paid to Burnham-On-Sea speedway team's popular rider
of Burnham-On-Sea's Somerset Rebels speedway team have this week
expressed their shock at the news that Paul Fry, a former popular
rider, has died aged just 45.
Fryer', as he was affectionately known, became an asset
of the Somerset Rebels team when Pete Toogood became promoter
at the Oak Tree Arena back in 2004, and quickly won the affections
of Rebel fans with his commitment to the club, both on and off
was a member of the historic Somerset quartet that won the Premier
League Four Team Championship in 2005, the first trophy won by
the Rebels at Premier League level since their move up from the
Conference League three years earlier.
During his career, Paul rode in 97 official fixtures, scoring
754 points, which came to an abrupt end when he suffered a broken
leg in a match.
replacement in the Somerset side was Emil Kramer, who himself
was tragically killed in a road accident a little more than three
"Everyone associated with Somerset Speedway is totally devastated
by the news," Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
always seem so inadequate at times like this. Paul will always
be a part of Rebels history for the part he played in the clubs
Premier League Fours Championship win in 2005, but additionally
he will also be remembered for being an ultra professional rider,
and one that always had time to not only help out the younger
only that, but no matter what sort of meeting he had just had,
Paul always found time to acknowledge and speak with the fans.
Speedway has lost one of its favourite sons, and the sport is
all the poorer for his sad passing."
As well as his time with Somerset, Paul will be fondly remembered
by speedway fans up and down the country, having ridden with distinction
for the likes of Cradley Heath, where he began his career in 1984,
Exeter, Stoke, Long Eaton, Newport and Swindon, with whom he won
the Premier League KO Cup, Young Shield and Premier League Fours.
Aged just 45, Fry leaves a widow and two teenage children.
above is Paul Fry (photo courtesy of Hywel Lloyd)