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Jack Ormston

John Glaholme 'Jack' Ormston (born 30 October 1909 - died 22 June 2007) was a Speedway who finished runner-up in the Star Riders' Championship in 1935, the forerunner to the Speedway World Championship. He also competed in the first ever World Final in 1936 (finishing equal fifth).[1]

He became captain of the Wembley Lions team aged twenty one. While riding for Wembley in 1930 he won the first ever London Riders' Championship at the Crystal Palace and was a member of the England team in the first-ever England v Australia Test Match at Wimbledon Stadium. He rode for England in a total of 13 Test matches against Australia, of which 3 were in Australia in 1937-38.

He subsequently joined Birmingham (Hall Green), and then from 1935-38 rode for the Harringay Racers in London.

Jack was the last surviving competitor from the original World Final before he died aged 97.[2]


World Final Appearances

  • 1936 - 22x20px GBR Wembley - 5th - 17pts
  • 1938 - 22x20px GBR Wembley - 16th - 5pts

After retirement

After jack retired from speedway at the end of the 1938 season he became an established racehorse trainer, with over four hundred winners to his credit before he retired from training in 1976.


  1. Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5
  2. "Jack Ormston Obituary". Daily Telegraph. 2007-06-27. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1555627/Jack-Ormston.html. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 

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