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The 1948 Poole Pirates

The 1948 Poole Pirates
The 1948 Poole Pirates : Cliff Brewer, Herby Hayden, George Butler, Alf Elliott, Fred Pawson, Sid Clark, Alan Chambers, Jack Crutcher,
Sid Hazzard, Bingley Cree, Ronald Bear, Joe Bowkis. Charlie Hayden – on Alan Chambers machine.


Like many other hopefuls, Mike started his speedway career at the Weymouth training school before joining Exeter in 1967 and becoming a regular in the Falcons line-up until his transfer to Poole at the start of the 1970 season. Being Poole born the move was a homecoming for him and he didn’t disappoint with his ‘all action’ style winning him even more followers. He marked his club debut by scoring a paid 7 before racing to his maiden paid maximum at home to Hackney in early June. He remained an ever present in the Poole line-up, finishing the season with a 5.88 average. Keen to improve Mike was unlucky to pick up a back injury at Leicester, which affected his riding for the rest of the year. His all out efforts may have won him a lot of friends, but points were harder to come by as he struggled to find any form. 1972 was to prove another heartbreaking campaign with knee ligament damage keeping him out of the saddle for a six week spell in mid season. Trying to regain his best form Mike aggravated the injury at the beginning of 1973 which brought his season to a premature end, and although he returned in 1974, the knocks had taken their toll and he retired at the end of the following year