Tommy Allott

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Tommy Allott (born 17 May 1908) [1] was a motorcycle speedway rider who rode from the sport's earliest days in Britain until the 1950s.

Motorcycle speedway motorcycle sport

Motorcycle speedway, usually referred to as speedway, is a motorcycle sport involving four and sometimes up to six riders competing over four anti-clockwise laps of an oval circuit. The motorcycles are specialist machines which use only one gear and have no brakes; racing takes place on a flat oval track usually consisting of dirt, loosely packed shale, or crushed rock. Competitors use this surface to slide their machines sideways, powersliding or broadsiding into the bends. On the straight sections of the track the motorcycles reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour (110 km/h).

Tommy Allott
Born(1908-05-17)17 May 1908
Denby Dale, England
Died May 1975
NationalityFlag of England.svg  England
Current club information
British league -
Career history
1929 Barnsley
1931-1932, 1938,
1946-1949, 1950-1951
Sheffield Tigers/Tars
1932-1934 West Ham Hammers
1935-1936, 1939 Belle Vue Aces
1936, 1951-1953 Liverpool Chads
1936-1937 Nottingham Wasps
1939 Norwich Stars
1939 Stoke Potters
1950 Edinburgh Monarchs
Team honours
1935, 1936 National League Champion

Allott was born in Denby Dale in 1908. [1] [2] He rode for Barnsley in 1929, joining Sheffield in 1931 and then the West Ham Hammers in 1932, but retired after being seriously injured in a crash while racing that year at West Ham. [3] [4] With a metal plate in his left arm, he made a comeback in 1935, riding as a reserve for the Belle Vue Aces, also riding that season in the Provincial League for Bristol and Nottingham. [2] [4] Struggling to regain his confidence, in 1938 he moved on to the Norwich Stars before joining Sheffield Tigers the following year. [2] During World War II, Allott worked for Rolls Royce. [3] When speedway returned after World War II, Rolls Royce gave him leave of absence to compete again in speedway and he rejoined Sheffield, his racing making him one of the top riders in the Northern League, including a run of 27 consecutive heat wins. [2] [3] In 1946 he reached the final of the British Riders' Championship. [5]

Denby Dale village in the United Kingdom

Denby Dale is a village and civil parish in the metropolitan borough of Kirklees in West Yorkshire, England, to the south east of Huddersfield. The civil parish covers the villages of Denby Dale, Lower Denby, Upper Denby, Upper Cumberworth, Lower Cumberworth, Skelmanthorpe, Emley, Emley Moor. The parish had a population of 14,982 according to the 2001 census, increasing to 16,365 at the 2011 Census. The parish council gives the electorate of the village itself as 2,143. The River Dearne runs through the village; in the floods of 2007 it burst its banks on two separate occasions and caused damage to Springfield Mill.

Barnsley were a British speedway team from Barnsley, England, that competed in the English Dirt Track League in the inaugural season of British Speedway in 1929.

Sheffield Tigers

The Sheffield 'Window Centre' Tigers are a speedway team based in Sheffield, England. They currently race in the British SGB Championship and their home meetings take place at Owlerton Stadium which is the fastest track in British speedway and traditionally hold their race nights on Thursdays between March and October. The Tigers are sponsored by the Sheffield Window Centre, promoted by Damien Bates, Peter Mole and Julie Reading.

He stayed at Sheffield until 1949, joining Edinburgh Monarchs in 1950, but transferring back to Sheffield later that year. He moved to the Liverpool Chads for his final three seasons before retiring in 1953.

Edinburgh Monarchs

The Edinburgh Monarchs are a Scottish Speedway team, currently based in Armadale. They compete in the SGB Championship, racing on Friday nights during the Speedway season. The club is run by a Board of Directors, chaired by Alex Harkess.

Liverpool Chads are a defunct motorcycle speedway team who were based at the Stanley Stadium in Prescot Road, Fairfield, Liverpool, England.

Allott rode in several international matches, representing the Provincial League against Australia in 1937, England against the Dominion in 1938, and for Britain against the Overseas in 1950 and 1951. [4]

Tommy Allott died in May 1975.

Allott's brother Guy Allott, nephew Nicky Allott and great nephew Adam Allott also became speedway riders. [1] [6]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "Adam Allott", buxtonhitmen.co, retrieved 2012-02-04
  2. 1 2 3 4 Morgan, Tom (1947) The People Speedway Guide, Odhams Press, p. 76
  3. 1 2 3 Storey, Basil (1947) "Courage of Tommy Allott" in Speedway Favourites, Sport-in-Print, p. 21
  4. 1 2 3 Bamford, Robert (2003) Speedway: The Pre-War Years, Tempus, ISBN   0-7524-2749-0, p. 174-5
  5. Sandys, Leonard (1948) Broadside to Fame! The Drama of the Speedways, Findon, p. 14
  6. "Sheffield still shale and hearty", Yorkshire Post , 5 April 2004, retrieved 2012-02-04