Byron Bekker

Full name: Byron Anthony Bekker
Kibler Park, Johannesburg, South Africa
2nd July 1987



Career Record with Cradley
[Taken from the Cradley Speedway Riders Database including all matches]
Year Mat Rid Poi  Bon Total Aver
2011 1 5 8 0 9 6.4
2012 23 94 159 31 190 8.09



South African Under-21 Champion: 2000, 2001.
League Championship winners medal 2006, 2007 [both Scunthorpe]
Knock-Out Cup winners medal 2006, 2007 [both Scunthorpe]
Conference Trophy winners medal 2006, 2007 [both Scunthorpe]
Conference Shield winners medal 2006 [Scunthorpe
Four-Team Championship winners medal 2007 [Scunthorpe]

2008 Alan Hunt Memorial Trophy winner - Walkerville South Africa
2009 Alan Hunt Memorial Trophy winner - Walkerville South Africa
2010 Alan Hunt Memorial Trophy winner - Walkerville South Africa
2011 Alan Hunt Memorial Trophy winner - Walkerville South Africa


Byron Bekker or 'Boris' as he was affectionately known (after the tennis player Boris Bekker') had his first rides in 1999 then in the UK with Newcastle 'Gems', in 2004 where he impressed the club bosses who offered him a contract with the Premier League Team. He was loaned out to Scunthorpe the following season in the Conference League. He rode in 127 meetings between 2006 and 2008 for the Scorpions. He helped the team to many trophies during this time.
He broke his collarbone at Weymouth in 2008 riding for the Bronze Helmet.
He struggled for form though in the Premier League side for 2009 and was released in June. In July however he joined Premier League club Edinburgh, he remained on-board with the Scunthorpe Saints National League club until he had a fall-out with the management and was replaced by James Sarjeant.
Byron asked if he could stand down at Edinburgh after failing to score in October, and was replaced.
In 2010 he signed for Weymouth, before he came back to the UK he had a benefit meeting at Walkerville on 28th February and was undefeated. He was also winner of the Alan Hunt Memorial Trophy at Walkerville in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
He had a spell on the sidelines when he aggravated a back injury in the Fours at Mildenhall on 6th June, it was thought he had trapped a nerve down one side of his body but returned to get 11 points against Dudley on 25th June. He was injured again on 27th August against Newport and broke his collar-bone which ended his season with an 8.36 average.

Belle Vue decided to run a National League team in 2011 and Byron was signed as their number one but he crashed on the Isle of Wight on 24th May and cracked his shoulder blade and because he was out for some time he was replaced by Charles Wright.
He re-joined Edinburgh when he recovered. He had one match for Dudley on 24th April 2011 and scored 8 points from 5 rides.
In 2012 he was delighted to be offered a place with the Heathens as he has Cradley Heath sponsors Andy & Paul Tibbetts backing him at Monmore 'Wood'.  He increased his average with Dudley but had several injuries throughout the season. He scored double figures on seven occasions. His final crash that finished his season was at Mildenhall in October in the KO Cup Final 1st leg, he collided with team mate Dan Greenwood and was flung into the fence, Byron suffered knee ligament damage which left him sidelined. Despite this he enjoyed his season with the Heathens, he loved the support he got from the Dudley fans.


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