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Frank Hodgson

Born in 1911 in Middlesbrough.

1935 saw Frank’s first introduction to a professional speedway track at Hackney Wick where he was being employed as a sign writer although he had competed in grasstrack and ridden a speedway bike at an amateur riders’ club in Essex prior to this whilst working at Fords Dagenham factory.

In 1937 he signed for Nottingham Outlaws although he returned to Hackney Wick, where he had been employed as a sign writer, later that year but this time as a rider becoming the Captain of the team in 1938/39 – at this point many a speedway career was interrupted by World War II, and Frank was no exception, he joined the Royal Air Force.

Returning to civilian life after the war Frank continued his riding career joining Middlesbough (Bears) in 1946, once again as captain, he also had the company of his brother Jack Hodgson who was also a member of the team,  he must have been particularly glad to have the company of his brother because at the start of the season he fractured his spine which stopped him riding for the next two months. He was able to return later in the 1946 season it would seem unfazed by his severe injury as he won a round of the British Riders’ Championship and also led his team to the Northern League title.

1949 and Frank Hodgson moved to Newcastle (Diamonds) where he remained for a couple of years transferring in 1950 to Glasgow (Tigers).  An unfortunate fall from a ladder at the start of 1952 saw him miss the start of the racing season with a broken rib. Not sure when Frank retired but the Hodgson name continues to this day because his son Russ Hodgson and grandson Russell “Rusty” Hodgson both became speedway riders.  Frank and his brother Jack were both members of the World Speedway Riders’ Association and his son is a current member.

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