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Coatbridge Speedway
Coatbridge Speedway, Albion Rovers Football Ground, Cliftonhill Stadium, Main Street, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire 1968-1977
Coatbridge Badges
Coatbridge Lanarkshire

Coatbridge Monarchs

Local Derby
The Monarchs were based at Coatbridge in the late 1960s

Coatbridge v Newcastle
12th October 1968
Programme Scans Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop

Coatbridge Monarch's Badges
Scans from Russell Earl

Coatbridge Badges
1968   1969   1973
1974  1975  1976 
Championship Qualifying Round
1st June 1968
Courtesy of Graham Gleave

Memories Of
Reidar Eide
Garry Allan says: My brother sent me this link and it brought so many memories back. We used to travel from Coatbridge on the supporters bus to Glasgow every Friday until that is the speedway moved to Coatbridge. I remember dad  bringing Reider Eider, sorry about the spelling, to our house myself a dumpling. It was the equivalent of David Beckham coming to our house!!!!
Reidar Eide (6 November 1940 – February 1999) was a Norwegian rider who was champion of Norway on five occasions.

John says: It is spelt Reidar Eide. He was the dominant force in Norwegian speedway in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Reidar Eide will be remembered as being one of the best riders ever produced by his country. When his fellow countryman Henry Harrfeldt broke his leg whilst riding for Edinburgh in 1966, the ‘Monarchs’ promoter Ian Hoskins tried the Swede Runo Wedin in his place before turning to Reidar who, at 25 years of age, was rated as one of his country’s most promising prospects. He had been riding for a number of years but meetings in Norway were few and far between and he had less experience than many riders who had been racing for a shorter period of time. Nevertheless, he was an instant success at Old Meadowbank, breaking the track record in August and scoring his first maximum at home to Long Eaton.

John says: I remember Edinburgh boss Ian Hoskins introducing his team at Newcastle he said "Reidar Eide" in the most dramatic way long before the boxing guy with his lets get ready to rumble!

Who Ate All The Pies?

Bert Harkins and Doug Templeton in some kind of pie eating contest, my money's on big Doug

3 Tigers At
Rye House 1974
Courtesy of Dave Jones 
Eddie Argall
Courtesy of Dave Jones  
Robin Adlington
Courtesy of Dave Jones  
Brian Collins

Coatbridge 1975
The following three photos are courtesy of ex Coatbridge rider John Wilson
John Wilson says: Coming off the line, it's Brian Collins no1 on the inside, and me riding no 2 (gate three). The away team is Boston.
Graham Dawson ( yellow leathers), Jimmy Gallacher, Mitch Shirra, me (John Wilson) and Brian Collins. The rider on the far right is in the opposing team.

Brian Collins

4 Team Tournament
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop
Courtesy of Wattie Dunlop

Silver Helmet
16th July 1976

Grahame Dawson
Pics from Wattie Dunlop


Coatbridge 1977


Photos by Wattie Dunlop

Benny Rourke and Graham Dawson of Tigers taken May 1977 at Coatbridge
Brian Collins of Tigers takes the inside line against Halifax in an inter league challenge in May77
Peter Baldwin says: The Halifax riders are Henny Kroeze and Tom Godal
Jimmy Gallacher
Ready for tapes up Tigers v Berwick May 77 (Graham Dawson in red, Benny Rourke in blue)

Merv Janke

Graham Dawson and Jimmy Gallacher against Halifax in inter league challenge in May 1977
Peter Baldwin says: Photo of Graham Dawson leading Halifax rider and Jim Gallacher, the Halifax rider is Ian Cartwright.
Graham Dawson, Merve Janke and Brian Collins
Graham Dawson of Tigers v Berwick May 77

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