Full name: William
Career Record with Cradley
[Taken from the Cradley Speedway Riders Database including all matches]
Bill joined Cradley in April 1982 as a replacement for the injured Andy Reid. He soon became known as Wild Bill by the Heathens fans for his wild style. He was loaned out to Oxford and Cradley used him on several occasions.
His best score in 1982 for all matches was 2 points plus 1 bonus from 3 rides against Kings Lynn on 1st May so Bill hardly set the World alight.
In 1984 he was used again replacing Finn Jensen for 1 match on 14th May, he scored 4 points this turned out to be his best score for Cradley. Again he stepped in, this time for Simon Cross who was riding in the British Junior Championship on 2nd June he scored 2 points in this match.
He rode at Reading in the KO Cup but failed to score from 4 rides as indeed just over a week later he failed to score at Eastbourne.
He had his last match takiing 1 ride as number 8 against Halifax on 12th September.
Bill also rode for Oxford, Arena Essex and Canterbury.
Bill Barrett turns 60 this year but age is proving no barrier to a new pursuit in a different speedway discipline. It has been over 35 years since he turned out for the Heathens in the British League. For the last few years, he has been fulfilling the 'lifelong dream' of representing Australia in the Ice Speedway World Championships! Under his real name of Andrew Barrett he became the first ever Aussie to compete in the Speedway Gladiators event.
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