|Sheffield 'Tigers' v Poole 'Pirates'||British League||4th May 1972|
|1. Arnold Haley||3||3||f||3||9|
|2. Bob Paulson ©||2'||2'||1||2||7+2|
|3. Reidar Eide||3||3||3||1'||10+1|
|4. Reg Wilson||2||3||3||1||9|
|5. Bert Harkins||1'||2'||-||2||5+2|
|6. Doug Wyer||2'||2'||2'||2'||8+4|
|7. Bob Valentine||3||3||2'||8+1|
|1. Christer Lofqvist||0||0||1||-||1|
|2. Brian Collins||1||1||2||ef||4|
|3. Pete Smith ©||tps||ef||1||2||0||3|
|4. John Langfield||3||tps||3||3||9|
|5. Odd Fossengen||0||1||1||0||2|
|6. Mike Cake||0||1||1||0||2|
|7. Frank Shuter||1||0||0||0||1|
|Track record = 66.6|
Jim Airey, 22 July 1971
The Tigers were experiencing a patch of purple form. They had just gone the whole of April without suffering defeat and picked up away wins at Halifax, Leicester and Exeter . Bert Harkins had been struggling to get to grips with his new home circuit and had blown up his engine the previous week, but looked set for a maximum away at Glasgow when the match was abandoned due to heavy rain with Sheffield leading 29-19!
Aussie John Langfield was the pick of the 'Pirates' and may have gone unbeaten but for an exclusion for breaking the tapes in heat 7. He was however the visitors only race winner and Swedish sensation Christer Lofqvist and Norwegian star Odd Fossengen only managed three points between them.
The two Sheffield reserves both scored paid maximums and this score took Doug Wyer's official average to 8.00 which still wasn't good enough to elevate him from the reserve berth! Doug's paid maximum included a second place in heat 4 mounted on the Sheffield track spare.
The waggon came off it's wheels a little in the following matches as the Tigers slumped to defeats at Belle Vue in the League and Ipswich in the Knock-Out Cup, and then a shock home defeat against the Witches. The Tigers had booked Graham Plant as a guest for Reidar Eide who was on world championship duty, and were also missing Doug Wyer who had been hospitalized with appendicitis. Plant was castigated for turning up with his machinery in a ramshakle state, most of his points scored when riding Reg's bike, and Frank Varey made an official protest about the Witches use of Phil Crump as a guest, but the bottom line was that the Tigers couldn't cope with the dusty track surface which was the result of the track not being watered due to expected rain which never materialized. See! Even Frank Varey got it wrong sometimes!
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