“The Wodensborough Ghost” – Wednesbury one night stand story #7

As with most of the one night stand submissions we have posted so far, our latest is about far more than a brief sexual encounter. It is actually a failed attempt at a “quickie”, that quickly diverts into a ghost story.

Wednesbury has a more known reputation for its apparent “paranormal activity”, with whole web pages and groups dedicated to it. So it’s quite fitting that this story merges its one night stand legend with its supernatural one.

Just for our non-Wednesbury readers, “Wodo” refers to Wodensborough, which is a secondary school in the town that is located near an old aqueduct.


This is more of a one night stand fail if anything, but I noticed not all the stories so far have actually had sex in them.

Me and my girlfriend of the time were under the canal bridge near Wodo school in the middle of the night. It was raining a bit so we went under there for shelter, which was good for me because it was the perfect chance to make a few moves.

I was from Wood green school and she was from Wodo, she always used to tell me a ghost story about phantom on a motorcycle who rides around her school sometimes.

After a minute or two of kissing she said she could hear a motorbike engine. Thinking she was trying to spook me I carried on trying my luck, but after a bit I actually could hear the faint sound of a motorcycle engine. The sound got a little louder every few seconds, as if it was coming closer in our direction. We both looked up both sides of the road but couldn’t see anything.

Obviously we are both cacking ourselves at this point and soon the sound of the engine was so loud it made no sense that we couldn’t see it.

The engine then sounded as if the bike was stationary, but still on. After a couple of blonde moments a bulb went off in my head. We stepped from under the bridge and walked back to get a good look on top and there it was, a figure on a motorbike on top of the bridge, pretty much directly on top of where we were, staring at us.

The Legend of the Biker Ghost

© Copyright Gordon Griffiths and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

© Copyright Gordon Griffiths and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

After reading through a few forums on the Wednesbury History page and speaking to my mother (born and raised in Wednesbury from the late 50s up), it turns out that this supposed motorcyclist phantom has had numerous sightings by other people. It is apparently the “ghost” of a young biker who crashed his bike into the aqueduct near Wodensborough school. A few people on the Wednesbury history forum suggested it maybe about a young teacher who worked at the school and was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident near the school. According to the forum, there have been several sightings of this young man’s spirit around the school and bridge area.

I still find it unusual that after the couple ran away from this apparition they ended up in the same ally way that most of these submissions have been set. Of course, Wednesbury is a small town, but it is still a bizarre a coincidence.

Also, it is a 12 minute walk (via Google Maps) from the bridge in the story to the alleyway, so the couple must have been exhausted after.

Matthew E. Carter


Film-maker and writer for the Black Country Cinema collective. My films often revolve around the changing cultural identity of the UK. An avid cinephile with a love for Eastern Cinema.

  9 comments for ““The Wodensborough Ghost” – Wednesbury one night stand story #7

  1. Dez M
    25/09/2014 at 21:18

    I knew the old caretaker from Wodensborough school. He used to talk about feeling a presence and seeing eerie things happen in the library. The bike crash was a big thing at the time.

    • Matthew E. Carter
      26/09/2014 at 07:03

      I read a similar story. Do you know if there is any info on the young teacher?

  2. Mel A
    26/09/2014 at 08:52

    Wodo high is defiantly haunted. My brother and his mates used to use their field to play football in the evenings and he said they saw weird stuff happen all the time. The sound of a motorcycle being close and not being able to see it was something he mentioned all the time.

    • Matthew E. Carter
      28/09/2014 at 10:44

      That’s interesting. If I’m honest, I never heard about it before. Do you know if there is a way to find out more about it?

      • jake p
        29/02/2016 at 00:05

        i still go to this school im in year 10 and when i walk home the canal way i sometimes hear a bike and it suddenly gets cold yet the sun is still shining

  3. Will Scarllot
    29/09/2014 at 06:38

    Yes the biker ghost has regular sightings around that area. Usually in the school but keeping in mind that he died outside, it only makes sense he would haunt near the bridge. This is the most vivid sighting so far I must say.

  4. 17/11/2014 at 19:45

    I was interested to hear of this matter as my mother went to Wodensborough High in the 60’s and I know the region reasonably well…… but I’d never actually heard of this particular haunting previously? (That of the deceased motorcyclist).

    I had heard of a couple of stories associated with the School itself, however, and one or two on the road, just outside the gates. As far as I know, these have (according to local folklore) always been associated with figures directly involved with the school – i.e. a deceased caretaker and a teacher who was supposedly killed in an accident, etc, etc.

    Following an ‘appeal for ghostie stories’ in the press a few years ago, I was phoned by a Wednesbury woman who related a few personal tales to me – one of which concerned a wholly nonsensical (at that point in time) encounter on a patch of open land near to the school in question. She basically told me that – some years earlier – she and a friend had been walking across the land and what appeared to be a ‘figure riding a bicycle’ had gone past them…… What is peculiar was the fact that she said the figure appeared to be wearing a cape-like garment (no real detail to the description itself), save for the fact that it was physically in a ‘cycling position’….. but there was NO actual bicycle to be seen!?

    I stress that this account was totally nonsensical ‘at that time’ here, as I was – as mentioned above – totally unaware of the ‘motorcyclist’ motif at the point in time I learned of the matter. Needless to say, it’s not actually saying there ‘is’ any link here at all, but the matter has now struck me as somewhat peculiar, given the data on this page, etc?

    • Matthew E. Carter
      18/11/2014 at 09:12

      That’s an interesting (potential) link.

      We did not really intend on collecting local ghost stories, this entry just so happened to be paranormal themed.

      Though, after doing some research about this person’s story, I found out there was most likely a motorcycle related death with one of the school’s former teachers.

  5. Nicholas Duffy
    18/11/2014 at 20:16

    Quote Matthew: “We did not really intend on collecting local ghost stories, this entry just so happened to be paranormal themed”.

    Well – I’m very glad this is how it actually turned out, as the general topic has certainly given some food for thought!! Laugh!!

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