News and Updates

December 21,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all out contributors and site users. The Speedway Researcher web site has made massive progress this year, especially in the pre-war era thanks to some brilliant research and programme contributions. Please keep up the good work.

This week we have new files for Caerphilly (1932) by Keith Corns while Keith and Jim Henry have been busy with the seasons immediately before the war, hence new files for Harringay, New Cross, Wembley, West Ham and Wimbledon (1938) and Hackney and Sheffield (1939). There are two new files from our resident Coventry expert, Stuart Staite-Aris who has provided files for the 2007 and 2008 season at Brandon and Dave Allen has given us a match-by-match file for the 1978 season which can be found on the relevant year page. This is a great effort and a super file from Dave.

Pride of place in the updates section goes to the obscure Bolton and Rochdale tracks thanks to some wonderful research from Graham Gleave. The files for Bolton (1928 and 1929) and Rochdale (1928, 1929 and 1930) are far more populated now and Graham assures us that there is more to come!

Also updated are the files for Cardiff (1928, 1929), Crystal Palace (1928, 1929),  Salford (1929), Tredegar (1929, 1930), Barnsley (1930), Barrow (1930), Crewe (1930), Newcastle Gosforth (1930), California (1937, 1938, 1949, 1952, 1955, 1956), Belle Vue (1939), Belle Vue II (1939), Bristol (1939), Rye House (1948), Rayleigh (1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1957), Yarmouth (1949), Dublin Shelbourne Park (1950), Stoke (1939, 1953), Eastbourne (1956), Neath (1962), Wolverhampton (1962), Leicester (1962).

Pre-war history - an appeal

The Speedway Researcher web site carries the heat details for many many speedway meetings with the core period being the National League era 1946 - 1964.  This era has a great number of gaps to fill and these are catalogued on the web site.  Work has been ongoing for the period 1965 to date for some time thanks to Steve Wilkes and Gary Done. 

Bob Ozanne, Brian Collins, Roger Beaman and Mike Terran have done a fair bit on the pre-war era over the years. Activity on the pre-war era front has recently been stepped up thanks to Keith Corns who is taking the lead role assisted by Matt Jackson and Jim Henry, with Graham Gleave weighing in with some superb research into contemporary newspapers which has allowed vast upgrades to the Salford, Rochdale and Bolton files.

There are a number of collectors who are providing a great deal of help and their assistance is greatly appreciated. 

However, if you are a collector who has any marked pre-war programmes for meetings not shown on the web site we would love to hear from you.  Whilst we can acknowledge sources on the site, should you desire it, your contribution will be treated in strictest confidence.

If you can help, please contact Jim Henry  on 0131 664 7185 or email jamesjhenry@yahoo.co.uk

January 12.

Happy New Year everyone. There have been some busy people over the festive period and we have a number of new and updated files for you. One of my resolutions this year is to try and update the site every two weeks, so keep coming back.

New Files

1930 - Pontypridd

1931 - Caerphilly, Nottingham, Audenshaw, Barnet, Crystal Palace, Greenford, Harringay, High Beech, Lea Bridge, Leeds, Leicester, Leicester Super, Newcastle Gosforth, Preston, Southampton, Stamford Bridge, Wembley, West Ham, Wimbledon

1936 - Barnet

1937 - Stockport

1938 - Bristol, Workington, Dagenham, West Ham II, Nottingham, Sheffield, Hackney, Bell End, Leeds, Lea Bridge, Belle Vue II, Crystal Palace, Rye House

1939 - Dagenham

1971 - Cradley Heath


Aldershot (1954), Bolton (1928 and 1929), California (1955), Cardiff (1929, 1930 and 1937), Ipswich (1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, and 1961), Leeds (1929), Leicester (1949), Middlesbrough (1947), New Cross (1938), Norwich (1961), Pontypridd (1929), Rochdale (1929 and 1930), Staines (1938), West Ham (1938), Wimbledon (1938, 1946, 1949 and 1958).


To Graham Gleave for his tireless research of the north-west tracks which has given us more updates for Rochdale and Bolton and the details for the new file for Stockport at their little known Hazel Grove track.

To Keith Corns for his continued submissions including the brilliant Cardiff updates.

To Duncan Luke for the marked Leeds and Barnet programmes.

To Mick Huggett for the Wimbledon information.

To Nigel Nicklin for the Cradley Heath file.

January 31

I’m going to start and end today’s update with a thank you. Firstly, last April, one of our favourite contributors, John Jarvis, passed away. John is sadly missed by all of us and was a great friend to the site. Earlier this month we received a generous donation from Deborah Cherry, in memory of John, which will ensure the site continues for longer. It is a lovely thought and much appreciated by us all. Thank you Deborah.

New Files

1927 - Droylsden

1932 - Rayleigh

1937 - Crystal Palace, Dagenham, Hackney, Harringay, New Cross, Wembley, West Ham, Wimbledon

1939 - Rye House

2009 - Coventry

2010 - Coventry

2011 - Coventry

2018 - Cradley Heath


Aldershot (1929)

Audenshaw (1929, 1930 and 1931)

Bristol (1938)

Cardiff (1929 and 1930)

Crystal Palace (1928 and 1929)

Droylsden (1929)

Greenford (1931)

Huddersfield (1928 and 1929)

Rye House (1957)

Smallford (1937)

Wimbledon (1952)

Thank yous

To Andy Reid for his work on the post-1964 era

To Graham Gleave for the updates on Audenshaw, Droylsden and Huddersfield

To Keith Corns for his regular updates and especially the new Rayleigh 1932 file

To Les Hawkins for the great update for the 1929 Aldershot file

To Stuart Staite-Aris for his remarkable achievement of completing the Coventry files

To Nigel Nicklin for the Cradley Heath 2018 file

To Terry Stone for his help with the West Ham file for 1937

February 20

More fantastic updates today. The pre-war stuff is coming together beautifully and if anyone can help with marked programmes, we would be most grateful to hear from you.

New files

1929 - New Brighton - a previously unknown season

1931 - Aldershot - again, a previously unknown season

1932 - Lea Bridge (Clapton), Crystal Palace, High Beech, Leeds, Motherwell, Plymouth, Preston, Rochester, Sheffield, Southampton, Stamford Bridge, Wembley, West Ham, Wimbledon, Workington

1936 - Bristol

1937 - Middlesbrough, Rye House, High Beech, Bristol, Liverpool, Nottingham

1939 - Staines

Updated files

1928 - Crystal Palace, Halifax

1929 - Preston, Liverpool, Stoke (Hanley), Halifax

1930 - Nottingham, Stamford Bridge, Halifax

1931 - Greenford

1932 - Tamworth (Fazeley)

1937 - West Ham

1938 - Wembley, West Ham

1939 - British Speedway Cup, National League Division 2, Provincial Trophy, World Championship, English Speedway Trophy, National Trophy, Union Cup

1955 - Rye House

1956 - Rye House, California

1958 - Yarmouth

1961 - Dublin Shelbourne Park

Thank yous

To Andy Reid for his Crystal Palace programme

To Duncan Luke for his pre-war programmes

To Les Hawkins for the new Aldershot information

To Graham Gleave for his intrepid adventures around the libraries of the north of England which are gleaning some fantastic results - literally!!

To Keith Corns for his continued contributions and the new information about the advertised fixtures at New Brighton in 1929.

And last, but certainly not least, to Bob Ozanne and Allen Trump who have been working away on the pre-war file and have sent the updated files for 1939 which can be found in the year by year section. Look out for earlier years from Bob and Allen in the future.

March 12

A few new files and updates this week:

New files

1936 - Wimbledon, Wembley, West Ham, Hackney, Harringay

2018 - Rye House


1928 - Huddersfield

1929 - Halifax, Huddersfield, Preston

1930 - Crystal Palace, Preston

1931 - Greenford, Preston

1932 - Preston

1936 - Bristol

1937 - Bristol, Harringay

1939 - Stoke

1947 - Rye House, Stoke

1948 - Dublin Santry, Hull, Poole, Stoke

1950 - Belfast, Sheffield

Thank Yous

To Bob Ozanne for the marked programme information of the Halifax v Leeds meeting. To Mick Huggett for the Wimbledon information. To Graham Gleave for the Huddersfield and Preston information. To Duncan Luke for the programmes. To Mark Aspinell for the Rye House file.

April 2

New Files

1936 - Crystal Palace, New Cross, Dagenham, Middlesbrough, Cardiff, Liverpool, Nottingham, Plymouth

1939 - New Cross


1928 - Bolton

1929 - Bolton, Halifax, Liverpool

1930 - Halifax

1936 - Bristol, West Ham

1937 - New Cross, Wimbledon

1938 - Rye House, Smallford, World Championship, Northern Cup, National League Division Two, English Speedway Trophy, Provincial Trophy, National Trophy, London Cup, ACU Cup

1939 - Bristol, Dagenham

1950 - Belfast Dunmore, Glasgow

Thank Yous

Jim and Keith have continued with the pre-war results and Graham Gleave has been busy again - check the 1929 Liverpool file for some great updates. Thanks also to Mick Huggett for the continued help with the Wimbledon programmes. You will also notice that we have some updates on the 1938 year-by-year file thanks to some new information from Bob Ozanne and Allen Trump. Allen and Bob have collaborated for years with the pre war years and I would like to thank them for sharing their work with us.