George Newton (speedway rider)

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George Newton
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Personal information
Nationality  England
Date of birth (1913-01-27)27 January 1913
Place of birth    Ash Vale, Surrey, England
Date of death    1984
Place of death    Plymouth, Devon, England
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
Crystal Palace Glaziers
New Cross Rangers
Fleetwood Flyers
Walthamstow Wolves
Liverpool Chads
St Austell Gulls
1932-1933
1934-1938, 1948
1949
1950
1951-1952
1953
Individual honours
None
Team honours
National League Champion
London Cup Winner
1938, 1948
1934, 1937

George Newton (27 January 1913 in Ash Vale, England[1] – 1984) is a former international speedway rider who featured in the first Speedway World Championship in final in 1936.[2]

Career summary[edit]

Newton started his career with the Crystal Palace Glaziers in 1932 and stayed with the promotion when they moved to New Cross in 1934.[3] He made his England debut in 1936 and qualified for the World final, his first of three. At the end of the 1938 season Newton retired due to illness, but not before helping New Cross to the National League championship.[4]

After the war Newton made a surprise comeback, after a benefit meeting was arranged for him in 1947 as he was still suffering from illness. He returned to the New Cross team in 1948 as they won the Championship for the second time.

Further surgery at the end of 1948 was needed and it was assumed that Newton would retire but in 1949 he joined the Fleetwood Flyers in the National League Division Two where he recorded eight maximum scores in fifty appearances.

1950 saw Newton at Walthamstow Wolves[3] followed by a season with the Liverpool Chads in 1951.[5] He started 1952 with the Chads but moved to St Austell Gulls of the Southern League for the remainder of the season, before becoming their team manager for the following two seasons.[6]

World Final Appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Addison J. (1948). The People Speedway Guide. Odhams Press Limited
  2. ^ a b Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5
  3. ^ a b Jacobs, Norman (2001). Speedway in London. Stroud: Tempus Publishing ISBN 0-7524-2221-9
  4. ^ Jacobs, N. (2008) Out of the Frying Pan, The History Press LTD ISBN 978-0-7524-4476-5
  5. ^ Pavey,A. (2004) Speedway in the North-West, Tempus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-3192-7
  6. ^ Jackson, J. (2006) St Austell Speedway, Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-3789-5