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Berwick Speedway
Berrington Lough
Berwick have had 2 homes and are best known at their current home Shielfield Park.  This page celebrates Berwick's other home, namely Berrington Lough Stadium, Near Ancroft, Northumberland where they operated between 1982-1995
Berwick v Newcastle 1982  Berrington Badges  Berrington Programme Covers  2008 Derelict Berrington Lough



The above photos are courtesy of  Phil Small
Mike Moseley writes: Berwick at (Berrington Lough)
24th April 1982 saw the inaugural meeting at Berrington Lough, with the Bandits emerging victorious against near neighbours Edinburgh 56-40.  The circuit was a little out in the sticks, and when the chance arose to return to their former and of course now current home at Shielfield Park, it was an opportunity to good to refuse.  Stoke were the final team to grace the 253-metre circuit, losing our to their hosts to the tune of 63-42 in what was an Academy League KO Cup Final.


Berwick v Peterborough

Berwick Down South 1982
John says:  This photo shows Berwick on their travels.  I can name Rob Grant Snr second from left.  Granty was a big strong guy and he really chucked his bike into the corners and stuck out his left leg like no other rider.  He was great to watch.  Can you say what track this pic was taken at and name the year and the riders John
Steve Baker says:  left to right, Stan Bear(?), Rob Grant, Les Rumsey and Steve McDermott.
Bob Cole says: The riders in the Berwick photo were Bear, Grant, Rumsey & McDermott 
Ht 7 20th July 1982 Result McDermott, Rumsey, Bear, Grant. Time 68.0
Result; 59-37
Weymouth Wildcats Scofield,Yeates, Rumsey,Wigg, McNeil, Bear, Crockett  
Berwick Bandits, Cribb, Collins, Hunter, Grant, McDermott, Thorp, Caroline

Berwick v Ellesmere Port
19th June 1982
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop
Berwick v Newcastle
10th July 1982
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop
Berwick v Peterborough
17th July 1982
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop

Berrington Badges
Berwick were at Berrington Lough from 1982 to 1991.  Wattie Dunlop has sent me scans of some badges from that period they are shown below
1982 1983 1983
1984 1985   1986
1987 1988 1989
1989 KO Cup Winners 1990 1991
Berwick moved back to Shielfield Park for 1992 and are still there 
at the time of writing (2016)
Wattie's great collection of badges from Berrington Lough. 

Berrington Programme Covers
The following Berwick programme scan are courtesy of Dave Allan
1984 1985 1986
No Programme
1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992
1993 1994 1995

Berwick v Mildenhall
21st May 1983
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop

Winners At Poole
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop

Blackie & Mark 1989

Berwick v Wimbledon

Sean Courtney
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop

Bandits v
'Boro Bears
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop

Mark Courtney
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop

Berwick v Peterborough
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop

2008 Derelict Berrington Lough


These photos of a derelict Berrington Lough were supplied by Marty Hastings, who revisited the site in 2008
Marty says: I found Berrington straight away, it was quite emotional seeing it again, I'd seen pics of how it looked but it feels totally different when you see it for yourself, very emotional, I stood on the spot in the pits where I met Hans Nielsen at Rob Grants Testimonial 21 years previously, I stood on same area on the back straight where Steve McDermott used to do his practice starts every week, I even walked round the whole track, I was like a little kid being there again, I'm so glad I went and saw it, great memories of 20 odd years ago and great to be there and see it again!
Hope you like the pics,
All the best,
John says: Thank you Marty for the pics and for sharing your memories.  Berwick (2008) based at Shielfield in the town, are in turmoil with Peter Waite wanting to sell up.  Let us pray that the Bandits find a new owner and speedway continues in the border town.
Update: The Bandits continue (2013) under a new promotion
If you can scan any pictures, programmes or badges of the Berrington Lough era please send me an email John

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