Chris Morton

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Chris Morton MBE
Chris Morton.jpg
Personal information
Nationality  England
Date of birth (1956-07-22) 22 July 1956 (age 58)
Place of birth    Davyhulme, England
Current club information
Career status Manager
Manager Belle Vue Aces
Career history
Belle Vue Aces
Ellesmere Port
Sheffield Tigers
1973-1990
1973
1993
Individual honours
British Champion
British League Riders' Champion
1983
1984
Team honours
British League KO Cup winner
World Team Cup Winner
World Pairs Champion
British League Pairs Champion
1975
1980
1984
1984

Christopher John (Chris) Morton MBE (born 22 July 1956 in Davyhulme, Lancashire[1]) is a former motorcycle speedway rider. He rode bikes from a young age at the farm of Peter Collins' parents.

Brief career summary[edit]

Morton made his debut for Ellesmere Port Gunners (on loan from Belle Vue) on 15 May 1973 He showed rapid improvement then following an injury to Aces Captain Chris Pusey in June 1973 Chris was drafted into the Belle Vue team scoring 6 points on his debut in an away meeting at Cradley Heath.

During the late 1970's, Morton was a guest resident rider at the famous Rowley Park Speedway in Adelaide, South Australia.

He rode for the England team at test level and represented them in the World Team Cup, winning the competition in 1980.

Morton became British Champion in 1983 and World Pairs Champion with best friend Peter Collins in 1984.

After retirement[edit]

He retired from riding in 1990, becoming manager of Berwick Bandits in 1991.[2] He also played a major role in the introduction of speedway to Buxton in 1994.

In 2005 he returned to Belle Vue as commercial manager and then in December 2006 he was part of a consortium who bought the Aces and currently holds the position of Operations Director, having previously also acted as team manager.[3][4]

He was awarded his MBE for services to speedway in 1992.

Brother Dave was also a speedway rider.

World Final Appearances[edit]

Speedway World Pairs Championship[edit]

Speedway World Team Cup[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakes, P & Rising, P (1986). 1986 Speedway Yearbook. ISBN 0-948882-00-X
  2. ^ Morton C. (2005). Until The Can Ran Out. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-3473-X
  3. ^ Frost, Richard (2006) "Morton in Takeover", Speedway Star, 14 October 2006, p. 3
  4. ^ "Karlsson out to tame the Wolves", Middleton Guardian, 1 April 2010, retrieved 22 July 2012
  5. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5