Full name: Leslie Tolley
Birthplace: Pershore, Worcestershire, UK
Birthdate: July 6th 1923
[Taken from the Cradley Speedway Riders Database includes all matches]
Younger brother of Dick Tolley, Les made the step into the Heathens team in 1949, a good steady performer had four years at Dudley Wood before they closed in 1952 then he moved to local rivals Wolverhampton in 1953 then Coventry in 1954/5 but Cradley has his best years.
In 1950 Les started the season being paid for double figures six times in the first nine official matches and the Heathens fans and management were hoping for Les to take on a heat leader role before long however he never made the step up with his best average in 1952 the year Dudley Wood closed it's doors
Les was involved in one of the most incredible crashes of the early Cradley years, when he had a miraculous escape at Tamworth. When he hit the fence, his machine shot up into the air and got suspended on one of the arc lights. Les was catapulted over the fence, but managed to get up and walk away - just slightly shaken!
Les Tolley, pictured at the Cradley Riders Reunion in November1999, with brother Jim and event organiser Andrew McCarter.
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