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Born Albert William Sparrey on the 26th February 1928 in Edmonton, London. Known most of his life as Al he died in 2001

Al Sparrey started racing on grass tracks in the early 1950s. He then switched to speedway in 1952 and had a few second half rides at West Ham.

His breakthrough in the sport came in 1954 when he joined then Southern Area League club Rye House late in the season and first rode for them in August in a match against Brafield. With the then 'Roosters' Sparrey became a leading rider delighting his fans with a robust style of riding which, however, did not always meet with the approval of his opponents.

His abilities were obvious with averages around 9 points helping his team win the Southern Area League Championship in both 1954 and 1956

His breakthrough chance at the top level came at part way through 1956 he joined Swindon who were then a National League Division Two side. Sparrey having made a good start to his career with the Robins only completed two matches in 1957 then made a shock decision to retire.

However he decided to return for part of 1958 riding in a total of 7 matches but only achieving a points average of just over 4.

Sparrey made a team move in 1959 joining open licence club Yarmouth, spending two seasons with the East Anglian side before again retiring.

Al Sparrey

of Rye House, Swindon, Yarmouth

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Many thanks to John Somerville for the photo and permission to use it