JOHN DAVIS : Oxford , England.
POOLE PIRATE 1971 & 1981 – 1983
Started his career at the Weymouth training school in the early 1970’s before joining Peterborough and becoming a regular in the Panthers line-up. He was drafted into the Poole side for the first match of the 1971 season, scoring a single point from two starts, but his career really took off after he joined Reading and fully justified the blaze of publicity which made him speedway’s pin – up boy with the national media.
After six very successful years with Reading he sought pastures new, joining the Pirates mid way through the 1981 season for a reported £ 20,000 transfer fee. He quickly settled in at Wimborne Road and scored five maximums, three of them coming in successive matches.
The first came in the home match against Wimbledon, with the second coming 24 hours later in the return at Plough Lane and the third at Hackney a week later. His stylish riding dominated the team’s scoring throughout the season, finishing the campaign with a 9.70 match average.
His consistent riding saw him retain his position as the leading Pirate in 1982, finishing the season with 8.76 average, but despite his efforts the club finished the season firmly rooted to the bottom of the league table. He linked up with Michael Lee to lead the Pirates into 1983, but it was to prove a disastrous season for him and the Poole club. His riding suffered and a loss of form toward the end of the season saw him dropped from the side and loaned to Sheffield.
He was capped 68 times for England and was a member of the team that won the World Team Cup in 1977. He also represented Poole in the final of the 1982 British League Riders Championship.
Made 70 League and Knockout Cup appearances for the club and scored 551.5 points.
Was inducted into the Poole Hall of Fame in 1998.