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
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
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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