Bob Andrews

Biography...

Full name: Robert, Thomas Andrews
Birthplace: Edmonton, London, UK
Birthdate: 27th October 1935.

[photo courtesy of Speedway Star & News]

Bob Andrews Action



Statistics...
 
Year Mat Rid Poi Bon Total Aver
1968
37
157
279
30
309
7.87
1969
45
191
364
25
389
8.15
1971
45
188
326
25
351
7.47
1972
39
158
259
21
280
7.09

[Taken from the Cradley Speedway Riders Database includes all matches]

 

World Finalist 1960 (15th), 1961 (5th), 1962 (6th), 1964 (13th)
New Zealand Champion 1966
World Pairs Champion (with Ivan Mauger) 1969 (Stockholm)
World Team Cup Finalist 1961
Capped 21 for England Internationals
Capped 12 times for Great Britain Internationals
Capped 27 times for New Zealand Internationals
National League Division 1 winners medal 1956 (Wimbledon)
National League Championship winners medal 1958,1959, 1960, 1961
National Trophy winners medal 1956, 1959, 1960, 1962


Profile...

Bob started his career at Rye House in 1953 when he was 18 years old. He was soon spotted and given some second-half races at Wimbledon, and loaned out to Southern Area League team California.
Wimbledon called him up to the team in 1956 where he stayed for 6 years, becoming an England International and riding in 4 World Finals, his first in 1960 where he qualified as reserve had one ride for 2 points.
In 1961 the Final was moved to Sweden and Bob finished equal 5th with 10 points. In 1962 back at Wembley he again finished equal 5th with 9, he missed out on the 1963 final but was back in Sweden for the 1964 Championship this time scoring 4 points.
When the British League was formed in 1965 he was allocated to Wolverhampton but with a broken leg from his winter in New Zealand where he had decided to spend the rest of his life, he stayed with Wolves for one season.
Cradley persuaded Bob to join the Heathens in 1968 but was injured right away with a broken collar-bone at Wolves!
When he joined Cradley he soon set up a terrific partnership with his old pal Roy Trigg.
1969 was a good year for Bob, his partnership with Roy Trigg flourished and now a Naturalised New Zealander was called upon to partner Ivan Mauger in the World Pairs Final and finished with a Gold Medal (Technically Cradley's first World Champion, Though this was not recognised by the FIM.)
Bob swapped tracks in 1970 to join Hackney but returned in 1971 and for his final season in British Speedway 1972.
All Heathens fans who new Bob have fond memories of him, a rock steady performer who never gave up trying despite the lack of success of the Heathens in the late sixties and early seventies.


[photo courtesy of Speedway Star & News]
[with thanks also to Pete Foster for research]

 

Bob Andrews Portrait


Update...
 

Bob Andrews & Howard Cole

 
Bob still keeps in touch with speedway and lives a short distance from his lifetime friend Roy Trigg. He has been to both New Zealand Grand Prix and he may be keeping an even closer eye soon as his teenage grandson Bradley continues to make great strides in the sport showing the potential as future star.
 

Bob Andrews, pictured (left) in Australia during 1999, with another former Heathen, Howard Cole. Photo courtesy of Bob Andrews

 


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