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Legend Kennett To Manage Oxford Cheetahs


Former World number two Gordon Kennett will manage the Oxford Cheetahs in their special one-off speedway challenge clash against the Warriors on Thursday, August 1st.

Kennett, who learnt his trade with second division Eastbourne, moved up full-time in 1973 to ride for the Oxford Rebels.

Along with Norwegian superstar Dag Lovaas, he led Oxford to their most successful year in a decade in 1975. Rebels finished seventh in a very competitive British League, and the club also won the Midland Cup.

After the near-closure of Cowley Stadium, the Rebels’ team moved en bloc to White City in London in 1976, while Oxford Cheetahs were reborn in the second tier, the National League.

Kennett reached new heights with the capital club, leading White City to the British League title in 1977, while the highlight of his individual career came a year later under Wembley’s Twin Towers.