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White City

White City Stadium, Sloper Road, Grangetown, Cardiff, Wales operated between 1928 and 1937 off and on.  It was a massive stadium capable of crowds around the 70,000 mark although speedway didn't draw crowds that big.

Programme Collector Marcus says: Here's a nice one for you that I have just acquired, Cardiff White City, Sloper Road. You have not got a site for Cardiff White City so I thought you may like these programme images. Kind Regards Marcus
John says: Thank you Marcus for sending me the following scans.  It has allowed me to create a page for Cardiff's White City

Eddie Hopkins
Courtesy of Liz Pearce 
Courtesy of Liz Pearce 
John says: Liz has sent me these 2 excellent photos of her uncle Eddie Hopkins.  He is on the right.  Do you know who the other rider is and is anyone able to confirm that the track as Cardiff White City circa 1929/30 etc.  The bikes are James 500cc V Twins. the only V twins ever used for speedway.
Hi John
Jim Henry gave me your website yesterday & I looked through it last night & even for someone who isn’t into bikes, speedway etc, it is an absolutely fascinating site & I was enthralled & it has made me want to learn more.

His full formal name is William Edward Hopkins but he usually went by Eddie Hopkins & is from St Athan/West Aberthaw & I spotted him in some of the Cardiff White City  programmes under his full name.
I could see by the pencil notations re results etc that he was quite good!!
He also seems to be in the Caerphilly ones but under E Hopkins.

I was even looking at the 2 photos to see if I could glean any more info & realised one of the bikes he is on is ‘The James’ so was fascinated to read all about the different bikes on your site!
So I will very gladly send the 2 photos I have.

We weren’t even aware that Uncle Eddie did the Speedwell racing until we received some old family photos from another Uncle who had passed away. The only living sibling is my Mother who was 30 years younger than Eddie & she had never seen the photos before but said ‘oh yes, Eddie used to do speedwell racing’ which was such a surprise to us & we were amazed she hadn’t mentioned it before as we have been doing the family history for some years!

So I will send the photos, one has 2 riders & Eddie is the rider on the right. Would love to know whether the track is Cardiff & who the other rider is & is the bike Eddie is on there, still The James.
The other photo is more of a pose, probably pre race & again, would love to know where this is. 
In fact, would love to know anything more about his racing etc.
I can’t seem to find him after 1932, so wondered if he stopped racing & why. He was born in 1906 so was in his late 20’s.
I will need to look up when he married, to see if he stopped after that, maybe his wife thought it was too dangerous a sport, who knows!
I will also contact a couple of other cousins to see if they have any more photos etc.
Thankyou so much for contacting me & as I say, your website is truly incredible!

Cardiff  1928
Courtesy of Graham Gleave

Cardiff 1929
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
Left to Right: Dell Forster, Ivor Hill, Nobby Key and Nick Carter
If you can supply any stories, scan any pictures, programmes or badges from Cardiff White City please send me an email John

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