SP Case.JPG (5768 bytes) SOUTHAMPTON SAINTS

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 In Southampton since 1928. The first meeting was held at the Stadium, on Banister Court, on 6th October of that year and was to prove a success for Sprouts Elder who won the Golden Gauntlet. The team took part in the Southern League until 1931 and then joined Provincial and National Leagues.

They did reach National League Division 2 in 1938 and for a couple of periods in the 1940's and 1950's.

View an early programme

SP Kilmister.JPG (22032 bytes) SP Byers.JPG (21937 bytes)
SO1929.JPG (14639 bytes) They have won the Knockout Cup twice, in 1961 and 1963, and were League Champions in 1936 and again in 1962. SO1937.JPG (21653 bytes)
SP Dallison.JPG (24606 bytes) The original site in Banister Court was purchased by Charles Knott and he constructed a greyhound track. The first greyhound meeting was staged on 6th August 1928 and regular meetings were to take place throughout the next 35 years, with the final meeting being held on 3rd October 1963. SP D Case.JPG (24416 bytes)
SO1937.JPG (21653 bytes) The team have been known as the Saints throughout their long history. SO1955.JPG (17004 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.classicspeedway.co.uk/southampton.htm

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

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

Southampton Speedway (Archive Photographs: Images of Sport) (Paperback)  by Paul Eustace ISBN-10: 0752424335

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SO1963.JPG (19500 bytes) To view a complete collection of badges choose the relevant link below:

1929-63

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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 Southampton Saints badges or artefacts for sale then email johnslusar@fsmail.net orjocksomerville@gmail.com

1928 1929 1930
1931 1932 1936
1937 1938 1939