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Mick Handley born in Dudley, Worcestershire on the 29th December, 1946, before he began his speedway career riding at Wolverhampton at the age of 20, I expect that he would have been interested in motorcycles and riding in motorcycle sport before then but I do not have any information.

1966 saw Mick in his first league match for Wolverhampton Wolves but only the one meeting with disappointing results but to be fair he was a novice and it was, if I remember right, in the top league. However the next year he contested in 20 league meetings and in 1968 riding 20 meetings for Wolverhampton Wolves and 16 for Crayford Kestrels, he was, it seems, well on his way to a successful career.

Remaining with Wolverhampton Wolves for the next two seasons but changing tracks 1971, riding for both West Ham Hammers and Cradley Heath Heathens, 1972 he rode exclusively for the Heathens.

A move away from Cradley Heath saw him ride for three teams during 1973 – 22 matches for Chesterton (Stoke) Potters, 17 for Swindon Robins and 4 for Long Eaton Rangers before settling back at  Swindon for the whole of 1974 however in 1975 he rode in just the one match at Swindon before moving on to ride the rest of the season back with Stoke Potters.

In 1976 he became an Oxford Cheetah and apart from a short trip to Scunthorpe in 1978, he stayed with Oxford until 1982. It seems from available records that he retired during the 1982 season but I have been unable to find out if this was because of an injury or for some other reason.

Mick Handley

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