Arthur Atkinson learnt to ride a motor-cycle at thirteen, and competed in grass-track and rough-riding races before taking to the cinders at Blackpool in 1928. The next year he was Yorkshire Champion, captained Leeds, and won West Australian title that winter. Joined Wembley in 1930, but a crash, after which he was unconscious for three weeks, began a run of bad luck. Gradually regained his form on joining West Ham in 1932, after a short time with York. English Test rider, 1936, and in two Australian tours. Arthur Atkinson owns a flourishing farm.
Attention was first focused on Phil Bishop in 1930, when as star of the High Beach team he was almost unconquerable on his own track, and was one of the few men to defeat Vic Huxley in that year. He learnt to broadside at Lea Bridge. From High Beach he went to Southampton, Clapton and Harringay (where he was a successful partner to Jack Ormston) before settling down with West Ham. His eagerness has often been his undoing: he has had over four hundred crashes and has escaped few seasons without injury.
A fair-haired Queenslander, always cheerful despite a number of injuries. Left position with Queensland Railway to take up speedway racing, but did not achieve stardom until the joined Wimbledon in 1930. Same year he rode for Australia in the first Test ever held, and has since been a regular choice for his country. Set up a Test record when his partnership with Billy Lamont was unbeaten throughout the second match of 1932. One of the most dashing and determined riders and an exceptionally good captain. He has led Coventry, Lea Bridge, Walthamstow and Hackney.
An extremely good rider who has suffered several serious injuries which would have caused any less plucky and determined rider to retire. Learning to broadside in Burnley, Lancashire, where he was born in 1902, he was the mainstay of the Preston team in 1930 and 1931. Joined Belle Vue (Manchester) in 1932. He and Frank Charles did well together for Belle Vue and also for England in Test matches. Abbott also made up a famous Test partnership with the late Tom Farndon.
Gordon Byers was riding motorcycles in his native Sunderland at the age of fourteen. Learning his profession at Middlesbrough in 1929, he later rode Newcastle and was the pick of the Leeds team in 1931. Reached his peak when he joined Wembley in 1932, where he began a high-scoring partnership with Ginger Lees: at the age of nineteen he won the club’s championship and became England’s youngest Test rider, Byers was again picked for England in the next two years. A leg injury and eye trouble caused hy cinder dust set him back, but he recovered his dash in 1936. He has now retired
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