SP Case.JPG (5768 bytes) BERWICK BANDITS

This site is not an official website for the track shown here and is neither approved or endorsed by the speedway team.

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Speedway has been held in 3 different locations in Berwick since the initial meeting at the home of Berwick Rangers Football Club, Shielfeld Park Stadium on 18th May 1968. A crowd in excess of 3000 witnessed that first event, although Berwick suffered a 41-37 defeat at the hands of Newcastle Colts. The team operated in British League Division 2 for 6 years but became founder members of the New National League in 1975.

By 1980 the team were made homeless when asked to leave Berwick Rangers Football ground and had to stage fixtures at a variety of venues in the North.

View an early programme

SP Farndon.JPG (17647 bytes) SP Byers.JPG (21937 bytes)
BE1976.JPG (14722 bytes) The team have been Knockout Cup winners on 3 occasions, 1980, 1989 and 1995, and were also Four-Team champions in 2002. BE1978.JPG (18267 bytes)
SP Chitty.JPG (21859 bytes) The team have been members of the Premier League since 1997 and have enjoyed a prolonged spell up to the present day. SP Pymar.JPG (26265 bytes)
BE1979.JPG (26696 bytes) The team has always had the nickname of the Bandits, although its amateur team were known quite cutely as The Border Raiders. BE1982.JPG (21021 bytes)
SP Sharp.JPG (26500 bytes) This section gives a comprehensive picture of the badges produced for the team throughout the ages, but only provides the briefest of glimpses of its history. For those wishing to undertake further research we can recommend a visit to

www.berwickspeedway.co.uk

and for those wishing to read more widely we recommend a visit to

http://astore.amazon.co.uk/wwwgreyhoundd-21   especially

Speedway in Scotland (Paperback) ISBN-10: 0752422294

by Jim Henry & Ian Moultray

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BE1984.JPG (22344 bytes) To view a complete collection of badges choose the relevant link below:

1968 - 82        1983 - 98

BE1988.JPG (20678 bytes)

More detailed information is available from "Homes of British Speedway' by Robert Bamford & John Jarvis

A further great source of information is provided on John Skinner's excellent website on Defunct Speedway tracks, with a link given below.

http://www.defunctspeedway.co.uk/Berwick%20Berrington.htm

If you have rare Berwick Bandits badges and artefacts for sale then email johnslusar@fsmail.net orjocksomerville@gmail.com