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Colin Watson born right at the end of the nineteenth century we believe in 1899 In Ilford, Essex and was one of the earliest British riders.  

He was one of the riders taking part in the meetings held at High Beech although he rode in 1928 I can not say he was at the very first meeting.  During the following year it is recorded that he rode for Harringay (Canaries) and also White City then Wembley (Lions) in 1930. He shared and contributed towards the great success that the Lions had during the early years of the 1930s.

Was awarded an England Cap in 1931, 32, 33 & 34 as part of the team contesting the Australian Test series, understand he also captained the team but I do not know which years.

1935 saw him sustain a broken leg that called a halt to his career until 1937 and no doubt call a halt to his English International appearances. Colin resumed his riding and joined West Ham (Hammers) and rode for the Sheffield Tigers. Returning to West Ham at the end of World War 2 he resume his speedway riding profession, this was to be a short lived return as a second half accident caused him very serious injuries including a fractured skull and punctured lung placing him unconscious in hospital for a month and effectively ending his riding career, he was 47 at the time.

This did not end his involvement with speedway however as he undertook instructing at the Rye House speedway school, fulfilled the office of machine examiner at New Cross and was a member of the World Speedway Riders’ Association

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Colin Watson