his never say die riding.

1997 Diamonds


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Phil White


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Phil White sandwiched between two Wolves


Jesper Olsen


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Dane Jesper Olsen joined Newcastle in 1997 and began a long association with the Diamonds. He was a professional heatleader and a great team man and captain.  He has settled on Tyneside with his wife and family.  After the 2 year spell without speedway at Brough things would never be the same again.  Newcastles association with Aussies and New Zealanders gave way to a long association with Danish Riders beginning with Richard Juul and Jesper"O"  See the Jesper section on the 2000 page for more information.



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I have only spoken a handful of times with Jesper but I was impressed that he could talk 19 to the dozen in what to him was a difficult foreign language.  here he is being interviewed by BBC man and speedway fan Jeff Brown




Jesper O now an adopted Geordie married to local girl Carole Gibson


1998 team

L-R not sure who 1st two are! James Birkenshaw and Stuart Swales other 2 standing Jesper on the bike, Brent Werner and Nicki Pedersen kneeling

Update 23rd June 2006 Paul Brassell says: Hi  John the  1998  team  photo  the 2  riders at the back  are from the left Jonathon Swales  &  Malcolm Hogg...  Johnny helps with the track now at Redcar & Workington  and Malcolm Hogg makes  Kevlar racing suits for the riders  S.F. race ware  is his company name. Hope this has been some help  to you cheers for now.

1998 Diamonds


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Brent Werner


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Nicki Pedersen

Newcastle's 3rd Great Dane

The 2003 world champion Nicki Pedersen was a Newcastle rider in 1998.  Wild man Nicki entertained us by never giving up.  He raced flat out, caused crashes, walloped fences, great stuff!  I remember saying to my daughter in 1998, "There goes a future world champ" Then we waited 5 years for it to happen.  Nicki was a smash at Newcastle and only stayed one season before joining the worlds elite, but he is part of our history like Ivan, Ole, Anders. Four world champs have been Newcastle riders.  His riding style wins him no friends within the riding community and he is the rider the fans love to boo! But not at Newcastle!

 

 

Nicki Pedersen, Newcastle's 4th World Champion


Team 1999

Steven Jones (kneeling), David Walsh, Anthony Barlow?, Jesper Olsen (on bike), Derrol Keats?, Paul Gould, Robert Eriksson (kneeling)


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Almost the same picture as the black and white shot


Robert Eriksson


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Paul Gould


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Paul Gould wore a Diamonds jacket in 1999, was averaging around  6.00 points by September.

 


Anthony Barlow


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David Walsh


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David Walsh and Jesper Olsen


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David Walsh with his back wheel in the dirt


Derrol Keats


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One of the best action shots I have seen for a while.  Derrol was never a star rider but he had his moments.
Keith Dyer says: He was a Diamond in 1999. He started the season, but was either released or  injured, likely injured as he had a 5.75 average after 19 meetings.


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1999: Derrol Keats Robert Eriksson (Red) and Steve Jones.  I wonder why there are two blue helmets?


Steven Jones


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Gateshead's Steven Jones, always appeared to be on the verge of breaking through to Premier League level but never quite managed to make the step up.


1999 70 year reunion


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70th Birthday of Newcastle Speedway.  The current team shared their places in this photo with a number of ex diamonds.  If you recognise your self or your dad etc. please email me John

Mick Redmond says: My dad Norman Redmond is in the light coloured jacket, second from the left, in the second row 
 

 
 

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