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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.

October 1


I’m getting to the end of the 1931 season file so this should be available in the next couple of weeks or so. As I was working on it yesterday I did a quick calculation and found that there were over 4300 meetings between 1928 and the end of 1931 and, thanks to the fantastic community of researchers we have, over 98% of those meetings have full or partial results. It is a great achievement on the part of everyone who contributes and Jim, Keith and I would like to pass on our thanks again to all who make this possible.

Thanks this week to Mark Aspinell for his latest 2021 addition, Stuart Staite-Aris for his Coventry updates and to Ian Claxton for his excellent information for Luton


New Files

2021 - Plymouth


Updates

1928 - Season Results

1931 - Belle Vue (S), Southampton

1932 - Belle Vue, High Beech, Wimbledon

1933 - Belle Vue

1934 - Belle Vue, Walthamstow

1935 - Luton

1938 - Belle Vue

1940 - Belle Vue

1941 - Belle Vue

1942 - Belle Vue

1950 - Southampton

1951 - Dublin (Shelbourne Park), Southampton, Walthamstow

1954 - Southampton

1961 - Belle Vue, Coventry

1962 - Coventry

1963 - Coventry

1964 - Coventry

1965 - Coventry

1975 - Rye House


October 16


Four new 2021 files from Mark Aspinell and a few updates, mainly from 1939 to update the site with today. Thanks to George Carswell for the 1939 information.


New Files

2021 - Birmingham, Kent, King’s Lynn, Sheffield


Updates

1929 - Belle Vue, Season Results

1932 - Belle Vue, Rochester

1936 - Wimbledon

1938 - Harringay

1939 - Belle Vue II, Bristol, Hackney, Newcastle, Sheffield, Southampton, Stoke, Wembley, West Ham

1948 - Fleetwood

1949 - Glasgow, Southampton


Please be aware that Jim’s new book, about Motherwell Speedway is now available, a link to which can be found here.



October 29


We are nearing the end of another speedway season, one which turned out much better than I thought it would, and hopefully we can while away the longer evenings by continuing to fill the gaps in the information on the site. We have three new 2021 files from Mark Aspinell this week as well as the latest Cradley Heath submissions from Nigel Nicklin. Les Drury and Graham Gleave have been busy finding gems of information and some of the 1929 files are now being revamped and tidied up.

New Files

1977 - Cradley Heath

2021 - Leicester, Peterborough, Scunthorpe


Updates

1928 - Belle Vue, Season Results

1929 - Audenshaw, Barnsley, Belle Vue, Birmingham, Glasgow, Nottingham, West Ham, Season Results, Fixture List

1930 - Belle Vue, Glasgow, Lea Bridge, Season Results

1931 - Belle Vue, Birmingam Hall Green, Glasgow

1934 - Walthamstow

1935 - Belle Vue

1937 - Belle Vue, Belle Vue II

1939 - Glasgow, Stoke

1940 - Belle Vue, Glasgow

1942 - Belle Vue

1948 - Birmingham, Exeter

1949 - Eastbourne, Fleetwood, Walthamstow

1950 - Bothwell

1952 - Plymouth

1954 - Dublin Chapelizod

1956 - Eastbourne

1978 - Cradley Heath

November 12


This week we have new files from Dave Allen who adds Glasgow 1993 to the completed folder and also gives us the fixture list for 2021. Steve Wilkes has made a start of the latest of his season results file, 1982, and the 1931 season results file has now been added. There are also a number of updates for the site.


New Files

1931 - Season Results

1982 - Season Results

1993 - Glasgow

2021 - Fixture List


Updates

1928 - Bolton, Liverpool, Manchester White City, Season Results

1929 - Birmingham Hall Green, Crystal Palace, Halifax, Harringay, Leeds, Manchester White City, Salford

1933 - Crystal Palace, Plymouth, Wimbledon

1938 - Birmingham Hall Green

1939 - Belle Vue II, Bristol, Wimbledon

1949 - Harringay, Newcastle, Walthamstow, Wembley

1951 - Sheffield

1960 - Wigan

1984 - Glasgow

November 29

No new files this time, but probably a record number of updates, with special thanks to Graham Gleave and Les Drury who continue to delve into the darkest corners of the pre-war newspaper archives.


Updates

1928 - Rochdale, Season Results

1929 - Birmingham Hall Green, Bristol, Cardiff, Crystal Palace, Lea Bridge, Liverpool, Manchester White City, Middlesbrough, Nottingham, Preston, Rochdale, Salford, Sheffield, White City (London), Wolverhampton, Season Results, Fixture List

1930 - Rochdale, Season Results

1931 - Audenshaw, Barrow, Belle Vue (S), Caerphilly, Crewe, Exeter, Greenford, Harringay, High Beech, Hull, York

1932 - Belle Vue, Crystal Palace, Lea Bridge, Preston, Sheffield

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

1937 - New Cross

1938 - Hackney, New Cross, West Ham

1950 - Exeter, Tamworth

1953 - Rye House

1955 - California, Eastbourne

1956 - Ipswich

1959 - Eastbourne, Rye House

1970 - Newcastle

1978 - Cradley Heath

Indoor Speedway - Leicester Speedtrack 1973