TERRY SMALL, Southampton, Hampshire.
POOLE PIRATE 1949 – 1959
Had his first taste of racing on sand tracks in Egypt while serving in the Army. Started grass track racing on his return to England before trying his hand in second half races at Wimborne Road during 1949, where his stylish riding was rewarded with a contract to join the Poole club.
Terry made his first team debut in the home league match against Plymouth during July and netted 3+2 from two rides. Such was his progress that he he quickly made the jump from reserve into the team proper, finishing the season with a 4.17 average.
Continued to improve throughout 1950, scoring 155 points from 29 matches and keep his team place in an improving Pirates line-up that remained unbeaten in league racing at Poole for almost six and a half years.
He enjoyed a fantastic season in 1951 scoring 378 points from 39 matches to help the Pirates win the Third Division title and finish the year as the club’s second highest scorer. His performances also saw him win his first international cap, equal the Poole track record, and challenge for the Bronze Helmet Match Race championship.
The step up to Second Division racing in 1952 proved to have no effect on his scoring ability as he finished the year with an 8.75 average from 44 matches, and he continued in the same vein during the following season, once again finishing as the club’s second highest scorer.
An injury hit season saw him lose form during 1954, but the old sparkle returned the following year helping the club to win promotion to the First Division. Unfortunately the pace was a little too hot and points hard to come by.
He rode for two more seasons in the Poole colours before announcing his retirement from a career that also saw him take part in the Club’s overseas tours of Sweden and Denmark in 1953 and 1955, and the ground breaking trip to Poland in 1959.
Made 296 League and National Trophy appearances for the club and scored 2165 points.
Currently ranked the Club’s 10th highest individual points scorer.
Was inducted into the Poole Hall of Fame in 1994.