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Newcastle Speedway
History Website
 
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Ivan Mauger
 
Newcastle's Brightest Diamond Ivan Mauger
 

 
 
Fish & Crabs!
 
 

Neil (Fish) Coddington (Deceased) & Nigel Crabtree

 

 
 

Website owner and designer John Skinner at the Glasgow Transport Museum in 2005

 

 
 
Newcastle Diamonds
 
 

Veteran rider Tag Allison showing the 1940s Diamonds body colour.  It seems red and white was used in 1938-39, 1946-48, 1950-51 and changed to a large N for the 1949 Magpies season with the change of promoter.  The familiar black and white diamond was seen for the first time in 1961

 

 
 

The History Of
Newcastle Speedway

 
Gordon Byers Newcastle 1929 1938-39: Canadian George Pepper Ken Le Breton Brian Craven Mid 1960's: New Zealander Ivan Mauger Late 1960's: Dane, Ole Olsen 1970 Anders Michanek
 
From left to right Gordon Byers 1929, George Pepper 1938-39, Ken Le Breton 1947-48,  Brian Craven 1962-63, 1965-66, Ivan Mauger 1963-68, Ole Olsen 1967-69, Anders Michanek 1970, Joe Owen 1975-76, 1982-84, and Nicki Pedersen 1998
 

Newcastle's 4 world champions, Ivan Mauger, Ole Olsen, Anders Michanek and Nicki Pedersen are featured throughout the website along with the many Newcastle riders who didn't win any world championships. Many thanks to the riders, promoters and fans around the world who have contributed their pictures and memories to share with us on this site.  The Newcastle Speedway History website will never be finished so if you want to contribute send me an e-mail

 
My thanks go to my daughter Helen Skinner for her help with concept and design.   Special thanks to Dave Train who supplied so many photographs at the beginning that I lost count. Without help like Dave's the History Site idea may have floundered.  Dave Rowland too helped me get the website off the ground and a whole host of others since 2004 when I first launched a couple of webpages.
 

 
Tyneside Speedway started here at Whitley Bay, seaside resort  Newcastle's other track, Gosforth.  First meeting at Brough Park.  Sand track at Druridge Bay up the coast from Newcastle.  Training track just up the A1 from Newcastle  1977, Newcastle and Ellesmere Port, always a great contest
 

     Speedway, come grasstrack come scrambling at Greenside 1920's and 30's     Sunderland, on wearside kicked off in 1964 with this match against Newcastle     Ashington Arrows, 1971    Early Middlesborough programme, 'Boro is 35 miles down the A19 from Newcastle

 

Although this is a Newcastle Speedway History site I have included some information on the other north eastern venues, which sadly at the time of writing this (2005), have all closed down..

 
 
Brian Craven
 
 
My first speedway hero Brian Craven, early 1960s
 

 
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The contents of the site are and should not be reproduced elsewhere for financial gain. The contributors to this site gave the pictures and information on that understanding.  If anyone has any issue or objections to any items on the site please e-mail and I will amend or remove the item.  Where possible credit has been given to the owner of each item.