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  1. HertsRacer

    THE FIRST RACE I SAW

    1st August 1961, Yarmouth v Norwich 'B'. Roy Trigg (Y), Clive Featherby (N), Pete Atkins (N), Johnny Fitzpatrick (Y).
  2. HertsRacer

    Norwich

    The track was behind the Marsham Arms pub on the Holt Road. As far as I know the field it was in has not been developed, and you can still see the outline of the track from the air. I would be very surprised if those looking to bring speedway back to Norwich had'nt looked at the site.
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    Norwich

    Not quite correct. Although the mixed car/bike meetings operated by the likes of Mike Parker and Jesse Halliday were run without permission in 1959, leading to those participating being suspended, the subsequent Provincial League formed in 1960 operated under the Speedway Control Board, and continued to do so until the 1964 season when the National League tried to force the 1963 PL champions Wolverhampton to join their league against promoter Mike Parker's wishes. Parker refused to join the NL leading to the PL operating as a pirate league in 1964.
  4. HertsRacer

    West Ham Speedway Closes 1972

    As a Romford supporter I remember going to the last meeting. It was always weird going to Custom House then. Half the stadium had been demolished several years earlier, and the rest was falling to pieces. It was a sad feeling knowing not only that it was the end of this great stadium, but also this was the end of our Bombers who were moving to Barrow.
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    Newcastle Diamonds 2021

    Very sad news. Remember moving to the North East in 1970 just in time for their last meeting before they closed. The place was virtually deserted then and it seems Newcastle has fallen out of love with speedway again. Hopefully it's not too late to save it. If not, any chance of Sunderland staging speedway again?
  6. HertsRacer

    Defunct Tracks

    You could try Defunct Spe├Ędway Tracks or John Somerville Collection websites, or Memories of Lost Speedway tracks and teams on Facebook. Should be a few there.
  7. Looked like a good crowd there to watch.
  8. HertsRacer

    Breakaway League

    No there was something in the Dorset Echo about Weymouth Wildcats joining a breakaway league. Couldn't open the link so don't know the details.
  9. HertsRacer

    Plymouth Gladiators 2021

    One could be Ellis Perks.
  10. HertsRacer

    Scam Warning

    You can laugh but last year I received a phone call telling me that one of my long lost relatives had died without leaving a will and they had traced me as a beneficiary of his estate. Thought it was a scam and gave the poor caller some heavy abuse. Turned out it was all true and am now awaiting a rather large cheque to arrive.
  11. And this is speedway's main problem. Once a track goes, thats it, there is nowhere out there to replace it. In the old days if a track closed there was plenty of stadiums available to introduce a new team, but one by one the stadiums have all gone, leaving the sport with just the bare bones.
  12. HertsRacer

    Mildenhall 2022

    Don't know if this is the same person, but there was an Ian Peel who was a Kings Lynn junior in the late 1970's. He appeared at Mildenhall in the Suffolk Junior Championship in 1978. He may have appeared in some second halves there as well, I don't know. He did make four appearances for Boston the following season. All I know of his background is that he was born in 1960 in Spalding.
  13. HertsRacer

    Covid-19 Are we being told the truth ?

    AZ were the only manufacturer to approve the 12 week gap. Initial data from Israel who are providing AZ with their post jab medical data suggest that the vaccine actually works better after a longer gap between doses.
  14. HertsRacer

    First meeting-how many riders still alive.

    August 2019 in Australia.
  15. HertsRacer

    First meeting-how many riders still alive.

    Yarmouth v Norwich 'B' in 1961. Yarmouth - Johnny Fitzpatrick, Roy Trigg, Ivor Brown, Geoff Pymer, Ken Last, Ron Bagley, Jim Chalkley. Norwich - Clive Featherby, Peter Atkins, John Debbage, Terry Betts, Harry Edwards, Cyril Crane, Trevor Hedge. As far as I know Roy Trigg, Terry Betts and Trevor Hedge are still with us, but sadly Ivor Brown, Geoff Pymer, Ron Bagley, Clive Featherby and Harry Edwards have all passed away.
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