"Havvy" arrived at Sunderland in 1973. Another lad from down the road at Teessside, Brian
found things a little tough in his first season, but the promise was there and he stuck at it
and soon won over the fans. An average of 4.64 wasn't too bad a return for his 18 meetings.
1974 and this was to prove Sunderland's last season in speedway. But for Brian this was the
year that would see him make a giant leap in speedway. Neck and neck with Jim Wells all
season long, Jim only just pipped him for top spot in the averages - 0.69 was all that
separated them at the end of the season. The confidence that he gained in â74 was amazing,
his 7.23 average was earned in a very difficult season for the Sunderland team.
Brian goes on record as being the winner of the very last race ever to be run at the Boldon
Stadium, Stoke âPottersâ being the opposition. He is also one of only three riders to score
300 or more points in a Season for Sunderland.
Brian saw out the Season with Berwick, along with Jim Wells, after Sunderland's early closure.
Brian would go on to give sterling service to Newcastle, Workington, Teesside and Stoke, before retiring. Soon after
retiring, son Gary started his speedway career, and to Brian's great pride went on to become World Speedway
Always hard to beat, always on a good average, Brian won the Best Pairs Competition with Tom Owen whilst riding for