Len Williams (speedway rider)

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Len Williams
Personal information
Nationality British
Date of birth December 1921
Place of birth    Leicester
Date of death    15 June 2007 (aged 85)
Current club information
Career history
Sheffield Tams
Leicester Hunters
1947–1951, 1960–1961
1951–1956
Individual honours
Team honours
British Speedway Cup (Div 2) 1947

Len Williams (December 1921–15 June 2007) was a British motorcycle speedway rider for Sheffield and Leicester

Born in Leicester, Williams served in the Royal Air Force before beginning his speedway career, joining at the outbreak of war aged seventeen as a mechanic, and being demobilized in 1945, by which time had risen to the rank of flying officer.[1]

His older brother Stan was captain of Sheffield Tigers, and tutored Len in the sport in 1947 while injured.[1] By 1948, he had become a regular member of the Sheffield team, becoming a heat leader in 1949.[1]

He moved on to ride for Leicester Hunters (still his local team as he lived in Narborough), for a transfer fee of GB£1,000,[2] riding for the Hunters for six seasons between 1951 and 1956 and taking over from Cyril Page as captain,[3] before retiring. He came out of retirement to return to the Sheffield team in 1960, also riding in 1961, but only in home matches.

Williams narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 1951 Individual Speedway World Championship. In 1952 he was selected (along with his brother) for the England team to face Scotland, and also rode for Britain against an 'overseas' team.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Morgan, Tom (1949) Who's Who in Speedway 1949, Sport-in-Print, London, p. 74-75
  2. ^ a b "Len Williams - One of Two Captain Brothers", Evening Times, 11 June 1952, p. 8, retrieved 2012-02-11
  3. ^ Jones, Alan (2004) Speedway in Leicester: The Hunters Era, Automedia, p. 164