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.

April 4

No new files this time around but some lovely updates. Graham and Les have been chipping away at the early years, some updates from Steve Wilkes and some great information from marked programmes.


1928 - Audenshaw, Barnsley, Belle Vue, Birmingham, Blackpool Highfield Road, Brighton, Bristol, Crystal Palace, Greenford, Halifax, High Beech, Lea Bridge, Leeds Post Hill, Liverpool, Manchester White City, Middlesbrough, Northampton Hannington, Stamford Bridge, West Ham, White City, Season Results, Fixtures

1929 - Liverpool, Preston, Season Results

1930 - Lea Bridge, Liverpool, Preston, Warrington, Season Results

1932 - Crystal Palace, Preston, Stamford Bridge, Wembley

1938 - Wimbledon

1946 - Bradford, Newcastle

1959 - Leicester

1966 - Newcastle

1971 - Glasgow, Season Results

1973 - Coatbridge

1976 - Newcastle

1980 - Season Results

1981 - Season Results

April 18

Great news to see Oxford back in the sport and league racing return to Iwade, despite the loss of Central Park, Kent. All this is overshadowed this week by the tragic passing of Nigel Pearson. I was really shocked to hear the news and I am sure I speak for all the users of this site when I offer my sincere condolences to Nigel’s family and friends.

New this week is the season results file for 1932 and there are some great updates, particularly for Preston - thanks to Graham Gleave.

New File

1932 - Season Results


1928 - Lea Bridge, Season Results

1929 - Belle Vue, Lea Bridge, Liverpool, Manchester White City, Preston, Rochdale, Salford, Warrington, Season Results

1930 - Newcastle Gosforth, Preston, Season Results

1932 - Preston

1937 - Dagenham, High Beech

1946 - Middlesbrough

1949 - Rye House

1959 - Yarmouth

1967 - Newcastle

1970 - Newcastle

May 6

The fixture list for 1932 is now on the site and there are the usual batch of updates. Many thanks to Ian Moore for helping out with the Ipswich and West Ham information.

One of the many reasons I love doing the site, it that the most unlikely information crops up from time to time. In the 1928 High Beech file we had a rider called P. Stansfield, who was also programmed as S. Stansfield, but we knew nothing about him. Out of the blue came a contact from the granddaughter of Percy Stanfield, providing us with the correct details of the her grandfather and enabling us to fill in another tiny piece in the history of the sport.

New Files

1932 - Fixture List


1928 - Blackpool St.Annes Road, High BeechSeason Results

1929 - Newcastle

1930 - Walthamstow, Season Results

1932 - Caerphilly, Crewe, High Beech, Leeds, Rochester, Stainforth, Season Results

1936 - Dagenham, Rye House

1937 - Norwich, Wimbledon

1938 - New Cross

1939 - Belle Vue, Wimbledon

1940 - West Ham

1946 - New Cross

1947 - Belfast

1949 - Exeter, Rye House, Walthamstow

1950 - Walthamstow

1951 - Walthamstow

1957 - Ipswich

1963 - Newcastle

1965 - Newcastle

1966 - Newcastle

1967 - Newcastle

1968 - Newcastle

1969 - Newcastle

1970 - Newcastle

May 19

No new files this week, but the usual pile of updates with thanks to Graham Gleave, Joe Wake, Mark Aspinell, Steve Wilkes and Gary Done - your contributions are much appreciated.

Sad news reached us recently of the passing of Glynn Shailes who was a great friend of the site and was a great source of information for tracks like Oxford and Swindon. He was a lovely chap and I really enjoyed my phone calls with him although I never got the chance to meet him in person. The speedway world will be poorer without him.


1928 - Manchester White City, Rochdale, Season Results

1929 - Belle Vue, Manchester White City, Newcastle, Rochdale, Stoke, Season Results, Fixture List

1930 - Belle Vue, Halifax, Hull, Newcastle, Wolverhampton, Wombwell, Season Results, Fixture List

1935 - Belle Vue

1936 - Bristol, Liverpool

1937 - Bristol, Liverpool, Nottingham

1938 - Bristol, West Ham

1939 - Newcastle

1940 - West Ham

1948 - Southampton

1950 - Glasgow

1963 - Newcastle

1978 - Newcastle

1982 - Ellesmere Port, Season Results