Dream Team: Mick Ogden
Supported Rayleigh Rockets from 1969 thru to their sad
demise in 73, also attended occasional Hackney meetings during the same
period, as well as the World final at Wembley
Was fantastic watching him catch, and then surpass Ivan in 71-72....I
was broken hearted when he fell chasing Christer Loqvist in the 72 world
final!!....Could easily have added another 2 world titles to his CV.
The ultimate professional of his era, immaculate equipment and
dedication....Rode his luck a little for his fourth, and sixth world
crowns, but still should be seen as the greatest of all time.
Saw him at Rayleigh in 71, far too good to have been riding division 2
that year...He was guesting for first division clubs and scoring 15
First saw him at the Hackney Superama 71'...Fantastic race with Ivan,
unfortunately can't remember who won it!..Saw his bad crash at Wembley
72, when after beating Ivan, he looked to be in with a real shout of the
Came to Rayleigh with Canterbury in 69, and looked to be a world beater
in the making....Sadly lost his life in the Lokeren disaster.
Only a second stringer in my time at Rayleigh, but his enthusiasm for
the sport, and self-deprecating personality made him a joy to be around.
Tiger BeechSubmit Your Own Dream Team
Big crowd favourite at Rayleigh, particuarly with the ladies, a
wholehearted trier who never gave up on a lost cause.
This article was first published on 2nd June 2012
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