Bill Pitcher

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Bill Pitcher
Born (1910-02-05)February 5, 1910
Coventry, England
Died 24 October 1995(1995-10-24) (aged 85)
Nationality  England
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
Leicester Stadium
Crystal Palace Glaziers
Coventry Bees
Birmingham Bulldogs
Harringay Tigers
Belle Vue Aces
Wimbledon Dons
Individual honours
Team honours
1946, 1947
National Trophy winner
London Cup winner
A.C.U. Cup winner

William 'Bill' Pitcher (born 5 February 1910 in Coventry, England[1] - died 24 October 1995) was an international motorcycle speedway rider who rode in the first ever World Championship final in 1936.[2]

Career summary[edit]

Pitcher rode for Leicester Stadium, Crystal Palace Glaziers, Coventry Bees, Birmingham Bulldogs and the Harringay Tigers before World War II and was a member of the team that won the London Cup in 1935. In 1936 he rode in the first ever Speedway World Championship. After the end of the war he joined the Belle Vue Aces. Pitcher was also a member of the England team that toured Australia in 1946-47. He made his England international debut in 1939.[1] His final season was in 1949 with the Wimbledon Dons.[3]

World Final appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b Addison J. (1948). The People Speedway Guide. Odhams Press Limited
  2. ^ a b Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5
  3. ^ Jacobs, Norman (2001). Speedway in London. Stroud: Tempus Publishing ISBN 0-7524-2221-9