NORMAN STRACHAN : Poole, Dorset.
POOLE PIRATE 1952 – 1967 & 1973
A Poole born former cycle speedway rider who was to become one of the club’s greatest servants in a career that spanned some 17 seasons. Unfortunately a serious hand injury, sustained while working in a local sawmill in 1956, possibly cost him the chance of following his friend Brian Crutcher to the very top of the speedway ladder, but he overcame this handicap to earn a regular place in the Poole set-up.
A product of the Matcham’s Park training schools, he benefited from being given the opportunity to show his paces in the second half events at Poole in 1952, before stepping up into the first team proper during the following season. More chances came his way in 1954, before he finally claimed a regular place in the Pirates side that won the Second Division title in 1955. He also took part in the club’s end of season tour of Sweden.
The end of the 1950’s saw a sharp decline in speedway’s fortunes and with it the opportunities for Norman to improve his riding skills, but the sport changed for the better in 1960 and with it the chance for him to show his true worth.
The formation of the Provincial League saw him jump at the chance to become a regular member of the Poole team once again. Norman was really enjoying his racing at this time and he was able to help the club win back to back league championships in 1961 and 1962.
The birth of the British League in 1965 saw him start his 14th consecutive season at Wimborne Road, He moved on to pastures new at the end of 1967, his 16th consecutive season with the club, however his association with the Pirates was rekindled in 1973 when he returned for a further eight matches to help the injury hit promotion.
Made 303 League, National Trophy and Knockout Cup appearances for the club and scored 1270.5 points
Currently ranked the Club’s 19th highest individual points scorer.
Was inducted into the Poole Hall of Fame in 1994.