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  1. HertsRacer

    1948 season new applicants

    Of the tracks mentioned I know that Crystal Palace was deemed to be too close to New Cross, probably the same argument applied to Charlton. The Local Council refused planning permission to stage speedway at Romford, and the stadium owners turned down approaches to run at Nottingham. I assume any application from Clapton was to be at Lee Bridge Stadium which during and after the war was used for allotments and never hosted speedway again. The owners of Staines Stadium introduced Midget Car Racing in 1947 which probably explained why speedway did not get off the ground. I suspect many of the applications to join the league were made before obtaining necessary planning permission or agreement with the stadium owners which in the end was not forthcoming.
  2. HertsRacer

    Commentator of the Year

    Well done Dave, well deserved. A different type of commentating. Agree with you Steve re his interaction with the fans during meetings.
  3. HertsRacer

    1948 season new applicants

    In 1948 there was also an application from Kings Lynn, and in 1947 (I think) from Crystal Palace..
  4. HertsRacer

    Ipswich 2019

    The new Swedish fixtures can be found in the International World of Speedway section. Most weeks just one Thursday meeting, occasionally two.
  5. HertsRacer

    Lakeside and the BSPA

    Isn't the car park owned by Thames Water and not the stadium?
  6. HertsRacer

    NL AGM 2018

    Called Yorkshire Dukes. Would give you a direct link but they never seem to work when I try to do them.
  7. HertsRacer

    NL AGM 2018

    Don't think you'll be seeing them next season. According to their Facebook page, their main director has pulled out on health grounds, and the rest don't have the resources to continue the venture currently.
  8. HertsRacer

    Mac Woolford

    Don't remember him ever riding for Romford. He was born in Purton on 1 August 1945, and spent his career which lasted from 1968 and 1971 riding for Swindon and Eastbourne. I do remember seeing him ride for Swindon at Poole when he was just starting out, looping at the gate on his first ride and ending up with the bike on top of him. Looked rather painful. Never quite made it for the Robins but a solid scorer for the Eagles.
  9. HertsRacer

    One Big League - Problem Solved

    Made 4 appearances for Wolverhampton between 1988-1990, 12 for Sheffield in 1991, 6 for Stoke n 1992 and 44 for Long Eaton in 1993.
  10. To be fair the crowds in the last few seasons of the Hammers were pretty poor. As for Romford, they promoted the team as West Ham Bombers which put a lot of people off. Also we knew that we were never going to last the season there, so a lot of the supporters stopped going.
  11. HertsRacer

    Hugh Watkinson

    Brian. I may have a possible lead for you, in a CERA WATKINSON who is the daughter of Hugh's nephew LAURENCE.E WATKINSON, the son of Hugh's brother ERIC. She is now Cera Bulpitt and lives in Ventor, Isle of Wight. If you look at http://www.isleofwightscouts.org.uk/districts/east-wight-district/3rd-ventnor/ she is mentioned as a leader along with her husband Steve. There is a contact page on the site, so you could get in touch with her through that. She may also have better current information, contact wise, of other relatives than I can provide.
  12. HertsRacer

    Hugh Watkinson

    Brian, when is the plaque being affixed? I'm an experienced Genealogist so if there's time I'm more than happy to see if I can find any living relatives, although I probably wont be able to come up with their current addresses. I know that Hugh had three younger brothers.
  13. Agreed. Having noticed last night how close the houses are now to Swindon Stadium, I'm sure the residents would be thrilled to have a water tanker going round the track at 4 O'Clock in the morning.
  14. HertsRacer

    Rye House 2018

    Totally correct. Rye House's support is not local but from all over Hertfordshire etc. Also many work in London and commute by train, and the current rail fiasco is making it impossible for them to get home and get to Rye in time.
  15. HertsRacer

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    Think the 1st and 2nd Division teams have been given the option.

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