Full name: Jim Tolley
Birthplace: Grafton Flyford, Worcester, UK
Birthdate: 17th January 1929
Family: Brothers Les and Dick
Career Record with Cradley
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Jim was born in Grafton Flyford in Worcestershire as the younger brother of fellow Heathens Les and Dick. His career started with some second half races at Alexander Stadium Birmingham in 1949. The following year he made the Brummies team at reserve, bearing in mind that this was in Division One he did remarkably well.
He joined the Heathens in 1952 and rode in 45 meetings in total, he scored 280 points during that season, 268 of which were League points. Of course with the closure of Dudley Wood he was forced to move, this time to local rivals Wolverhampton (Then known as the Wasps). Again he was forced to move on in 1954 this time returning to Birmingham and having a short spell at Coventry before retiring in 1957. Jim was never a big speedway 'Star' but always a useful second string or reserve in the top section.
After quitting the sport 1957 Jim became a garage owner in the Worcester area, his grandson Ryan a highly rated grasstrack rider followed the family into speedway with some junior rides at Monmore Green.
Jim Tolley sadly passed away on 7th March 2001 aged 72 years.
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