POOLE PIRATES 1952 NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION TWO CHAMPIONS
Back : Allan Kidd, Bill Holden, Roy Craighead, Tony Lewis.
Front : Brian Crutcher, Terry Small, Ken Middleditch, Jim Squibb.
CHAMPIONS AT THE FIRST ATTEMPT
Poole were the outstanding team in the 1952 Division Two title race, winning the league title at their first attempt, although with an extended run in the Daily Mail National Trophy there was always the chance that they would crack. Unbeatable at home, the side also won nine times, with one drawn match, away from Wimborne Road.
The Pirates made one change from the side that were crowned Division Three champions in 1951, with Jimmy Squibb joining the side on a full transfer from London club Harringay to replace the outgoing Charlie Hayden. The side was so settled that there was little chance for outstanding junior Johnny Thomson to get a ride.
There was no holding the fast improving Brian Crutcher, who shot to the top of the Poole score charts, scoring a phenomenal 19 league maximums from his 41 league appearances, seven of them coming in an eight match spell at the beginning of the summer. He also became the first Poole rider to reach, and ride, in an FIM World Final.
Pirates strength in depth was a big factor of their success, with the lowest of the team’s top six riders averaging over 7.30 from the 56 League and National Trophy matches ridden during the season.
Having won the Third and Second Divisions in successive seasons, the Poole management were hopeful of gaining promotion to Division One, but their expectations were dashed by the top clubs who claimed that Poole was too small a club to draw and maintain big crowds, leaving the Pirates to face another season in the second tier of racing.
1952 NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION TWO