Chris Yeatman



Chris Yeatman was born near Oxford in 1945. His father had been a speedway rider and Chris began riding speedway when he attended a training school at Belle Vue, Manchester, in the winter of 1967. Second half rides at Swindon and West Ham came Yeatman's way in 1968 and he broke into the Weymouth Eagles Division 2 side, later moving on to Plymouth and achieving a respectable average.

Yeatman's form had made him a target for the Bombers' management and Chris made his debut for Rochester at Ipswich at the start of the 1969 season. He only made one League appearance for the Bombers at Brooklands and his best performance came in the away fixture at Plymouth, with 5 points on the Pennycross circuit that he knew well. His Bombers career ended in a track crash at Crewe in June. Yeatman drove home to Oxfordshire unaware of the extent of the injuries he had sustained - a trip to his doctor the next day revealed a fractured leg!

It was September before Yeatman, in his familiar white riding boots, was to appear at Brooklands again, with second half rides in a couple of meetings before scoring 3 points from four outings in the final open meeting of the season. However, Chris was to give up speedway - but not the famous Bombers' roundel - for a career with the RAF.