Taking over the family business in 1952, trade veteran Roy created a legacy for cycling in Stoke on Trent and beyond

Obituary: Roy Swinnerton

Roy Swinnerton, of Swinnerton Cycles in Fenton, Stoke on Trent peacefully passed away on Monday 4th march 2013 aged 87. Born May 3rd 1925.

Roy started his club cycling career with The St Christopher’s back in 1939, Doris shortly afterwards in 1944. They married in 1950, the same year Doris was elected club president. Doris also participated in the formation of the Lyme RC and elected president in 1956.

Roy had a great passion for cycling and family life, taking over the family business in 1952 from his father Ted. Roy and his wife Doris went on to create a legacy in cycling in Stoke on Trent and the UK. Roy as well as being an excellent grass track racer Roy also went on to become National Team Mechanic at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games & Track Team Manager Commonwealth Games in 1974 in New Zealand, as well as attending various World Championships as Team Mechanic.

Roy, when it came to cycling, being prolific almost unbeatable on the track as anyone who’s seen the beautiful trophies won by Roy on display in the shop. Among them the Michelin Perpetual Trophy, the Brooks Bowl, the BSA Trophy, and the Granta Trophy, and also National half mile grass champion ship at the Michelin sports in the 1950’s.

Roy also had a deep family life, with his wife Doris and their seven Children, who all went on to compete at both National and International level both on the road and track, cementing the Swinnerton family name in UK cycling history. Roy & Doris also throughout the 50,s, 60’s & 70’s attended and helped to organize every local cycling events all across North Staffordshire.

In 1970 Roy and Doris were asked if they would be prepared to run a cycling section for the City of Stoke Athletic Club. Stoke ACCS was formed and was to become one of the most successful clubs. Stoke AC can boast members competing in Tour De France, The Ladies Tour De France, World Championships, National Championships both Road and Track and many Divisional Championships. Competing in many countries of the world Germany, both East and West, Holland, France, Czechoslovakia Canada, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Norway and even Palestine to name but a few.

In 1990 Roy retired from the family business, but was regularly seen on club rides and out on his bike and enjoyed spending time with his 22 grandchildren, who have also started to follow in Roy’s wheel tracks, with 2 national achievements, the national sprinters league 1st place and national sprint title in their 3rd Generation.

Pic credit: The Sentinel, Stoke on Trent

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