Joe Abbott (speedway rider)
12 April 1902|
|Died||1 July 1950(aged 48)|
|Current club information|
|1932-1937, 1939||Belle Vue Aces|
|1933, 1934, 1935, 1936||National League Champion|
|1933, 1934, 1935, 1936||National Trophy Winner|
|1934, 1935, 1936, 1937||A.C.U. Cup Winner|
|1939||British Speedway Cup Winner|
Joe began his career with local track Burnley in 1928 before moving onto Preston for two seasons. He then joined the Belle Vue Aces and stayed there until the outbreak of World War II. At Belle Vue he formed a formidable partnership with Frank Charles which they utilised internationally. He made fifteen appearances for England between 1930 and 1939 and qualified for a World Final.
On 21 June 1949 Joe was riding in live televised meeting at West Ham Stadium against the West Ham Hammers. Joe crashed and suffered serious injury, but in the crowd were dozens of ambulance men from Poplar hospital who rushed him there immediately. The quick actions saved his life.
World Final appearances
On 1 July 1950 in the National League match for the Boomerangs against West Ham, Joe, who was now 48 years old fell in his second race and was hit by a following rider and was instantly killed. The riders and promoters decided to carry on with the meeting, as they believed Joe would have wished it. Fans left Odsal Stadium unaware that Joe, with nicknames such as 'India-rubber Man', and "Ironman", had died.
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