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Flying the flag for England….and this is a real slice of speedway history. Our Brave Lads on parade at the end of the first official Test series in Australia during the 1934-35 season.

They are, from left, Wal Phillips (Wimbledon), Arthur Atkinson (West Ham), Frank Varey (Belle Vue), Harold ‘Tiger’ Stevenson (West Ham), manager Mr B L Brook, Herbert ‘Dusty’ Haigh (Walthamstow), Cliff Parkinson (Harringay), and Eric Langton (Belle Vue). Also in the party were Joe Abbott (Belle Vue), Geoff Pymar (Wimbledon) and Bill Clibbett (Plymouth).

The picture was taken at Sydney after the final Test which England won by a single point - 27½ - 26½. The half Points came from a dead heat for third place between Australia’s Frank Pearce and Cliff Parkinson in Heat 8. But England lost the series 3 – 2.

The internationals were over nine-heats – the same as British league matches – because, it was reported in Speedway News prior to the start of the series: “Australia is not yet accustomed to team racing to the same extent as this country”

Top scorer for England was Tiger Stevenson with 28, which included one nine-point maximum. Eric Langton was next best with 26. Bluey Wilkinson (West Ham) was top for Australia with 31.

Picture: The John Somerville Collection. Words: John Chaplin. (Thank you gentlemen)
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