Edinburgh Monarchs - Team of the Nineties by J.P.McSeveney
A few months ago this website selected a Glasgow Tigers team of the nineties. An impressive side it was too, I thought it only right that they be provided with some opposition. Who else could they face but an equivalent Edinburgh Monarchs side ?.
Although now living in London I remain firmly in touch with events at Armadale and see 'the boys' as often as possible when they venture south. This means that my judgement is influenced by the way that riders performed away from home. I feel no need to apologise for this as the test of a good rider is surely their ability to adapt to different circuits.
What follows is my selection.
Really came into his own at Armadale, a track he helped to build, as he played a real captain's part in the '97 cup win. Enjoyed a richly deserved farewell meeting in 1998.
Without question one of the truly great Monarchs.
During his time at the club he developed from an inconsistent second string into a top class heatleader. His all-action style won him many admirers and he seldom let the side down in a pressure situation.
His marriage to Michelle, on the terracing steps at Powderhall, showed how much the club came to mean to him.
Les was, and indeed is, capable of beating anyone, anywhere. I have seen him pass the very best on tracks as diverse as Exeter and Mildenhall.
His contribution to the Monarchs can never be overstated - the man is a legend.
He is the undoubted master of Armadale and regularly tops the scorecharts away from home. Has stayed loyal to the club despite counter offers and seems likely to stick around a while longer.
How opinions can change. Mike exceeded all expectations and comfortably filled the number one position. He was a natural racer and a flamboyant showman who was popular all over the country.
He played a big part in the 1995 season which is now considered one of the most enjoyable in the club's history.
On his day a fantastic rider who left the club prematurely.
When will we see his like again ?.
This article was first published prior to October 2002
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