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Charlie Ronald Oates, born 24th May 1912 in the Liverpool area and spent his twilight years in the Isle of Man where he died aged 92 on the 15th January 2005.

He was a pre-war speedway rider appearing at Liverpool Stanley Track in 1936 moving onto Belle Vue in 1937.  After the war when speedway team racing started again Charlie restarted his speedway career at the Odsal, Bradford Stadium in 1946 also riding at Glasgow White City stadium the same year.


1947 saw him move to Tamworth where he remained until for at least some of 1948  as records show he was also riding at Wombwell during this season. 1949 and he returned to original track of choice Liverpool  stopping there for that and the following season, becoming, I believe, their captain. I am not aware of him riding during 1951 but he is recorded at being at Long Eaton in 1952.


Charlie had a motorcycle shop not too far away from the Liverpool track and during the late 1940’s he ran a Speedway School on Ainsdale Sands, nr. Liverpool, it apparently only ran  when the tide was out, and it was here that he is credited with spotting the talent of the young Peter Craven who was a member of the school and, it seems he did his best to encourage and support the young Peter Craven as he also employed him at his garage workshop.


It will now be evident I can find out little about Charlie Oates so any information or photographs would be most welcome.

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My thanks to Ian Presslie for additional information, Ian is Moderator for the Old Time Speedway Forum