Neville's looking pleased after pedalling to gold
IT WAS no real surprise Neville Tong, the well-known North Lincolnshire cyclist, looked so pleased when showing off another medal in July 1958.
For it was not just any old medal, the rider had won gold in the 1,000 metres time trial at the Empire Games in Cardiff the previous day.
WINNER: Neville Tong, the Scunthorpe cyclist, proudly shows the gold medal he won in the 1,000 metres time trial of the Empire Games at the Maindy Stadium, Cardiff.
Neville, of Holmes Lane, Winterton, secured a clutch of medals and trophies in addition to his Empire Games success.
He later moved from Winterton to Riverside, Scotter.
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Two years earlier the Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph noted a 50-year-old record being smashed by Neville.
The article said: "He has just returned from a successful tour of Scotland and the north east coast of England, where he made many new friends by his forthright riding methods.
"At Dundee he won the Dundee Grand Prix over a distance of five miles, beating the Scottish champion, JC McKenzie, to prove the first rider to bring the valuable challenge cup awarded for the event, south of the border for the first time in 50 years. His time was the fastest recorded over the distance in Scotland."
Neville became the British half-mile grass track champion.
He was the third Scunthorpe cyclist to gain national honours after Albert "Lal" White and Jack Tighe.