SP Case.JPG (5768 bytes) SITTINGBOURNE 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 has taken place at three separate venues in the Sittingbourne area of Kent since 1971 when they operated in training events. The first recorded match was at the Old Gun Site on Bonfire night 1972. The Sittingbourne team were known as Iwade and in 1974 they beat Mildenhall by 41 - 37.
SP Farndon.JPG (17647 bytes) SP Byers.JPG (21937 bytes)
SIT1.JPG (21976 bytes) The team did take part in British League Division 3 in 1994, having previously taken part in Open Events. SIT2.JPG (23377 bytes)
SP Chitty.JPG (21859 bytes) By 1995 the team was in the Academy League and joined the Conference League for the 1996 season.

Greyhound racing came to the Central Park Stdium in Sittingbourne in 1997 and it is hoped that this will be a venue for future speedway events.

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SIT3.JPG (36918 bytes) The track length has fluctuated between 250 yards and 352 yards in its history. SIT4.JPG (38772 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.sittingbourne-speedway.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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Throughout their time the team have been known as the Colts and the Crusaders.

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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 Sittingbourne Crusaders badges and artefacts for sale then email johnslusar@fsmail.net orjocksomerville@gmail.com