The History of Poole Speedway

The story of dirt track racing at the Wimborne Road raceway from its inauguration to the present day.


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GEORGE GOWER – Pirate of the Past

Under ordinary circumstances, a rider whose entire career at one club spanned seven meetings at reserve might be dismissed as forgettable. George Gower, on the other hand, carved out a little piece of immortality at Poole. Starting out in the unofficial Sunday Dirt Track League with Smallford in 1938, George spent seven seasons with nine teams, lasting no more than a year at any of them. Unattached in 1948, he was signed to bolster the injury hit Poole team and made his debut on 24 May in a Division Three match at Wombwell. In a faultless display against the Colliers, he won all three of his races and two rides in the second half. He took two rides at Hastings for 3 and 1 bonus, added 3 points from two rides at Exeter, then 5 plus 1 from two heats versus Hull. A week later he was given four rides against Plymouth, scoring 6 and a bonus. The return fixture yielded 6 from three races, and he finally notched 5 and 1 from two heats when Stoke were at Wimborne Road on 21 June. Unfortunately he crashed later in the meeting and suffered a broken leg which put paid to his season and he never rode for the Pirates again. However, he sits forever at the top of Poole's averages for their first ever season, his eighteen rides producing a 9.11 return.