John Edwards

Biography...

Full name: John Edwards
Birthplace:
Birthdate: 7th July 1936
Died: 9th Steptember 2015

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Statistics...

Career Record with Cradley

Year Mat Rid Poi Bon Total Aver
1963
30
122
181
17
198
6.49
1964
30
121
127.5
25
152.5
5.04
1965
1
3
1
1
2
2.67

[Taken from the Cradley Speedway Riders Database includes all matches]
(photos by kind permission of John Edwards)

   

 

Profile...

Johnny Edwards always seemed to have the makings of a decent rider, but suffered a career plagued by unfortunate accidents and injuries which eventually and inevitably took their toll. At his peak though, he rode as heatleader for the Heathens and achieved a Provincial League average of 7.16 in his first season for the club.

Edwards was a former member of the Royal Air Force and was also a fully qualified draughtsman before his speedway career really started moving. He rode for Aldershot in 1960 and Stoke in 1961. Whilst still developing in the Potters team, the following season, Johnny was involved in a road crash on his way to a meeting at Middlesborough. Due to his van and equipment being completely wrecked in the accident, he was forced to give up the sport temporarily, but was back in 1962 with a new van and a new bike.

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He rode just once for Stoke in 1963 before moving to Cradley a few weeks into the season. The move suited Edwards and he became an ever-present in the Heathens 24 match league campaign of that season. On his way to that 7.16 average, he achieved his first paid maximum and scored over 150 league points. In 1964 however, his significant progress was halted by injury on more than one occasion. By the end of the season, he was struggling desperately to recapture his form of a year earlier and rode only as reserve.

In 1965, Edwards rode just one match for the Heathens before being released and did not appear for the club again.


Update...

John went to live and work in California for some years and showed he hadn't lost his style even on those small US tracks and of course once a Heathen - Always a Heathen!
John is back home now and can be seen around various tracks and re-unions as an active member of the VSRA.
 


It is with considerable regret that I have to announce that John died at around 6 a.m. on Wednesday 9th September 2015. John suffered a devastating stroke some 12 years ago which severely limited his lifestyle thereafter.
When he retired from British League Speedway he moved to America and worked for McDonnell Douglas. Around 1990 he started riding Speedway in Southern California.

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