Philip John Crump (born 9 February 1952) in Mildura, Victoria[1] is a former Motorcycle speedway rider from Australia[2] who attained third place in the 1976 World Championship.[3] He also won the 1976 Speedway World Team Cup with Australia in the same year.[4]

Phil Crump
Born (1952-02-09) 9 February 1952 (age 72)
Mildura, Victoria
Career history
1971, 1972Crewe Kings
1971, 1974-1976Newport Wasps
1971Wolverhampton Wolves
1971Oxford Cheetahs
1971Hackney Hawks
1971-1973King's Lynn Stars
1972Ipswich Witches
1977-1978Bristol Bulldogs
1979-1986, 1990Swindon Robins
Individual honours
1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977,
1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984,
1985, 1986, 1988
Victorian State Champion
1974, 1978, 1984Westernapolis winner
1974Yorkshire Television Trophy winner
1975, 1979, 1984, 1988Australian Champion
1975Welsh Open winner
1976NSW State Champion
1992Australian Long track Champion
1972British League Division Two Riders Champion
1975, 1976Brandonapolis
1975Spring Classic
1981Golden Gauntlets
1981, 1982, 1984Daily Mirror/Weslake 16-Lapper
Team honours
1976World Team Cup Winner
1972British League Division Two Winner
1972British League Division Two KO Cup Winner
1973, 1974, 1975Spring Gold Cup Winner





Crump who gained the nicknames Crumpy and the Mildura Marvel, started racing speedway in his late teens at his local Mildura track Olympic Park Speedway. He won his first Australian Solo Championship in 1975 at the Sydney Showground Speedway and would go on to win another three national championships in 1979 and 1984 at Olympic Park and in 1988, at the Riverview Speedway in Murray Bridge. He would also finish second on five occasions (1976, 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1985) while he would finish third in the championship in 1983.[5]

The 1983 championship at Adelaide's Speedway Park and had easily won his first three races, including setting a new 3 lap track record along the way. In his fourth race he came against three-time defending champion Billy Sanders who was also undefeated but had looked less convincing after only narrowly defeating Gary Guglielmi in his first race (Guglielmi had led for the first 2¾ laps before Sanders passed him in the final turn). The most anticipated race of the night ended early as the pair clashed in turn 2 of the first lap with Sanders going down. In a very unpopular decision with the almost 8,000 strong crowd, meeting referee Sam Bass excluded Crump and Sanders went on to win the re-run race (beating Crump's new track record by 5/100 of a second) and subsequently the championship after also winning his final ride. As a result of finishing 3rd in the championship, Crump missed a place in the Overseas Final.

Crump finished 2nd to reigning World Champion Ole Olsen of Denmark in the 1976 Australian title after the Dane was a controversial inclusion in the Final at the Liverpool International Speedway in Sydney, despite protests from other riders about his non-Australian eligibility. However, knowing Olsen's drawing power, Liverpool management Mike Raymond and Frank Oliveri successfully pushed for his inclusion in the meeting.

Crump had a stranglehold on the Victorian State Championship winning 13 titles between 1972 and 1988, winning every year except 1976, 1978, 1983 and 1987. He also took out the NSW State Championship in 1976 at the Sydney Showwground.



The Crump family had a home in Bristol while Phil was racing in the British League, which he started doing in 1971 with the Crewe Kings. He also rode for the Newport Wasps, Wolverhampton Wolves, Oxford Cheetahs, Hackney Hawks, King's Lynn Stars, Ipswich Witches, Bristol Bulldogs and Swindon Robins during his British career.[4]

In 1972, Crump won the British League Division Two Riders Championship, held at Wimbledon Stadium on 14 October and was the highest points average scorer for the 1972 British League Division Two season.[6] In addition, he was instrumental in helping Crewe win the league and cup double.

In 1974, Crump won the "Westernapolis" meeting at Exeter[7] and later won the meeting for a second time in 1978 and again in 1984. He also won the inaugural Yorkshire Television Trophy meeting at The Boulevard in Hull in 1974.[8]

Crump left Bristol Bulldogs, when signed by Swindon Robin's promoter Wally Mawdsley, for the 1979 season and after a transfer battle between Reading Racers and Swindon.[9]

After retiring from British League riding in 1986, Crump, who had continued riding in Australia including winning the national championship in 1988, made a comeback for a single season with Swindon in 1990 joining his young protégé from Mildura Leigh Adams.

International career


Early in Crump's international career, New Zealand's four time World Champion Barry Briggs predicted that he would be a future World Champion.

Phil Crump rode in three World Finals during his career. His first appearance in a World Final was at the famous Wembley Stadium in 1975 where he scored 10 points to finish in 6th place. He achieved his best placing at the Silesian Stadium in Katowice, Poland in 1976 when he finished in third place on 12 points behind English pair Peter Collins and Malcolm Simmons. Crump's final World Final appearance was in 1982 when he finished in a disappointing 14th place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He scored 4 points in his five rides on the night, all third-place finishes in his first four races. Crump rode in the controversial Heat 14 which saw the clash between defending champion Bruce Penhall of the United States, and Englishman Kenny Carter.

Crump won his only World Championship when he was a member of the Australian team that won the 1976 Speedway World Team Cup at the White City Stadium in London alongside team captain John Boulger, Billy Sanders, Phil Herne, and reserve Garry Middleton. Australia scored 31 points in the final, with Crump the top scorer with 11. His only loss was to Sweden's 1974 World Champion Anders Michanek in Heat 9.[10][11]

Teaming with South Australian champion Boulger, Phil Crump would finish in second place in the 1974 Speedway World Pairs Championship held at the Hyde Road Speedway in Manchester, England. In 1975 they teamed again to finish in fifth place in Wrocław, Poland. Crump would team with Billy Sanders to finish in fourth place in 1976 in Eskilstuna, Sweden, and seventh in 1977 in Manchester. He teamed with Queenslands John Titman to again finish fourth in Vojens, Denmark in 1979, and another Qld rider in Steve Regeling to finish sixth in 1985 in Rybnik, Poland, and ninth in 1986 in the West German city of Pocking. The 1986 World Pairs Championship was Phil Crump's last appearance in a World Final as a rider.

World Final Appearances


Individual World Championship


World Pairs Championship


World Team Cup


Personal life


Phil Crump and his wife Carole are the parents of three time (2004, 2006 and 2009) world speedway champion Jason Crump. Crump senior was riding for the Newport Wasps speedway team when Jason was born in Bristol. Phil and Jason Crump also have the distinction of being the only father/son combination to win the Australian Individual title.

Until Jason's final Speedway Grand Prix season in 2012, Phil Crump was the senior member of his son's support team, as was his father in law (and long time Team Manager of the Australian Speedway Team), Neil Street.

Phil Crump was inducted into the Australian Speedway Hall of Fame in 2009.


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  2. ^ Lawson,K (2018) “Riders, Teams and Stadiums”. ISBN 978-0-244-72538-9
  3. ^ "ULTIMATE RIDER INDEX, 1929-2022" (PDF). British Speedway. Retrieved 16 June 2023.
  4. ^ a b Oakes, Peter (1978). 1978 Speedway Yearbook. Studio Publications (Ipswich) Ltd. p. 78. ISBN 978-0904584509.
  5. ^ "Individual Australian Championship". Historia Sportu Zuzlowego. Retrieved 20 January 2023.
  6. ^ "Phil Crump wins title after run-off". Hull Daily Mail. 16 October 1972. Retrieved 16 June 2023 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ "Two tough fixtures for the Lions". Leicester Daily Mercury. 25 July 1974. Retrieved 14 June 2023 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ "1974 results" (PDF). Speedway Researcher. Retrieved 16 June 2023.
  9. ^ "Aussie Phil in three-way transfer row". Bristol Evening Post. 31 January 1979. Retrieved 27 May 2024 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  10. ^ Oakes, Peter (1981). 1981 Speedway Yearbook. Studio Publications (Ipswich) Ltd. pp. 25–26. ISBN 0-86215-017-5.
  11. ^ Bott, Richard (1980). The Peter Collins Speedway Book No.4. Stanley Paul & Co Ltd. p. 98. ISBN 0-09-141751-1.