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Olly Allen

Full Name: Oliver James Allen
Born: 27 May 1982, Norwich.
Starting Average: 4.05.

Career Details

Olly comes from a speedway family – his father, Dave rode from 1976 to 1987, notably for Boston, Peterborough and Belle Vue and his younger brother, Tommy,  has recently been named as Swindon’s number seven. Olly first rode grass track at the age of eight, and speedway at Peterborough after the meetings at the age of fourteen. In 1997, at the age of fifteen, he was a key member of the all – conquering Peterborough Amateur League (Division 3) team that also included David Howe and Simon Stead.

Olly got his chance in the Premier League in June 1998 just after turning 16, and went on to make 27 appearances for Peterborough, who he helped secure the league title. When the Panthers moved into the Elite League in 1999, he moved on loan to Swindon, where he has remained ever since. Joining the team as a four point rider, Olly has progressed into a heat leader riding at the number one position in the space of four years.

In 1999, at the age of sixteen, he was an ever-present for the Robins, and showed considerable promise at reserve. He also rode in every match of the 2000 season, where he upped his average by another point and established himself in the top five of the side. 2001 was his real break through season… despite missing two months mid season with a hand injury his average leapt up to 7.73 as he improved to heat leader standard with the Robins.

Last season was another year of progress. Olly secured four maximums on his way to an 8.30 average from 40 matches. He came to national prominence in a televised meeting from Swindon when he had that infamous run in with Kelvin Tatum. With Tatum’s recent MBE award, we have to assume that Olly’s Knighthood is looking doubtful! He came to Wolves’ fans attention with a battling performance guesting for Coventry in the Playoff Semi Final at Monmore Green – winning a thrilling duel with Adam Skornicki and Chris Neath in Heat 14. He got further Elite League experience by riding seven matches doubling up for parent club Peterborough.

In the close season, Swindon completed a full transfer with Peterborough for his services, and he starts his fifth season at Blunsdon. He is a popular character with a reputation for thrilling, never-say-die racing. Chris Van Straaten moved quickly to add him to the Wolves squad of four reserve riders with Coventry one of the other clubs to show an interest. 2003 will be a crucial season for him, and an extended run in the Wolves side should reveal whether he can fulfil his ambition of becoming a full time Elite League rider some time in the future.

Oliver Allen

M

R

P

BP

T

Ave

F

P

1998

Peterborough

D2

27

96

76

21

97

4.04

0

0

1998

Arena Essex

D2

7

23

12

1

13

2.26

0

0

1999

Swindon

D2

38

146

174

33

207

5.67

0

0

2000

Swindon

D2

54

236

335

53

388

6.58

1

0

2001

Swindon

D2

33

133

238

19

257

7.73

0

0

2002

Swindon

D2

40

189

381

11

392

8.30

2

2

2002

Peterborough

D1

7

26

20

4

24

3.69

0

0

Mark Rowe
Image of Olly Allen courtesy of Jo Cooper at www.swindonspeedway.com

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