Cyril Roger

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Cyril Roger
Personal information
Nationality  England
Date of birth (1921-12-27) 27 December 1921 (age 92)
Place of birth    Ashford, Kent, England
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
Exeter Falcons
New Cross Rangers
Norwich Stars
Poole Pirates
Ipswich Witches
Southampton Saints
1947-1948
1948-1953
1953-1955, 1959-1960
1956
1957
1961-1963
Individual honours
London Riders' Championship 1950
Team honours
National League Champion
National League Div 3 Champion
National Trophy winner
1948, 1962
1948
1955, 1961

Cyril Roger (born 27 December 1921 in Ashford, Kent, England) was a former international motorcycle speedway rider reached the final of Speedway World Championship five times.[1]

Career[edit]

Roger started his career with the Exeter Falcons in 1947[2] on loan from the New Cross Rangers. Until July 1948 he was part of the Falcons team that won the National League Division Three Championship, but was recalled by New Cross. He featured in ten outings for New Cross, and received a medal when they won the National League Division One title in the same season.[3]

In 1949 he joined the Rangers full-time and qualified for the first of his five World Final appearances. In 1950 Rogers won the prestigious London Riders' Championship[4] and made his debut for England.

Rogers stayed with New Cross until 1953, making two further World Final appearances in the meantime, before joining the Norwich Stars when the Rangers closed. A season with the Poole Pirates in 1956 was followed with a season with the Ipswich Witches where he broke his leg.

Rogers returned to racing in 1959 with the Norwich Stars where he stayed for two seasons before finishing his career after three seasons with the Southampton Saints in 1963.

He is the oldest surviving world finalist as of July 2011.

World final appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5
  2. ^ Lethbridge, Tony (January 2004). Speedway in the South West. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-2915-9. 
  3. ^ Jacobs, N. (2008) Out of the Frying Pan, The History Press LTD ISBN 978-0-7524-4476-5
  4. ^ Belton, Brian (2003). Hammerin' Round. Stroud: Tempus Publishing ISBN 0-7524-2438-6