|Date of birth||c.1915|
|Place of birth||Ireland|
|Current club information|
New Cross Rangers
|National League Champion
London Cup winner
Born in Ireland, French moved with his parents to England before he was one year old. The family settled in Tadworth, Surrey. He began grasstrack racing in 1935, winning several trophies. While grasstrack racing in 1938 he was spotted by former Wimbledon rider Claude Rye, who arranged for French to try out for the Dons, and he was taken on as a junior. In 1939 he rode in the Wimbledon team at reserve, before his career was interrupted by World War II.
French worked at an aircraft factory in Weybridge during the war, and did not race again until 1945. After practising at Rye House, he signed for New Cross in 1946. He scored nine points in his first match for New Cross, and established himself as a regular team member during the 1946 season, scoring at an average of 5.10.
French finished runner-up to Alec Statham in the London Riders' Championship in 1949 after a run-off. He appeared in the 1949 film Once a Jolly Swagman, for which the racing scenes were shot at New Cross.
Test career 
French rode in the England team in the 1949 test series against Australia, scoring 3 points in the third test at New Cross and 7 points in the fourth test at Harringay. In 1950 he rode in all five test matches, scoring 6, 8, 0, 9, and 5. He was not selected in 1951 but returned for the fourth test at New Cross in 1952, scoring 5 points.
- Storey, Basil (1947) Speedway Favourites, Sport-in-Print, p. 4
- Hart, A. S. (1946) Know Your Rider: Facts Figures and Fotos - a Complete Record of the 1946 Season, R. Verney Baker, Salford, p. 12-13
- Foster, Peter (2005) A History of the Speedway Ashes, Tempus, ISBN 0-7524-3468-3, p. 95, 97, 105-110, 133-4
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