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|Speedway came to the Lancashire town of Rochdale quite early on with a meeting in 1928. The venue was the Grounds on Milnrow Road and that first meeting was held on 18th August of that year. It was to prove to be a success with a crowd in excess of 7000 in attendance.|
|The team held Open races for the rest fo the year and then joined the English Dirt Track League. A stint in the Northern League followed one year later. However, that proved to be the last season for some time.|
|The Athletics Ground was first used for
greyhound racing in 1932, after speedway had held its first meeting. That greyhound
meeting took place on 18th June of that year and was to remain at the venue for a further
|It was not until 1970 that action returned and it was to last for a further year.|
|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
Complete History of the British
by Peter Oakes ISBN-10: 0948882077
Throughout their two periods of action the team has been known as the Hornets.
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.
For all Speedway enthusiasts, John Somerville’s website should always be your first port of call:-https://www.skidmarks1928.com/v/photos/john-somerville-collection