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Those Were The Days 1978 - Athletes ban resulted in cyclists going it alone

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 19, 2013

  • VELO GOOD ... Main prize winners are picture at the annual Velo Club Ventoux Cluc cycling presentation at the Kings Arms Hotel in Eccleshall in 1978. They are, from left, Paul Broadgate, Mick Mountford, Jim Parry (senior road race champion), Wolverhmapton

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IN the Newsletter sporting headlines from 1978, John Hendy won a cyclistsonly event at Hopton Park, writes Ben Goddard.

Previously, Stafford Road Club had taken on athletes from Stafford AC in an annual cyclists versus runners competition.

However, that year, the Midlands Counties AAA banned the athletic club from taking part after it emerged the cyclists were able to win a maximum of £10 and the event was seen as professional - although it had no prize money.

Two young Stafford athletes earned themselves a trip to the All England Championships in Maidstone after great runs in the Staffordshire Schools Cross Country Championships.

Ian Campbell took victory over a two mile course while Gary Price finished eighth, helping the Stafford and District team to victory in the under-15 race.

Stafford Rugby Club had a surprise opponent in early February.

On the way back from a Twickenham international, Wigton (Cumberland) persuaded Stafford to give them a game at short notice.

The outcome was a 4-0 victory for Stafford with Mark Ashton getting the only try of the game. Stafford had fought out a pointless draw against West Park 24 hours earlier, but it was a game best forgotten.

Highfields’ champion darts team was in danger of being disbanded after an internal dispute led to them not being able to raise a team for away matches at the George and Dragon and North End WMC. These problems came just months after Highfields had claimed the Ansell’s Summer League Championship and Stafford League title in the same season.

Stafford Rangers’ dreams of a third Wembley appearance in six years were dashed by Atherstone Town in their FA Trophy second round clash.

Rangers were beaten 1-0 in one of their more unlucky games of the season.

Manager, Roy Chapman had earlier been named the Northern Premier League manager of the month after the team’s seven match unbeaten run.

The Staffordshire County League (North) fixture between Kingston and Cheadle Town ended in the most extraordinary circumstances when Keith Mottershead thought he had headed home a last-minute winner.

The former Stafford Rangers player soon realised the ‘goal’ had been ruled out as the referee had already blown the full time whistle before the ball entered the net.

In his first season as a competitive darts player Dave Hiscox, playing for the Talbot Hotel, Stone in the Staffs Super league, sent a message of intent.

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