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Freddie Williams born 12th March 1926 in Port Talbot, Wales and it was in Part Talbot that Freddie grew up. Moving to Portsmouth in 1941 to take up an apprenticeship in the dockyard as an engineering fitter apparently leaving his apprenticeship early as there is a record of him being a despatch rider during World War II one assumes a motorcycle dispatch rider because of when he was demobbed at the end of the war he took up grasstrack riding.

In 1947 he joined Wembley Lions Speedway and remained with them until he retired from speedway in 1956. During this period they won the National League Championship no less than five times no doubt with the assistance of Freddie. During the 1970s he returned to Wembley as the Team Manager.


As a solo performer he qualified for the World Speedway Championship Finals on 4 occasions wining on two in 1950 and 1953 becoming the first British rider to win the title twice a feat not repeated until 10 years later when it was again achieved by Peter Craven.


Although a Welsh Williams, Freddie was happy to represent England in a test match series 1949


Freddy Williams is a long standing member of the World Speedway Riders’ Association and in 1981 was the Association’s President. Sadly Freddy dies in January 2013.

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Freddie Williams

Obituary by John Chaplin