Full Name: Fredrick Perkins
Birthdate: 20th October 1925
Birthplace: Birmingham, West Midlands.
Another product from the Doug Mclachlan training school at Dudley Wood in the
winter of 1948/49, Fred was given a chance at Birmingham in 1950, quite unusual
for a rider to go straight into the First Division without any experience in the
lower Divisions first such was the promise shown by him.
It paid off as Fred achieved an average of 4.71 in his first season. Unfortunately he didn't improve much in later years, he started 1951 in the Brummies colours once again but after eight matches he was loaned out to Leicester in Division Two, he stayed with the Lions for just five matches.
Fred joined the Heathens in 1952, by May he had settled in and scored ten
points against Glasgow (White City). Two weeks later against Coventry he
scored his first and what turned out to be his only maximum. Nevertheless
Fred was a steady scorer and only a poor run of performances late in the 1952
lowered his average.
Following the closure of Dudley Wood at the end of 1952 Fred went back to Leicester for the full season and despite improving his average to almost six points per match he decided to quit the sport at the end of 1953.