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|Speedway was quite late coming to Sunderland with the first meeting being held in 1964. The venue was the Greyhound Stadium in East Bolden and that first meeting was held on 21st April 1964. It was not to be a successful first encounter when Sunderland lost to their fiercest near neighbours Newcastle 44-32.|
|The team contested the Provincial League in 1964 but falling crowds meant the team did not continue for a second season.|
|Sunderland has always been a popular area for
promoting greyhound racing. The Newcastle Road Greyhound Stadium first held a meeting on
23rd March 1940.
|Speedway returned in 1971 when the team joined the second tier of the British League and remained in place for the next 3 years.|
|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
During its relatively short history the team were known as the Stars, Saints and Gladiators.
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