Arthur Atkinson (speedway rider)

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Arthur Atkinson
Personal information
Nationality England
Date of birth 1911
Place of birth    Nelson, Lancashire
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
Leeds Lions
Wembley Lions
West Ham Hammers
Harringay Racers
1929
1930
1931-1939, 1951
1952-1953
Individual honours
WA State Champion (Aust) 1930
Team honours
English Dirt Track League Champions
Southern League Champions
National League Champions
London Cup
ACU Cup
Coronation Gold Cup Best Pairs
1929
1930
1937
1930
1938
1937

Arthur Atkinson (born 1911, date of death unknown)[1] was a former international motorcycle speedway rider and promoter who appeared in the first Speedway World Championship final in 1936.[2]

Career[edit]

Atkinson began riding motorcycles at the age of thirteen.[3] He rode in trials and grasstrack before taking up speedway in 1928 with Blackpool.[3] In 1929 he joined Leeds, captaining the team, and in 1930 won the Western Australia Championship.[3] In 1930 he joined the Johnnie Hoskins-managed Wembley Lions.[3] The team won the Southern League [4] but in the last league meeting of the season Atkinson was left unconscious after a crash. He missed the most of the 1931 season after a dispute with Wembley but in September 1931 he joined the West Ham Hammers.[5]

1936 saw Atkinson selected for England against Australia in the test series and was a regular up to the war.[6]

In 1937 the Hammers won the National League Championship and in 1938 they won the ACU Cup. Atkinson remained with Hammers until the outbreak of World War II, in which Atkinson served in the Royal Air Force.[3][5]

After the war he managed the West Ham Hammers alongside Stan Greatrex from 1946 until 1949.[5] In 1950 Atkinson and his wife 'Tippy' (whom he married in 1937 - they met while she was working as Johnnie Hoskins' secretary) became promoters at the newly formed Rayleigh Rockets.[7] Whilst promoting at Rayleigh he returned to riding again, for West Ham, but the twelve years away from competitive riding showed in his scoring. In 1952 he was signed by the Harringay Racers for £80 and scored reasonably well but after a poor start to 1953 Atkinson retired from racing for ever.[8]

In addition to his speedway career, he ran a farm with his wife.[3]

World final appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bamford, R. & Stallworthy, D. (2003) Speedway - The Pre War Years, Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2749-0
  2. ^ a b Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5
  3. ^ a b c d e f Sandys, Leonard (1948) Broadside to Fame! The Drama of the Speedways, Findon, p. 15
  4. ^ Jacobs, N & Lipscombe, P (2005). Wembley Speedway : The Pre-War Years. Stroud: Tempus Publishing ISBN 0-7524-3750-X
  5. ^ a b c Belton, Brian (2003). Hammerin' Round. Stroud: Tempus Publishing ISBN 0-7524-2438-6
  6. ^ Foster, P. (2005) History of the Speedway Ashes, The History Press Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-3468-3
  7. ^ Jacobs, Norman (2000). Speedway in East Anglia. Stroud: Tempus Publishing ISBN 0-7524-1882-3
  8. ^ Jacobs, Norman (2001). Speedway in London. Stroud: Tempus Publishing ISBN 0-7524-2221-9