SP Kilmister.JPG (22032 bytes) OXFORD CHEETAHS

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 first took place at the Oxford Stadium, on Sandy Lane, in 1939. That first meeting, on the sandy surface, took place on 8th April of that year and proved a success for Roy Duke. The team enjoyed Open racing in the period 1939-41, including a number of wartime meetings, which was rare. At the end of the War the team competed in the National Leagues third tier from 1949-50 and in the second tier the next year.

Gradually gaining in experience, the time rose in the league structure and finally made the Premier League in 1995, and ultimately the Elite League in 1998.

View an early programme

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OX1949.JPG (26065 bytes) The team won the Knockout Cup in 1985 and shared it the next year in a joint success with Cradley Heath. They were League Champions on 6 occasions from 1950 to 2001. OX1950.JPG (19227 bytes)
SP Key.JPG (26705 bytes) Greyhound racing first took place at Oxford on the 397 metre circuit on 7th April 1939 and has witnessed some outstanding greyhounds throughout its history. One of the most famous is the bitch Narrogar Ann who had her first race at Oxford on 27th March 1948 and later went on to win the 1949 English Greyhound Derby. The most prestigious race that was run at the circuit was the Oxfordshire Stakes over 450 metres. SP Milne.JPG (23608 bytes)
OX1951.JPG (14407 bytes) At various times throughout their history the team has been known as the Cheetahs, the Cubs, the Silver Machine and the Rebels. OX1968.JPG (13501 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.oxfordspeedway.ossc.me.uk

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

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

The Story of Oxford Speedway (Paperback)

by Glynn Shailes & Robert Bamford ISBN-10: 0752441612

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OX1975.JPG (20154 bytes) To view a complete collection of badges choose the relevant link below:

1949 - 88    1990-2000

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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/

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

1939 1940 1949