News and Updates

Future Policy

The Speedway Researcher magazine which can be viewed on the Speedway Researcher web site was set up by Graham Fraser and Jim Henry to promote research into the history of Speedway and Dirt Track Racing. It was intended to help those with an interest in any aspect of the sport and its history to make others aware of what their interests and to encourage others who had similar interests to work together. It provided a vehicle whereby researchers could advise others of what they were doing and make others aware of what they were looking for.

The magazine published articles on a wide range of topics related to speedway and dirt track racing.

The web site came along a good while after the magazine, the idea of the late Ron McNeil who gave us the idea of using this medium to provide a platform for sharing information about speedway meetings held in the UK from 1928 to date. At first the site was funded by income generated by the magazine but since the magazine closed down the funds have become nearly exhausted and it is now largely privately funded. The costs are dictated by the amount space taken to host the information and are currently not unreasonable. The next step up, is, however, a significant leap.  

Taking this into account the space available has to be prioritised. The first priority is to ensure the base source of information, meeting details, are fully provided for.

For the foregoing reasons we are going to decline to carry any additional items which are compilations of information drawn from our meeting details.  However, in a bid to facilitate networking we intend to continue for the time-being the Collectors Corner and add a “who is doing what” section which would provide details of topics which have / are being researched and by whom to facilitate the original intent of the Speedway Researcher i.e. networking.

August 4

Steve Wilkes


My best friend of nearly 50 years, has passed away. and I feel his loss whenever I see a speedway reference. It was due to Steve that I myself started watching The Gunners in the late 70's. His passion for our sport never wavered, and from his first meeting in 1972 till his last earlier this year he loved every second.

To his many friends in the speedway world, we lost a true gentleman, who had time for everybody, and never gave up until he found that error.

Everybody on this site will miss him, and Our love goes out to Lesley, his wife, and his brother Paul.

I myself will never quite be able to forget him whenever I can get myself together, and return to watching.

Au Revior old friend, and continue watching from wherever you are.

Gary Done

Jim, Keith and I would also like to pass on our condolences to Steve’s family and friends and would like to recognise the huge amount of effort and commitment he put into making this site what it is today. Thank you Steve, we will all miss you.

Gary has decided to continue the work on the post 1965 season files in Steve’s honour and has asked if anyone would be willing to contribute by checking future files and looking for any mistakes. If you feel you can help, please contact the site through the home page and we will put you in touch with Gary.

October 8

A new file from Joe Wake this time around for Newcastle (2000) and also new files for Scunthorpe (1976) and Belle Vue (1979).

There are some great pre war updates as well, largely thanks to Jim inputting a heap of pre-war programme copies.

New Files

1976 - Scunthorpe

1979 - Belle Vue

2000 - Newcastle


1928 - Lea Bridge, Season Results

1929 - Nottingham, Wimbledon, Season Results

1930 - Lea Bridge, Southampton, Season Results

1932 - Stamford Bridge, Season Results

1934 - New Cross, Plymouth, Season Results

1936 - Dagenham, Hackney, New Cross, Season Results, Fixture List

1937 - Harringay, New Cross, Wimbledon, Season Results

1938 - Wembley

1978 - Newcastle

1980 - Newcastle

1982 - Newcastle

1984 - Newcastle

October 28

Just some updated files this week. As the season comes to an end and the clocks go back, if anyone fancies tackling a file, please get in touch with Jim or myself via the email links on the home page. Whether its a whole season, or a look back through some programmes to find some missing pieces of information, any contributions would be gratefully received.

We have decided to remove the links for Ringwood for 1937-39. Recent newspaper articles have come to light to suggest that the Ringwood Motor Cycle club held their pre-war meetings at a grass track at the nearby village of Corfe Mullen and not at Matchams Park.


1928 - Harringay, West Ham, Wimbledon, Season Results

1929 - Harringay, Nottingham, White City, Season Results

1930 - Leicester, Nottingham, Season Results

1933 - Crystal Palace, Lea Bridge, Nottingham, Plymouth, Wembley, West Ham

1934 - Harringay

1935 - Harringay, West Ham

1937 - Wimbledon

1950 - Sheffield

November 23

The 1939 season page has been revamped with a season results file replacing the previous files for the competitions held that year. A fixture list will follow next time. Thanks to Joe Wake for his Newcastle contributions and there is the usual collection of interesting updates.

New Files

1939 - Season Results, English Speedway Trophy Table, Union Cup Table

1977 - Berwick

1979 - Berwick

1981 - Belle Vue

1982 - Belle Vue

1983 - Belle Vue, Newcastle


1929 - Crystal Palace, Lea Bridge, Stamford Bridge, West Ham, Season Results

1930 - Harringay, Stamford Bridge, Season Results

1932 - Caxton, Season Results

1935 - California

1938 - Staines, Season Results

1939 - Crystal Palace

1947 - Rye House, Tamworth, Wombwell

1948 - Dublin Santry

1949 - Fleetwood, Harringay

1951 - Oxford

1952 - Cardiff, Rayleigh

1954 - West Ham, Wimbledon

1955 - Eastbourne

1965 - Newcastle

1966 - Newcastle

1968 - Newcastle

1969 - Newcastle

1970 - Newcastle

1976 - Newcastle

1977 - Newcastle

December 6

Not a huge amount to update but I have received Gary Done’s long anticipated 1984 season results file and didn’t want to sit on it for too long. Thanks Gary - another excellent piece of work and and a great addition to the site. Thanks also to Joe Wake for another new file for Newcastle and I have completed the fixture list for 1939.

New files

1939 - Fixture List

1984 - Season Results

1986 - Newcastle


1930 - Southampton, Season Results

1931 - Season Results

1933 - Sheffield, Wimbledon, Season Results

1934 - Belle Vue, Season Results

1949 - Walthamstow

1950 - Rye House

1954 - Dublin Chapelizod

1963 - Newcastle

1965 - Newcastle

1975 - Newcastle

1976 - Newcastle

1978 - Newcastle

1982 - Newcastle