Fred Wilkinson (speedway rider)

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Fred Wilkinson
Personal information
Nationality British
Date of birth (1906-06-08)8 June 1906
Place of birth    Coalville, Leicestershire
Date of death    September 1978
(aged 72)
Place of death    Leicestershire, England
Current club information
Career history
Leicester Super
Coventry
Belle Vue
Sheffield
Nottingham
1929-1931
1929, 1931
1932
1932
1933
Individual honours
Team honours

Fred Wilkinson (8 June 1906 – September 1978) was a motorcycle speedway rider who rode in the early years of the sport, including riding for England against Australia in 1931.

Biography[edit]

Wilkinson was born in Coalville, Leicestershire in 1906, his father a miner at a local colliery.[1] The family moved to Binley and then Seend in Wiltshire, with Wilkinson starting his racing career in grasstrack races.[1] His early speedway experience was at the Gorse Hill Autodrome in Swindon, and at Bristol.[1] In 1929 he signed for the Leicester Super team, also riding for Coventry, settling in Syston, where he ran a garage.[1] He captained the Super team in 1930, and stayed with the team until it closed in 1931.[1]

Wilkinson rode for England in the second Test match of 1931 against Australia, staged at Leicester Super Speedway, scoring three points.[2] He was selected at reserve for the fourth test at Belle Vue but did not score from his one ride.[1]

Wilkinson moved on to ride for Belle Vue in 1932.[1]

He was commemorated by an event in the 1980s that bore his name; The Fred Wilkinson Trophy match was staged at Leicester Stadium between 1980 and 1983, with a further staging at Peterborough in 1985.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Jones, Alan (2010) Speedway in Leicester: The Pre-War Years, Automedia, p. 193
  2. ^ Foster, Peter (2005) A History of the Speedway Ashes, Tempus, ISBN 0-7524-3468-3, p. 23-5