ROY CHAPMAN: Tributes from the Hethersett & Norwich clubs
Tributes have come in for Roy Champan who passed away reently
Mel Perkins has written this tribute on behalf of the Hethersett Hawks:
“Hethersett Hawks / Yellow Brick Mortgages were saddened to hear of the death of Roy Chapman. Long-standing and former members plus supporters will remember Roy as the stalwart of the Spixworth Club for over 40 years, Taking over as Secretary from Mike Colman he steered the Club through its move to Crostwick Lane and to become one of the leading clubs in East Anglia and, at times, even on the national stage.
“For many years Roy soldiered on without much help once the older riders had retired or moved on. He could often be seen working on the track alone and at matches he had been known to referee, starter, flag marshal and announcer all at the same time!! He was not a top rider but many a youngster would be aghast at being passed round the banks of Spixworth by this “old guy” sitting on the seat of his trusty old bike.
“Roy always gave a warm welcome and was proud of his Spixworth track. His dedication also spread into football where he managed sides at a high level locally and continued playing in goal well into his forties. Two of his proudest moments were being awarded the “Wilkinson Sword Award of Merit” and watching his Spixworth protege Phil Howells win the British title at Hellesdon – then in Hethersett colours having moved to the village.
“Sadly, illness descended upon him several years ago and he had to give up his involvement. It is now even more significant that the Clubs and riders in Norfolk do everything they can to support the work going on to revive the Spixworth Club. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”
Steve Copping has written this tribute on behalf of the Norwich Stars:
“I was deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of Roy Chapman, who was, for as long as I have been involved in cycle speedway, was heavily involved with the running of the Spixworth club. I personally have had plenty of dealings with Roy during my time as secretary of the Trimley club in 1996 and Somersham club from 1997-2004 and I am sure my colleagues within the Norwich club have had dealings also. I am sure everyone echoes what Mel Perkins said in his tribute, in as much as that now even more significant that the Clubs and riders in Norfolk do everything they can to support the work going on to revive the Spixworth Club
“Norwich CSC would like to extend their condolences to his family and friends at this time.”