Tom Farndon

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Tom Farndon
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Born 11 September 1910
Coventry, England
Died 30 August 1935(1935-08-30) (aged 24)
London, England
Nationality  England
Career history
1929-1930 Coventry
1931-1933 Crystal Palace Glaziers
1934-1935 New Cross Lambs
Individual honours
1933 Star Riders' Champion
1934, 1935 London Riders' Champion
1934, 1935 British Individual Match Race Champion
Team honours
1931, 1934 London Cup

Tom Farndon (11 September 1910 – 30 August 1935),[1][2] was a British speedway rider who won the Star Riders' Championship in 1933 whilst with the Crystal Palace Glaziers.[3]

Career[edit]

Born in Coventry, Farndon started his career at the Lythalls Lane track in Foleshill and later rode for the club based at Brandon Stadium, before a spell with the Crystal Palace Glaziers. He moved to New Cross Lambs with Palace promoter Fred Mockford in 1934.[4]

Farndon was the British Individual Match Race Champion and was undefeated from 1934 until his death in 1935.

Death[edit]

Tom Farndon was killed after a crash on 28 August 1935 whilst racing at the New Cross Stadium in a second half scratch race final. He was involved in a collision with team-mate Ron Johnson which hurled him through the air and saw him land head first on the track, though some reports stated that Farndon first hit the fence in mid-air before landing on the track.

Tom died two days later in Miller General Hospital, Greenwich, without regaining consciousness.

Thousands lined the streets to see his funeral. An art deco memorial in the form of a motorbike racer, carved by local sculptor Richard Ormerod out of black granite stands at Tom's final resting place in St. Paul's Cemetery, Holbrook Lane, Coventry.

Tom Farndon Memorial[edit]

Between 1935 and 1961, the Tom Farndon Memorial was held on 11 occasions at the New Cross Stadium. The running of the memorial was abandoned after 1961 as a mark of respect.

Year Winner
1935 Eric Langton (England)
1936 Jack Milne (United States)
1937 Not Held
1938 Bluey Wilkinson (Australia)
1939-1945 Not Held due to World War II
1946 Malcolm Craven (England)
1947 Jeff Lloyd (England)
1948 Howdy Byford (England)
1949 Not Held
1950 Graham Warren (Australia)
1951 Jack Young (Australia)
1952-1958 Not Held
1959 Peter Craven (England)
1960 Ronnie Moore (New Zealand)
1961 Jack Young (Australia)

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacobs, N. & Chaplin, J. Tom Farndon The Greatest Speedway Rider of Them All, ISBN 978-0-7524-5140-4
  2. ^ Bamford, R & Jarvis J.(2001). Homes of British Speedway. , ISBN 0-7524-2210-3
  3. ^ Jacobs, N. Speedway in London, ISBN 0-7524-2221-9
  4. ^ Jacobs, N. Out of the Frying Pan The History of New Cross Speedway, ISBN 978-0-7524-4476-5