Craig Boyce

POOLE PIRATE 1988 – 1990 & 1992 – 2007

Recommended to Poole by team manager Neil Street, Boyce made his debut for Poole in 1988 and quickly proved to be one of the shrewdest signings ever made by the club. After an unpromising start he quickly rose through the ranks from reserve to heat leader to end the season with a 7.88 average.

Continued to improve during 1989, helping Poole to win the National League for the first time, he went on to become the league’s top rider in 1990, ending the season with an outstanding 10.54 average. His consistent high scoring also helped the Pirates to a League and Cup ‘double’, the first in the club’s history.

Transferred to Oxford at the end of the year for a reported £25,000 fee, he returned to Poole for the same amount at the start of 1992 and picked up where he left off to help guide the Pirates to win the 1994 British League championship. The highlight of his season came when he finished third in the 1994 FIM World Individual Championship Final after a three rider run-off for the title. He continued to score freely wherever he rode for Poole, averaging well over 9.00 per match and topping the team averages in 1996 and 1997.

1999 saw a new management team running the club, with Boyce being loaned out to other Elite league sides until 2003 when he rejoined the club as captain of the side that won the League Cup. Fast approaching the veteran stage, he dropped down a league to race for the Isle of Wight in 2004 and 2005 before moving back to Poole for the 2006 and 2007 Elite League campaigns.

He announced his retirement from racing at the end of 2007, but was soon back trackside, taking over as team manager of the Australian international side, a position he kept until stepping down in 2012.

A three time holder of the Supporters Club Trophy, he also took on the mantle of the club’s all time highest points scorer, setting a mark that will possibly never be surpassed.

Made 414 League and Knockout Cup appearances for the club and scored 4374 points.
Currently ranked the Club’s leading individual points scorer, Craig was inducted into the Poole Hall of Fame in 2008