FREDDIE WILLIAMS

Sunday January 20, 2013
SWINDON Speedway is deeply saddened to hear of the death of former World Champion, Freddie Williams.

Freddie, aged 86, is understood to have suffered a stroke and later passed away in Swindon Hospital on Sunday morning.

He became the first British rider to win two World titles (in 1950 and 1953), a feat only matched by Peter Craven a decade later.

The Welshman spent his entire career racing for the Wembley Lions (1947-56) - winning five National League championships in the process - but in recent years was a regular visitor to Swindon’s Abbey Stadium with his younger brother, Ian. Ian represented the Robins between 1952-63.

Robins co-promoter Alun Rossiter said: “It is very sad news.

“He was always a welcome guest at the Abbey with Ian and we’ll certainly miss his happy smiling face on racenights.

“On behalf of Swindon Speedway we send our deepest condolences to his family and his many friends at this sad time.”


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