Tommy Price

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For the other speedway rider, see Tommy Price (born 1907). For the drummer, see Thommy Price.
Tommy Price
Personal information
Nationality England England
Date of birth (1911-12-02)2 December 1911
Place of birth    Cambridge, England
Date of death    1998 (aged 87)
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
Harringay Tigers
Wembley Lions
Cardiff
Nottingham Wasps
1934
1935-1939, 1946-1956
1936
1936
Individual honours
World Champion
British Riders' Champion
1949
1946
Team honours
National League Champion

National Trophy winner
British Speedway Cup winner
London Cup winner
1946, 1947, 1949, 1950,
1951, 1952, 1953
1948, 1954
1947
1948, 1949, 1950, 1951

Thomas "Tommy" Price (born 2 December 1911 Cambridge- died 1998) was an international Speedway rider. In 1949 he won the first Speedway World Championship to be held after the Second World War.[1]

Career[edit]

Price started his career with the Wembley Lions in 1935 after only a handful of appearances for Harringay Reserves in the previous season. In 1936 he was loaned out to Cardiff and Nottingham. Within three years he had qualified for his first World Final.[2]

After the war, Price rejoined the Lions and spent a further eleven seasons at the club until he retired in 1956. During that he was a member of the teams that won the National League Championship seven times, and the National Trophy twice.

Price was selected to ride for England in the Ashes series against Australia, but never toured overseas during the winter.[3]

Following his retirement, Tommy opened a small engineering workshop in Wembley, North London where he was able to produce small quantities of specialist items for riders. Often these would have been economically non-viable for larger companies and Tommy was seen as a saviour by many a 'Rocker' of the day. Speedway faced a crisis at the end of the 1963 season when Southampton closed, due to the stadium being sold for redevelopment. Realising that the then senior National League could not continue to operate with just 6 teams, Lord Shawcross was appointed to lead an enquiry into the running of the sport. It was decided amongst senior promoters that a seventh team was vital to the continuance of the sport at a senior level, and it was decided that West Ham was ripe for a re-opening. After lengthy discussions and a large cash injection funded by the promoters of other National League teams, West Ham reopened after 9 years with Tommy Price at the helm as both promoter and team manager. Price continued in the role until the end of the 1965 season when he led West Ham to a unique treble, winning the British League, the KO Cup and the London Cup.

World final appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5
  2. ^ Jacobs, N & Lipscombe, P (2005). Wembley Speedway : The Pre-War Years. Stroud: Tempus Publishing ISBN 0-7524-3750-X
  3. ^ Foster, P. (2005) History of the Speedway Ashes, The History Press Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-3468-3