Ivor Brown

Ivor Brown Portrait Biography...

Full name: Ivor John Brown
Birthplace: Wymswold, Leicestershire, UK
Birthdate: 30th May 1927

 

 

 


Statistics...

Career Record with Cradley
 

 

(photos courtesy of Speedway Star)

Year Mat Rid Poi Bon Total Aver
1961
41
182
458
6
464
10.20
1962
43
186
465
14
479
10.30
1963
43
190
488
4
492
10.36
1964
40
174
438
6
444
10.20
1965
24
106
235
8
243
9.17
1966
41
181
356
17
373
8.24
1967
43
199
368
19
387
7.78
1968
28
116
138
22
160
5.52

Ivor Brown with the Silver Sash

Ivor was the holder of the Provincial League Silver Sash successfully
defending it four times in 1961, eight times in 1962 and five times in 1963
Provincial League KO Cup winners medal 1961 and 1963
Midland League winners medal 1963

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

Ivor with the Silver Sash

 


Profile...

Ivor Brown was the postmaster and grocer of the general stores in the village of Wymeswold in Leicestershire where he was born.
He started doing grasstrack racing in 1950. His speedway career started at Long Eaton in 1952 under the guidance of Norwich rider Paddy Mills who was running a training school at Station Road. Doing second halves at Birmingham and Leicester between 1953 and 1959, he managed to get into the team at Leicester during this time.
His big break came when the Provincial League started in 1960, he was signed by Yarmouth.  When the Bloaters closed at the end of the year he moved to Cradley

Ivor will forever be remembered as one of - if not the greatest ever Cradley rider.  It was the start of a magical spell with the Heathens, lasting until 1968 when a succession of injuries forced his retirement. In that first season though, Ivor's first two matches came in two days - and he scored maximums in both. By the end of the year he topped Cradley's and the Provincial league's individual averages.

The following seasons were hugely successful for the man who has since become nothing short of a Cradley Speedway Legend. He was almost unbeatable at Dudley Wood, and finished the '63 season with an incredible Provincial League average of 11.79.
 

 

It was unfortunate that his run of injuries took such a toll, but for his final three years as a Heathens rider, Ivor took many more than his fair share of knocks and it proved too much in the end. One crash in particular almost finished his career, he was never the same rider following a clash with Ove Fundin in the Internationale at Wimbledon in June 1965 which put him out of speedway until September. He carried on until the end of 1968 with the Heathens before retiring. However, nothing can take away the tremendous impact that he made at Dudley Wood, at a time when Cradley was not a successful or glamourous club by any stretch of the imagination. Ivor was a shining light, and ranks alongside Hunt, Persson, Penhall & Gundersen as an all-time great.
He went on to Promote at Long Eaton in partnership with Vic White and also ran 12 meetings at Scunthorpe in 1971.

Update...

Ivor sadly passed away on 30th March 2005. He will be remembered by all Cradley fans who had the pleasure of watching him race during his 8 very successful years as a Heathen.

Thanks for the memories Ivor.

 He is pictured below (right) with ex-Cradley promoter, Dan McCormick, at the Riders Reunion in 1999.


Photo by Steve Johnson


Back to the Listing


Web site created and maintained by Steve & Phil Johnson. E-mail me your comments and suggestions.
The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of Cradley Heath Speedway.
Copyright: Steve Johnson & Cradley Heath Speedway Ltd, 200
5.