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Malcolm Simmons born in Tonbridge, Kent on the 20th March in 1946. He began his career riding second-half at New Cross and at 17 he made his first Provincial League appearance for Hackney Hawks in 1963 but he did not manage to get a permanent place on the Hawks team so the following year he moved to the West Ham.

The West Ham Hammers re-opened for the new 1964 season was able to offer Malcolm a team place, his skills and scoring improving and West Ham going from a new start in 1964 to becoming the British League Champions and the British League Knockout Cup in 1965, Malcolm remained with the Hammers until the end of the 1967 season, moving on to Kings Lynn Stars settling in well for the next 7 years, achieving a seasons points average in 1973 of 10.26 but leaving the Stars at the end of the following season.

1975 saw Malcolm Simmons moving right across the country this time to ride for the Poole Pirates, qualifying in the same year for his first Speedway World Cup Final managing 7th place which is no mean feat at the first attempt. Staying with Poole until 1980 and making two more appearances at the Speedway World Cup Final in 1976 when he was the runner up and winning the World Pairs Championship in partnership with John Louis. He certainly hit a purple patch with his move to Poole achieving an average points total of over 10.00 in 4 of the six years he was with them and becoming known there a ‘Super Simmo’ but sadly for the supporters he was told he would not be required the following year although he had already told the new management he wanted a transfer in 1980.

Moving on to Wimbledon Dons in 1981 and riding as a Don for 4 seasons until joining the Swindon Robins in 1985 for just one season. Signing in 1986 for his very first club Hackney, now known as the Hackney Kestrels, he rode also rode one meeting for Coventry Bees scoring 10 paid 11 from 4 rides as well as riding  at 10 meetings back at Kings Lynn in that one year but he rode only for Hackney in 1987, leaving at the end of the season with a shoulder injury that it seems kept him out of riding for the whole of the next season 1988. In 1989 he rode 16 meetings for Arena Essex and in 1993 twice for Kings Lynn and everyone, I suspect even Malcolm, thought he had retired.

But no, or perhaps yes, in 2001 at the age of 57 he took a few rides at Mildenhall in their Conference League team, I have also been told that although Malcolm did sign to ride for Mildenhall, the BSPA refused to sanction him as a rider. I think I like the first version but I do not know which is correct.

Malcolm has captained the English and Great British teams and is an active member of the World Speedway Riders’ Association.

Malcolm Simmons

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