hall of fame---------------Allan Kidd

 

Allan Kidd was born in London on June 25th 1929, He rode professionally in the UK for the Poole Pirates during his speedway career and was a one team man!

He is one of the few riders to have ridden in all three divisions of the National League, and also the Provincial League .

He also helped Poole to win the Third, Second, and Provincial League titles. and to this day they are the only club side to achieved this, and Allan, Ken Middleditch, and Tony Lewis are the only three riders to have won championship medals in all four leagues. A superb feat!

He first rode at the High Beech and Rye House training schools in 1949.

Allan rode in the second halves at Poole, before signing for the club and making his debut on 31 May 1950.

He helped Poole finish runners-up in the Third Division

1951 Third Division Champions and the Festival of Britain Shield winners.

1952 Second Division Champions

1953 Second Division runners up.

1954 Second Division runners up

1955 Second Division Champions

1955 Allan was the first winner of the Johnny Thomson Memorial Trophy

He retired from British speedway at the end of 1956, and moved to Canada at the beginning of 1957.

In 1959 Allan was ranked Number One in Canadian speedway!

Returned to England in 1960 to ride for Poole in the Provincial League. He was appointed club captain and helped the club to finish league runners - up.

Allan starred in a television commercial that was shown nationwide in 1960 - 1961 for Players Weights cigarettes. It was in many of the national and local newspapers, and it also included a lady named Valerie, who was a fashion model for one of the big stores in Bournemouth.

Allan and Valerie were married in 1955 and at the beginning of 1957 they emigrated to Canada

He was also part of the team crowned 1961 Provincial League Champions.

He was due to lead the Pirates again in 1962, but seriously injured his back while working for a local steel erecting company during the winter month and never rode again.

Allan was a member of the Poole team that made a seven match tour of Sweden in 1953. and again in 1995 he was a member of the Poole team that made an eight match tour of Denmark and Sweden.

During this time in the UK at Poole, he completed a respectable point compilation of 1416.5, 25th in all-time points standings!

Career record :

YR
Meeting
M
R
PTS
BON
TOT
AVE
1950 League and National Trophy
13
32
32
06
38
4.75
  Challenge
02
04
02
00
02
2.00
   
1951 League and National Trophy
39
103
163
26
189
7.34
  Festival of Britain
08
29
42
06
48
6.32
  Challenge
10
30
36
05
41
5.44
   
1952 League and National Trophy
56
126
187
25
212
6.73
  Challenge
06
18
22
05
27
6.00
   
1953 League and National Trophy
34
114
140
21
161
5.65
  Queens Cup
02
11
18
05
23
5.09
  Challenge
17
66
69
10
79
4.78
   
1954 League and National Trophy
27
110
135
23
158
5.75
  Southern Shield
12
41
45
09
54
5.21
  Challenge
01
05
06
00
06
4.80
   
1955 League and National Trophy
45
216
315
50
365
6.76
  Challenge
07
30
38
02
40
5.33
   
1956 League and National Trophy
24
71
75
11
86
4.85
  Challenge
06
24
29
07
36
6.00
   
1960 League and K.O.Cup
18
63
121
10
131
8.32
  Challenge
05
19
29
01
30
6.31
   
1961 League and K.O.Cup
20
76
88.5
19
107
5.66
  Challenge
07
25
21
05
26
4.16
               

 

Article info supplied by Gordon Day

 


           
           
           

 

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