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Belle Vue
Speedway

Kirkmanshulme Lane

 
Belle Vue Stadium, Kirkmanshulme Ln, Gorton, Manchester M18 7BA
 
Kirkmanshulme Lane was in at the beginning of UK speedway.  The track ran "Open Meetings" in 1928 and closed later in the year.  Sixty years later speedway returned and this spell from 1988 to 2015 is what this webpage is mainly concerned with, but if you have items from 1928 please get in touch John
 

 
1988 Re-opening  BLRC Badges  Other BV Badges  The Stadium In Modern Times  Mike Faria   Stuart Bamforth  Shawn Moran  4 TT Winners   Jason Lyons   Kirky Lane Stadium  Kirkmanshulme_Lane's_Final_Meeting
 

 
 
28th July 1928 Programme
 
 
 
The 1928 Programme is courtesy of Jack Babrovskie
 
John says: I am looking for more from 1928 Kirky Lane.  If you can supply photos, newspaper clippings etc please email me John
 
 
70 Speedway Years In Manchester 1998
 
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop
 

 
 
Kirkmanshulme Lane In Modern Times
 
 
 
 
The internationally famous Belle Vue Zoological Gardens, Hyde Road, Gorton, Manchester closed its doors to Speedway in 1987 but speedway continued in the city when 1988 saw the Belle Vue Aces bring speedway back at their new/old home at Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium, Kirkmanshulme Lane in Gorton Manchester.
 
 
Nick Babrovskie's Photographs
 
Jack Babrovskie says: Hi John, Here are some photos of Nick's of the Kirkmanshulme Lane stadium and track taken at an ‘open day’ prior to the 1988 season.
 
 
 
Jack says: The large indoor stand on the back straight. For a time this also housed the club shop run by former Ace Taffy Owen.  It was later demolished.  Note the buildings alongside main stand on home straight. These were also later demolished in a stadium ‘upgrade’.  Just between the two smaller stands can be glimpsed the old cottage which I think was used as an office before being also demolished to provide more parking spaces.
 
 
Re-opening Meeting's
 
1st & 8th April 1988
 
Courtesy of Jack Babrovskie
 
The opening meeting scheduled for 1st April 1988 became a victim of the Manchester weather, The rained off meeting was put back and the following meeting a week later against Wolverhampton became Belle Vue's first meeting "on the track" at Kirkmanshulme Lane.
 
 
Belle Vue v Wolverhampton
 
Courtesy of Jack Babrovskie
 
 
Peter Collins Column From The First Programme
 
Courtesy of Jack Babrovskie
 
 
Flyin' Mike Faria
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stuart Bamforth
 
 
Jack Babrovskie says:  Some black humour from the back cover of the KL 1st meeting programme.  Background:  British Car Auctions had announced that they were giving a donation to the club. Stuart Bamforth (pictured) had of course sold the Hyde Road stadium and site to them for redevelopment.
 
 
1988 First Belle Vue Aces Team At Kirkmanshulme Lane
 
 
The Aces team that started that season (see photo) is (back row) : Peter Ravn, Andy Smith, Paul Thorp, Chris Morton.  (front row): Roland Danno, Mike Faria, Glenn Hornby.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1988 Peter Craven Trophy 
 
 
 
Winner Kelly Moran flanked by Kelvin Tatum and Sam Ermolenko 
 
 
British League Riders
Championship 1988 
 
 
 
 
More From
Jack Babrovskie's Collection
 
 
 
 
Courtesy of Jack Babrovskie
 

 
 
BLRC Badges
 
This feature follows on from the BV Hyde Rd page 2.  Manchester has always been the home of the British League Riders Championship and the club produces badges to commemorate the final. The Hyde Road page has badges from 1970- 1987.  We have only 4 badges, so far, from Kirky Lane's era as follows: -
 
  
1988 1989 1990
     
   
1991    
     
 
If you can add to the 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991 badges please scan them and email them to me John
 

 
 
Belle Vue Badges
 
Kirkmanshulme Lane
 
Badge Scans are Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop.  There are many pre-1988 BV Badges on the Belle Vue Hyde Road Page  The badges following below are from the Kirkmanshulme Lane Era 1988 - 2015
 
1988 1988 1989 
     
1989 1989 1989  
     
   
1989    
     
1990   1990   1990  
     
1990   1991  1991
     
 
  1991   
     
1993 1994 1995
     
1995 1996  1996
     
 
1997 1997  1998  
     
 
1998  1998    
     
 
2000  2006   2006 
     
     
2006 2008 2008
     
 
2009     2010   
     
   
  2012  2012 
     
Kirkmanshulme Lane closed it's doors to speedway in 2015.   As of 2016, Belle Vue Speedway resides at the National Speedway Stadium; situated but a stone’s throw from its two historic homes at the Greyhound Stadium and the legendary Hyde Road Stadium.
2015    
     
Badges Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop.  Wattie has a few which we don't know the years, they follow below.  Please email John  if you know the years
     
Badge 1 Year Unknown Badge 2 Year Unknown Badge 3 Year Unknown
     
Badge 4 Year Unknown Badge 5 Year Unknown Badge 6 Year Unknown
     
     
Badge 7 Year Unknown     
     

 
 
Roland Danno &
Alan Wilkinson
 
 
 
Peter Ravn
 
 
 
Shawn Moran
 
 
 
 
April 1992 Aces 
 
 
 
April 1992 team: (back row) Richard Musson, Mike Hampson, Jason Lyons, Frede Schott, (front row) Bobby Ott, Joe Screen, Kelly Moran
 
 
1992 Joe Screen Taking The Outside Around Jeremy Doncaster 
 
 
 
 
4 Team Tournament Winners 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1992 Bobby Ott &
Jason Lyons
 
 
 
 
1993 Aces
 
 
1993 team: (back row) Jason Lyons, Frede Schott, Bobby Ott, Mike Hampson, Carl Stonehewer, (front row)  Shawn Moran, Joe Screen (on bike), Peter Scully (?) Team manager and promoter John Perrin standing on right.
Paul "Otter" says: Hello there, just been looking at your fantastic website it's amazing but I have noticed a mistake on the Belle Vue speedway (Kirkmanshulme lane) page. 1993 aces picture back row 4th in you said its Mike Hampson its Mike Lewithwaite and front row at the end its not Peter Scully its Shawn Venables hope this helps keep up the good work from Paul (life long aces fan)
John says:  Thank you Paul for praising my website.  I love getting emails like yours, it makes the expense of doing the site worthwhile.  BV are my second favourite club btw. I am a lifelong Newcastle Diamonds fan and hopefully I will never have to do a Defunct page on Newcastle!
 
 
Frede Schott &
Jason Lyons
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
 
Jason Lyons
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
 
Chris Manchester
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 

 
 
Belle Vue Mystery Man
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
Graham sent me this photo without the riders name.  He appears to be the Aces number 6.  Can you id him and hazard a guess at the year.  I presume the photo was taken at Kirky Lane? John
 
 

 
 
Ales Dryml
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 

 
 
Kirkmanshulme Lane Entrance
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
 
Kirky Lane 1995
 
The Home Straight
 
 
 
 
The Back Straight With The Chieftain Stand
 
The above two images are courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
 
More Images Of
Kirkmanshulme Lane's Facilities!
 
 
 

 
 
Dave Hobson Says
 
Hi John,  I thought you may like a these 3 pictures from the pit area of Belle Vue in what I thought was going to be the last meeting at Kirkmanshulme Lane, until we made the play offs.  Regards  Dave
 
 
Photos courtesy of Dave Hobson
 

 
 
Kirkmanshulme Lane's
Final Team
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 

 
Kirkmanshulme Lane's Last Meeting
28th September 2015
 
 
And the end has cometh!  Belle Vue will move to their third home.  Hyde Road and Kirkmanshulme Lane are now history, the Aces will go on at their new venue and good luck to them there.  However my website deals with Defunct venues so if you have photos and memories etc from Kirky Lane or Hyde Road please get in touch John
 

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