2 February 1945 |
|Current club information|
|1965-1974, 1983||Halifax Dukes|
|1970||Northern Riders Champion|
|1968||NSW State Champion (Aust)|
|1966||British League Champion|
|1966||British League Knockout Cup Winner|
|1966||Northern Cup Winner|
Eric started his career with the Middlesbrough Bears in 1961 and stayed there until the promotion closed in 1964. The promoter, Reg Fearman opened up a speedway track at The Shay in Halifax and moved his Middlesbrough riders there, to form the Halifax Dukes. Eric spent his entire career with the Dukes, winning the British League and the KO Cup in 1966.
He made three World final appearances and appeared with brother Nigel Boocock in the 1970 Speedway World Pairs Championship finals, finishing in third place. He was also a regular England International rider.
Eric became British Champion in 1974 after finishing on the rostrum three times previously. The same season he became the first rider to gain a testimonial meeting for his services to speedway and then retired as a racer at the early age of twenty-nine. He appeared again briefly for the Halifax Dukes in 1983 but retired again very quickly.
Manager and Promoter
In 1975, Eric became team manager of the Belle Vue Aces where he stayed for seven seasons. In 1976 he also helped Peter Collins win the Speedway World Championship by stripping, cleaning and rebuilding his clutch between heats in the final, and by keeping away an attempt by the Polish contingent to put off Collins who were making irrational protests over his fuel.
In 1980 he became coach of England with Ian Thomas as team manager, winning the World Team Cup and the Speedway World Pairs Championship, with Michael Lee also becoming World Champion. In 1982 Eric had a season as England team manager and then in 1986 he was appointed joint manager with Colin Pratt with whom he spent seven years at the helm.
In 2008 Eric became co-promoter and manager at the Sheffield Tigers.
Has served several terms on the British Speedway Promoters' Association management committee.
World Final Appearances
Individual World Championship
- 1967 - London, Wembley Stadium - 7th - 9pts
- 1971 - Göteborg, Ullevi - 11th - 4pts
- 1972 - London, Wembley Stadium - 15th - 2pts
World Pairs Championship
World Team Cup
- 1967 - Malmö, Malmö Stadion (with Ray Wilson / Barry Briggs / Ivan Mauger / Colin Pratt) - 3rd= - 19pts (5)
- 1970 - London, Wembley Stadium (with Ivan Mauger / Barry Briggs / Nigel Boocock / Ray Wilson) - 2nd - 31pts (5)