KEVIN SMITH : Canterbury, Kent.
POOLE PIRATE 1981 – 1987
One of the most highly rated young English riders of his time, Kevin made the move to the South Coast from Rye House during the winter of 1980 with the Poole promotion paying out substantial £10,000 transfer fee to secure his signature.
He made his debut at Wimborne Road at the start of the 1981 campaign, scoring a fabulous 11 points to help Poole win a League Cup encounter with King’s Lynn. The points continued to flow for the Kentish born racer even though he was seeing the away circuits for the first time. He finished the season with a creditable 6.89 average and expectations on the terraces suggested that Poole had captured a world class star.
However, his career stood still as the Pirates struggled to make any headway at the bottom end of the league standings for the next two seasons. Unfortunately his form deserted him completely during 1984 and for a while it looked as though he might retire completely from the sport.
The introduction of National League racing at Wimborne Road in 1985 saw the incoming new promotion pay £6,250 to the BSPA for his services, but it was money well spent with Smith becoming a high scoring member of the side which finished runner’s – up in a very competitive league campaign. His liking for the new league saw him race to 10 maximums and set three new track records for the Poole raceway.
He sustained a complex fractured fibula at the start of 1986 which kept him out of the saddle until the beginning of July, and effectively ended Poole’s title chances. Marked his return by staying among the big hitters, averaging 9.45 in a side that finished league runner’s – up for a second consecutive season,.
Despite producing a string of worthwhile results, his form dipped in 1987 which was to prove his final year of racing and he eventually bowed out while still at the top of his game.
Made 201 League and Knockout Cup appearances for the club and scored 1350 points.
Currently ranked the Club’s 21st highest individual points scorer.
Was inducted into the Poole Hall of Fame in 2008.