OBITUARY: RIP Brian Barnett

We received the sad news on Sunday evening that Brian Barnett, a former rider, avid Cycle Speedway fan and photographer, was announced as the cyclist killed in an early morning accident in South East London last week. East London CSC’s Kevin Smith has paid tribute to Brian, talking to 33/18 News: “Brain had raced for East London for several seasons, […]

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OBITUARY: Les Grimes

Former long standing servant of the Cycle Speedway scene in Coventry, Les Grimes (pictured wearing number 3), sadly passed away last Sunday evening. Father of current British champion Myke, Les had suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease for many years. He was 69 years of age. He came from a golden era of the sport in the Godiva city in the sixties […]

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OBITUARY: RIP Frank Knight

Frank Knight, Life President of the Sheffield Stars Club sadly passed away last weekend. Frank had been involved with cycle speedway since 1978, when his son (Jeb) joined the Stradbroke Arrows. He was soon the team’s manager,  and took on most roles (including the most difficult of all, a referee). When the Sheffield teams merged in 1985, to form one […]

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RIP Wally Grant

Horspath Cycle Speedway Club will mourn the passing of founder member Wally Grant at his funeral tomorrow. Wally having helped start the club with his brother Michael in 1954. Racing up to the end of the 1969 season from which he spent the majority of his time as club chairman until stepping down at the end of 2015 season remaining […]

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RIP Jeff Lloyd

Newport Cycle Speedway have recieved the very sad news that their former rider of the 70s, Jeff Lloyd (pictured on bike), has sadly passed away after a brave battle against cancer. Jeff was a former Newport, Cardiff and Bournemouth star, who was a very capable rider always there to give great advise to young riders. Newport club secretary Colin Simmons […]

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RIP: Chris Duke

Exeter and Horspath riders paid tribute to a former Aces rider at Cofton Road last weekend, when a minute of sustained applause was held in recognition of Chris Duke, who lost his battle with cancer last week. Since the 1980s, Chris Duke was known throughout the region as a courageous rider who battled with disability to compete in the sport […]

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RIP: Joe Guy

Former East Park rider, Joe Guy, has sadly been killed in a road traffic accident whilst on a training ride yesterday. East Park club chairman, Al Bentley commented: “It is with great sadness that we report the loss of a great young lad and former East Park Junior rider, Joe Guy, who rode for East Park CSC and was tragically […]

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RIP John Walters

Former Great Britain rider, John Walters (picture bottom row, third from left), has sadly passed away. Newport secretary, Colin Simmons, confirmed the news yesterday. Colin said: “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart, that I have to inform the Cycle Speedway world, that former Newport, Llanmartin, Wales and British lions rider, John Walters, passed away last night at […]

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RIP John Watling

John Watling raced for Gorton Pirates and later Denton. He was one of the sports top riders in the 1960’s through to the 1970’s and represented Manchester, Lancashire and England before retiring and turning to cricket. John was a classical opening batsman who had the ability to bowl an excellent leg break and who later as Club Chairman was the […]

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OBITUARY: Roger Farrell

The sport of Cycle Speedway will be saddened and shocked to learn of the untimely death of my wife’s brother-in-law, Roger Farrell (pictured right), after a short but brave and painful battle with cancer. In the boom years of the 70s, 80s and early 90s , riders came and riders went, but Roger was one of the leading lights in […]

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OBITUARY: Horspath to pay tribute to Peter “Chalky” White

Horspath Hammers will pay tribute to one of Oxfordshire’s iconic Cycle Speedway personalities, Peter “Chalky” White, before this Sunday’s Elite League match against Poole Comets. “Chalky” started at the old Littlemore Falcons in the Southern League in the 60s, before switch to Horspath after their demise in 1965, for the first of two lengthy spells at The Village. In between […]

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RIP: Col Collett

Col Collett, the founder member and first manager of the Exeter Aces back in 1963, has sadly, but peacefully, passed away at the age of 87, last Friday 1st July 2016. I’m sure our readers will join us in sending our condolences to the family and friends of Col and the Exeter club.

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