SP Dallison.JPG (24606 bytes) IPSWICH WITCHES

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 at just the one venue, Foxhall Heath Stadium, since 1950. The initial meeting was held on 25th October in that year when practice heats and a final took place. It was to be 14th May 1951 when the first competitive meeting was held in front of a large crowd who were to be disappointed when Ipswich were heavily defeated by 68-16 by local rivals, Yarmouth, who had much more experience.

The club gradually found its feet and gained experience to take it up the league structure. They were in the National League Division 2 from 1954-56 and in Division 1 from 1972-74. By 1995 they were enjoying life in the Premier League.

View an early programme

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IP1954.JPG (18844 bytes) The team have won the Knockout Cup on 7 occasions from 1970 to 1998, and the League in 1975, 1976, 1984 and 1998. IP1971.JPG (19420 bytes)
SP Chitty.JPG (21859 bytes) The first NGRC greyhound racing took place at Ipswich in 1974 on a grass track but with sanded bends. The most prestigious races run at the track were the Suffolk Derby over 440 metres, won in 1974 by Bealkiller Diver, and the Suffolk St Leger run over 625 metres. SP Pymar.JPG (26265 bytes)
IP1973.JPG (17176 bytes) The team have always been known as the Witches, but their amateur team were known as the Anglian Angels, whilst their Southern League team were Foxhall Heath. IP1976.JPG (22341 bytes)
SP Case.JPG (5768 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.ipswich-witches.com

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

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

Ipswich Speedway: A Decade in Pictures (Paperback)

by Stephen Waller   ISBN-10: 1845471911

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IP1986.JPG (25725 bytes) To view a complete collection of badges choose the relevant link below:

1951-91      1992-2000

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

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

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