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The AA to ZZ of Speedway

We asked you to find a full set of riders whose forename and surname started with the same letter. Unsurprisingly, nobody managed to complete the full set with the letters F, I, Q, U, X, Y and Z proving to be particularly troublesome.

The only claims on those letters were for the following riders: Frank Facher; Ferenc Farkosz; Irving Irvinger and Zdzislaw Zerdzinski - none of whom we'd ever heard of previously.

The best effort came from Joe Andrews with a quite brilliant 22 letters completed. If you doubt that any of the 22 riders existed, as we initially did, then a quick search on google will set you right!

The submitted entries are shown below.

We're not really after any more full lists, but if you can find any riders for QQ, UU, XX or YY then drop us an email at speedwayplus@hotmail.com

Joe Andrews (22)
AAnders Andersen
BBobby Beaton
CCol Cottrell
DDaniel Davidsson
EEric Eadon
FFrank Facher
GGary Guglielmi
HHasse Holmqvist
IIrving Irvinger
JJesper Jensen
KKrzysztof Kasprzak
LLeigh Lanham
MMikael Max
NNick Nicholaides
OOle Olsen
PPeter Prinsloo
Q 
RRoar Richvaldsen
SSimon Stead
TTomas Topinka
U 
VVaclav Verner
WWillie Wilson
X 
Y 
ZZdzislaw Zerdzinski

Tracy Holmes (20)
AAlexej Antonov (Bulgaria, 71 World Cup)
BBruno Bulau (East Germany, 66 world Cup)
CCol Cottrell (Coventry)
DDoug Davies (South Africa)
EEric Eijbergen (Holland, 99 and 2000 World Cup)
FFerenc Farkosz (Hungary, 79 and 80 World Cup)
GGordon Guasco (Australia)
HHasse Holmqvist (Sweden)
I 
JJanos Jakab (Hungary, mid 70s World Cup)
KKrzysztof Kasprza (Poland)k
LLouis Lawson (England)
MMichal Makovsky (CZ)
NNedjelko Nedjelkov (Bulgaria, 72 and 73 World Cup)
OOwen [Taffy] Owen
PPatrick Pawson (New Zealand)
Q 
RRobert [Bob] Bob Roger (Swindon and 57 World Finalist)
SStan Stevens (England)
TTadeusz Teodorowicz (England)
U 
VVaclav Verner (CZ)
WWladislaw Wawszcyk (Poland, 65 World Cup)
X 
Y 
Z 

Bryan Tungate (19)
AArthur Atkinson of West Ham
BBilly Bales of Norwich
CCyril Crane of Kings Lynn
DDoug Davies of Birmingham
EErnie Evans of New Cross
F 
GGeorge Greenwood of Leeds
HHasse Holmqvist of Oxford
I 
JJohnny Jones of Brafield
KKen Kirby of Southampton (I think)
LLionel Levy of Coventry
MMorrie Mattingley of Southampton
NNick Nicholls of Coventry
OOve Olsen of Birmingham
PPiotr Pyszny of Halifax
Q 
RRonnie Rolfe of Rye House
SStan Stevens of West Ham
TTerry Tight of Newcastle
U 
VVaclav Verner of Exeter
WWillie Wilson of Glasgow Ashfield
X 
Y 
Z 

Steve Brown (19)
AAllison, Al
Allott, Adam
Andersson, Ake
Appleton, Alan
Appleton, Andrew
Armstrong, Alan
Atkinson, Arthur
BBales, Billy
Bast, Bast
Beaton, Bobby
Bentley, Brian
Black, Brian
Booth, Barry
Brannefors, Bengt
Brett, Brian
Briggs, Barry
Bromfield, Bruce
Burton, Billy
CCaffrey, Colin
Cantwell, Con
Clark, Colin
Clarke, Carl
Chalcraft, Carl
Coleman, Charlie
Chaplin, Chris
Collins, Chris
Cook, Colin
Cottrell, Col
Cox, Cliff
Cort, Clem
Crane, Cyril
DDavies, Dene
Davies, Doug
Day, Dennis
Dearden, Doug
Dunton, Danny
Durham, Dave
EEadon, Eric
Egedius, Einar
F 
GGale, Geoff
Goldfinch, Gil
Gordon, Graeme
Guasco, Gordon
Greenwood, George
Guglielmi, Gary
HHaigh, Herbert (Dusty)
Harrfeldt, Henry
Holmqvist, Hasse
I 
JJackson, John
Jakobsen, Jan
Jensen, Jesper B
Johansson, Jorgen
Jorgensen, John
KKjaer, Krause
LLanham, Leigh
Lawson, Louis
Lazarus, Larry
Levy, Lionel
MMcDermott, Maury
McKeon, Mick
McKinna, Martin
McLuskey, Mike
McPhie, Malcolm
Mackay, Malcolm
Martin, Mark
Mattingley, Maurie
Mattocks, Matt
May, Mick
Mellor, Mick
Minett, Mark
Mitchell, Mick
Moore, Mick
NNevitt, Norman
Newman, Nigel
Nicholls, Nick
OOlsen, Ole
Olsen, Ove
PPalfrey, Paul
Pawson, Patrick
Pratt, Phil
Price, Paul
Prinsloo, Peter
Pyszny, Piotr
Q 
RReeves, Reg
Reeves, Roy
Rolfe, Ronnie
SSt. George, Stewie
Sant, Steve
Schlam, Sig
Schofield, Steve
Sheldrick, Sid
Shirley, Stuart
Sjosten, Soren
Smith, Scott (Aus)
Smith, Scott (Eng)
Stead, Simon
Stephens, Seemond
Stevens, Stan
Swain, Scott
TTeodorowicz, Tadeusz
Tulloch, Terry
U 
VVerner, Vaclav
WWillson, Wally
Wilson, Willie
X 
Y 
Z 

Graeme Selkirk (18)
AAdam Allott
BBill Baird
CChris Collins
DDene Davies
EEric Eadon
F 
GGary Guglielmi
HHenry Harrfeldt
I 
JJohn Jorgensen
KKrzysztof Kasprzak
LLionel Levy
MMick McKeon
NNick Nicholls
OOle Olsen
PPhil Pratt
Q 
RReg Reeves
SSimon Stead
T 
U 
VVaclav Verner
WWillie Wilson
X 
Y 
Z 

Cary Cotterman (16)
AAndrew Appleton
Alan Appleton
BBarry Briggs
Bart Bast
Bobby Beaton
Billy Bales
Brian Bently
Brian Black
Bob Bailey
Blackie Bruce
Bob Bender
Baby Bigg
CColin Cook
Colin Clark
Col Cottrell
Cliff Cox
Cyril Crane
Cyril Cooper
DDave DeTemple
Dene Davies
Dave Durham
Don Dobbins
Don Dorsey
EEinar Egedius
F 
GGordon Guasco
Geoff Gale
HHorst Heilig
I 
JJan Jaros
KKeith Kruser
LLloyd Logan
MMalcolm McKay
Mike Mesojednick
Mike Muntean
Mike Mazzacane
Max Morf
N 
OOle Olsen
PPhil Pratt
Q 
RRusty Roberts
Rick Richards
SSoren Sjosten
Sid Sheldrick
Scott Sivadge
Swede Savage
Stan Stevens
Shorty Seabourne
Steve Scott
T 
U 
VVaclav Verner
W 
X 
Y 
Z 

Diane Phillips (14)
AADAM ALLOT
BBEN BARKER
CCYRIL CRANE
DDANIEL DAVIDSSON
E 
F 
GGRAEME GORDON
HHASSE HOLMQVIST
I 
JJOHN JACKSON
KKRYZYSZTOF KASPRZAK
LLOUIS LAWSON
MMICHAEL MAKOVSKY
N 
OOLE OLSEN
PPAUL PICKERING
Q 
R 
SSOREN SJOSTEN
TTOMAS TOPINKA
U 
V 
W 
X 
Y 
Z 

Alan Hodkinson (13)
AArthur Atkinson
BBob Brewer
Bill Bridgett
Billy Bales
Bill Booth
Bengt Brannesfors
CCharlie Cheshire
Colin Clarke
DDon Durrant
Doug Deardon
Danny Dunton
E 
F 
GGeorge Gower
George Greenwood
HHarry Hughes
I 
JJohn Jepson
K 
LLouis Lawson
MMaury Mattingley
N 
O 
PPeter Prinsloo
Q 
RReg Reeves
Reg Robins
Reg Robinson
S 
TTerry Thrale
Tomas Topinka
U 
V 
WWillie Wilson
Wilf Willstead
Willie Wilshire
X 
Y 
Z 

Jay Reed (12)
AAndrew Appleton
Arthur Atkinson
BBen Barker
Bart Bast
Barry Briggs
Bo Brhel
CChris Clarence
Colin Cook
DDaniel Davidsson
E 
F 
GGary Guglielmi
H 
I 
JJohn Jorgensen
Johnny Jorgensen
Jorgen Johansson
Jan Jakobsen
K 
L 
MMikael Max
N 
OOle Olsen
PPaul Pickering
Q 
R 
SSimon Stead
Scott Smith
Sean Stoddart
TTomas Topinka
U 
VVaclav Verner
W 
X 
Y 
Z 

Not everybody took it entirely seriously....

Ivymiri (13)
AAndrew Appleton
BBarry Briggs
CColin Cook
DDaniel Davidsson
EEddie "the eagle" Edwards (must have flown for Eastbourne)
FFiona Fullerton( she would have looked great in leathers)
GGary Gugliemi (probably not the correct spelling, I always just put "Gary G" if he was used as a r/r or t/s)
HHurricane Higgins; if he could have got out of the bar.
IIvor Kristen Iversen (Niels relative)
JJohn Jorgensen
KKenny (mc) Kinna
LLeigh Lanham
MMikael Max
NNobody Noes
OOle Olsen (I am fairly confident he was a real rider)
PPiotr Protesiewicz (I done that without looking it up)
QQuentin Quisp
RRider Replacement
SSimon Stead (get better soon!)
TTomas Topinka
UU Useless piece of effluent or something, could be any rider
VVaclav Verner
W, X, Y and ZThe expletives uttered, sometimes highly verbally, if your team have just had a 5-1 reversal.

 

This article was first published on 19th April 2007


 

  • Robert Rogers:

    "This might be a very small list, but it is certainly an 'original' one! Captains of the original speedway teams in 1929 as listed in the Peoples Speedway Guide 1947. Bill Bragg (Stamford Bridge), Lew Lancaster (Coventry) and Stan Spencer (Harringay). Although not the captain, West Ham had a Don Durant."

  • Geoff Clarke:

    "What about Stefan Salamonsson??? Not one mention!"

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