SP Kilmister.JPG (22032 bytes) ODSAL BOOMERANGS

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 took place across Bradford at a number of venues from as early as 1928 when the first meeting was held at Shelf Moor on 15th April 1945. The first meeting at Odsal Stadium was held on 23rd June 1945 and was winessed by a crowd in excess of 20000. Crowds continued to increase, reaching well over 30000 on many occasions, as the Boomerangs competed in the National League and the National League Division 1 throughout the period 1947 to 1956.

View an early programme

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OD1946.JPG (21757 bytes) The track length fluctuated between 370 yards and 382 yards from 1945 to 1997. OD1946a.JPG (13536 bytes)
SP Key.JPG (26705 bytes) The team won the Knockout Cup in 1991, 1993, 1995 and again in 1996, whilst they were Premiership winners in 1994 and League Champions in 1997. A wonderfully successful 7 year period in their history SP Milne.JPG (23608 bytes)
OD1947.JPG (29236 bytes) The final meeting took place on 11th October 1997. OD1952.JPG (20974 bytes)
SP Chitty.JPG (21859 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.bradfordspeedway.co.uk

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

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

Complete History of the British League: Speedway

by Peter Oakes  ISBN-10: 0948882077

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OD1972.JPG (17898 bytes) As well as being called the Boomerangs from 1946 to 50, the team was also known as the Tudors and the Panthers. OD1972a.JPG (25397 bytes)
More detailed information is available from "Homes of British Speedway' by Robert Bamford & John Jarvis

If you have rare Odsal Boomerangs badges or artefacts for sale then email johnslusar@fsmail.net orjocksomerville@gmail.com

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