GRAHAM DRURY (1952-2024)

Saturday January 27, 2024
BIRMINGHAM Speedway are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former team manager Graham Drury at the age of 71 following a short illness.

Graham enjoyed a solid racing career with his longest spell spent with Hull between 1975 and 1981.

Upon hanging up his racesuit, Graham moved into management with the likes of Long Eaton, Mildenhall and Workington and he was also heavily involved with the promoting of the famous Ice Speedway meetings in Telford.

‘The Judge’, alongside wife Denise, was a pivotal part of the Brummies returning to the sport in 2007 and enjoyed some fine achievements during his time at Perry Barr.

Not only was he in charge when Birmingham were crowned Premier League Pairs winners in 2009 and Premier League Fours Winners in 2010, but as co-promoter he also oversaw the club top the regular Elite League standings in 2013 before reaching their first ever Grand Final where they were eventually beaten by Poole.

Graham thought his days in Speedway were over when he stepped down from his role early the following season.

But when Tony Mole regained control of the club ahead of the 2015 campaign, Graham agreed to return as team boss once again as the Brummies made their latest comeback to racing.

That season saw them end a 40 year wait for a league title - before Graham then guided them to back-to-back successes in 2016.

The Welshman retired at the end of the 2017 season having played a crucial role in keeping Birmingham in existence having successfully negotiated the sale of the club with Peter and David Mason.

Following his retirement, Graham spent even more time with his family whilst also increasing his attendance as a Wrexham AFC season ticket holder. He enjoyed a round of Golf and was a keen gardener.

Graham passed away on Friday, January 26 and he will be hugely missed.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time.

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