Graham Plant

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Graham Plant
Personal information
Nationality  England
Date of birth (1949-12-15) 15 December 1949 (age 64)
Place of birth    Leicester, England
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
Leicester Lions
Middlesbrough Teessiders
Newport Wasps
Halifax Dukes
Milton Keynes Knights
1968–1971
1968
1972–1973
1974–1977, 1979
1980–1981, 1983
Individual honours
Second Division Riders Champion
British Under-21 Champion
1968
1969
Team honours

Graham Plant (born 15 December 1949) is an English former motorcycle speedway rider. He won the Second Division Riders Championship in 1968 and went to a career in the British League with Leicester Lions, Newport Wasps, and Halifax Dukes.

Biography[edit]

Born in Leicester, Graham Plant is the son of former speedway rider Wilf Plant, and began racing in his teens, initially in go-kart and sidecar racing.[1] After practicing at King's Lynn, he had his first speedway races in second half events at Long Eaton Speedway in 1967.[1] In 1968 he joined second division Middlesbrough Teessiders on loan from Leicester Lions, and impressive performances (he averaged 8.54 over the season) also led to appearances for first division Lions.[1] He also won the Second Division Riders Championship that year.[1] In 1969 he rode full-time for the Lions, averaging 6.21 over the season, including one full maximum score.[1] Also in 1969, he won the British Under 21 Championship.[1][2] By 1971 he was one of the Lions' top riders, averaging 8.78 over the season, and he represented England in international competition and finished third in the Rhodesian Open Championship.[1] In 1972 he moved to Newport Wasps, where he stayed for two seasons before moving on to Halifax Dukes, where he stayed until 1979, although he made no appearances in 1978 and only rode in only a handful of matches in 1979, before retiring. He returned in 1980 with National League team the Milton Keynes Knights where he raced in 1980 and 1981, when his season was cut short after a loss of form and a falling-out with the team management.[3] He returned briefly for the Knights in 1983, before retiring for the final time.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Oakes, Peter & Mauger, Ivan (1976) Who's Who of World Speedway, Studio Publications, ISBN 0-904584-04-6, p. 90-91
  2. ^ Jones, Alan (2010) Speedway in Leicester: The Lions Roar, Automedia, p. 175
  3. ^ Oakes, Peter (1982) 1982 Speedway Yearbook, Studio Publications, ISBN 0-86215-072-8, p. 246, 249
  4. ^ Oakes, Peter (1981) 1981 Speedway Yearbook, Studio Publications, ISBN 0-86215-017-5, p. 252