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Founded in 1891 the Wolverhampton Wheelers Cycling Club is the Oldest in the City of Wolverhampton and surrounding area, and one of the Pioneering clubs in the birth of Cycle Sport nation wide.
The Wolverhampton Wheelers survived the world wars and proceeded to go from strength to strength, seeing it reach lofty heights in the 60’s and 70’s with Hugh Porter M.B.E winning 4 world championship Pursuit gold medals and various other successful national level cyclists.
Now the only club in Wolverhampton with the much coveted Sport England Clubmark award, recognising the clubs superb work with youth development, and the development of the sport of cycling in the City of Wolverhampton and its surrounding areas as a whole.
A Brief History of
Wolverhampton Wheelers Cycling Club
by Ron Moules during his 60 years of membership from 1944 to 2006
1940s to late 1960s. Jack Davies was the Club President -
1945 saw the return of demobilised servicemen -
(Ray Jones and Roy Fletcher had both ridden in international races pre-
After the AGM of that year, Ray Jones put forward a motion that the club re-
The result of this saga was ‘that WWCC remain members of the BLRC’ and this was carried unanimously. Ray Jones immediately resigned from the club and retired from racing.
The Secretary during those years was R T Whitmore, brother of Ben. Not only was he Secretary but also Treasurer and Membership Secretary (the membership then was nothing near to that of today) -
Other noted committee members were Bill Bassett – an old-
Against stiff opposition Alan Power and Ian Jones set about the process of finding ways to bring money into the coffers and also to increase membership. This resulted in a large influx of both male and female bike-
At this time Joe Dickinson returned to active cycling and, although of the ‘old-
Around this time Aldersley track was built and Joe Dickinson and Stan Kite promoted training nights and open track meetings up to professional standard.
Joe Dickinson also developed a new enthusiasm for schoolboy races by using Park circuits very successfully.
Also in this period Stan Kite and Ian Jones were organising road-
Alan Power ran Roller Contests in village halls -
Ron Aspey and I brought together the first Club Magazine -
In the late 1960’s Norman Haselock stood down from the post of Chairman and I was elected to the position. My term lasted for ten years, at the end of which Jack Davies retired from his Presidency. His position was filled by Arthur Hughes of Dugmore Cycles. Alan Power succeeded me, becoming Chairman for the next three years.
Norman Southall became in the next Chairman. He was a very active and enthusiastic committee member and organised the Annual Dinner and Dance for many years. He organised Road Races, Prize-
Alan Rea had been an excellent Secretary and Treasurer -
In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s a WHEELERS’ team was sponsored by Viking Cycles. And a very strong team it was too, with many successes. But the sponsorship was withdrawn after two years: I believe the reason was that they (Viking), were expecting to sign Hugh Porter and Michael Stallard, but they both had other strings to their bow and declined the offer. Stan Kite managed the team and after this episode he went on to manage the PCA and organised big events such as the London to Holyhead Road Race.
The whole sponsorship affair caused many problems and the club became a lot ‘wiser’ about sponsorship. The BCF rules at that time was that ‘the club should be sponsored and not a club team’ so consequently the Club gained nothing.
Hugh Porter was made a Life Member in honour of his four world titles in the pursuit race on the track.
Bob Lane replaced Ron Aspey as Treasurer, he, in turn, gave way to Malcolm Harrison for a short while and was followed briefly by Ernie Wallbank, who emigrated to Australia, that was in 1988 and the year when Ted Williams became Treasurer -
Short periods of office covered the following people as Secretary -
In the 1980’s Robin Kyte returned to the Club as a ‘senior racing man’ but he was much more than that -
Also, during this period of change, there were several members who, although not in management positions, made a tremendous contribution to the club. Maurice, Glynis and Paul Turner organised many very successful cyclo-
Although the President’s role is largely an honorary one, the Club was lucky to have Bob Thom, an experienced England racing team manager and widely known throughout the cycling world, as President for many years. He was well known for his generosity and his ability to make friends quickly – in fact, he made the perfect President.
When Bob retired as age started to take its inevitable effect, Hugh Porter OBE relished the position of President, but, unfortunately for the Club, was very much in demand as a sports commentator for the BBC and was unable to be present at many of the Club’s activities.
The foregoing is a brief insight of the activities of some of the elected officials of the club (my apologies to anyone omitted), but, obviously, no club like ours could prosper without the continual support of enthusiastic members who help, often in an unofficial capacity, those who organise our affairs and events. Members who have joined the club and stayed – and some who have merely joined and disappeared.
As for the members remaining from those early days, Stan Kite; Ian Jones; Ron Aspey -
I am also the author of this missive! It is as accurate as far as my memory allows – undoubtedly much more could be added, but the detailed history I leave to someone who may find the challenge interesting.
RTTC Road Time Trial Council
NCU National Cyclists Union
BLRC British League of Racing Cyclists
AGM Annual General Meeting
SAGM Special Annual General Meeting
WWCC Wolverhampton Wheelers Cycling Club
PCA Professional Cycling Association