SP Case.JPG (5768 bytes) ELLESMERE PORT GUNNERS

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 took place at The Stadium in Ellesmere Port from 1972 under the promotion of Wally Mawdsley, of Canterbury, Bristol and Arena -Essex fame.The first recorded meeting was held on 28th March 1972 and resulted in a 39 all draw with Sunderland.

The team rose through the ranks with periods in the British League Division 2 from 1972-4, the National League from 1975-82 and again in the final season of 1985.

SP Farndon.JPG (17647 bytes) SP Byers.JPG (21937 bytes)
ELL1974.JPG (18162 bytes) The team were Pairs Champions in 1976, 1978 and again in 1985, and were also League champions in 1985. ELL1985.JPG (21650 bytes)
SP Chitty.JPG (21859 bytes) The final meeting at the venue took place on Boxing Day 1985 when a 39 all draw suited both parties in the Past and Prest team match. Greyhound racing and speedway seem to go hand in hand, but on this occasion the speedway circuit was replaced by a greyhound track. SP Pymar.JPG (26265 bytes)
ELL1977.JPG (20811 bytes) Throughout their time the team raced at just the one venue in Thornton Road and were always known as the Gunners. ELL1976.JPG (26607 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.speedwayplus.com/ellesmere.shtml

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

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

Speedway in the North West (Paperback)

by  Adrian Pavey  ISBN-10: 0752431927

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ELL1981.JPG (21752 bytes) To view a complete collection of badges choose the relevant link below:

1972 - 1985

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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 Ellesmere Port badges and artefacts for sale then email johnslusar@fsmail.net orjocksomerville@gmail.com