Derick Close

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Derick Close
Personal information
Nationality  England
Date of birth (1927-05-13) 13 May 1927 (age 88)
Place of birth    Bowes, County Durham
Current club information
Career status retired
Career history
Middlesbrough Bears
Newcastle Diamonds
Motherwell Eagles
Leicester Hunters
1948, 1949-1951
Individual honours
Team honours

Derek Close (born 13 May 1927 in Bowes, County Durham, England) was a former international motorcycle speedway rider reached the final of Speedway World Championship in 1952.[1]


Close started his career with the Middlesbrough Bears in 1947 followed by a short spell on loan with the Newcastle Diamonds at the start of 1948. He returned to the Bears and established himself in the team. In 1949 he rejoined Newcastle where he spent the next three seasons before joining the Lanarkshire Eagles mid season in 1951.[2]

The 1952 season proved to be the best of his career after receiving a call up to ride for England despite riding in National League Division Two, having never ridden in the top flight.[3] He also reached the final of the Speedway World Championship. In 1953 he suffered a fractured skull and although he rode well again in 1954 he suffered a drop in form after joining the Leicester Hunters in 1955 and retired at the end of the season.

World final appearances[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. ^ Henry, J. & Moultray, I. (2001). Speedway in Scotland. Stroud: Tempus Publishing ISBN 0-7524-2229-4
  3. ^ Foster, P. (2005) History of the Speedway Ashes, The History Press Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-3468-3