TOMMY MILLER They called him “Atomic Tommy” and he came from nowhere to zoom right to the top in a year and less. I first saw him as a second-half wobbler at the end of 1949, but he was a reserve when 1950 came around, in the team proper within the first month – and had bagged a couple of maximums and the track record by June! For the next three seasons, wee Tommy was the league’s brightest star, succeeding Jack Young and Ken LeBreton (both also with Scottish tracks, of course) by the end of 1951. His mastery was total, it seemed – if he dropped a point, it was big news — but after being sold on (to Motherwell, the club of his choice) in 1954, his descent was as sudden as his coming. Never accepted by the Eagles’ fans, he moved to Coventry, then Oxford – but the new tyre regulations, and failing finances within the sport, saw Tommy out of racing by 1956. Plagued by ill-health, he died in the late ‘sixties, having served one year (1964) as a referee, during the “black” PL administration’s year of glory.
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