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Eric Iorns born in 1917 came to speedway having ridden Grasstrack and attended the Tiger Stevenson Training Schools at Birmingham in the late 1940’s, no doubt becoming enthused when speedway started team riding again after the cessation of World War II.


Joining Cradley Heath in 1947 at the, for speedway, mature age of 29 he was in fact one of the oldest members of the Cradley Heathens team, it seemed to all that he was settling in well taking the middle of the road position as far as the team averages were concerned so it was with great surprise when at the beginning of the 1949 season Eric announced that he was to retire from Speedway although his reason was understandable to all, his wife was ill and needed his support.


He did, however, continue his interest in the sport becoming a tutor at the Earls Barton training track near his home in Northamptonshire.  


Returning to the track joining Oxford Cheaters in 1950 and becoming part of the Cheaters team that won the Division Three title meaning they moved up a league in 1951, Eric remained with the Oxford team until the end of the 1951 season.


In 1953 he joined and rode for the Wolverhampton Wolves but only for one season deciding to retire before the start of the 1954 season now aged 36.


A long standing member of the World Speedway Riders’ Association he died in 2012. An obituary by John Chaplin can be read by clicking the button below.

Eric Irons

Eric Irons Obituary