Barry Thomas

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Barry Thomas
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Born (1951-10-29) 29 October 1951 (age 65)
Harrow, London, England
Nickname Thommo
Nationality  England
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
1969-1970 Canterbury Crusaders
1970-1983 Hackney Hawks
1981-1983 Crayford Kestrels
1984-1989, Hackney Kestrels
1987 Rye House Rockets
Individual honours
1970 British Under-21 Champion
1972 Individual Gold Cup
1973, 1974 London Riders' Championship
Team honours
1970 British League Div Two Winner
1971 British League KO Cup Winner
1971, 1973 London Cup Winner

Barry John Thomas (born 29 October 1951 Harrow, Middlesex)[1] is a former motorcycle speedway rider. 'Thommo' is considered to be the most popular Hackney rider ever, staying at the Hackney Wick Stadium for over twenty years.[2]


He started his career with the Canterbury Crusaders in 1969 after he and Dave Jessup were invited for trials at the West Ham Hammers. He progressed through to heat leader status in his very first season, prompting Hackney Hawks promoter Len Silver to buy him for the Hawks in 1970. He was given plenty of advice and help from Garry Middleton who helped him with any bike problems he had. He also played a huge part in the signing of Polish Champion Zenon Plech.

In that first season at Hackney he won the British Junior Championship. He went on to captain Hackney for nine seasons. 1981 saw Thommo ride for the Crayford Kestrels and cover for the Hawks. However 1984 saw the Crayford promotion move to Hackney as the Hackney Kestrels after the Hawks closed in 1983. In 1987 he also rode for the Rye House Rockets.[3]

In 2001 he made a special one-off appearance for a Hackney team in a meeting at Rye House having never ridden a bike for thirteen years.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Oakes, P & Rising, P (1986). 1986 Speedway Yearbook. ISBN 0-948882-00-X
  2. ^ Fenn, C.(2003). Hackney Speedway, Friday at Eight. ISBN 0-7524-2737-7
  3. ^ Jacobs, Norman (2007). 70 Years of Rye House Speedway. ISBN 978-0-7524-4162-7