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Joseph William Owen, known in speedway circles as Joe Owen, born September the  13th  1956 in Ormskirk, Lancashire.

Joe attended the training school at Belle Vue at the tender age of fourteen honing the skills learned by riding for the Barrow Bombers at 16, he learned quickly and by the following year was picked to represent the Young England team against Australasia and Poland.

Moving in 1975 to the Newcastle Diamonds, also riding for the Hull Vikings, there by gaining more experience and still only a teenager, he was again called up to ride for the Young England team and achieved the runner up slot in the British Junior Championship.

Leaving Newcastle Diamonds at the end of 1976 he rode solely for Hull Vikings and remained with them until the finish of the 1981 season. In his first year with Hull he won the National League Riders Final and during his time with Hull he was awarded several full England Caps and in the European Under-21 Championship in 1977 he was the runner up.

Returning in 1982 to Newcastle Diamonds, who were in the National League at the time he also rode, on loan, with the Leicester Lions, British League in 1982 & 83. Leaving Newcastle Diamonds in 1984 and joining the Ellesmere Port Gunners in 1985, sadly it was a crash during this season that robed Joe of his promising career.

Before the disabling accident Joe had won the National League Best Pairs title with Louis Carr. His interest in speedway was not dimmed by his inability to ride again as he continues his connection with Newcastle by becoming their team manager he is also a member of the World Speedway Riders’ Association.

Joe’s elder brother Tom also rode for Newcastle and sadly also sustained a severe injury I believe there is another brother Ritchie, younger and also interested in speedway.

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