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


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.

May 6

New File

1976 - Halifax

1977 - Halifax

1979 - Halifax

1980 - Halifax

1983 - Hackney

1991 - Newcastle

1993 - Newcastle


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

May 28

We have created a new file for Birmingham Motordrome for 1929 after Graham Gleave dug out details of a previously unknown meeting at the venue and there is a new file to cover the away meetings that West Ham competed in during 1945. There are also some good updates thanks to Graham and also Andy Reid.

New Files

1929 - Birmingham Motordrome

1945 - West Ham (away meetings)


1928 - Liverpool, West Ham, Season Results

1929 - Preston, Warrington, West Ham, Season Results, Fixture List

1930 - Wembley, Season Results

1931 - Sheffield, West Ham, Season Results

1934 - Harringay, New Brighton, Season Results, Fixture List

1939 - High Beech, Season Results

1947 - Rye House

1948 - High Beech

1950 - Bothwell, Ipswich, Liverpool

1951 - Rye House

1952 - Rye House

1955 - Rye House

1956 - Rye House

1957 - Aldershot, Eastbourne, Rayleigh, Rye House

1961 - Ipswich

June 16

Massive thanks this week to Pete Henry who has spent the last few months building up the season results file for the 1991 season and the associated tables and cup competitions. The end product is excellent and it fills another hole in the site for a year that was lacking detail. If Pete hasn’t been broken by the experience, we hope for more of the same if possible. Thanks again, Pete.

New Files

1991 - Hackney, Season Results, Tables, Cup Competitions and Fours Competitions


1928 - Northampton Hannington, West Ham, Season Results

1929 - Northampton Hannington, West Ham, Season Results

1930 - High Beech, Stamford Bridge, Season Results

1931 - Barrow, Season Results

1938 - High Beech , Season Results, Fixture List

1946 - Bradford, Sheffield, Rye House

1949 - Tamworth

July 5


1928 - Birmingham Hall Green, Harringay, Wimbledon, Season Results

1929 - Leicester Super

1930 - Blackpool Highfield Road, Lea Bridge, Middlesbrough, Newcastle Gosforth, Southampton, Season Results, Fixture List

1931 - Birmingham Hall Green, Harringay, Newcastle Gosforth, Wimbledon, York, Season Results

1932 - Wembley, Wimbledon

1947 - Wigan

1949 - California

1952 - Motherwell, Oxford

1953 - Ringwood

1957 - Liverpool

1959 - Liverpool