SP Case.JPG (5768 bytes) WIGAN WARRIORS

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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Wigan has witnessed speedway racing at 2 separate tracks in the Lancashire town. The first recorded meeting took place in 1947 and was held at Poolstock Stadium.

A crowd of 5000 people attended that first match on 4th April 1947.

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Wig47.JPG (18419 bytes) The team competed in the National League in 1947 before reverting to Open racing Wig52.JPG (12865 bytes)
SP Dallison.JPG (24606 bytes) Both of the tracks where speedway took place were also used initially as greyhound racing circuits. Indeed, the Poolstock Stadium held its first meeting on 9th March 1932 and was to continue racing for 41 years.

The Woodhouse Lane track held a meeting even earlier on 17th March 1928 and continued to race until 1961.

 

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Wig47a.JPG (44914 bytes) At the Woodhouse Lane track the team contested Open races. Wig47b.JPG (42491 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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Wig52a.JPG (27914 bytes) FACT

The team were known as the Warriors and the Panthers during their history.

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

1947 1952 1960