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R.I.P Nigel 'NODDY' Fordham

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I have learned this evening that Nigel 'NODDY' Fordham has sadly passed away.

It appears that Noddy suffered a heart attack, then once in hospital had a massive

stroke and sadly passed away.

Most speedway fans will fondly remember Noddy, for his unique way of getting

around the country and Europe for speedway meetings, covering thousands of

miles by thumbing a lift and hitch hiking everywhere. I am still in a state of shock

as Noddy was a good mate and stayed in touch, even after I had to leave my job

at Foxhall many years ago. Noddy was a true speedway fan, in every sense, supporting

riders from many clubs and countries, no matter what.

I am going to miss you mate and may you rest in peace and look down on your coveted

Witches from that great speedway track in the sky.

R.I.P Noddy

Jerry, Dee & JJ

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I knew Noddy really well and will miss seeing him particularly around  Foxhall. I also always appreciated how nice he was to my family.

Can't believe it was only a few weeks ago that I sat in the Diner with him at Ipswich chatting away ahead of cup final against Peterborough.

Such sad news - R.I.P Noddy

 

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A larger than life character.

Genuinely nice chap. Bit loud and brash, but a heart of gold.

RIP Noddy.

 

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I never met him personally but knew well of his enthusiasm for the sport.

May he RIP

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Saw him many times, a great character, RIP Noddy.

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A true devotee. He will be missed as a familiar face at a lot of tracks.

 

He did over 5000 meetings!

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Awful News !

Our paths always used to cross in either Prague or Pardubice, more often than not both, around the time of the Czech Golden Helmet each year

RIP Noddy

 

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A true character and I'm sorry to hear this news. Back in 1983 my producer and I were pulling up in the car park for the Norden World Final. "Well, this is one place we won't see Noddy". Wrong - he was helping out as a car park attendant...

Another time I arrived at Leicester in a hurry to cover an England v USA test match. I'd had to get a train and taxi to Blackbird Road and urgently needed to find the press gate. Noddy was on hand and used his specialised knowledge of such entrances to point me in the right direction.

Somebody once suggested he was a self-employed cobbler which would have helped him to have time off for his travels. He seemed to know everyone.

 

 

 

 

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RIP, at least there was no drawn out illness.  Met him loads of times at meetings and he used to come to my meetings sometimes as well - even in places such as Linlithgow.  Last saw him in his job at Kesgrave Kitchen where he served us a mean fry up.

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A great character who you'd bump into all over the place at various speedway tracks especially his beloved Ipswich and nearby Mildenhall!

 

One of his greatest achievements was hitchiking to the Ukraine in 1990 for the World U21 Final fittingly won by Ipswich's own Chris Louis!

 

Yes at one time he was a cobbler amongst other things. I believe he often worked at shops where he knew that someone, either a rider, promoter or a fan lived nearby so he could hitch a lift to the speedway!

He can't have been any older than late 60's?

 

Speedway's much the worse without this one- off character!

 

 

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1 hour ago, 25yearfan said:

A great character who you'd bump into all over the place at various speedway tracks especially his beloved Ipswich and nearby Mildenhall!

 

One of his greatest achievements was hitchiking to the Ukraine in 1990 for the World U21 Final fittingly won by Ipswich's own Chris Louis!

 

Yes at one time he was a cobbler amongst other things. I believe he often worked at shops where he knew that someone, either a rider, promoter or a fan lived nearby so he could hitch a lift to the speedway!

He can't have been any older than late 60's?

 

Speedway's much the worse without this one- off character!

 

 

I’d be surprised if he was any older than 60 - RIP Noddy a true speedway fan 

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