MALCOLM SIMMONS ; Tonbridge, Kent.
POOLE PIRATE 1975 – 1980
Already an established international, Malcolm joined Poole at the beginning of the 1975 season with the promotion paying a club record fee to bring him in on a full transfer from King’s Lynn.
He quickly proved to be the number one rider that the club had been searching for , with his first season proving nothing short of phenomenal. Appointed club captain he powered his way to a 10.41 league average which included 15 maximum scores, while also becoming the first Poole rider to win the club’s prestigious Blue Riband individual championship. He also set a new track record time for the Wimborne Road circuit.
Dubbed ‘Super Simmo’ by the adoring Poole fans, he continued to pile up the points during 1976, picking up another 11 maximums and averaging at well over 10 points per match. His form at individual level was nothing short of sensational, finishing second to win the silver medal in the 1976 FIM World Final and becoming the first Poole rider to win the British Championship.
He maintained his form throughout 1977, notching up another 10 maximum scores, while winning the Blue Riband title for a third successive season. He went even better in 1978, scoring 13 maximums and upping his average to an impressive 10.77. He also won the Blue Riband for a record fourth time.
Unsettled by a change in the club ownership during 1979, he put in a transfer request midway through 1980 which he later withdrew, but his relationship with the club owners deteriorated even further and he was sensationally sacked following allegations of race fixing in an end of season Best Pairs event. It was a sad end to his glittering career in the Pirates colours.
He topped the club’s end of season averages and scorecharts for five successive season, while scoring 58 maximums, a club record. He also made six British League Riders Championship Final appearances, the most by any Poole rider.
Made 195 League and Knockout Cup appearances for the club and scored 2147 points.
Currently ranked the Club’s 11th highest individual points scorer.
Inducted into the Poole Hall of Fame in 1998