Home

 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.

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.


December 26


Merry Christmas to everyone from Jim, Keith and myself. We hope you are having a good festive period and there is a Researcher update to enjoy.

The 1940 fixtures and season results are now on the site along with a few more new files and some great updates thanks to Graham Gleave, Andy Reid and Mick Huggett.


New Files

1940 - Season results, fixture list

1974 - Weymouth

1977 - Newport, White City


Updates

1928 - Middlesbrough, Stamford Bridge, West Ham, White City, Season Results

1929 - Lea Bridge, Newcastle Gosforth, Whitley Bay, Season Results

1931 - High Beech, Leeds, Season Results

1932 - Lea Bridge, Season Results

1939 - Rye House, Season Results

1947 - Stoke

1949 - Bristol, St. Austell

1952 - Fleetwood

1954 - Harringay

1957 - Rye House

1964 - Sunderland

January 5


Happy New Year to all our contributors and site users. Loads of new files this time and many thanks to Mark Aspinell who has completed the files for all the 2023 league teams and also to Jason Daniels for his 1984 Wolverhampton file.

I have completed the results and fixture list for the 1941 season and we have decided to remove the button for West Ham for that year. I have read all the on-line newspapers for that year that feature reports on, or mentions of, speedway and there is no evidence of any meetings being held at Custom House that year. I am going to look at 1942 next and will remove the 1942 West Ham button if I can’t find anything relating to meetings held there. If anyone can offer anything to the contrary, I will gladly reinstate and update.


New Files

1941 - Season results, Fixture list

1984 - Wolverhampton

2023 - Belle Vue, Belle Vue II, Berwick, Berwick II, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Academy (in the Armadale file), Glasgow, Ipswich, Kent (in the Iwade file), King’s Lynn, Leicester, Leicester II, Mildenhall, Oxford, Oxford II, Peterborough, Plymouth, Poole, Redcar, Scunthorpe, Sheffield, Wolverhampton, Workington


Updates

1928 - Manchester White City, Season results

1929 - Lea Bridge, Preston, Season results

1961 - Middlesbrough, Poole

Bristol A to Z

January 26

There a load of updates this week thanks in main to the tireless Graham Glaeave, to whom we are very grateful. There is also a new file for Newcastle from Joe Wake and the 1942 season results and fixtures are now available in the Year by Year section.

Thanks also to Alex Hodgkinson for the information regarding the Leeds programme.


New Files

1942 - Season Results, Fixtures

1998 - Newcastle


Updates

1928 - Audenshaw, Crystal Palace, Greenford, Harringay, High Beech, Lea Bridge, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester White City, White City, Season Results

1929 - Barnet, Crystal Palace, Droylsden, Greenford, Halifax, High Beech, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Preston, Stamford Bridge, Warrington, Wembley, Whitley Bay, Season Results

1930 - Crystal Palace, Harringay, Lea Bridge, Leeds, Leicester, Portsmouth, West Ham, Season Results

1931 - Belle Vue, Belle Vue (S), Crystal Palace, High Beech, Stamford Bridge, Wembley, West Ham, Wimbledon, Season Results

1932 - Leeds, Season Results

1934 - Coventry, Nottingham, Seaforth, Season Results

1935 - Liverpool

1939 - Bristol

1947 - Stoke, Wombwell

1951 - Bradford

1954 - Aldershot, Ringwood

1956 - Bradford

1962 - Middlesbrough

1975 - Newcastle

1981 - Newcastle

February 18


The 1943 season file and fixture list are now on the site with a few other new files, including a great Wimbledon 1982 file from Robert Browne. Some more good updates as well with thanks to Graham Gleave, Andy Reid, Alex Hodgkinson, Alan Jones, Mick Huggett and Mark Aspinell.


New Files

1943 - Season Results, Fixture List

1976 - Birmingham

1977 - Birmingham

1979 - Birmingham

1981 - Birmingham

1982 - Wimbledon

1983 - Berwick

1984 - Belle Vue


Updates

1928 - Leicester, Season Results

1929 - Crystal Palace, Leicester, Leicester Super, Nottingham, Preston, Sheffield, Season Results

1930 - Nottingham, Season Results

1931 - Crystal Palace, Greenford, High Beech, Lea Bridge, Stamford Bridge, Wembley, West Ham, Season Results

1932 - Leeds, Season Results

1934 - Belle Vue

1935 - Harringay, Season Results

1937 - Rye House, Season Results, Fixture List

1938 - Rye House

1939 - Oxford

1948 - Glasgow

1949 - Walthamstow

1952 - Stoke

1957 - Rye House

1960 - Exeter, Plymouth