Full Name: Ivor Hughes
Birthplace: Welshpool, Wales
Birthdate: 28th February 1939
Family: Wife, Vera Hughes
Ivor was just 27 years old when he lost
his life participating in the sport he loved, He joined Cradley in 1964
as a novice but Team Manager Ted Flanaghan soon noticed that this young
Welsh lad from Berriew was one to be watched. He continued to climb
throughout 1965 ending with an average of just over 3 points per match.
In 1966 Ivor made a breakthrough, he invested in a new ESO machine and
progress was rapid, on 21st May he top scored for the Heathens with 11
points and challenged Barry Briggs for the Silver Sash. On 30th July
Ivor scored his first maximum 12 points - 4 rides and inflicting the
only defeat on Colin Pratt that night.
In an International meeting at Dudley Wood against Swedish club Vagarna on 10th August he scored 10 points from 4 rides but went on to beat World Champion Bjorn Knudsson in the scratch race final.
Then on 20th August after three straight wins against Sheffield he went out in heat 13 and appeared to lock-up, he was struck from behind by a Sheffield rider and was taken to the Guest Hospital with serious head injuries, Ivor passed away at around 3.00am on Tuesday 23rd August 1966
We can only speculate and guess what the 'Welsh Wizard' could have eventually achieved in Heathens colours. One thing is for sure though. "I will ride my heart out for Cradley" was Ivor's promise, and that is certainly what he did.
|When Ivor passed away a trust fund was
set up. Half the money would go to the Guest Hospital in Dudley which
purchased a bed for the Princess Mary Ward, the other half would go to
his family. For the meeting against Wolves on 17th September 1966
all riders and staff gave their services free.
In 1967 a Remembrance Meeting failed after two attempts, first on September 11th then again on the 25th the trophy was awarded to Ken Wakefield.
It was awarded to Chris Hawkins in 1968
and Ralf Waller for 'Best Novice', in 1971.
|Our thanks to Colin Jewes for the painstaking research - http://www.speedwaychampions.com/memorial-trophies.php|