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Burnley Speedway
 
Towneley Stadium, Todmorden Road, Towneley Holmes Lancs.  1929 only.
 
A very good venue for spectators Two covered grandstands and it even boasted Electric lighting, something lacking at many other early speedways. By 11th May 1929 the promotion had lost money, they didn't have enough capital to continue so they put it all up for sale.  The guy behind Rochdale speedway, Percy Platt took over, but he couldn't make a go of Burnley either so from July 1929 the folk of Burnley would never hear the bikes again.
 
 
This was the Burnley English Dirt Track League Team for 1929.  The riders are kneeling Frank Charles, Team Manager Arthur Taylor, Arthur Wilcock, Ginger Lees, Jack Lund, Cyril Wilcock on his bike, Unknown, Joe Abbott, and the guy in a suit at the far right is also unknown.


 
Not much yet on Burnley Speedway so If you can scan any pictures, programmes or badges send me an email John
 

 
 
 

 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
Burnley Mayoress Opens The Stadium
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave 
 
 
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave  
 
12,000 or 15,000 Spectators?
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 

 
 
Frank Charles
at Burnley
 
 

 
 
 
 
Burnley's Future in Doubt 
 
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave 
 
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave  
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave 
 

 
 
Burnley Programme and results
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
Burnley Pictures
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 

 
 
Early Speedway Bikes
 
 
These bikes were winning races during the late 1920s/early 1930s The Douglas was so successful in 1929 but Rudge became the blue print for the future of speedway.  The two British bike makers had to step aside when another British engine maker JAP came along in about 1931
 

 
Not much yet on Burnley Speedway so If you can scan any pictures, programmes or badges send me an email John
 

 
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