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Nigel Boocock born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, on September the 17th 1937, 8 years the senior of younger brother Eric Boocock, both Nigel and Eric were successful speedway riders. They did not ride together as far as I know nor were they contracted by the same teams either together or separately the only occasion I can find of their having ridden together was in the 1970 Speedway World Pairs Championship finals, they finished 3rd.

Nigel began with the Bradford Tudors in 1955 riding both that and the following season, when at the end of the 1956 season it was announced that there would be no league racing at the Odsal Stadium the following year Nigel, along with the rest of the Tudors team, were off to pastures new.

Birmingham Brummies was to become Nigel Boococks team for 1957 riding for the Ipswich Witches during the 1958 season before moving in 1959 to the club that was to be the place for his career to bloom. It was with the Coventry Bees that he had both league and personal success. During his period with the Bees he qualified for the World Final on no less than eight occasions his best World Final result was at Wembley in 1969, Nigel was placed 4th, although of the eight appearances that Nigel made the fact that he was in the top ten six times says more about his consistently good performance than his best placing does. Also whilst riding at Birmingham he was in the teams that won – British League Champions (Coventry) – British League K O Cup winners (Coventry) and the World Team Cup the team being, Ivan Mauger (12), Nigel Boocock (10), Martin Ashby (8), Barry Briggs (7) & Norman Hunter (3)

He left Coventry at the end of the 1976 – making 18 consecutive seasons for the same club – is this a record, it is certainly some achievement, during 1977 he does not appear for any UK club. He was perhaps riding abroad as he must have done before as in 1969 he was the South Australian Champion or he could have been unwell or taking a well earned rest.

Back riding with a UK team in 1978, now with the Bristol Bulldogs where he remained for just one season moving on in the following year to Exeter Falcons for two seasons before finishing his UK riding career at Canterbury Crusaders for the 1980 season.

The nickname Little Boy Blue was given to Nigel because when almost everyone else was wearing black leathers Nigel chose to wear blue, during his career he represented England on numerous occasions many of which would have been in Australia where following his retirement from speedway he moved with his wife Cynthia and children.

Nigel, a member of the World Speedway Riders’ Association, died Good Friday, the 3rd April 2015 in Australia in the presences of his wife Cynthia.

Nigel Boocock

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