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|Speedway has taken place in Newcastle at both Brough Park Greyhound Stadium and Gosforth Park, on the Great North Road. The first meeting, held at the former dirt track venue, was on 17th May 1929, but this was closely followed by a meeting just down the road at Gosforth on 1st June of the same year. After the initial meetings of 1929 and 1930 the track did not not see further action until National League Division 2 action in 1938. The team entered the British League in 1965 and worked its way up through the league structure, reaching the Premier League in 1997.|
|The team won the Knockout Cup in 1976 and 1982 and were League Champions on 5 occasions in 1964, 1976, 1982, 1983 and 2001|
|Greyhound racing first came to Newcastle in 1928 when, on the 23rd June, Brough Park hosted its first meeting. Greyhound racing is still popular in the North East today and Gosforth Park also holds a regular meeting. The sanded track has a circumference of just under 400 metres, although prior to 1980 the greyhounds ran on a grass surface. The most prestigious race to be held annually at the circuit is the All England Cup which was first contested at the track in 1946 when the English Geyhound Derby winner Monday's News was successful.|
|Throughout their time the team has been known as the Diamonds, the Gems, the Brough and, less surprisingly, the Magpies.|
|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.newcastlespeedway.net
and for those wishing to read more widely we recommend a visit to
Complete History of the British
by Peter Oakes ISBN-10: 0948882077
|To view a complete collection of badges choose the relevant link below:|
The Newcastle Diamonds currently (2019) contest the SGB Championship. Recent successes include the Premier League Trophy in 2010, the Premier League Knock-out Cup in 2010, and the Premier Shield in 2011.
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.
For all Speedway enthusiasts, John Somerville's website should always be your first port of call:-https://www.skidmarks1928.com/v/photos/john-somerville-collection
|1929 Brough Park||1930 Brough Park||1938 Brough Park|
|1939 Brough Park||1945 Brough Park||1945 Brough Park|
|1946 Brough Park||1929 Gosforth Park||1930 Gosforth Park|