Bill Kitchen (speedway rider)
|Date of birth||December 7, 1908|
|Place of birth||Galgate, England|
|Date of death||May 1994 (aged 85)|
|Current club information|
|Belle Vue Aces
|Australian Champion (3 Lap)||1950|
|National League Champion
National Trophy Winner
A.C.U. Cup Winner
British Speedway Cup winner
London Cup winner
|1933, 1934, 1935, 1936,
1946, 1947, 1949, 1950,
1951, 1952, 1953
1933, 1934, 1935, 1936,
1934, 1935, 1936, 1937
1948, 1949, 1950, 1951
His pre-war career was with Belle Vue. In 1946 he became captain of the Wembley Lions and finished second in the British Speedway Championship. He finished fifth in the Speedway World Championship in 1939.
Kitchen was a member of a National League winning team eleven times in twenty years, a feat made even more exceptional given the fact that the outbreak of World War II cost his Belle Vue team the chance of earning Kitchen a twelfth title (the Aces were top of the league when it was abandoned), and the fact that the competition was suspended a further six seasons during the war.
Kitchen was also a regular England international with over forty appearances after the war as well as over thirty pre-war caps.
After retirement, Bill ran a motor spares shop bearing his own name, in Station Road Harrow until at least the 1980s.
World Final Appearances
- 1937 - London, Wembley Stadium - 8th - 9pts + 7 semi-final points
- 1938 - London, Wembley Stadium - 5th - 9pts + 6 semi-final points
- 1949 - London, Wembley Stadium - 6th - 9pts
- Addison J. (1948). The People Speedway Guide. Odhams Press Limited
- Morgan, Tom (1947) The People Speedway Guide, Odhams Press, p. 76
- Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5