John Hyam writes: Alf Kaines was a hard riding speedway character who, pre-WW2, was associated with Harringay, Hackney and Lea Bridge. Post-war he was briefly a reserve rider with Belle Vue in the 1946 season. That campaign came to a halt when he had a starting area crash and sustained a broken jaw. Kaines' best time in speedway was post-war at Southampton between 1947 and 1950 where he turned in many crucial match winning rides.
He looks the SORT of rider not to raise a dispute with? But an old rider friend, the late George Bason, who also rode for Southampton with Kaines, insisted he was a very nice cheerful chap.
Webmaster notes: It appear that he was proficient if an accident prone rider particularly at the start of his post war riding career when he only managed to complete four matches for Belle Vue before losing his team place due to injury, this was in 1946.
As John says he then joined Southampton and rode for them for three seasons – 1947 riding 23 meetings and achieving a points total of 6.47 1948 riding in 48 meetings and again with success achieving a points total of 5.98 But in 1949 when Southampton moved up from National League 3 to National League 2 Alf’s totals fell he rode in 43 meetings but only managed a points total of 3.46.
In 1950 he rode in 2 matches for Exeter before calling it a day.
Photo above shows Alf when at Southampton and we thank John Somerville Collection for permission to use it and the lower one is supplied by John Hyam who also receives our thanks.