Malcolm Simmons

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Malcolm Simmons
Malcolm Simmons Kings Lynn.JPG
Personal information
Nationality  United Kingdom
Date of birth (1946-03-20)20 March 1946
Place of birth    Tonbridge, England
Date of death    25 May 2014(2014-05-25) (aged 68)
Nickname Simmo
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
Hackney Hawks
West Ham Hammers
King's Lynn Stars
Poole Pirates
Wimbledon Dons
Swindon Robins
Hackney Kestrels
Arena Essex Hammers
1963
1964-1967
1968-1974, 1993
1975-1980
1981-1984
1985
1986-1987
1989
Individual honours
British Champion 1976
Team honours
World Team Cup Winner
World Pairs Champion
British League Champion
British League KO Cup Winner
London Cup
1974, 1975, 1977
1976, 1977, 1978
1965
1965
1965, 1966, 1967

Malcolm Simmons (20 March 1946 – 25 May 2014) was a British speedway rider.

Career[edit]

Simmons was born in Tonbridge, Kent. After starting in second-half races at New Cross, he made his Provincial League debut at Hackney Hawks in 1963 aged seventeen but was unable to break into the Hackney team regularly so moved to the newly re-opened West Ham Hammers for the 1964 season.[1] In 1965 Simmons won a British League and British League Knockout Cup double with West Ham. In 1968 he moved to the King's Lynn Stars and stayed there for the next seven seasons. He was consistently at the top of the Stars averages and scored over 2112 points for the club.[2]

Simmons signed for the Poole Pirates in 1975 from King's Lynn. In his first season for Poole in 31 league matches he achieved 16 maximum scores (15 full and 1 paid) and he became the first Poole rider to secure a 10-point average in the British League. Simmons topped the Pirates averages for the next six years and he came to be affectionately known by the Poole fans as 'Super Simmo'. In 1979 the Pirates were taken over by new owners and Simmons became unsettled, asking for a transfer in 1980. At a pairs event at Poole that year, Simmons was accused by the Poole management of not trying and he was subsequently sacked by the club.[2]

He moved to Wimbledon in 1981, where he spent four seasons and moved to the Swindon Robins for one season in 1985. Simmons signed for former club Hackey, now renamed Hackney Kestrels, in 1986 for two years before he suffered a bad shoulder injury. He then made a couple of short come-backs at Arena Essex and King's Lynn.[2]

Malcolm captained England and Great Britain at full international level. He finished runner-up to Peter Collins in the 1976 Speedway World Championship, but became World Pairs Champion with John Louis the same year. He again became World Pairs Champion in 1977 with Peter Collins, and again in 1978 with Gordon Kennett. Simmons became British Champion in 1976.[3]

He signed as a rider for Mildenhall in 2001 to ride occasionally in the Conference League, aged 56.[citation needed]

World Final Appearances[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rogers, Martin (1963) "Hackney Hawks Here to Stay?", Speedway Star, 1 June 1963, p. 16
  2. ^ a b c Bamford, Robert; Shailes, Glynn (2004). 50 Poole Pirates Greats. Tempus Publishing. pp. 108–109. ISBN 0-7524-3257-5. 
  3. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5