SP Dallison.JPG (24606 bytes) BRISTOL BULLDOGS

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 racing has taken place in two different venues in Bristol, Knowle Stadium and Eastville Stadium since 1928. The first dirt-track meeting was held at Knowle on 25th August 1928 when the Golden Helmet was won by Len Parker, although in this initial phase the site was only used until 1930. Racing did return in 1936 when Bristol were triumphant in defeating Southampton by 38-32.

The final meeting at Knowle was on 28th Januray 1961and it was some 16 years before racing returned at Eastville.

View an early programme

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BS1930.JPG (16151 bytes) Wally Mawdsley, later of Arena- Essex fame, brought speedway to Eastville when the team went straight into the British League, but the joy was short-lived and the final meeting took place on 27th October 1978. BS1949.JPG (18962 bytes)
SP Chitty.JPG (21859 bytes) The first greyhound meeting to take place in the Bristol area was at Knowle on 23rd July 1927, although the 406 metre Eastville circuit witnessed its first meeting in July 1932 where it shared its facilities with Bristol Rovers football club. The most prestigious races to be held at the circuit were the Golden Crest, which was run over 500 yards, and the Western Produce Stakes which was won in 1948 by the brilliant Narrogar Ann who later went on to triumph in the Greyhound Derby.

View early Liam Devlin trade cards of BILLY HOLE & GEOFF PYMAR

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BS1977.JPG (18236 bytes) Fact The Team has always been known as the Bristol Bulldogs since its early days in 1928. BS1980.JPG (17531 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.bristolbulldogs.co.nr

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

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

Speedway in Bristol 1950-1978: 1950: (Paperback)

by Robert Bamford & John Jarvis  ISBN-10: 0752443798

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BS1983.JPG (22836 bytes) To view a complete collection of badges choose the relevant link below:

1930-82   1983   1984-99

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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 Skinners excellent website on Defunct Speedway tracks, with a link given below.
http://www.defunctspeedway.co.uk/Bristol.htm
http://www.defunctspeedway.co.uk/Bristol%20Knowle%20Street.htm

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

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