Ivor Hughes Memorial Trophy
On 20th August 1966, Ivor Hughes tragically became the
only rider ever to have lost his life riding for Cradley Heath Speedway
was just 27 years old when he lost his life participating in the sport he
loved, He joined Cradley in 1964 as a novice but Team Manager Ted Flanaghan
soon noticed that this young Welsh lad from Berriew was one to be watched.
He continued to climb throughout 1965 ending with an average of just over 3
points per match. In 1966 Ivor made a breakthrough, he invested in a new ESO
machine and progress was rapid, on 21st May he top scored for the Heathens
with 11 points and challenged Barry Briggs for the Silver Sash. On
30th July Ivor scored his first maximum 12 points - 4 rides and inflicting
the only defeat on Colin Pratt that night.
In an International meeting at Dudley Wood against Swedish club Vagarna on 10th August he scored 10 points from 4 rides but went on to beat World Champion Bjorn Knudsson in the scratch race final.
Then on 20th August after three straight wins against Sheffield he went out in heat 13 and appeared to lock-up, he was struck from behind by a Sheffield rider and was taken to the Guest Hospital with serious head injuries, Ivor passed away at around 3.00am on Tuesday 23rd August 1966
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