Alan Johnston's Photos
 
 

Alan Johnston says:  Hi John, By chance I stumbled upon your excellent website; I was looking for a date for a photo via google search I'd taken at the same time as a meeting between the Diamonds and Red Star Belgrade.  I have photos from at least 10 meetings starting with Teesside on 19/04/76. There must be over 500 negatives and many photos in the loft (if I can find them all).  They are not all the "typical Speedway Star type" photo.

I was a Graphics student at Newcastle Poly in the mid seventies. So some of the photos were taken to show speed hence blurring, colour etc. Some I messed around with (an example is the one of Tim Swales, Les Collins & Andy Cusworth).  Not all were printed but I should have all the original negatives (that I haven't messed around with).  I've tried to scan some of the negatives today and the results were ok to poor (some are attached). I'll need to find to find the tool to clean the negative scanner if you want any for your website.  I've attached a selection of my photos. All are compressed for the email. I'll email full size ones if you want any.  The signed photos by Tom and Joe are 14"x12" prints that I photographed today - they won’t fit in my scanner. There is also some examples of a couple of my original contact sheets and a couple of strips of thumbnails.  I hope this gives you an idea of what I have. I am willing to send you whatever you want for your website. It seems criminal that they are gathering dust in my loft.

Alan Johnston
30th September 2021

 
John says:  Thank you Alan,   I have given you your own page on the History Website and put your photos on this webpage.  I would like you to send me the rest.  I will fit them on the website no matter how many there are!
 
 
Tom Owen
 
 
 
 
Tom Owen Signing Autographs
 
 
 
Tom Owen (R) & Graeme Stapleton (B)
 
 
 
Tom Owen
 
 
 
 

 
 
Joe Owen
 
 
 
 
Joe Owen v Barry Briggs
 
 
Joe v Barry was a Match Race on 5th July 1976 before the meeting with Peterborough.
 
 
 

 
 
Peter Collins v Ron Henderson
 
Artistic version by Alan Johnston
 

 
 
Red Star Prague
 
1976
 
Artistic version by Alan Johnston
 

 
 
Phil Michaelides
 
 
 

 
 
Robbie Blackadder
 
 
 
Robbie Blackadder &
Michael Easton
 
 
Michael was a junior rider who lives in Rowlands Gill, which is about 15 miles from Brough Park.
 

 
 
Ron Henderson & Tom Owen
 
 

 
 
Tapes Up v Scunthorpe
 
 

 
 
Tim Swales Les Collins &
Andy Cusworth
 
 
A touch of photoshopping 1970s style
 

 
 
Barry Briggs & Phil Collins
 
 

 
Alan's Contact Prints
& Thumbnails
 
 
 
 
The above thumbnail pics were part of Alan's coursework when he was at Newcastle Poly in the 1970s.  I hope he will send us many more of his unique photo collection
 

 
My prayers have been answered!  Well, Alan has sent me some more of his excellent photographs, see below: -
 
 
Joe Owen & Billy Burton
 
17th May 1976
 
 
Who won?  Well Joe looks pleased with himself and Billy is checking the time on his watch.  In the days pre "Kevlar", I was impressed by the designer of Joe's leathers and the lad was always immaculately turned out.
 
 
The 1970s Brough Park Pits
 
17th May 1976
 
 
The rather ramshackle looking 1977 Brough Park pits with Ron Henderson, Tim Swales, Robbie Blackadder, Billy Burton & R Cooper
 
 
Tom Owen & Ron Henderson
Get The Drop on Boston
 
17th May 1976
 
 
 
 
Tom & Ron make the gate against Billy Burton (off gate 2) and Trevor Whiting on the outside
 
 
Nigel Crabtree 
 
4th July 1977 
 
 
 
 
Nigel Crabtree (Blue) v
Young Sweden
 
 

 
 
Phil Kynman
 
4th July 1977 
 
 

 
 
Robbie Gardner
v Mildenhall
4th July 1977 
 
 
 
Eddie Argall
 
 

 
 
Joe Owen v Steve Weatherley
 
1976
 
Courtesy of Alan Johnston
 
 
Joe Celebrates a win v Steve Weatherley
 
 
Alan Johnston says: The match race pics of Joe and Steve Weatherley were taken before the meeting with Stoke Potters. Two talented riders both suffering terrible injuries in later crashes.
 
 

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