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Born Robert Alan Emerson on the 29th May 1957 in Haltwhistle, Newcastle, and known to the speedway fraternity as Alan Emerson.

Enjoying grass track and second half rides he was first offered a team place by (Middlesbrough) Teesside Tigers in 1973 aged 16 which would have been the first opportunity he would have had to get a racing licence.

It seems he remained a Teesside contracted rider until 1977 although he rode for Leicester Lions during this time once in 1975 and at 10 meetings during 1976 there is also a record of his having ridden at one meeting for Wolverhampton Wolves in 1975, he was however still riding for his home team throughout this period – seems a case of have bike will ride.

Competing for his home (Middlesbrough) team in 1977 apart from riding at Belle Vue for one meeting he moved to Birmingham Brummies for 1978 and part of 1979 before completing that season at Workington Comets.

1980 saw him riding back at Birmingham and also for the Glasgow Tigers before joining Newcastle Diamonds in 1981 and staying with them until the end of the 1983 season and during those 3 years only taking a brief trip to ride for 4 meetings at Hull in 1981.

As there seems to be no record of Alan riding after 1983 I can only assume he retired, there are records that suggest he is not the only speedway rider in the family as there are comments that he is helping his son in 2006 back at Teesside.

Alan Emerson

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