Arthur Atkinson (speedway rider)
|Current club information|
West Ham Hammers
|WA State Champion (Aust)
Australian Champion (2 miles)
|English Dirt Track League Champions
Southern League Champions
National League Champions
Coronation Gold Cup Best Pairs
Atkinson began riding motorcycles at the age of thirteen. He rode in trials and grasstrack before taking up speedway in 1928 with Blackpool. In 1929 he joined Leeds, captaining the team, and in 1930 won the Western Australia Championship. In 1930 he joined the Johnnie Hoskins-managed Wembley Lions. The team won the Southern League  but in the last league meeting of the season Atkinson was left unconscious after a crash. He missed the most of the 1931 season after a dispute with Wembley but in September 1931 he joined the West Ham Hammers.
Atkinson toured Australia in 1929/30, winning both the first of two Australian 2 mile Championship's held at the Exhibition Speedway in Melbourne, and the Western Australian Championship at the Claremont Speedway in Perth.
In 1937 the Hammers won the National League Championship and in 1938 they won the ACU Cup. Atkinson remained with Hammers until the outbreak of World War II, in which Atkinson served in the Royal Air Force.
After the war he managed the West Ham Hammers alongside Stan Greatrex from 1946 until 1949. In 1950 Atkinson and his wife 'Tippy' (whom he married in 1937 - they met while she was working as Johnnie Hoskins' secretary) became promoters at the newly formed Rayleigh Rockets. Whilst promoting at Rayleigh he returned to riding again, for West Ham, but the twelve years away from competitive riding showed in his scoring. In 1952 he was signed by the Harringay Racers for £80 and scored reasonably well but after a poor start to 1953 Atkinson retired from racing for ever.
In addition to his speedway career, he ran a farm with his wife.
World final appearances
- 1936 - London, Wembley Stadium - 16th - 3pts + 6 semi-final points
- 1937 - London, Wembley Stadium - 14th - 6pts + 8 semi-final points
- 1938 - London, Wembley Stadium - 11th - 5pts + 5 semi-final points 
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