Alun Rossiter

POOLE PIRATE 1989 – 2002

Joined Poole on a full transfer from Swindon at the start of 1989, taking over as club captain and providing the club with a much needed extra heat leader. His ability to motivate his team mates helped create an excellent team spirit, which was rewarded with the club becoming National League champions. His own contribution played a big part in the team’s success, with him ending the season with an 8.08 average.

The following season was an even better one for Rossiter and the Poole side as they swept all aside to win back-to-back League Championships and the Knockout Cup to complete an historic ‘double’, the first in the club’s history. He also enjoyed another good campaign, raising his average to 8.86.

A series of injuries stopped his progress in 1991, resulting in him being dropped from the side and being loaned to King’s Lynn. Was recalled to Poole at the start of 1994 as back up to the Pirates trio of heat-leaders, and did an exceptional job to help the side win the British League championship.

Took over the club captaincy again in 1995 and produced some inspirational performances that kept the side in the hunt for the league title. Injuries and ill health hit his scoring ability, leaving him to question his future at the end of the season. This loss of form cost him his place in the Pirates side, resulting in him spending time on loan with several Elite League clubs, while also enjoying a good run with Swindon in the Premier League.

While no longer a permanent member of the Poole side, he did accept a guest booking to ride for the Pirates in a double header at Wimborne Road in 2002. Sadly it was to end in disaster with Rossiter being involved in a high speed crash that left him with serious knee ligament damage and brought about a premature end to his racing career.

Made 211 League and Knockout Cup appearances for the club and scored 1642 points.
Currently ranked the Club’s 16th highest individual points scorer.
He was as inducted into the Poole Hall of Fame in 2008.