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Cycle Speedway Teams Down the Ages

Dorset: Gem Pirates

About the team

Track was at Oakdale in Poole.

Club Secretary/Manager: Charlie Dunford, "Seaspray", Brampton Road, Oakdale.


Unbeaten at home Gem Pirates got over 3,000 spectators at their meetings to see which visitor will be the first to crack the Pirates home record(1949). 

Jim Gale scored over 25 maximums in 1949, and he helped his side to be one of the very few to beat the Stratford Hammers by scoring 13 of his teams points. He was certainly a 'Pirate' who earned his plunder!

Team Honours.

1950: Gem Pirates beat Chorlton Aces(Lancs) at the Empress Hall in London by 51 points to 45 in the first ever National Team Championships on the 26th October.

Individual Honours.

1956 Ray Coward came 3rd in National Senior Individual Final.

Speedway Riders.

Brian Crutcher rode for Poole - Wembley and Southampton.


  • Pete Bennett
  • Richard 'Dick' Bunter
  • Vic Cave
  • Courtney
  • Ray Coward
  • Brian Crutcher
  • Alan Davis
  • John Dunford
  • Jim Gale(capt)
  • Mike Holmes
  • Fred Parkins
  • Jim Stanley
  • .... Toms