Some of the atmosphere of a motor
cycle football match can be captured from contemporary
newspaper reports. The following extract from a report
in an unknown newspaper describes Wolverhampton’s
victory against Worcester M.C.F.C. (date unknown) at the
Chillington Sports Ground:
Worcester played a plucky,
dashing game but individually and collectively they were
easily outclassed by Tommy Deadman and company, whose
teamwork was admirable.
Early in the first half one of
the Wolverhampton machines went out with a broken frame,
while Frank Speake and Eric Male spent long minutes at
the pit righting sundry mechanical problems.
Worcester eventually lost one
player, but for some 15 minutes before the interval
Deadman and T. Overton not only held four Worcester
forwards at bay, but frequently drove them back into
their own goal area. Speake opened the score for
Wolverhampton, and the visitors equalised before the
A miscalculation by a pair of
Worcester players in their own goal area sent them down
with their machines locked together, and Speake, skating
his battered club mount neatly round the obstruction,
tipped the ball across to the ever-ready Tommy who
slammed it home on the run.....
Male, Speake, and Overton all
paid occasional visits to the pit, and it was rare after
this, that Deadman had all three with him, though his
own mount gave no trouble. Never the less, the balance
of the play was easily with the home team, and Tommy
increased the score once again before the final whistle.