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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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In the early days the Portsmouth speedway team raced at the Wessex Stadium in Coopers Garden. Their first meeting was held on 10th August 1929, with a second one following a week later and, remarkably, a programme for that meeting has survived and is shown below.
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  The final meeting at the Wessex Stadium was held on 29th November 1930 and there was a lapse in speedway racing for 5 years.
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  On 25th May 1931 a Greyhound Race track opened on Target Road, but it was not until 2nd October 1935 that speedway events were held at the track. The final speedway race was held on 29th September 1937 when Portsmouth defeated Reading 36-26
SP Key.JPG (26705 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

Complete History of the British League: Speedway

by Peter Oakes  ISBN-10: 0948882077

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FACT

The racing surfaces at the 2 tracks were 382 yards and 300 yards.

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

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

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