Exeter Speedway (County Ground)
 
Exeter has had 7 different venues but it is best remembered at home at, The County Ground Stadium, Cowick Street, St Thomas, Exeter, where speedway ran (off an on) between 1929 - 2005. The track was big at 396metres. 
 
 
A scary view of one of the biggest tracks in the land. 433 yards/396 metres. The "safety" fence looks pretty unforgiving too!
 
County Ground May 2009
 
John Nethercott says: Here are a couple of pictures I took on 29th May 2009 of work starting on the housing estate on our beloved Falcons County Ground before I was promptly kicked out!
 
Courtesy of John Nethercott (Nevsy)
Pits Area and back straight terraces
 
Courtesy of John Nethercott (Nevsy)
Another delivery of shale--oops concrete arrives
 
This is a defunct club that should be revived at maybe one of the other 6 venues (if possible) or at a new one close enough to the city to be able to use the name EXETER. We live in hope.
 
 

 
Exeter Badges
 
Scans from Russell Earl


Memories

Gerald says: Hello my friend, there is nothing other I can say other than I have irreplaceable memories never sadly to return of the Falcons 1965 to 1970. Some of the most treasured in my life. Strangely in those days I knew a Julie Skinner from Exeter also. It hurts to know that those lovely days are gone forever, many thanks for the site and photos that brought home to me how treasured those days were.


 
Memories
 
Michael Redfern says: Wish I had some pictures to send you but I haven't!
We lived in St Leonards and on rare occasions we would walk to/back from the track. I remember them playing over the tannoy 'fire you're going to burn" by the 'crazy world of Arthur Brown'. It seems incredible now - the bikes minus rider roaring away in circles as there was no cut out switch in those days. Remember John Boulger winning the Westernapolis. Jack Geran was my favourite and in later years we used to enjoy a few beers at the the County Ground club and the Honiton Inn. Happy days - will we ever have another track now?!
Best wishes,
Michael Redfern
 

 
Jackie "The Mighty Atom" Hart
 
 
Early 1950's Jackie Hart
 
 
1952 Exeter: Jack Hart, Don Hardy (Capt) Bill Dutton (Manager)
 
 
Jackie Hart and Dave McKay
 
 
Jackie Hart Exeter 1953
 
 
Jackie hosing down his front wheel whilst keeping his shoes and socks dry
 
 
Jack Hart, Bill (Neill) Street, Eric Minal, Jack Durand, Bob Myer, Vic Tent, ? Bernard Slade, Don Hardy (captain) Goog Hoskins
 
 

Courtesy of Max Rutherford Webmaster/Secretary, Taranaki Historic Speedway Ass. http://www.historicspeedway.co.nz/

Above: Jackie in more modern times with his original Rudge

 

 
Exeter 1957
 
Courtesy of Glyn Chandler
L-R  ?  Geoff Pymar, ?  Cliff Cox,  ?  Cyril Roger,   ?  Jack Geran  Neil Street, Front: Trevor Redmond, Francis Cann and Glyn Chandler
 
In 1957 when Exeter was not running as a league club: to keep the track open Geoff Pymar and Cyril Roger promoted a season of challenge matches at the County Ground.  There were only a few full time riders, Glyn on loan from Swindon, Cliff Cox and possibly Francis Cann, the rest of Exeter teams were made up of any top class riders available on the night.  Neil Street, Trevor Redmond and Jack Geran usually made up the Exeter teams
 

 
 

 
Exeter 1964
 
 
1964 Ray Wickett Pat Flanagan Pete Lansdale (Manager) Jimmy Squibb Cliff Cox and in front Des Lukehurst Len Silver and Alan Cowland
 

 
Exeter 1965
 
 
In the days when speedway riders wore black leathers there were a few individuals who refused the norm. Here we have Alan Cowland the "White Ghost". Alan wasn't just a fancy-dan he was a gritty racer too.
 

 
Jimmy Squibb
 
 
 
Chris Julian
 
Courtesy of Ted Hearn
 
 
 
Neil Street
 
 
 
 


Exeter's White Boots
 

Pete Lansdale

Dennis Day

Alan Cowland

Howdy Byford

 
The 4 pictures displayed above above show each rider wearing white boots.  I can vaguely remember the whole Exeter team wearing them.  Can anyone enlighten me on this matter John
 

 
Exeter 1969
 
 
Terry Stone says: ? ? Martin Ashby, Alan Cowland, Tim Bungay, Jimmy Squibb, Phil Woodcock,
Steve Baker says: Exeter page, 1969 team picture, 2nd in from the left is Jan Holub.
Chris Franklin says: Rider on far left is Mike Cake.
 

 
Views Of The County Ground
 
 
The 4 pictures shown above are courtesy of Ian Hitchcock. He has an Exeter site with some excellent photographs  Follow this link to see Ian's site Exeter
 

 
Ivan Mauger
 
Exeter's greatest ever rider. 
 

Mauger? definitely no1

Pictures courtesy of Ian Hitchcock

Does anyone have any older shots to share with us, send me an email John

 

 
Scot Autrey
 
 
 
Courtesy of Ted Hearn
Scot Autrey in action
 

 
Seemond Stephens
 
 
Pavel Ondrasik
 
 
Mark Lemon
 
 

 
The County Ground Site Now
 
 
Where the County Ground once stood, only this remains
 
 
Let's Remember Things This Way
 
 
The County Ground before the bulldozers were called in. Let's remember things this way
 
 
If you can scan any pictures, programmes or badges send me an email John
 

 
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