Dream Team : David Phillips
I have been a Middlesbrough fan since approximately 1976
although I did go to the odd match previously
including Sunderland and Newcastle. I would like
to do something different and name a Dream Ream
consisting of my favourite Middlesbrough riders
over the years.
Mr Consistency and one of the most loyal riders
I have known. His track craft around Cleveland
Park was second to none.
What an ambassador for the sport and a great shame
he is not riding this year. If you wanted thrills
Dicko was your man. A role model for young riders
and he always had the time to spend with the fans
and the kids.
Unfortunately I never got to see much of Brucie
and injury always followed him but a true number 1.
As consistent at home as he was away. On more than
one occasion saved us from some humiliating away
scores by rattling in high double figure returns.
Led from the front and when he didn't provided
some top class overtaking around the boards at
Cleveland Park on a track that at the time was
one of the best race surfaces I have seen.
Ever popular and always gave 100%
Often unsung hero at Middlesbrough but you would
not wish for a better rider to have in the pits.
Was never a world beater but some of his team riding,
especially with steve wilcock, gave me many happy
sights around Cleveland Park.
Chris Readshaw / Paul Pickering
A strange choice but Chris Readshaw and Paul
Pickering provided one of the best displays that
could be possible back in the days of 8 man teams.
Paired at reserve 7 & 8 respectively they both
rode to brilliant paid 21 point maximums a feat
that I reckon will never be matched again.
This article was first published on 20/09/2003
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