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Rotherham Speedway


Greyhound Stadium, Hellaby, Rotherham, South Yorkshire.  The greyhound stadium was used for speedway during 1929-30


Skid Skinner
Paul Rickett says: There was a long-lost speedway track which ran in Rotherham from 1928-29, opened by White City star Skid Skinner, who lived a stone's throw from where it was at Hellaby, next to the current M18 Junction 1. Crowds hit the 15-20,000 mark and it was individual racing. Tommy Bateman had his first rides there.
The outline of the track is still visible. I remember going there in the 70s and the cinders were still there but it's now overgrown, although only the third bend has been chopped off by development.
I've included a pic from Google Earth, which shows the shape.

Rotherham Programme Cover
Courtesy of Jeff Dooley


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


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