Ivor Hughes Memorial Trophy

 

 
Ivor Hughes

 

   

 

On 20th August 1966, Ivor Hughes tragically became the only rider ever to have lost his life riding for Cradley Heath Speedway club.
Although an actual memorial meeting was held only once in 1972 a Trophy is usually awarded to the most improved young rider each year

 

Ivor 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

 
 

 

   

 

When Ivor passed away a trust fund was set up - half the money would go to The Guest Hospital in Dudley which purchased a bed for the Princess Mary Ward. The other half would go to his family. For the meeting against Wolves on 17th September all riders and staff gave their services free.

In 1967 an attempt to run a Remembrance Meeting failed after two attempts because of rain first on the 11th September then on the 25th. It was awarded to Ken Wakefield.
Dave Perks won the trophy in 1972. It was awarded to John Hack in 1977.
Chris Neath won it at Monmore Green in August 1999

The most recent trophies were awarded to Tom Perry at the end-of-season party Cradley Heath Liberal Club - October 2010 and Darryl Ritchings in October 2011

 

 

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