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Might be wrong but I think the only time the West Ham Hawks rode at another track (Home meetings) was 1936 and that was at Southampton.

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On 09/02/2018 at 10:02 AM, cityrebel said:

Romford's pre war team were a nomadic team, just like Boston and the current cradley. It doesn't give the sport a lot of credibility allowing made up sides to enter league racing.

Not really a nomadic team. They were a second Dagenham team that entered the Amateur Dirt Track League in 1938.

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On ‎2‎/‎9‎/‎2018 at 10:02 AM, cityrebel said:

Romford's pre war team were a nomadic team, just like Boston and the current cradley. It doesn't give the sport a lot of credibility allowing made up sides to enter league racing.

In a perfect world we'd have no homeless teams competing in Leagues but if allowing these teams to run eventually leads to them finding a new track or in Rye Houses case in 2000 a return to their stadium then their existence is justified!

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1 hour ago, 25yearfan said:

In a perfect world we'd have no homeless teams competing in Leagues but if allowing these teams to run eventually leads to them finding a new track or in Rye Houses case in 2000 a return to their stadium then their existence is justified!

I think Rye would have returned, nomadic team or not - Len just got the bug again.

I can't think of any homeless teams that have gone on to get their own track.  It will be interesting to see how long they continue before accepting that it's a futile exercise. 

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Len Silver got the bug again after the 1999 homeless Rye House Rockets rode in the Conference League, racing their home matches at Mildenhall and Eastbourne.

 

Without the initiative of the fans who decided to do this, its doubtful Rye House would of got going again!

 

Yes they maybe a futile exercise but Cradley for instance have been a major pull at 3rd Division level, pulling in big crowds home and away, bringing on up and coming young riders and keeping the clubs name alive!

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2 hours ago, 25yearfan said:

Len Silver got the bug again after the 1999 homeless Rye House Rockets rode in the Conference League, racing their home matches at Mildenhall and Eastbourne.

 

Without the initiative of the fans who decided to do this, its doubtful Rye House would of got going again!

 

 

Yes, it was Steve Ribbons and David Entwistle who revived the Rye House name over the winter of 1998/9 with the express intention of bringing racing back to Rye House itself. Unfortunately that wasn't possible immediately as the track had been tarmacked over. John Stoneman, who had been elected Chairman of the Supporters' Club approached Len Silver and asked if he'd be prepared to contribute £50  towards reviving the club. Len offered to do more than that and agreed to sponsor the team. He then arranged with his old friend, Dingle Brown, to use Mildenhall as their "home" track.

Once they had proved they could run a team, Steve Ribbons approached Rye House stadium itself at the end of the season to discuss the possibility of their return. Len was involved in the discussions and agreed to take over full financial responsibility for the club. Eddie Leslie, who owned Rye House, agreed that speedway could return on the understanding that the club lay the shale surface before every match and lift it after each match. Amazingly, Len agreed to this condition and then spent thousands of pounds renovating the stadium and clearing it all up. 

Rye House was back in business.

 

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