1973 Season - Best Position
The season began with real optimism, the powerhouse Crazy Jack Millen was back again, as were Dent, Barclay,
Wells, Gatenby, Wrathall and new boy Terry Barclay, Georgeâs son as well as Teessider Brian Havelock. Sadly for the
Stars, Graeme Smith had left us, we were left to reflect on what we could have achieved if he had stayed! This year
saw a change at the top end of the Team the new promoter was Liz Taylor, the Berwick Promoter.
Millen again topped the averages for the team, with 9.74, even though he missed a third of the meetings through injury.
Russ Dent thrilled the fans when he won the Northern Star Championship with a 15pt maximum, whilst George and
Terry Barclay won the Best Pairs meeting at the Boldon track. And with Gatenby and Wells improving fast, things were
looking up. George Barclay remained a solid rider, and son Terry was coming on a ton as the âStarsâ finished the
season in 11th place out of 18.
Highlight of the season was a 59-19 thrashing of the Canterbury âCrusadersâ at the Boldon track (6/7/73). Sadly the
popular Pete Wrathall transferred to Scunthorpe, where he promptly picked up an injury, which ended his Speedway
To sum up: Once again it was an improved performance by the team, they were starting to come together!
Back Row (L to R) Ken Taylor (Promotor) Pete Wrathall, Russ Dent, George Barclay,Brian Havelock, Dave Gatenby,
Terry Barclay, Jim Wells, John Robson.
On machine Jack Millen.
At Roker Park Promote Speedway
Liz Taylor (Promoter) with Left to Right Dave Gatenby, John Robson, Brian Johnson, Russ Dent (hidden),
Brian Havelock, Jack Millen and Jim Wells