SP Case.JPG (5768 bytes) CANTERBURY CRUSADERS

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 came to the Kingsmead Stadium in Canterbury in 1968.

At that first meeting, held on 18th May 1968, a crowd in excess of 7000 attended, but they were to witness a defeat for their new heroes by 39-38 against Belle Vue Aces.

In 1975 Canterbury were one of the founder members of the New National League when Willy Mawdsley, later of Bristol and Arena-Essex fame, managed the team. The team remained in operation until 1987 when, on the 31st October, the final match saw Canterbury defeat Rye House by 49-29.

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Can1968.JPG (13560 bytes) The team won the Knockout Cup in 1968 and were League Champions twice, in 1970 and again in 1978. Can1970.JPG (16991 bytes)
SP Chitty.JPG (21859 bytes) Greyhound racing first took place at the track, replacing speedway, in 1988. A number of very successful years meetings were held at the track, and many dogs from the track enjoyed Open race successes. However, the Council-owned track closed its doors on 30th October 1999, and some 2 years later the football club ceased being. SP Pymar.JPG (26265 bytes)
Can1972.JPG (17220 bytes) The team has always been nicknamed the Crusaders. Can1973.JPG (24519 bytes)
SP Sharp.JPG (26500 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.canterburycrusaders.co.uk

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

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

Speedway in the South East (Paperback)

by Norman Jacobs  ISBN-10: 0752427253

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Can1982.JPG (29543 bytes) To view a complete collection of badges choose the relevant link below:

1968 - 91

 

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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/Canterbury.htm

If you have rare Canterbury Crusaders badges and artefacts for sale then email johnslusar@fsmail.net orjocksomerville@gmail.com

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