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Clifford Grieves, 79, is preparing to go back to the fields of Southern Italy.
Even home fans were surprised when Woodward was announced in second with Grieves third so Newcastle co-promoter and team manager George English swiftly phoned the referee to complain.
Grieves, too, was in superb form winning four of his five races, dropping his only point to Thorp in heat 11 after a terrific tussle.
And, to the delight of everyone at Newcastle, Grieves is certainly achieving his ambition as he is currently eighth among the Premier League's best in his first season with the Diamonds.
Grieves then rattled up his second win and Tomicek's burst from the back took him past former Diamond Lee Dicken for Newcastle's third maximum of the night to open up a 26-16 lead.
And when Grieves and Branney pulled off another 5-1 over Stoke's star guest Garry Stead in Heat 4, it looked as though the Diamonds might well be on their way to another big victory.
Grieves enjoys a love-hate relationship with the Edinburgh crowd, many of whom have not forgiven him for defecting to arch-rivals Glasgow five years ago, and whenever he races at Armadale Stadium he is always up for it.
Paisley-born Grieves (30) has spent the last five years on loan to Glasgow, for whom he has usually ridden splendidly on their visits to Tyneside.
Grieves, who took to the saddle six years ago, burned off more than 9,000 calories on his way to victory.
PC Grieves had been called to reports of a taxi driver who had been allegedly attacked by a man with a meat cleaver, who had then holed himself up in a flat in North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, at around 7.
1 Grieves has been impressed by Tigers' swift moves in the transfer market.
Staff, clients and their relatives and friends have already made donations but more toys are needed and people should take them to Grieves Solicitors.