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Barnsley Speedway
Lundwood, Pontefract Rd., Barnsley, South Yorkshire.  1928-1930 aka Lundwood Speedway or Lundwood Dirt Track 
I am told this was a very basic track with an earth safety fence, no pits or any other facilities.  However, Barnsley staged the first league match in the UK when Leeds were the opposition in 1929.  The British army used the site for training during the second world war.


Andy Green has sent these pictures.  If this is the right location it is incredible that the track still exists
John says: very unlikely that the pictures show this old track.  I would have expected trees etc growing over it and who knows what covering the old track, after this length of time.  I would like to think this was the old location of the track (and maybe it is!) but it looks like only the local off roaders have churned up this field!
Andy says: Hello John I’m pretty sure I took those pictures at the right location as my dad was from the local area and told me where it was. I think I took them in the late 80’s early 90’s. The track was being used by local youths to race around on old motorbikes and police were often called. Looking on google earth today it seems that although it is only a grassed area all traces have gone suggesting that it has been ploughed up and made into a flat field to stop any further motorcycling taking place. Regards Andy
John says: OK Andy, you may have located the old place.  We need a forensic team to visit the site Ha Ha!
Martin Green has been in touch he supplies the following aerial shot of where the track was: -

Martin says: Hi John,  I'm not so sure that the Barnsley Lundwood pics are of the correct location. The last time I'm went to visit this site I don't remember it being as open looking over the town but obscured by trees. I've attached an aerial pic of the exact location where the blue marker is, this info I got from a 1930's map of Lundwood so I know is absolutely right. Maybe Andy could compare with his location.

The First Ever League Match
Barnsley v Burnley
Courtesy of Rob McCaffery
Rob McCaffery says: Hi John, this was definitely the first-ever speedway league match, staged 6th April 1929. The Leeds match was on May 20th. The Greyhound Derby website quotes the Leeds match but Speedway Researcher clearly shows this is wrong.

The Times' 1930 Yorkshire
Speedway Page
Courtesy of The British Library Board 
Les Drury has obtained this image of The Times which although of too low resolution to read the text in the article we can see adverts for Sheffield, Barnsley and Wombwell.  Yorkshire speedway featured on it's own page in 1930.
Courtesy of The British Library Board 
Courtesy of The British Library Board 
Courtesy of The British Library Board 

Barnsley Badge
Very Collectable
Courtesy of Maurice Lee
Maurice Lee says:  Just come across this beauty. The club organised the first  race at Lund wood in May 29 1928.  My home village.

Syd Newiss At Barnsley

Not much yet on Barnsley so If you can scan any pictures, programmes or badges send me an email John

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