Andre Compton

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Andre Compton
Andre compton 27-04-05.jpg
Born (1977-05-15) 15 May 1977 (age 40)
Dewsbury, England
Nationality  England
Current club information
Career status Active
British league Workington Comets
Career history
1993, 1996
1993–94, 1997, 2000–02
1994
1994–96
1995
1995
1995
1996, 2004
1997
1998–99, 2004–2008
2000
2002–04
2009–2010
Bradford Dukes
Newcastle Diamonds
Stoke Potters
Buxton Hitmen
Hull Vikings
Reading Racers
Coventry Bees
Belle Vue Aces
Berwick Bandits
Sheffield Tigers
Peterborough Panthers
Poole Pirates
Workington Comets
Glasgow Tigers
Individual honours
2001 Scottish Open Champion
2004 Premier League Riders Champion
Team honours
1999 Premier League Fours Winner
1999, 2001 Premier League Champions
2009 Young Shield Winner

Andre Neil Compton (born 15 May 1977 in Dewsbury, England)[1] is a speedway rider. He is the older brother of Benji Compton.

Career summary[edit]

In 2004, Compton's form led to a call up from Elite League side Poole Pirates. This was also the year in which Compton became Premier League Riders Champion. He passed the unbeaten Simon Stead in the final, and both riders fell on the last turn, giving both riders multiple injuries. The race was awarded and Compton managed to take his place on the rostrum as winner.

In 2006, Compton became the captain of the Sheffield Tigers following the retirement of Sean Wilson. It was a fairly successful season for the Tigers who finished second in the Premier League and gained a place in the Premier League play-off final, which was won by the King's Lynn Stars. Compton tore ligaments in his shoulder while riding in Sweden in August, just before the Premier Trophy Final, which they consequently lost to King's Lynn Stars.

He recovered in time to compete in the Premier League Riders' Championship in September, but fell heavily while in the tournament in his fourth heat. He soon returned to action but was unable to prevent his team from losing the play-off final to King's Lynn and again becoming runners up in the Premier League.

In 2007 and 2008, Compton remained with the Sheffield Tigers. At the end of the 2008 season, Compton announced his retirement from the sport to pursue other business matters, stating that he had lost his passion for speedway.[2][3] A subsequent change of heart saw him return to the Premier League, moving to the Workington Comets after six consecutive seasons with Sheffield Tigers.On 16 June 2013 it was announced at the Red revolution open at Glasgow that Compton had signed a contract to ride for the Glasgow Tigers for the rest of the season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-81-6
  2. ^ "Compton Quits Speedway". British Speedway Promoters' Association. 2008. Archived from the original on 13 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  3. ^ "Sheffield Tigers' Compton quits". BBC Sport. 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2008-11-03.