Tiger Stevenson

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Tiger Stevenson
Born(1907-11-01)1 November 1907
Sunbury-On-Thames, Surrey,
NationalityFlag of England.svg  England
Current club information
Career statusRetired
Career history
1929-1939 West Ham Hammers
Individual honours
1933/34 NSW State Champion (Aust)
Team honours
1937 National League Champions
1938ACU Cup Winner

Harold 'Tiger' Stevenson (1 November 1907 – 5 December 1994) was a motorcycle speedway racer who rode for the West Ham Hammers from 1929 until 1939 in early pioneer days, captaining the club for most of them. He was captain for their first ever meeting on 2 May 1929 at home to Coventry and was still the captain in 1937 when the Hammers won the National League Championship. He was born in London, England. [1] He rode for England in the first Test series against Australia in 1930 and went on to become England captain. [2] When speedway returned after World War II, Stevenson opened speedway training schools at Birmingham and Bristol to tutor a new generation of riders. [2] He also took the role of managing the Hanley Potters. [2]

When the West Ham Stadium at Custom House was demolished in 1973, one of the roads built on the site was named after Stevenson. [3] During the sixties Tiger managed the Red Star Tyre Service in Katherine Road East Ham.[ citation needed ]

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  1. Belton, Brian (2003). Hammerin' Round. ISBN   0-7524-2438-6
  2. 1 2 3 Morgan, Tom (1947) The People Speedway Guide, Odhams Press, p. 82
  3. Jacobs, Norman (2001). Speedway in London. Stroud: Tempus Publishing ISBN   0-7524-2221-9