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Born in Parkstone, Dorset on the 23rd August 1934 his speedway career started at Matchams Park training track in December 1950 where his natural ability was there for all to see, many tracks were keen to sign him but not unnaturally he decided to join his local track Poole in 1951 he was 16.

At his first meeting he took three rides and three wins securing a place in the Poole Pirates team he really did seem to need little time to establish himself as within his first month of so as a rider he had an established team place and had been called to international duties and his team topped their League, the National League 3.

Remaining with Poole for the 1952 season he was again in the team that was to win league honours but this time it was the National League 2 and his personal achievement took him to qualifying for the World Final at Wembley a fantastic story book achievement from training track to World Final in less than 18 months.

1953 and Poole now at the top of the National League but not allowed by the Speedway Control Board to progress to the British League, leaving Brian with no opportunity to progress without moving on from his local team which is what he did taking a place with Wembley Lions. There followed three more years with the Lions, three more World Final Appearances the one in 1954 resulting in a second place runner up to Ronnie Moore, in 1956 he won the prestigious London Riders’ Championship. Also in 1956 speedway racing at Wembley ceased and Brian Crutcher moved back nearer home this time to join Southampton Saints for the 1957 season.

Brian stayed with Southampton Saint until 1959 when after a short but glittering career he retired from speedway riding, he is now resident in Dorset with an interest in the motor trade, he is a respected member of the World Speedway Riders’ Association.

Brian Crutcher

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