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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

Steve

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.


March 29


Thanks to Robert Browne for his latest excellent Wimbledon file and Keith Corns has found evidence of a meeting at New Brighton in 1936 which has created a new file. I’m nearly there with the 1945 season file and that will be ready in time for the next update.


New Files

1936 - New Brighton

1976 - Exeter

1977 - Exeter

1979 - Exeter

1981 - Eastbourne

1982 - Eastbourne

1983 - Eastbourne, Wimbledon

1984 - Eastbourne


Updates

1935 - Belle Vue, Hackney, Harringay, West Ham, Season Results

1936 - Nottingham, Season Results, Fixture List


April 20


This is definitely one of the best updates in recent times as we have a few new files and some amazing updates. In particular, a contributor who wishes to remain anonymous has provided us, through Graham Gleave, with a huge amount of information from the 1929 season at Wembley - the first year of speedway at the Empire Stadium. The update fills some massive gaps in the information we had and we would like to pass on our thanks for this wonderful and generous contribution.

Robert Browne has provided us with another superb file for Wimbledon and there are new files for the 1945 season which can be found in the Year by Year section.

Thanks also to Alan Jones for the Leicester updates, Les Hawkins for the California updates, Joe Wake for the updated Newcastle files and Derek Carruthers for unearthing a previously unknown Ringwood meeting.

Also amongst the updates are great new bits of information for Liverpool 1928 and 1929, Nottingham 1929, Barnet 1932, High Beech 1938 and Southampton 1949. Many thanks to everyone who continues to expand the site.

Finally, our old friend Robert Bamford is looking for some details of junior meetings and asks for help in locating the results. Please have a look in the Collectors’ Corner section and get in touch with ourselves or Robert if you can fill in any missing blanks.


New Files


1945 - Season Results, Fixture List

1977 - Hackney

1979 - Hackney

1981 - Hackney

1982 - Hackney

1984 - Wimbledon


Updates


1928 - Liverpool, London White City, Season Results

1929 - Bristol, Cardiff, Crystal Palace, Halifax, Harringay, Lea Bridge, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London White City, Nottingham, Southampton, Stamford Bridge, Wembley, West Ham, Wolverhampton, Season Results, Fixture List

1930 - Crystal Palace, Harringay, Leicester, Season Results

1931 - Nottingham, Plymouth, Season Results

1932 - Barnet, High Beech, Plymouth, Season Results, Fixture List

1935 - Hackney, Harringay, New Cross, Wembley, Wimbledon, Season Results

1937 - Leicester, Season Results

1938 - California, High Beech, Smallford, Season Results

1939 - Sheffield

1942 - Rye House

1946 - Newcastle

1947 - Newcastle

1949 - St. Austell, Southampton

1952 - Rye House

1953 - Rye House

1955 - Ringwood

1957 - Aldershot, Eastbourne, Rayleigh, Rye House

1975 - Newcastle

1976 - Newcastle

1977 - Newcastle

1978 - Newcastle

1979 - Newcastle

1980 - Newcastle

1981 - Newcastle

1984 - Newcastle

1990 - Newcastle

1992 - Newcastle

May 6


New File

1976 - Halifax

1977 - Halifax

1979 - Halifax

1980 - Halifax

1983 - Hackney

1991 - Newcastle

1993 - Newcastle


Updates

1928 - Lea Bridge, White City, Season Results

1929 - Lea Bridge, Stamford Bridge, West Ham, White City, Season Results

1932 - West Ham

1934 - Harringay

1935 - West Ham

1938 - Norwich

1946 - Newcastle

1950 - Coventry Juniors

1984 - Coventry Juniors

1975 - Newcastle

1976 - Newcastle

1977 - Newcastle

1978 - Newcastle

1979 - Newcastle

1980 - Newcastle

1981 - Newcastle

1982 - Newcastle

1984 - Newcastle

1986 - Newcastle

1987 - Newcastle

1990 - Newcastle

1992 - Newcastle