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Alec Statham

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Alec Statham born in Coventry in 1912. Having started in grasstrack at the age of 16 in 1928 that being the same year that speedway started at Brandon in September, being a local lad already interested in grasstrack it is not surprising to learn that Alec is recorded as having had novice rides at Brandon prior to riding for the Coventry City team also at Brandon.

Signing for Birmingham Brummies in 1932 and then Southampton Saints although at this stage his Speedway riding was a hobby and the major part of his time and effort had to be given to his business, a garage, although I bet he found time to put the bike through the workshop.

1935 saw him riding for Harringay Tigers and then back to Southampton Saints before deciding he was not going to make the grade and retiring.

1937 saw him returning to Speedway due in no small part to the need to give his garage financial support in the difficult times leading up to World War II. Back with Harringay, who were now in the National League, he soon hit a successful time and found himself rising to become a heat leader and qualifying for the World Speedway Championship in the years 1937 & 1938 only to find his speedway career halted a couple of years later by the advent of the war.

Post war saw Alec Statham return to his speedway career and this time with Odsal Boomerangs, (Bradford) as Captain of the team moving to Wimbledon Dons for a reported record transfer fee of £2000, do not think the Dons would have regretted his high price tag as he scored 336 points for them in the 1948 season, and in 1949 he also won the London Riders’ Championship. He represented England on a number of occasions starting before the war in 1938.

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