Newcastle Riders 1990's
 
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Newcastle 1990 Team
 

Courtesy of Derek Green

 
Rear: 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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The Green's with their Fan Club Secretary
 

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John says: Not very sure about this photo.  I think it is Simon and Derek Green with their sponsor, please confirm John
Carl Nicklin says: it is Simon and Derek Green!
Dave Rowland says: The lady in the middle is Maureen Dowling, wife of the referee David Dowling, who was then the secretary of the Green twins fan club.
 

 

Newcastle's 1990 Team

 
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David Blackburn

 

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John 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
 
Mark Thorpe. The latest Kiwi in a long line to come to Newcastle.  Mark was born 26.03.1969, Christchurch, New Zealand.  His British clubs were Newcastle (1989-1994) Bradford (1994) and Swindon (1995, 1996)
 

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Mark Thorpe flanked by Tom Graham & Ivan Stephenson

Newcastle v Berwick April 1989
 

Picture courtesy of Helen Jobson

 

Mark Thorpe with Joan and George English Junior

 
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George English Jnr and mum Joan with what looks like Mark Thorpe, can you confirm that it is Mark and maybe you recognise the person at the right hand edge? John
Tony Richardson says: Is the rider on the far right David Nagel?
Carl Nicklin says Yes it is  David Nagel
 

 

David Bargh

 

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Garry Stead

 

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Newcastle 1991 Team
 
 
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
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?
 

Newcastle 1991 Gold Cup Winners

 
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Max Schofield

 

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The Pink Panther

 
 
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.
 

The above clips were sent by Malcolm Ridley, thanks Mal

 
Wayne in Action
 
 
 
 

Courtesy of Carl Nicklin

 
Wayne's death was the fourth as a result of accidents on the Brough Park track.  The other fatalities were: -
 
Name   Date of Accident                                         
Bill Nichol A novice rider from Newcastle upon Tyne April 1946 Fractured Skull         
Charlie Appleby A Canadian riding for Birmingham Oct 1946 Head Injuries  
Chris Prime Born Hull and was in his second season as a Newcastle Junior. April 1978    


 
Newcastle 1992 Team
 
 
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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Three Instantly Recognisable 1992 Riders
 
 

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

 

 

Phil Jeffrey

 

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Phil Jeffrey and Max Schofield (possibly)
 
 

 

Newcastle 1992 Gold Cup Winners

 

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Newcastle 1993 Team
 

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Paul Thorp

 
 

 
Newcastle 1994 Team
 
 
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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Newcastle 1994 Team

 
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1995 and 1996 Track Closed
 
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.
 

 

Newcastle 1997 Team

 
 

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.

 
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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.  Newcastle's 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.

 
 

Courtesy of Carl Nicklin

 

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Jesper on the Box
 
 
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 and living on Tyneside

 

 

Newcastle 1998 Team

 
 

1998 team. L-R not sure who 1st two are! James Birkinshaw and Stuart Swales are other 2 standing, Jesper on the bike, Brent Werner and Nicki Pedersen kneeling

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.

 

Courtesy of Carl Nicklin

 
1998 Diamonds: Brent Werner, Nicki Pedersen, Jonathon Swales, Malcolm Hogg, James Birkinshaw, Stuart Swales and captain Jesper Olsen on the bike.
 

 

Brent Werner

 

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American Brent Werner
 

 
Nicki Pedersen
 
 

Nicki. 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 and 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

 

 

Newcastle 1999 Team

 
Courtesy of Carl Nicklin
 

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

 

 

Swede Robert Eriksson

 

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Paul Gould

 
 
 
Courtesy of Carl Nicklin
 

Paul Gould in unfamiliar race jacket he wore a Diamonds jacket in 1999 and 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

 

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Derrol Keats

 

Courtesy of Carl Nicklin

 

Courtesy of Carl Nicklin

 
John says: 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.
 
1999: Derrol Keats, Robert Eriksson (Red) and Steve Jones
 

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1999: Derrol Keats Robert Eriksson (Red) and Steve Jones.
 

 Blue (Paul Gould), Blue-White Line (Derrol Keats) and Red (Robert Eriksson)

 
 
I wonder why there are two blue helmets and 3 Diamonds in these 2 shots?  Perhaps it was the pre-match parade!
 

 

Steven Jones

 

Courtesy of Carl Nicklin

 
 

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.

 

 

Jesper Olsen (1999)

 
 

 
Brough Park's 70th Anniversary in 1999
 
Courtesy of George Winstanley
 
70th Birthday of Newcastle Speedway.  The current team shared their places in this photo with a number of ex diamonds.  If you recognise yourself 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 
George's photo shows his dad Jack Winstanley in the brown jacket.  How many others can you name? John
Dave Rowland says: Left to right Scott Robson  James Grieves Tim Swales Stuey Robson Lee Dicken Jesper Olsen Jonathan Swales Derrel Keats Steve Jones Garry Stead Darren Smith Andre Compton David Walsh Jack Winstanley Grant McDonald Robert Eriksson Paul Gould Russ Dent Scott Lamb Kevin Little hope that is OK for starters
 

 
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