Cyril Roger

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Cyril Roger
Born (1921-12-27)27 December 1921
Ashford, Kent, England
Died 26 May 2015(2015-05-26) (aged 93)
Sutton Valence, England
Nationality  England
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
1947-1948 Exeter Falcons
1948-1953 New Cross Rangers
1953-1955, 1959-1960 Norwich Stars
1956 Poole Pirates
1957 Ipswich Witches
1961-1963 Southampton Saints
Individual honours
1950 London Riders' Championship
Team honours
1948, 1962 National League Champion
1948 National League Div 3 Champion
1961 National League KO Cup Winner
1955, 1961 National Trophy winner

Cyril Roger (27 December 1921 - 26 May 2015) was a former international motorcycle speedway rider reached the final of Speedway World Championship five times.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Roger started his career with the Exeter Falcons in 1947[3] on loan from the New Cross Rangers. Until July 1948 he was part of the Falcons team that won the National League Division Three Championship, but was recalled by New Cross. He featured in ten outings for New Cross, and received a medal when they won the National League Division One title in the same season.[4]

In 1949 he joined the Rangers full-time and qualified for the first of his five World Final appearances. In 1950 Rogers won the prestigious London Riders' Championship[5] and made his debut for England.

Rogers stayed with New Cross until 1953, making two further World Final appearances in the meantime, before joining the Norwich Stars when the Rangers closed. A season with the Poole Pirates in 1956 was followed with a season with the Ipswich Witches where he broke his leg.

Rogers returned to racing in 1959 with the Norwich Stars where he stayed for two seasons before finishing his career after three seasons with the Southampton Saints in 1963.

He is the oldest surviving world finalist as of July 2011.

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. ^ "CYRIL ROGER (1921-2015)". Kent Kings Speedway. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Lethbridge, Tony (January 2004). Speedway in the South West. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-2915-9. 
  4. ^ Jacobs, N. (2008) Out of the Frying Pan, The History Press LTD ISBN 978-0-7524-4476-5
  5. ^ Belton, Brian (2003). Hammerin' Round. Stroud: Tempus Publishing ISBN 0-7524-2438-6