Home Contact Us Stadia Pix Articles All About You Riders to Remember
DVDs Books Pictures Archive Dream Teams Programme Generator
28/02/2021
2020 Review - Part 4
Still Flying High
Your Feedback
 
21/02/2021
2020 Review - Part 3
Harold MacNaughton
Your Feedback
 
14/02/2021
Olle Nygren
2020 Review - Part 2
Your Feedback
 
07/02/2021
2020 Review - Part 1
Your Feedback
 
31/01/2021
Debut: Joe Screen
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
24/01/2021
Review: Blood & Cinders
Your Feedback
 
17/01/2021
Tai Deserves a Gong
The J.A.P is Modern Art
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
03/01/2021
Snapshots of Yesteryear
Snapshots of Yesteryear
Snapshots of Yesteryear
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
27/12/2020
The Polish Problem
Mauger, Nielsen. World Finals.
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
16/12/2020
Simon Wigg Racing Plus!
 
10/12/2020
Review: Saving Speedway
 
06/12/2020
Great Races of the 70s/80s
The BLRC 1984
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
22/11/2020
Book Review: Dave Jessup
The BLRC 1983
Leif "Basse" Hveem
Your Feedback
 
15/11/2020
When Did it Start to Decline?
The BLRC 1982
Tracking Down the Swagman
Your Feedback
 
08/11/2020
Review: Before Air Fences
THE BLRC 1981
Dagenham
Your Feedback
 
01/11/2020
Review: Who Gates Wins
The BLRC 1980
Owlerton in the Sixties
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
25/10/2020
Doyle's Triple Crown
The BLRC 1979
Your Feedback
 
11/10/2020
New Cross Album 1936
The BLRC 1978
Your Feedback
 
04/10/2020
Sheffield 60s & 70s
The BLRC 1977
John Pilblad
Your Feedback
 


Dave Thomson - Signing Steve Lawson

Dave Thomson

Sad news this week with the passing of former Glasgow Tigers promoter Dave Thomson. Thomson (known to many as D.L.T) was in charge of the Tigers' daily operation from the mid-seventies until the end of the 1987 season, a tour of duty that took in Coatbridge, two different tracks in Blantyre and even an aborted season at Workington.

There can be no question that one of his most significant actions was to secure the signature of Steve Lawson. Lawson was a Belle Vue asset when the Tigers snapped him up and he went on to achieve legendary status in the red and white stripes.

Speaking at a supporters function in 2006, Thomson recalled how that 1978 signing came about:

"Eric Boocock phoned me one afternoon about three o'clock and told me if we wanted to sign Lawson then we'd better move quickly as Edinburgh were going to sign him that night and had arranged to meet him at the Crest Hotel at Carlisle. So I quickly phoned my co-promoter Jimmy Beaton and asked what he was doing, I don't know what he was doing, not a lot probably and he came and picked me up and we drove down to Workington.

We met Steve and we twisted his arm a wee bit and got him to sign. We wanted to change the structure of the team and were convinced that Steve was the right man for the job. Once we got hold of Steve he signed the contract right there and then and we put it in our pocket and told him not to bother going to Carlisle.

We phoned Eric Boocock when we got down the end of the road from Steve's house and told him we'd signed Steve and that the deal was done.

Then we went to Carlisle to meet the Edinburgh promotion! Lawson's name never come up once in the conversation that night but we did manage to sell Brian Collins to them and that paid for Steve's transfer fee."

Steve Lawson in 1978

It was a long and happy relationship, with Lawson remaining with the club until his retirement at the end of the 1992 season. A fifteen year association during which he scored an incredible 4,981 points in league matches alone.

Thomson said there was only one occasion on which that relationship was in danger.

"The only time we nearly lost Steve was on a sponsored cycle around Millport. Most people went round cycling gently but one or two of our riders, including our esteemed number one, had different ideas and decided to race. If you know Millport then you'll know the steep hill that heads down towards the pier. This was a wet day and it was the first time I'd ever seen Steve struggling to control a bike as he ended up dropping the bike just before he ended up in the water."

 

This article was first published on 21st February 2016


 

  • Ian (Tich) McLean:

    "I don't think many people knew how much time and money Dave put into Glasgow. It's just a pity that he drifted away from the Tigers and was never inducted into the Glasgow Hall of Fame. R.I.P. old friend."

    [ Use Mobile Version ]
     

     

    Comment on this Article | Contact Us | Go Back to Main Menu

  •    Please leave your comments on this article or on the site as a whole