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  1. HertsRacer

    Joe Neath

    Steve Many thanks for that. I've managed to find the 1955 article (and others) through the British Newspaper Archives. Seems he was a grass tracker before he tried speedway. Once again thanks for all your efforts, very much appreciated.
  2. HertsRacer

    Joe Neath

    Many thanks Steve, some great stuff there. I can only find him riding speedway in early 1960, so he may well have just flirted with the sport and moved on. The fact he appeared at Coventry and Hednesford would suggest he may have been part of the Leicestershire branch of our family.
  3. HertsRacer

    Joe Neath

    With so many amazingly knowledgeable people on this site, I wonder if anybody could help me with any information about a rider called Joe Neath who rode in three open meetings at Rye House in 1960 as well as representing Rayleigh in a 4 team tournament. It's an unusual surname, but one we share, and I would like to find out if we were related in any way. The only other rider I know of with this surname was Chris Neath, who I'm not directly related with.
  4. HertsRacer

    Tracks around football pitches

    The tracks of a couple of Scottish non-league teams. Cowdenbeath and Newtongrange were both around football pitches.
  5. HertsRacer

    One League - Matt Ford

    Although entertainment tax killed many tracks, attendances were already falling after the post war boom. You are right about the number of venues available at the time, many of which have now been demolished. Looking at pictures of some of these venues, which were right next to houses, they would never have got planning permission these days.
  6. HertsRacer

    One League - Matt Ford

    Indeed. For whatever reason speedway was not classified as a sport but as an entertainment which had a much higher rate of tax.
  7. HertsRacer

    One League - Matt Ford

    Problem is there is no atmosphere at live speedway these days, so you don't miss anything by watching it on TV. I watch ice hockey on TV and it is a bit dull, but go to a live match the atmosphere is electric with plenty of away supporters and lots of banter. I would always rather pay to watch a game live than watch it on TV.
  8. HertsRacer

    Tracks around football pitches

    Always thought the racing at Brooklands was good. Thinking back Wembley was ok, as was White City. Also went to Rochdale which was around a rugby pitch, though I can't remember what the racing was like, and Nelson which had a football pitch, the track being narrow and virtually square in shape. That was awful.
  9. I'm sure the greyhound stadium would have been the first place The Bombers looked at after they were kicked out of Brooklands. Far too close to housing for it to happen.
  10. HertsRacer

    Fay Taylour the greatest woman rider.

    Try http://www.historicspeedway.co.nz/Fay Taylour.htm or just type Fay Taylour speedway into your search engine. There's lots available.
  11. HertsRacer

    London History Site

    It is generally thought that the decline in pubs, cinemas, theatres and sporting venues, can be blamed directly on the Queen. Her Coronation in 1953 led to thousands of people buying or renting television sets to watch the event, and meant that in future they no longer needed to leave their houses to find entertainment.
  12. HertsRacer

    London History Site

    Being a Charlton Athletic supporter, I remember the greyhound stadium very well. Was on the corner of Woolwich Road and Anchor and Hope Lane which is now a Makro's store. Never went inside, but from the outside it appeared a pretty large stadium. I do have a photo of it somewhere, will try and find it. I also remember getting excited that as well as a football team, I was going to have a speedway team to support as well. Sadly the owners changed their mind at the last minute, ans sold the stadium for redevelopment.
  13. HertsRacer

    Swindon Stadium

    Nothing wrong with your memory, Romford did have a mesh fence on the home straight.
  14. HertsRacer


    On another site someone has actually confirmed the dates of the magazines on the wall, and they actually match the year the latest series is set.
  15. HertsRacer

    George Mudgway, Bradford, 1947

    This might be of use to you http://bobandrewsspeedway.tripod.com/georgemudgwaycontents.htm

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