Charlie Appleby (speedway rider)

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Charlie Appleby
Born (1913-10-10)October 10, 1913
Saskatchewan, Canada
Died 8 October 1946(1946-10-08) (aged 32)
Nationality  Canada
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
1937 Birmingham Bulldogs
1938-1939 Hackney Wick Wolves
1946 Birmingham Brummies
Team honours
1938 National Div II Champions

Robert Charles (Charlie) Appleby (born 10 October 1913 in Saskatchewan, Canada - died 8 October 1946)[1] was a speedway rider.

Appleby was a member of the Hackney Wick Wolves team that won the National League Division II Championship in 1938.[2]

After the end of World War II Appleby returned to the UK and was signed by the Birmingham Brummies in 1946. He was enjoying a steady season but on 7 October he was involved in a crash at Newcastle.

A rider had fallen in front of him and in an effort to avoid him, Appleby swerved and hit the machine instead. He was thrown high into the air from his bike and crashed heavily, landing on his head and he suffered a fractured skull. Doctors tried to save him at the hospital but Appleby died in the early hours of 8 October.


  1. ^ Buck, B (2007) Brummies Legends, Pendragon Books. ISBN 0-9541671-2-0
  2. ^ Fenn, C.(2003). Hackney Speedway, Friday at Eight. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2737-7

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