Dream Team : Bob Cole
I would like to submit my dream team. Based soley around my beloved Poole Pirates and those who
have graced the Skull and Crossbones........
My all time favourite rider. This guy was just fabulous to watch. Inside or out, he never gave
up. His Golden Helmet match race with Jimmy Mac, was as good as anything you can see today.
He stalked Jimmy for 3 and a quarter laps, inside and out, before blasting round the outside
by the pits gate. My throat has never been the same since, and that was 1972!
(Always looking for more photos of him).
Mr Poole himself. Ultimate TEAM man. Never went out for his own glory. He would always have a
smile and a kind word. Still the same today. A really genuine person. He was my first ever
hero! When you see him today, he's rarely without a smile.
You cannot mention Ken and then ignore Tony! His white line riding is legendary. Tremendous
pairing those two. In the Provincial League days he became almost unbeatable round Poole.
Maximum after maximum, with seemingly no effort.
The flying Norwegian pops over to say hello every year. Still as popular today as he was then.
Always had 3 good rides, before fluffing his 4th! A real gent, who mentioned a few weeks ago
that, when he retires, he plans to move to Poole.
An inspiration as captain. Equipment always immaculate. Great team rider.
A diminutive New Zealander with a swashbuckling style. Did he ride the bike, or did the bike
ride him? Guaranteed 100% effort. He once broke the track record at Poole in the 2nd half
and still complained to Mr Knott that he didnt like the track! Mind you, he was riding an
ESO for the first time!!
Extremely elegant rider. Immaculate equipment. Shame he only stayed for a season. Looked every
inch as stylish when the Briggo Golden Greats came to Poole a couple of years ago.
Well thought of in these parts.
This sort of thing will always be 'in the eye of the beholder'. I have simply listed SOME of my
favourites. Thank you guys for the pleasure you have given over the years.
Long may it continue..........
RIP Jimmy Squibb.
This article was first published on 9th October 2004
"As a young lad watching Southampton speedway, I seem to recall Charlie Knott the promoter enticing the great riders of the day to ride in second half events, I am sure Jack and Norman Parker, Vic Duggan and other great riders from the then first division were amongst them."
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