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Hull Speedway  (Hedon)

 
Hedon Stadium, Hedon nr Hull, East Yorkshire.  The Hull "Angels" ran at this, 459 yards track in 1948 and in 1949 when the track was shortened to 443 yards but has been silenced for good.
 

 
John Mather has sent me some info regarding another Hull track Hedon. (Little was known in late 1940s Yorkshire of the American biker gang The Hells Angels otherwise the speedway name Hulls Angels may not have been coined). John Mather's efforts are shown below: -
 
Promoted by Hull Speedways Limited at the Hedon Stadium, Hull on Staithes Road. The location, about 5 miles east of the Hull city center and about 1 mile west of Hedon,  had previously been a racecourse, horses not bikes, an airfield and a wartime depot. Construction on the track started in 1947 and the Angels joined division 3 of the National League for the 1948 season.
 
The Angels first appeared in a challenge match at Stoke, Hanley on 25 March 1948, an under strength team going down heavily 64-16. In the coming days the arrivals of Mick Mitchell, George Craig, Dick Shepherd Al Allison and Bob Baker made Hull much more competitive.
 
 
 
John Skinner says: The programme from Hulls Angels first ever match, away to Stoke Hanley. The Angels suffered a very heavy defeat at the hands of the Potters
 

 
 
Hedon stadium was officially opened by the Mayor and  Mayoress of Hedon on 27 March 1948 in front of around 6,000 fans. The above picture is, I believe, a record of the event.
 

 
For Hull (Hedon's) Opening home match Stoke (Hanley) provided the opposition in a challenge match and were again the victors, this time by 50-32. Hanley's Les Jenkins won the first race at the stadium in a time of 91.6 seconds but Hull's Alf Webster ended the night as the track record holder with 87.2. Alf also top scored for the Angels with a couple of wins in his 7 points.
 

 
 

Hull Angels 1948 

 
 
Alf Webster, Derek Glover, Mick Mitchell (on bike), George Craig, Al Allison, Dick Shepherd, Norman Johnson, Johnny White
 

 
 
Hull Reports
1948 & 1949
 
 

 
 
Supporters Club
Members Card
 
 
Supporters club membership card 2/- (for younger people 2/- is 10p er? I think, my memory is a bit hazy)
 

 
 
Hull Badges
 
1948 and on the right a Hull Hedon badge 1948 remake 2001
 
 
Hull Badges, 1948 on the left, 1949 on the right. The 1948 programme advertised the badges for sale at 2/-, they will fetch a bit more than that these days.
 
 
Hedon Article
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 

 
 

Hull Programme

 
 

Hull v Stoke (Hanley) again. 26 June 1948. National League Division 3

 
 
 
 
My thanks go to John Mather for sending all the images on this page without which I wouldn't have a Hull Hedon page in the website's A-Z.
 

 
 
Hull v Tamworth
6th August 1949
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
 
Photos From 1949 Hedon Programmes
 
 
Alf Webster
 
Courtesy of John Mather
 

 
 
Derek Glover
 
Courtesy of John Mather
 

 
 
George Craig
 
 

 
 
Mick Mitchell
 
Courtesy of John Mather
 

 
 
Norman Johnson
 
Courtesy of John Mather
 

 
 
Hull Angels 1949
 
 

 
 

The End

 
Crowds started to decline in the 1949 season (writes John Mather) and an appeal was made in the local paper for fans to support the team. The promoters attempted to move the operation closer to the city and the former home of Hull City Football club (now demolished but very near the current KC stadium) looked like a possibility. However, an agreement could not be reached with the owners and the decision was made to close. The last home meeting was a 54-29 victory over Liverpool on August 27th and after less than 2 seasons the Angels had vanished into the cinders. Mick Mitchell won the last national league race at Hedon and he also won the final second half race that night. Yarmouth's Billy Bales track record, set on May 14th, was never bettered. 
 

The last match at Hedon

 
There was one more match, a sound beating for the Angels at Halifax on August 31st and the license was transferred to Swindon. Four of the team headed south to join the Robins: Mick Mitchell, George Craig, Derek Glover and Alf Webster. Bob Baker returned  to parent track New Cross, Norman Johnson and Jack Watts appeared for Ashfield.
 
 
 

Hull (Hedon) last ever meeting, away to Halifax

 

 
The following was published in the Hull Daily Mail on Wednesday August 31 1949.
 
Will Hull Speedway End This Week?
 
Unless Hull City Football Club directors have a change of heart, Hull will have no speedway team. At a meeting last night the directors finally turned down Hull Speedways application for the use of City’s old football ground on Anlaby Road as a speedway track.

 

As the present stadium at Hedon is running with a weekly loss of more than 200 there is no alternative but for the speedway to close its gate.
 
Capt. F. V. Archer and his co-directors are  still trying to get the use of the ground but unless the Hull City board change their mind before the weekend, the league match with Leicester at Hedon stadium will be the last of speedway meeting in Hull.
 
*******
 
The following was published in the Hull Daily Mail on Wednesday August 31 1949.
 

Will Hull Speedway End This Week?

Unless Hull City Football Club directors have a change of heart, Hull will have no speedway team. At a meeting last night the directors finally turned down Hull Speedways application for the use of City’s old football ground on Anlaby Road as a speedway track.

As the present stadium at Hedon is running with a weekly loss of more than 200 there is no alternative but for the speedway to close its gates.

Capt. F. V. Archer and his co-directors are  still trying to get the use of the ground but unless the Hull City board change their mind before the weekend, the league match with Leicester at Hedon stadium will be the last of speedway meeting in Hull.

 
*******
 
The Hull City Board did not change their mind, the match against Leicester never did take place and  the Angels were no more. 
 

One programme oddity, the good people of Rayleigh obviously didn't want to see Hull go, as the programme for October 8th shows. Swindon were just a bracketed after thought even though the Angels had folded more than a month before!

 
 

 
 
Memories
 
Darren Hemsworth says: Good afternoon, just browsing your site.  I used to race schoolboy motocross in the early 80's and used to to race at a venue at Saltend (Hedon), which was in a bowl formation , adjacent to a chemical works. A few years later I was advised it used to be a speedway track..? Just wondering if you have any info on that .?
 
John says:  You must have somehow missed this page, Darren. Hedon Stadium will be your Saltend track.  here's a photo showing a power station cooling chimney and what looks like a chemical works
 

Courtesy of J Spoor
 
 
Darren's Schoolboy Motorcross Photos
 
 
Not Darren on the bike, but you can clearly see the chemical works in the back of both of the above photos.
 
 
Darren Hemsworth
 
 
This is Darren, he says: This is me in 1983 , and you can see the chemical works in the background
 

 
 
Alex Slingsby
 

Dear Mr Skinner, I am writing in regard of your Hull (Hedon) Speedway webpage. I recently discovered an old photograph that was taken at Hedon, East Yorkshire, of one of Jordan’s salesmen riding a motorcycle. This was found within my late Grandfather’s possessions, as during the late 1950s and early 1960s he operated the Hedon Aerodrome, flying to and from the airfield on a number of occasions in his ‘Tiger Moth’ aeroplane. It is likely the young man in the photograph was a motorcycle enthusiast who got a job at Jordan’s and spent their spare time at the Hedon Speedway in the 1950s.  Similarly I have also attached a couple more photographs, however sadly I do not know anything about them other than they were taken at Hedon during the 1950s. I would have no problem with you uploading these onto your website. If you do this however, please credit me. Kind Regards, Alex Slingsby

 
 
Alex's Photos
 
 
John says:  I cannot corroborate  that this biker is anywhere near the old speedway circuit at Hedon Stadium, Hedon nr Hull although Alex says it was
 

 
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 

 
If you can scan any pictures, programmes or badges send me an email John
 

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