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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.

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


Updates

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.


Updates

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

June 5


The highlight of this update must be the files for Caxton. Not only is there some new information for the 1931 and 1932 seasons, there is evidence of a third season held at the Cambridgeshire track in 1933. No results as yet, but details of fixtures and competitors which may be of interest.

Also this week there are some lovely updates from early programmes and, as ever, thank you to all that contribute to the site.


New File

1933 - Caxton


Updates

1928 - High Beech, Season Results

1929 - Birmingham (Perry Barr), Liverpool, Wolverhampton, Season Results

1930 - Leicester, Leicester Super, Portsmouth, Season Results

1931 - Caxton, Season Results

1932 - Caxton

1933 - Norwich

1938 - Smallford

1939 - Newcastle, West Ham

1940 - Oxford

1945 - Newcastle

1946 - Middlesbrough, Peterborough

1947 - Peterborough

1950 - Aldershot

1953 - California

1954 - Middlesbrough

1963 - Newcastle, Wolverhampton

1965 - Newcastle

1968 - Newcastle

June 22


There are some more great updates this week with some programmes from the early days helping to discover more and more information. Many of the 1928 programmes had lists of riders included in them and this is proving to be very informative. I keep a database of all known riders to have ridden in the UK and I suspect that there wouldn’t have been any need for doubling up had there been league speedway in 1928 as the number of known riders operating that year is now approaching 1700.

Thanks to Nigel Nicklin, Joe Wake and Graham Gleave for their updates and also Mick Huggett for the 1939 Dagenham programme.


Updates

1928 - Belle Vue, High Beech, Manchester White City, Middlesbrough, London White City, Season Results

1929 - Belle Vue, Birmingham, Long Eaton, Manchester White City, Rotherham, Salford, Season Results

1930 - Belle Vue, Middlesbrough, Wolverhampton, Season Results

1931 - Belle Vue (South)

1934 - Catford

1939 - Dagenham

1945 - Middlesbrough

1946 - Birmingham, Newcastle

1949 - Walthamstow

1950 - High Beech

1965 - Newcastle

1966 - Newcastle

1967 - Newcastle

1969 - Newcastle

1970 - Newcastle

1975 - Newcastle

1976 - Newcastle

1977 - Newcastle

1978 - Newcastle