Alan Cowland

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Alan Cowland
Personal information
Nationality  England
Date of birth (1944-03-17)17 March 1944
Place of birth    St. Austell, Cornwall
Date of death    January 2005 (aged 60)
Place of death    Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Current club information
Career history
Exeter Falcons
Wolverhampton Wolves
Wimbledon Dons
Leicester Lions
Bopfingen (GER)
Hull Vikings
Newport Wasps
Workington Comets
Mildenhall Fen Tigers
Peterborough Panthers
1962-1965, 1969
1967-1968, 1973
1973, 1974-1975
Individual honours
Team honours

Alan Edward Cowland (17 March 1944–January 2005) was a British motorcycle speedway rider who represented England and Great Britain.


Born in St. Austell, Cornwall, Cowland got his first taste of speedway at Rye House in 1962, and was part of the Exeter Falcons Provincial League/British League team between 1962 and 1965, and represented Great Britain against an Overseas team and England against Scotland in 1964.[1] After spells with Wolverhampton Wolves and Wimbledon Dons he signed for Leicester Lions in 1970, spending three seasons with the team, and winning the Midland Pairs Handicap trophy (with Graham Plant) in 1971.[1][2] By the end of the 1972 season his average had dropped to just over three points and in 1973 he dropped down to the second division with Hull Vikings, representing the 'Young England' team against Australasia that year.[1] In 1974 he moved on to Workington Comets and had a few rides in the first division with Hull, moving to the Vikings on a full-time basis in 1975.[1] After seasons with Mildenhall Fen Tigers and Peterborough Panthers in which his average steadily declined, he retired in 1976.

During his career Cowland also raced in the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, and Rhodesia, and learned to speak German, French, and Czechoslovakian.[1]

Cowland also worked as a toolmaker/turner, and after speedway ran a car dealership in Wellingborough.

He was found hanged in his garage in Wellingborough in January 2005.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Oakes, Peter & Mauger, Ivan (1976) Who's Who of World Speedway, Studio Publications, ISBN 0-904584-04-6, p. 33
  2. ^ Jones, Alan (2010) Speedway in Leicester: The Lions Roar, Automedia, p. 157
  3. ^ Roach, L. (2005) "Comets Fans in Mourning", Hexham Courant, 4 February 2005, retrieved 2012-03-16