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Reading Speedway


Reading Greyhound Stadium, Oxford Road, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire  Speedway was staged here between 1968-1973.

Reading Badges
Reading Tilehurst's
Opening Meeting
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop 
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop  
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop   

Peter Lewis says:   I was just reminiscing about Anders Michenek of all people (?) when I remembered I used to climb the trees at the back of Tilehurst stadium to watch, the noise of the bikes was alarm enough to get on down there, as a ten year old. I found your website.  Great memories, if you could get in at the end of a match you could `storm` the track in the hope of an autograph , the riders being mostly very friendly.    I was amazed no one burned to death with all the methanol spills in accidents!  The new stadium, like you say, had not the character and was two bus rides away and that was that.

Reading Badges
1968  1969
1973 1973 

Reading's 1968 Team
Courtesy of Graham Gleave

1969 Scorecharts 
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop 
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop  


Reading Speedway, Tilehurst closed for re-development in 1973

Richard May 
1969 - 1973
Courtesy of Tom Roe

Reading v Berwick
British League
Division 2


Bernie Leigh



Dene Davies


Richard May
Leads The Pack

Dave Jones says:- I am pretty sure that Richard May is leading Geoff Maloney of Rayleigh


Reg Fearman With His Racers

John says: If you can supply the names and year, please send me an email John

Young England v
Young Sweden
27th July 1970
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop

Reading Tilehurst
1971 Or 1972?
Reading Tilehurst  Can anyone add any names? John
Phil Masters says: Richard May, Dag Lovaas, Mick Bell, Anders Michanek, Bernie Leigh, Geoff Curtis. On bike Geoff Mudge, I think the chap also on the bike is team manager Dick Bailey. The year could be either
1971 or 1972 as they used the same team both years. 
John says: Yes I agree.  Dag, Anders and Geoff Curtis were Newcastle assets in 1970.  I believe Newcastle's Division 1 license was transferred to Reading in 1971.
John says:  Yes Newcastle folded at the end of 1970 and Newcastle's Division 1 license was transferred to Reading along with the Diamonds number 1 Anders Michanek
Reading v Coventry
17th May 1971
Reading v Glasgow
16th August 1971
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop 
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop  
Reading 1973
John says: Reading Tilehurst, Can anyone add any names and year? John
Phil Masters says: Richard May, Anders Michanek, Bernie Leigh, Dag Lovaas, Pete Murray, Geoff Curtis. On bike Mick Bell.  The year 1973.

Golden Helmet Holder 1971
Richard May

Courtesy of Reading Evening Post

12 July 1971 – Richard May receives the applause of a packed grandstand as he parades with the newly won Golden Helmet.

Reading 1973 League Champions

Courtesy of Reading Evening Post

1973 End of season celebrations with the League Championship trophy. Left to right: Geoff Curtis, Bobby McNeil, Mick Bell (kneeling) and Dag Lovaas. Going out on a high!

The End


Courtesy of Reading Evening Post

So sad to see the demise of a speedway stadium.  Modern stadiums lack the atmosphere of the old art deco stadia

If you can scan any pictures, programmes or badges send me an email John

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