SP Case.JPG (5768 bytes) ROCHDALE HORNETS

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 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.
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Roch69a.JPG (41593 bytes) 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. Roch70a.JPG (37879 bytes)
SP Dallison.JPG (24606 bytes) 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 37 years.

 

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Roch70b.JPG (39575 bytes) It was not until 1970 that action returned and it was to last for a further year. Roch70c.JPG (39895 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 read more widely we recommend a visit to

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

Complete History of the British League: Speedway

by Peter Oakes  ISBN-10: 0948882077

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Roch70d.JPG (41033 bytes) FACT

Throughout their two periods of action the team has been known as the Hornets.

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

1928 1929 1930