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Glasgow Speedway
(Craighead Park)
 
Craighead Park, Forrest Street, Blantyre, Nr Glasgow Scotland operated 1982- 1986
 
Glasgow Craighead Park Badges
 

 
 
Gordon Leith's Photographs
 

Gordon Leith Says: Hi John, I came across your website when I was trying to remember the years that  I took pictures for the Glasgow Tigers. The pictures that particularly sparked my memories were the two below. I was hoping to find some information on Steve Lawson and Martin McKinna that would confirm the year they were taken. I was amazed to find the very pictures on your website.

I would say straight away, I don’t have any problem with them being there. I was just amazed that  these and so many more of my pictures were there. I believe most, if not all of the pictures actually taken at Craighead Park between 1984 and 1986 were taken by me.

I took photographs at Craighead park for inclusion in the Tigers  team programme. A friend of mine ( Ron Young) developed them in his home darkroom and we gave them to the person producing the programme. I wondered if Dave Allen was the person who produced the programme. He certainly seems to have a lot of information relating to the pictures, so I’m guessing he was there at the time.

I have attached a copy of a version of my original Steve Lawson / Jim Beaton picture. I would be thrilled if I could be credited as photographer on these pictures. Regards  Gordon Leith

 
 
Gordon's Pictures
 
 
 

 
 
Glasgow Badges
Craighead Park
 
     
1982  1982  1982 
     
   
1982  1983  1983
     
Glasgow Tigers Craighead Park Badges 1982-1986
1984   1985  
     
 
1986  
 
These scans of badges were sent to me by Wattie Dunlop who has sent me so many items I have lost count. Thank you Wattie 

 
 
Dave Allan Pictures 1982
 
 
Colin Caffrey
 
 

 
 
 Alan Mason
 
 

 
 
 Steve Lawson
 
 
John Skinner says: Steve was one or my favourite "visiting" riders when he came to my home town track Newcastle
 
 
Gordon Leith took this picture, he says: it Shows Steve Lawson and Colin Caffrey in a meeting I believe might be against Berwick Bandits. I can’t be certain. You might recognise the racing bibs
John says:  I think Glasgow were at home to Boston Barracudas.  The racejacket of the rider in white is not very "fishlike" but it isn't a Berwick bib.  I cannot name the riders
 
 
Steve Lawson
At The Start
 
 
John says:  This excellent close quarters picture was taken by Gordon Leith.  It is also of Steve Lawson
 
 
Glasgow v Boston
 
 
Another great Gordon Leith photo.  Gordon says Jimmy MacMillan and Jim Beaton are the Glasgow pair.  The Boston duo are a mystery unless you know who they are John
 

 
 
Martin McKinna
 
 

 
Glasgow v
Milton Keynes

 
National League
4th June 1982
 
 
Kenny Mckinna (Red) & Alan Mason (Blue)
 

 
 
Kenny McKinna
 
 

 
 
Harry Maclean
 
 

 
Alan Mason &
Kym Mauger
 
 

 
 
1982 Team
 
 
Picture taken at Craighead Park Blantyre, Sunday 18th July prior to Glasgow Tigers v Peterborough Panthers National League match. Back Row (L to R): Keith Wright, Martin McKinna, Alan Mason, Kym Mauger, Geoff Powell, Kenny McKinna, Des Wilson, David Cassels Front (L to R): Colin Caffrey, Harry MacLean, Steve Lawson (on bike with Silver Helmet), Dave Thomson (Team Manager), Rob Carter, Jackson Irving
 

 
1982 Glasgow Team At Brough Park Newcastle
 
 
Picture taken at Brough Park Newcastle, Monday 31st May 1982 prior to Newcastle Diamonds v Glasgow Tigers National League match
 

 
 
Glasgow v Edinburgh
 
The programme for the fixture rained off on Friday 24th September 1982 was re-issued for the Sunday 10th October 1982  re-staging with this insert.
 
 

 
 
Scottish Junior League 1982
 
 
Typical Scottish Junior League race card from a Glasgow Tiger Cubs v Longstone Lions fixture on Sunday 18th July 1982.  This fixture was raced in the second half of the Glasgow Tigers v Peterborough Panthers National League match.
Longstone Lions were one of two SJL teams affiliated to Edinburgh Monarchs in 1982, Young Edinburgh being the other.
 

 
 
Programme Covers 1982
 
 
Programme cover (Left) from first meeting at Craighead Park. Meeting was changed to a Challenge Match.
This cover design lasted for only the first two meetings before being replaced by cover at right hand side
 

 
 
Rob Carter
 
 

 
 
Martin McKinna
 
 

 
 
Kenny McKinna
 
 

 
 
 Harry MacLean
 
 

 
 
1983 Pictures Courtesy Of
Dave Allan
 
 
Charlie McKinna (Blue) & Jim McMillan (Y&B)
 
 
 
Heat 5 Philips Video Scottish Championship Sunday 11th September 1983
 

 
 
1983 Team 1
 
 
Picture taken at Brough Park Newcastle, Monday 30th May 1983 prior to Newcastle Diamonds v Glasgow Tigers National League match. Left to Right: Steve Lawson, Jim Beaton, David Walsh, Martin McKinna, Geoff Powell, Andy Reid & Jim McMillan
 

 
 
1983 Team 2
 
 
Picture taken at Craighead Park Blantyre, Sunday 15th May prior to Glasgow Tigers v Edinburgh Monarchs Inter City Cup 1st Leg match. Back Row (L to R): Dave Thomson (Team Manager), Martin McKinna, Geoff Powell, Andy Reid, David Walsh, Jim Beaton, John Walmesley, Jim McMillan & James Beaton (Promoter) Front Row (L to R): Colin Caffrey, Steve Lawson (on bike) & David Cassels
 

 
 

 
 
1984 Pictures Courtesy Of
Dave Allan
 
 
Picture taken at Berrington Lough Berwick, Saturday 7th April prior to Berwick Bandits v Glasgow Tigers v Edinburgh Monarchs Scottish Triangle 2nd Leg match.  Back Row (L to R): James Beaton (promoter), Brian Collins, Andy Reid, Geoff Powell, Jim Burdfield & David Cassels Front Row (L to R): Martin McKinna, Steve Lawson (on bike) & Dave Thomson (team manager)
 

 
 
Glasgow v Peterborough
 
 

 
 
Steve Lawson
 
 
Steve Lawson who finished 1984 at the top of the National League averages with a CMA of 10.41.
 

 
 
Andy Reid &
Martin McKinna
 
 

 
 
1985 Pictures Courtesy Of
Dave Allan
 
 
Picture taken Friday 31st May 1985 prior to the Glasgow Tigers v Wimbledon Dons National League match.
Back Row (L to R): Jim Beaton, Andy Reid, Colin Caffrey, Dave Thomson (team manager), Kenny Brailsford & Mark Crang Front Row (L to R): Martin McKinna, David Cassels, Steve Lawson (on bike), Brian Collins, James Beaton (promoter)
 

 
 
Jim Beaton's Testimonial Meeting
 
Friday 11th October 1985
 
 
Jim Beaton Testimonial meeting.
Glasgow Past & Present:
 
 
Picture taken Friday 11th October 1985 prior to Glasgow Past & Present v Shawn Moran's Seven Jim Beaton Testimonial meeting. GLASGOW PAST & PRESENT: Back Row (L to R): Bobby Beaton, Brian Collins, Jim McMillan, Steve Lawson & Charlie McKinna Front Row (L to R): Jim & Margaret Beaton, Martin McKinna
 

 
 
Jim Beaton
 
 

Jim Beaton at Cleveland Park, Middlesbrough on parade for the Middlesbrough Tigers v Glasgow Tigers National League match on Thursday 1st August 1985

 

 
 
1985 Team
 
 
Picture taken Tuesday 21st May 1985 prior to the Milton Keynes Knights v Glasgow Tigers National League match.
Left to Right: Dave Thomson (team manager), Jim Beaton, Andy Reid, Steve Lawson (on bike), Kenny Brailsford, David Cassels, Martin McKinna, Colin Caffrey & James Beaton (promoter)
 

 
 
1986 Pictures Courtesy Of
Dave Allan
 
 
Craighead Park 1986 Martin McKinna. leading a Newcastle rider
 

 
 
1986 Craighead Park
 
 
Colin Caffrey
 
 
Colin Caffrey taking part in photoshoot for Kishorn Windows, Glasgow Tiger's first ever team sponsor.
 

 
 
1986 Team
 
 
Taken at Craighead Park Blantyre, Friday 25th April prior to the Glasgow Tigers v Eastbourne Eagles National League match. Back Row (L to R): Ray Palmer, Bobby Beaton, Kenny Brailsford, Geoff Powell, Jim Beaton, Martin McKinna & Nathan Murray Front Row (L to R): Colin Caffrey, Steve Lawson (on bike), Kelvin Jelaca & Jackson Irving 
 
 
Another 1986
Team Photo
 
 
Taken at Berrington Lough Berwick, Saturday 7th June prior to the Berwick Bandits v Glasgow Tigers National League match.  From left to right: Bobby Beaton, Kym Mauger, Steve Lawson (on bike), Geoff Powell, Jackson Irving, Colin Caffrey & Martin McKinna (kneeling)
 
 
Another Glasgow Team Photo
 
 
Taken at Bordesley Green Wheels Complex Birmingham, Sunday 27th July prior to the Birmingham Brummies v Glasgow Tigers National League match. Left to right: Martin McKinna, Colin Caffrey, Geoff Powell, Steve Lawson (on bike), Derek Cooper, Kym Mauger & Jackson Irving
 

 
 
Last Ever Meeting At Craighead Park
 
 

Courtesy of Dave Allan

 
Programme from final meeting to be staged at Craighead Park. Friday 17th October 1986 v Milton Keynes Knights (National League).
 
The End!
 
No more speedway at Craighead Park 

 
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