The Preston ramp was another ramp in a roller-rink from the same people as the legendary Warrington. Paul Duffy’s picture shows Mark Van Der Eng. The A Group result is described as “surprising” but I can’t quite see why. Davie Phillips came first with Pete Dosset second and Mark Van De Eng third. Dosset was very much a new boy at the time, so perhaps that was it?
Lija gets a first mention as a “new face”. Barry Abrook partied so hard he could not skate the next day. Gary Clegg got into a fight. Things went very wrong for Phil Burgoyne, much to everyone’s surprise as he was fresh from winning the Slam City competition at Latimer Road.
“I skated like a Wally. I couldn’t get it together on frontside grinds. I fell off five in a row, all fourth trick. So I was beaten by Ashley Day. A bit of a come down from Slam City.
Another sign of the times: terrible black and white reproduction. Colour was very tightly rationed in those days: only available on certain pages, and the budget wouldn’t allow us to use all of it even then. So sorting out the pagination was always a delicate art. To make matters worse, the black and white reproduction tended to be done on the cheap as well, so the results were awful. As is the case here.