CHARLIE HAYDEN : Bournemouth, Hampshire
POOLE PIRATE 1948 – 1951
A Bournemouth born businessman, who played an important part in establishing speedway at Poole. An almost unbeatable star of the grass tracks, Charlie turned his attention to both the cinders and speedway in 1947 and became a regular member of the Exeter side before linking up with the pioneering Pirates in 1948.
Transferred to Poole for a reported £ 600 fee, he was appointed as the first Pirates team captain on his arrival at the club. Was unlucky to be involved in a triple crash in the first ever race at the Wimborne Road raceway which led to him relinquishing the club captaincy and taking a break from racing.
He eventually recovered to become a regular member of the side and finish the season with a respectable average. He also took part in the club’s historic three match tour of Sweden at the end of the 1948 campaign.
His second season as a Pirate saw him producing some exceptional performances at Wimborne Road to finish the season with a total of 279 points. He then overcame an indifferent start to the 1950 campaign with some excellent double figure scores that helped the Pirates to finish runners-up in the battle for the Third Division honours.
His run of good form continued throughout the following season, helping the Pirates to win the Division Three league championship, the Festival of Britain Shield and promotion to the Second Division. An ever present in the Poole side for the season, Charlie finished the year on a 6.31 average while receiving an international cap for the test match series against the United States. However the move to a higher division was not to his liking and he requested a move to another Third Division side before retiring from the sport at the end of 1952.
Made 161 League, National Trophy appearances for the club and scored 796 points.
Was inducted into the Poole Hall of Fame in 1998