SP Case.JPG (5768 bytes) SUNDERLAND STARS

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 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.
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Sund64a.JPG (24949 bytes) The team contested the Provincial League in 1964 but falling crowds meant the team did not continue for a second season. Sund71a.JPG (32745 bytes)
SP Dallison.JPG (24606 bytes) Sunderland has always been a popular area for promoting greyhound racing. The Newcastle Road Greyhound Stadium first held a meeting on 23rd March 1940.

 

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Sund72a.JPG (40812 bytes) Speedway returned in 1971 when the team joined the second tier of the British League and remained in place for the next 3 years. Sund72b.JPG (46699 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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Sund73a.JPG (45155 bytes) FACT:

During its relatively short history the team were known as the Stars, Saints and Gladiators.

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