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Bill Pitcher

Born in Coventry on the 5th February 1910.

Starting his riding career at the age of 20 in 1930 riding for Coventry Bees  I am assuming this would be the newly opened track at Brandon but it may have been Foleshill, if you know please send me an e-mail, I am also unsure if this would have been the Bees or the Coventry City team. Leaving Coventry during the 1931 season to ride at Crystal Palace Glaziers  however, as he was only there for part of 1931 he may have been on loan from Coventry.

1932 saw him moving back to Coventry Bees for the 1932/33 seasons this would have been at Brandon. So just a short distance to move to ride at Birmingham Bulldogs in the 1934 season.

Bill Pitcher was to ride for a London club, Harringay Tigers for the seasons 1935 until 1939 when league racing stopped because of the onset of World War II.

When after the war league racing resumed Bill along with may other riders resumed their careers in speedway. Bill in Manchester where he signed for the Belle Vue Aces 1946 until 1949 then moving back to London to join the Wimbledon Dons for the 1949 season before retiring from full time racing.

Bill qualified for the very first World Speedway Championship Final in 1936 and made his debut for England in 1939 and was part of the England team that toured Australia in 1946 – 1947.

Bill was a member of the World Speedway Riders’ Association (formally known as the Veteran Speedway Riders’ Association) and became President for the period 1978/79. Bill Pitcher died on the 24th October 1995

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