Wednesday May 09, 2018
Wolverhampton Speedway is sad to hear of the death of Cyril Francis, one of its former riders.

Born in Newport, Gwent in 1935, Cyril took up speedway at Bristol in 1960. He came to Monmore Green as Wolverhampton reopened in 1961, and remained at the club for six years. He was a vital part of the Wolves team who won the Provincial League in 1963, scoring 147 points in 28 meetings in that memorable season.

After helping to introduce speedway to his home town, it was inevitable that Cyril would ride for Newport. He did so in 1967, but had a short period back at Monmore Green in 1969.

Cyril retired in 1973 after spells with Cradley Heath, Ellesmere Port and Stoke.

In his seven seasons at Monmore, Cyril scored 1,035 paid points in 180 meetings. He is one of just 25 riders to have scored over a thousand points for Wolverhampton.

Wolverhampton Speedway sends its condolences to Cyril’s family and friends as we remember a great rider who played a vital role in the club’s history.

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