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Eric Boocock was born in 1945 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire started his career in speedway with Middlesbrough Bears in 1961 remaining at Middlesbrough until 1964.

In 1964 it appears that most if not all the Middlesbrough team moved to Halifax to form the Halifax Dukes, and here Eric stayed until the finish of his riding career at the age of 29 in 1974 the same year that he became the British Champion.

In no way did Eric Boocock turn his back on speedway because at the end of his riding career he moved into the management side of the sport becoming in 1975 the Team Manager of Belle Vue Aces and remained with them until the early 1980’s.

In 1980 he became the team coach for the English team, a position he was well qualified for because of Eric’s earlier experience when riding for England he must have been able to understand any problems the riders had. For 1982 he moved from being England coach to become the England team manager for a year and in 1983 he returned briefly to the Halifax Dukes but it was to be very brief. In 1986 he and Colin Pratt joined forces and they spent 7 years managing the England team together.

In 2004 Eric Boocock was the Co-promoter of Hull Vikings and he followed this by becoming the team manager at Belle Vue along side Chris Morton and 2008 saw him co-promoter and manager at Sheffield. He has been on the management committee of the British Speedway Promoters, association for a number of years, a member of the World Speedway Riders’ Association being elected the President in 2011

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