Howard Cole

 Biography...

Full name: Howard Cole
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales
Birthdate: 29th December 1943

  Howard Cole Action Picture

Statistics...
Career Record with Cradley
Year Mat Rid Poi Bon Total Aver
1966
24
97
113
17
130
5.36
1973
26
109
217
18
235
8.62
1974
40
145
256
16
272
7.50

[Taken from the Cradley Speedway Riders Database includes all matches]
[photo's courtesy of Speedway Star]

 

Ace of Hearts Trophy (Rye House)
New Zealand Champion 1967 (Christchurch)
Pride of the East 1969 (Kings Lynn)
WC QR winner Glasgow 1971
WC winner Exeter 1972
Pottinger Best Pairs (with Bernt Persson) 1973
(Cradley)
World Finalist 1969 (17th)
Capped 10 times for England in International Matches and once for Great Britain.
Pathe film of Howard at his Father's farm in Essington

 

Profile...

Howard signed for Cradley in 1966 after spells with Wolverhampton in 1961 when he was still at Wolverhampton Grammar School, he rode under the name of 'Kid Bodie' so that his headmaster and his mother didn't know his secret.
He joined Stoke in 1962 and earned a second string place until he broke his arm. He joined Long Eaton in 1964 another one of Reg Fearman's tracks and stayed for 2 years.
He became a Heathen in 1966 but after a bad start to the season with injuries and illness settled down for a bit then found himself out with injuries again in August which finished his season.  After just one season he failed to agree terms for 1967 and found himself transferred to Kings Lynn. It was there that he established himself as a heatleader and world finalist, but the terrible luck with injuries which followed him throughout his career plagued him more than ever. Even so he stayed with Lynn for 6 years but not before serious injuries at Leicester left him with a punctured lung, broken ribs, broken leg and back injuries.
He was back at Dudley Wood in 1973, thanks to the rider control committee and this time enjoyed a more successful spell, and lasted one more year than before. This time it was retirement from the sport altogether at the end of 1974, that was his reason for leaving. In the three seasons as Heathen, he scored almost 600 points.

 

Update...

Howard Cole is the man who infamously started speedway under the name 'Kid Bodie' because he didn't want his parents to know he was riding. He was later to become a heatleader for the Heathens and a world finalist in 1969. He later moved out to live in Australia and was working as a school teacher.

 

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