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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 jamesjhenry1950@aol.com

March 4


No new files this week but still plenty of decent updates including Joe Wake’s Newcastle files and Steve and Gary’s 1981 season files which have now reached September of that year. Rob Phinn is also looking for some Crewe programmes, the details of which can be found in the Collector’s Corner section.


Updates

1929 - Halifax, Leeds, Newcastle, Preston, Wimbledon, Season Results

1930 - Barnsley, Warrington, West Ham, Wimbledon, Wolverhampton

1931 - Bele Vue South

1932 - Sheffield

1934 - Liverpool, New Brighton

1937 - Norwich

1938 - Newcastle, Sheffield, West Ham II, Wimbledon

1939 - Newcastle

1948 - Middlesbrough, Norwich

1968 - Season Results

1969 - Season Results

1981 - Season Results, Ellesmere Port

March 13


There is a new file this week from Dave Allen who has produced the results for the 1984 National Junior Knock Out Cup and there are plenty of good updates. We have updated the missing meetings file behind the Information Required button and if you can help, please get in touch.

Thanks to Dave for his file and updates and also to Les Drury, Graham Gleave, Alan Jones and the usual great efforts from Keith Corns.


New files

1984 - National Junior Knock-Out Cup


Updates

1928 - Audenshaw, Belle Vue, Season Results

1929 - Burnley, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Liverpool, New Brighton, Season Results

1930 - High Beech, Thorne

1931 - Glasgow

1932 - Leicester Super

1934 - New Brighton

1935 - Liverpool

1936 - Bristol, Cardiff, Plymouth, West Ham II

1938 - Belle Vue, Leeds, West Ham II

1945 - Bell End

1946 - Eastbourne

1948 - Bristol, Fleetwood

1980 - Fixture List

1981 - Fixture List

1986 - Fixture List

1990 - Glasgow


March 22

Some absolutely brilliant work by Keith Corns and Alan Jones has unearthed some previously unknown meetings at the Leicester Super track in Melton Road in the city and there are new files for these seasons. Also this week are the usual host of updates as the missing bits of files continue to be filled in.


New files

1935 - Leicester Super

1936 - Leicester Super


Updates

1928 - season results, Birmingham (Perry Barr), Bolton, Harringay, Lea Bridge, Leeds Post Hill, Stamford Bridge, West Ham, Wolverhampton

1929 - season results, Crystal Palace, Harringay, Stamford Bridge, Wombwell Ings Road

1930 - Belle Vue

1931 - Caxton, Crystal Palace, Exeter, High Beech, Leeds

1934 - Liverpool

1935 - New Brighton

1938 - Belle Vue, Dagenham

1939 - Dagenham

1940 - Crystal Palace, Harringay, Southampton

1945 - Bell End

1950 - Swindon

April 2


Hopefully we will all finally have some live speedway to watch next month, but I am loathe to build my hopes up too much. In the meantime, we have decided that the Felton track should have its own page and there is a file on there as well. Also, Mark Aspinell has given us the latest in his Southampton files and some unmarked programmes have provided useful additions to the 1928, 1929 and 1930 seasons. Thanks to Andy Reid for his help with this.


New files

1955 - Southampton

1980 - Felton


Updates

1928 - Halifax, Rochdale, Stamford Bridge, Season Results

1929 - Sheffield, Stamford Bridge, Stoke, Wolverhampton, Season Resuts

1930 - Leeds, Wolverhampton

1931 - Crystal Palace, Harringay High Beech, Lea Bridge, Nottingham, Sheffield, West Ham

1940 - Harringay

1946 - Bell End

1950 - Aldershot, Long Eaton

April 11


There is a new file from Gary Weldon this week for Long Eaton and a host of updates including the completion of Steve Wilkes and Gary Done’s file for 1981. There have been some programmes from 1928 and 1929 that have also given us some new names and information and we thank our contributors for their help with this.


New Files

1993 - Long Eaton


Updates


1928 - Halifax, Leeds

1929 - Leeds, Nottingham

1930 - Leeds

1931 - Belle Vue (N), Belle Vue (S), Crystal Palace, Harringay, Nottingham, Wimbledon, Wombwell

1932 - Stamford Bridge, Wimbledon

1934 - New Cross, West Ham

1939 - Rye House

1954 - Middlesbrough

1955 - Brafield

1970 - Season results

1971 - Season results

1981 - Season results, Ellesmere Port