Craig Featherby


Full name: Craig Featherby
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, UK.
Birthdate: 12th May 1960
Died: 16th September 1983
Family: Father Clive rode for Cradley in 1960, 1966.



Career Record with Cradley

Year Mat Rid Poi Bon Total Aver
1980 15 43 24 3 27 2.51

[Taken from the Cradley Speedway Database includes ALL matches &
 includes Bonus points, CMA= race average X 4]



Craig Featherby followed in his father's footsteps in pulling on the Cradley race-jacket after Dan McCormick spotted his talent in the National League with Nottingham. He only rode in 16 matches for the Heathens in his solitary season at Dudley Wood, and three years later he was tragically killed in a track accident at Peterborough.
Craig had started out riding at Norwich Raceways grasstrack when he was 16 and moved to Mildenhall Training School in August 1976. He signed for Kings Lynn in 1978 and was loaned out to Boston, making his first National League appearance at Crayford in June 1978. In twelve matches for the Lincolnshire club, he achieved an average of over 5.00 and then in 1979 was loaned to Nottingham. He became the Outlaws' only ever present rider of the season and was also the club's top bonus point scorer, despite his average slipping to just under 5.00. During the season he also had three outings for local track Kings Lynn.

  Craig Featherby
McCormick brought him to Dudley Wood in 1980, but he again doubled up for Nottingham in the National League. He scored 3+1 from three rides on his Heathens debut against Wolves and then chalked up another four in his second home appearance, against Halifax. He was called upon regularly through the year from March to October, pulling on a Cradley race-jacket around once every couple of weeks. His best score was five points in an August visit to Kings Lynn.

It was the Norfolk outfit that Featherby went back to in 1981 for almost a full season of British League action with the Stars at Saddlebow Road, finishing with an average of 3.81. However, he was later transfered to Milton Keynes and stayed with the Knights until his fatal accident on 16th September 1983. Losing control on the third bend in greasy conditions, he was flung over the handlebars and into a lamp standard which fused on impact. He died before reaching hospital. He was the second Milton Keynes rider to be killed on the track in a year after Brett Alderton had died at Kings Lynn the previous season.
Craig was buried in St Mary's cemetery Lower Hellesdon, Norwich. He was buried in a brand new set of leathers.

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