PETE SMITH : Hanworth, Middlesex.
POOLE PIRATE 1962 – 1977
A consummate professional whose career at Poole is legendary, having risen from raw novice to heat leader, while establishing a club record of 620 official appearances during his fifteen seasons with the club.His first races came in second half events during 1962 where he showed enough promise to line-up for the Pirates in a 4-a-side challenge at Rye House where he scored a single point, the first of the many he was to score for the club.
By the end of the season he had shown enough promise to be offered a contract for the following year, and made his senior team debut in a Southern League match at Hackney. He made 23 appearances in the skull and crossbones that season, and did well enough to be retained for the following year. Although he found the going tough at times, his riding improved slowly throughout the next three seasons until his performance went up a gear in 1967 when his ‘easy on the eye’ style saw him take over as third heat leader.
He played a major role in helping Poole win the 1969 British League title, finishing the season on top of the club’s averages with a 9.52 figure, while his performances were rewarded with the first of his England international caps. He was also a member of the Pirates side that made a five match tour of Poland.
An essential part of the Poole set-up, he took over the club’s captaincy in 1971 and continued to impress with his amazing levels of consistent high scoring. His efforts were rewarded with a deserved Testimonial in 1976, the first given to a Poole rider. Fast reaching the veteran stage of his career, Smith finally called it a day at the end of 1977, his fifteenth season for his only club side.
His 3344.5 points total put him at the head of the list of Poole’s all-time points scorers, a record mark which stood until 1997.
Made 499 League and Knockout Cup appearances for the club and scored 3344.5 points
Currently ranked the Club’s 3rd highest individual points scorer.
Was inducted into the Poole Hall of Fame in 1994.