Home Contact Us Stadia Pix Articles All About You Riders to Remember
DVDs Books Pictures Archive Dream Teams Programme Generator
16/06/2024
Ivan Mauger V Britain's Best
Part 3: Malcolm Simmons
Your Feedback
 
02/06/2024
Ivan Mauger V Britain's Best
Part 2: Ray Wilson
Your Feedback
 
26/05/2024
Ivan Mauger V Britain's Best
Part 1:Nigel Boocock
Your Feedback
 
06/05/2024
Silver Machine Win Gold
Ivan's Fantasy Island
Your Feedback
 
02/04/2024
Tidying Up The Parade
NZ v Australia 1980
Your Feedback
 
24/03/2024
2024 is Off and Running
The Story of Noddy Holder
Your Feedback
 
28/01/2024
1975/76 NZ v England
Your Feedback
 
17/12/2023
DVD: Great Races of the 80s
What's Wrong With Ambition?
Your Feedback
 
29/10/2023
Book Review: Walthamstow
When the Rangers Roared
High Beech Revival of 1954
Your Feedback
 
16/10/2023
Western Springs Winged Wheels
Grand Pricks?
Your Feedback
 
01/10/2023
Blind Speedway Rider
Track Pix: Oxford
Farcical Guest
Your Feedback
 
17/09/2023
The Ole Olsen Tapes
Dream Team: Richard Cleaver
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
23/07/2023
1974/75 BL V New Zealand
Heat Details Required
Your Feedback
 
04/06/2023
Northside Arena
 
14/05/2023
Review: Tigers at White City
Your Feedback
 
19/03/2023
How to halt the decline
 
12/03/2023
NZ v Poland - 1st Test
NZ v Poland - 2nd Test
NZ v Poland - 3rd Test
NZ v Poland - 4th Test
 
05/03/2023
Track Pictures: North Brisbane
It's All About You: Lionel King
Your Feedback
 
15/01/2023
Dream Team : Geoff Langley
Your Feedback
 
04/01/2023
Gerald Dunn's JAP
Your Feedback
 
27/12/2022
1975 World Final. Heat 20.
Your Feedback
 
11/12/2022
Peter Collins Autobiography
Your Feedback
 
23/11/2022
DVD Review: 70s - A to Z
Your Feedback


Dream Team : Frank Chalmers

I first went to Wimborne road in the early seventies (probably 1972). I've been fortunate to see hundreds of great riders but the following seven will always stand out for me.

Malcolm Simmons
A hero to many at Poole. He was simply brilliant and the fact he's still racing now shows how much class he has. He joined us in 1975 from King's Lynn and was our number one every season until he left at the end of 1980.

Neil Middleditch
Our current team manager and also manager of England. It's as a rider I remember him best. He raced for us for over ten years and was always a reliable second string. A look at the record books shows me his best year was 1978 when he averaged over 7.5.

Mark Loram
He gave us two brilliant years of service and provided entertainment in virtually all his races. Seeing him crowned World Champion in 2000 was a great moment. It's a pity that he's had such a poor season this year, hopefully he'll bounce back.

Steve Schofield
An excellent servant to the Pirates. He was at his best in the National League days, at the time he was probably the best rider in the league. He moved onto Hackney but returned in 1991 and proved he could hold his own against the world's best. Sadly his career was ended by a nasty crash.

Craig Boyce
Another rider who gave us years of good service. He was our number one for the best part of a decade and it seemed he would see his career out with us. Sadly a loss of form saw him move on and he's never quite recaptured his best form. He's not had a bad career though and he was in a run-off for the 1994 World Title. Had he won that race then perhaps things would have panned out differently. An excellent rider and a great Pirate.

Alun Rossiter
Included to provide some comic relief. Alun is one of the sport's real characters and is always good for a laugh. He's never been a star rider but he's ridden for England and beaten most of the top stars at one time or another. I've lost track of how many times he's ridden for Poole but he's never let us down.

Tony Rickardsson
Not a bad rider to have at number seven !. He's an awesome rider who's easily the best in the world. Such a friendly guy as well and a brilliant ambassador for the Pirates and the sport. He's agreed to stay with us for 2002 and that gives us a tremendous starting point for the team. If he does as well next season I may even promote him from reserve !.

 

This article was first published prior to October 2002

[ Use Mobile Version ]
 

 

Comment on this Article | Contact Us | Go Back to Main Menu

   Please leave your comments on this article or on the site as a whole