Ted Bravery
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Ted Bravery was one of the sport's original journeymen, having begun his career in open licence events at Portsmouth in 1930. From the Copnor Gardens venture, he moved on to make his league debut with Wimbledon later that year, prior to joining Stamford Bridge in 1931. Ted remained with the Pensioners the following season, but then linked with Plymouth for two years at the beginning of 1933.

Regular moves followed thereafter, with the Bristol-born rider representing no fewer than seven more teams before the outbreak of war, namely West Ham (1935), Cardiff and Nottingham (1936), Hackney Wick and Nottingham (1937), Sheffield (1938) and Stoke/Belle Vue II (1939).

International calls saw Ted ride for the Provincial League versus Australia in 1937, as well as representing England against the Dominions (1938-39) and also Scotland in 1939.

After the war, his career followed a much more settled pattern as he joined Norwich in 1946 and spent the rest of his racing days with the Stars before a compound fracture to the leg forced him to hang up his leathers in 1950.

Taken from 'Speedway - The Pre-war Years' by Robert Bamford [ISBN 0 7524 2749 0]