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SWINDON ROBINS: Middleditch to be inducted into hall of fame
SWINDON Robins will this evening induct 1957 league title winning rider Ken Middleditch into the club’s hall of fame before the meeting with Poole.
The 87-year-old only raced for Swindon for one season but played a huge part in bringing the Robins their first ever senior title having been Division Two champions the previous season.
After serving in the RAF as a rear gunner in World War Two Middleditch became interested in forces speedway while based in Egypt, and after training at Eastbourne he began his career with Hastings in 1948.
After the Saxons’ track was forced to close due to noise in 1949 the Robins made a failed bid to sign him before he eventually ended up at Poole, and while on the south coast he managed four league titles during a successful spell.
Swindon finally got their man in 1957 when Poole didn’t re-open for the new season, and the Pirates’ loss was the Robins’ gain as Middleditch played a vital role in the club’s title victory alongside hall of famer Mike Broadbank.
Middleditch is the father of current Poole and Great Britain team manager Neil Middleditch, and the pair will both be in the Legends Lounge before tonight’s meeting at the Abbey Stadium this evening where his place in Robins history will be made official.
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