SP Dallison.JPG (24606 bytes) LONDON SPEEDWAY

(White City)

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 throughout the City of London since 1928. The famous White City Stadium, on Wood Lane, held its first dirt track meeting on 19th May 1928 when a crowd in excess of 6000 witnessed Frank Arthur win the Golden Helmet. It was to be a brief period of action when the London venue hosted Southern League action for just one year, with the last meeting taking place on 4th October 1929.

Racing did return in 1953, with Open Race action, followed by a brief spell in the British League in 1976 to 78. The final meeting at the White City took place on 13th September 1978 when London beat Bristol by 41-37.

View an early programme

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WC1929.JPG (21714 bytes) London won the League Championship in 1977. WC1976.JPG (18276 bytes)
SP Chitty.JPG (21859 bytes) In a stadium built for the 1908 Olympic Games greyhound racing first took place on 20th June 1927. The very first race was won by Charlie Cranston. The White City hosted the Greyhound Derby final from its outset in July 1927, when Entry Badge successfully claimed the 1000 first prize, until the track closed. It also hosted the Cambridgeshire and the Wood Lane Stakes. SP Pymar.JPG (26265 bytes)
WC1977.JPG (22125 bytes) Throughout their time they have had just the one nickname of the Rebels. WC1978.JPG (21015 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 read more widely we recommend a visit to

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

Speedway in London (Paperback)

by Norman Jacobs  ISBN-10: 0752422219

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WC1980.JPG (22590 bytes) To view a complete collection of badges choose the relevant link below:

1929-80

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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/

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

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