SP Dallison.JPG (24606 bytes) CRADLEY HEATH HEATHENS

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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Cradley Heath has witnessed speedway racing since 1947. The initial meeting was held at the Dudley Wood Sports Stadium on 21st June 1947 when they defeated Wombwell by 46-36 in what was a Division 3 match. Two years later Cradley were promoted to the Second Division, and were members of Division One from 1968-74 and again in 1991-94. In their final year they were members of the Premier League, with their final match taking place on 28th October 1995 when they enjoyed a hard fought draw.

View an early programme

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CR1947.JPG (18489 bytes) The team enjoyed success in the league in 1981 and 1983; won the Knockout Cup on 10 occasions firstly in 1961 and finally in 1989, and were also Premiership winners on 6 occasions in the period 1982-90. CR1949.JPG (26546 bytes)
SP Chitty.JPG (21859 bytes) Greyhound racing first took place at the Staffordshire track in 1966 and crowds reached a peak in the early 1980's. The most prestigious races that were held at the track were the Golden Hammer (over 500 yards) and the Elsinore Stakes (over 462 yards). SP Pymar.JPG (26265 bytes)
CR1968.JPG (15715 bytes) The team were known as the Heathens throughout the period 1947 and 1995, except for the 4 year period from 1973-6 when they were 'United'. CR1973.JPG (20340 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.cradleyspeedway.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk

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

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

Heathens: Cradley Heath Speedway 1947-1976 (Paperback)

by Peter Foster ISBN-10: 0752427040

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CR1978.JPG (24335 bytes) To view a complete collection of badges choose the relevant link below:

1947-88      1989      1990-91     1992-96      1999-2000

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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 Skinner's excellent website on Defunct Speedway tracks, with a link given below.
http://www.defunctspeedway.co.uk/Cradley%20Heath.htm

If you have rare Cradley Heath Heathens badges and artefacts for sale then email johnslusar@fsmail.net orjocksomerville@gmail.com

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