Tommy Miller

  • Name Tommy Miller
  • Date of Birth 1924
  • Hometown High Blantyre

  • Glasgow career 1950-1953

     

    Tommy achieved the outstanding record of 53 full maximums and 6 paid maximums during that period of time and amassed 1388 points from 131 league matches.

     

    1950 was Tommy’s first season as a Tiger and this coincided with Glasgow’s best season so far since the Tigers had made their debut in 1946. They finished the season only one point behind the league winners Norwich and were unbeaten at home and won 4 away. Tommy’s  meteoric rise to heat leader by June saw him scoring big figures home and away which contributed hugely to the Tigers great league campaign. In the World Championship, Tommy progressed  from the first to the fourth round riding only on away tracks but he failed to make the World Final at Wembley. He finished runner up in the season ending Lord Provost’s Gold Medallion individual event. He rounded off his excellent debut season by being selected to go to Australia with the British Lions.

     

    According to the book “Speedway in Scotland’  Tommy is described as being “a tower of strength in 1951 scoring a pile of points in the Northern Trophy and  league competitions.” Tommy won the World Championship qualifier but failed to make it to Wembley. He also won the Festival of Britain trophy at Glasgow, the Skelly Trophy at Motherwell and finished runner-up in the Scottish Championship. Tommy’s winning season continued when he won the Second Division Match Race Championship from Jack Young in July and August and he was capped by England against Australia.

     

    In 1952 Tommy had the best average in the league and won the Scottish Match Race Championship as well as top level England Test caps against Australia and Division 2 level caps against Overseas.  Tigers finished 4th in the league. Tommy was in the winning Scottish team in the Scotland v England test match.

     

    In 1953, Tigers retained their fourth place finish in the league and again were the best Scottish team.  In Tommy’s final season, the team were Queen’s Cup runners up in Coronation year.

     

    During his Tigers career, Tommy was a member of the Scottish Cup winning team in 1952 & 1953.

     

    In 1954 there was a lot of uncertainty over the Tigers future due to television and the entertainment tax.  The price for continuation was the transfer of a number of riders, including Tommy to Motherwell.  After 2 home fixtures, the Tigers folded in April.

     

    In 1956, Tommy and his former Glasgow team mate, Junior Bainbridge, tried to revive the Tigers. They organized fortnightly fixtures and in the 3 meetings, Tommy represented the Tigers.  Sadly the attempt to bring speedway back to Glasgow failed after a handful of meetings.

     

    Tommy died in 1975 at the age of 51. He is still remembered today by some of our long time Glasgow fans for his stunning displays round the White City track as he scored those 59 maximums.

     

  • Scottish Cup Winner 1952, 1953 National League Division 2 Runner-up 1950 Queen’s Cup Runner-up 1953 Scottish Open Champion 1953 Scottish Match Race Champion 1952 Silver Helmet Match Race Champion Scotland and England Test Match rider in the UK and Australia