FORMER Swindon Robins rider Pete Munday has died at the age of 79.

Munday was part of the Swindon team crowned national champions in 1967 and helped the club celebrate the 50th anniversary of that achievement last year.

Current Swindon team manager and co-promoter Alun Rossiter led the tributes to Munday, and said: “It’s very sad to hear that Pete has passed away, he was a truly lovely bloke.

“He was always very good to me when I was the mascot, and I particularly remember how he seemed to score a maximum every time it was wet, he was brilliant in those conditions.

“He’s been around the stadium and the club recently as well, including at the Bob Kilby book launch, and we’re all so sorry to hear the news.”

Munday started his career at his local club Poole in 1965 but moved to join the Robins the following year and spent six seasons with the club.