SP Kilmister.JPG (22032 bytes) RAYLEIGH ROCKETS

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 came to Rayleigh in 1948 when the first meeting was held  on the cinder track at the Weir Stadium on the 17th July with a team selection meeting between the Probables and the Possibles. The very next week the first competitive match took place when Rayleigh beat Leicester by 51 points to 32.

The team entered the National League Division 3 in 1949 and throughout the period to 1973 fluctuated between Southern League, Provincial Leagues and British Leagues. The team held its final match on 20th October 1973 when it enjoyed a final victory over Eastbourne.

View an early programme

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RA1948.JPG (15901 bytes) Whilst the team never managed to win the Knockout Cup, they were League Champions on 3 occasions in 1952, 1953 and 1960. RA1952.JPG (13000 bytes)
SP Key.JPG (26705 bytes) On the outskirts of Southend, Rayleigh Weir Stadium held its first greyhound meeting in 1948. It shared the venue with speedway later that year and continued to do so for the next 25 years. Once speedway finished in 1973 the writing was on the wall for greyhound racing at the venue, and the final meeting took place on 8th March 1974. SP Milne.JPG (23608 bytes)
RA1963.JPG (13612 bytes) During its history the team have always been known as the Rockets, although they did also run a team in the Southern League who were known as the Rovers. RA1968.JPG (19358 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 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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RA1971.JPG (27021 bytes) To view a complete collection of badges choose the relevant link below:

1948-2000

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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 Rayleigh Rockets badges or artefacts for sale then email johnslusar@fsmail.net orjocksomerville@gmail.com

1948 1957