Tom Farndon

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Tom Farndon
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Personal information
Nationality  England
Date of birth 11 September 1910
Place of birth    Coventry, England
Date of death    30 August 1935(1935-08-30) (aged 24)
Current club information
British league -
Career history
Crystal Palace Glaziers
New Cross Lambs
Individual honours
Star Riders' Champion
London Riders' Champion
British Individual Match Race Champion
1934, 1935
1934, 1935
Team honours
London Cup 1931, 1934

Tom Farndon (11 September 1910 in Coventry, England – 30 August 1935),[1][2] was a Speedway rider who won the Star Riders' Championship in 1933 whilst with the Crystal Palace Glaziers.[3]

He started his career with Coventry, initially at the Lythalls Lane track and later with the club based at Brandon Stadium, before enjoying a spell with the Crystal Palace Glaziers. He moved to New Cross Lambs with Palace promoter Fred Mockford in 1934.[4]

Farndon was the British Individual Match Race Champion and was undefeated from 1934 until his death in 1935.


Tom Farndon was killed after a crash on 28 August 1935 whilst racing at New Cross Rangers Stadium in a second half scratch race final. He was involved in a collision with team-mate Ron Johnson which hurled him through the air and saw him land head first on the track.

Tom died two days later in Miller General Hospital, Greenwich, without regaining consciousness.

Thousands lined the streets to see his funeral. An art deco memorial in the form of a motorbike racer, carved by local sculptor Richard Ormerod out of black granite stands at Tom's final resting place in St. Paul's Cemetery, Holbrook Lane, Coventry.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Jacobs, N. & Chaplin, J. Tom Farndon The Greatest Speedway Rider of Them All, ISBN 978-0-7524-5140-4
  2. ^ Bamford, R & Jarvis J.(2001). Homes of British Speedway. , ISBN 0-7524-2210-3
  3. ^ Jacobs, N. Speedway in London, ISBN 0-7524-2221-9
  4. ^ Jacobs, N. Out of the Frying Pan The History of New Cross Speedway, ISBN 978-0-7524-4476-5