Defunct Speedway Tracks
Bradford (Greenfield) Speedway
Greenfield Autodrome, Dudley Hill, Bradford, West Yorkshire. Racing took place 1928, 1961-1962
Dave hasn't said anything about the above photo apart from
that it was taken at Greenfield Speedway. The picture needs some
comment so I have made this up: The guy in the hat is a copper
pointing at the two old guys and saying, "You two are nicked for criminal
damage" now where have you hidden the seats that were here a few moments
A great looking speedway stadium. The writing at the top of the tall building at the middle of the bottom bend says Greenfield Stadium so what a shame this stadium had such a short speedway life.
1961 Opening Bradford Programme v Sheffield
1962 Bradford Panthers (Back Row) Dennis Jenkins, Stuart Hickman, Reg Fearman (Team Manager) Tommy Roper. (Front Row) Wal Morton, Ray Day, Reg Duval, Geoff Pymar. Makes me wonder what was on the back of the racejackets!
The Bradford team of 1962 used Greenfield Stadium not their usual home Odsal. It was the only season Greenfield was used for league racing. Bradford had 6 nicknames over the years: Boomerangs, Tudors, Panthers, Northern, Barons and Dukes, it must be some kind of record? The team of 1962 has two old timers in it: Wal Morton born 1911 and Geoff Pymar born 1912.
Jack Winstanley with a trophy won at Greenfield in 1962
Allan Wood says: Hi John,
I somehow tuned into your site while looking for something else.
Greenfield , I was 11 at the time. We used to go with Tommy Roper and
Ray Day then come home on the Hebble bus back to Buttershaw. Some time
ago I tried to piece together movements after Odsal in 1960. I believe
they went to City Dog track up Listerhiils Lane next to BT’s yard and
then to Greenfield . They built the track wrong here. It sloped inwards
so all the water formed a lake when it rained. Riders refused to race
the track and it closed. Allan
Good to see more stuff on the Bradford Greenfield
site and I have got some attached here. First though, I was surprised at
Allan Wood's tale of speedway at Legrams Lane before Greenfield. The
City Stadium, as it was called was primarily a greyhound track which
also staged such things as celebrity football matches but in the late
30's it was one of Bradford's two Baseball stadia, the other being
Greenfield. Baseball was enjoying a boom at the time in the North of
England in particular and crowds were good. Greenfield had the Giants
and City had the Sox, my Dad, was a regular at both ( he was young and
single then) and left loads of programmes. The war seems to have killed
off the boom. In the 1950s, at the City Stadium there was track
racing but it wasn't speedway, it was a velodrome style track for cycle
racing. Apparently there were several such tracks in Yorkshire, another
one was at Roundhay and there was a track league. I lived locally to the
stadium and was in there once for a football match, must have been not
long before the fire in 1963. It does not seem to me that there would
have been room for a speedway track. From my own research, the Bradford
Panthers left Odsal after a disastrous 1960 season and always intended
to move to Greenfield. The track began to be built in 1961 but there
were several problems and it was not open until 15th August when
Sheffield were the visitors. Open meetings were run the rest of the year
before Provincial League racing in 1962.
If you can scan any pictures, programmes or badges send me an email John
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