SP Case.JPG (5768 bytes) RYE HOUSE 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 has taken place at 2 venues in the Hoddesdon area of Rye House since 1934, The first venue was Hoddesdon Stadium when a meeting took place on 27th May 1934. The team operated on the Open circuit and eventually competed in the Southern League. The final race at this venue was on 22nd September 1957 when the home side were victorious against Rayleigh.

The team moved just down the road to their new home at Rye House Stadium in 1958. The initial meeting took place on 3rd August and they have been here ever since. They finally made the Premier League in 2002.

View an early programme

SP Kilmister.JPG (22032 bytes) SP Byers.JPG (21937 bytes)
RY1940.JPG (23569 bytes) The team has won the Knockout Cup just once in 1979, but were League Champions in 1954, 1955, 1956, 1980 and 2005. RY1955.JPG (18280 bytes)
SP Dallison.JPG (24606 bytes) Greyhound racing was first staged at the Hoddesdon Stadium in 1935 and eventually moved to the Rye House Stadium once the old track closed in 1957. SP D Case.JPG (24416 bytes)
RY1970.JPG (17709 bytes) Throughout their time the team have been known as the Cubs, the Roosters, the Red Devils and the Rockets. RY1975.JPG (25642 bytes)
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 undertake further research we can recommend a visit to

www.ryehouse.com

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

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

Rye House Speedway (Paperback) By Norma Jacobs  

ISBN-10: 0752441620

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RY1982.JPG (31070 bytes) To view a complete collection of badges choose the relevant link below:

1940-85   1986-2000

RY1990.JPG (59342 bytes)

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

I am grateful to Tim Beddow for the image shown above.

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

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