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Motherwell Speedway
(Milton Street)

 
Lanarkshire Eagles
 
Motherwell has had two homes of speedway, This page is concerned with speedway at The Stadium Milton Street Motherwell Lanarkshire where racing was staged between 1950 and 1972 off and on and more off than on!  The team had alternate names Motherwell Eagles or Lanarkshire Eagles.
 

 
 
Motherwell Eagles
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
Can you name the personnel, the year and the track John
Col Greenwell says: You have the team as Exeter Falcons. I believe it to be Motherwell Eagles as that is Will Lowther in the back row. Next to him is Gordon MacGregor.
John says: Oh dear!  Obviously I would be rubbish as a bird watcher, I can't tell an Eagle from a Falcon.  So Col has started us off with naming these riders can you name the riders, the year and the track John
Steve Baker says:  I think this photo is from 1951, that's the same year as the Johnnie Hoskins pic. Col rightly says, the riders are left to right, at the back, Bob Lindsay (I think!), Bill Dalton, Will Lowther, Gordon McGregor and team manager Tom Reid. At the front, left to right, Stan Bradbury, Noel Watson and Keith Gurtner.
Peter Colvin says: I spotted the Motherwell (Lanarkshire Eagles) team photo in the "name the rider part 3" section of your Defunct Speedway website.  Using the marvelous Speedway Researcher website, can I suggest that this photo might have been taken at Walthamstow on 25th June 1951 (Because of the background).
Steve Baker thinks that the first rider in the back row might be Bob Lindsay, but it does not look like him at all. At first I thought he looked like Johnny Green but eventually I came to the decision that it is more likely to be Danny Lee.
There are only seven riders in the photo. I believe that Joe Crowther is missing from this photo-shoot. Joe failed to score in his first ride due to machine problems and did not race again that night. There is an action photo of heat 14 on the front cover of the following week's Speedway News, so a professional photographer was at the stadium. Regards, Peter Colvin
 

 
 
Motherwell 1953
 
 

 
 
1953 Team
 
 
Back Row:  Scott Hall, Ron Phillips, Noel Watson, Bluey Scott and Derek Close. The 3 at the front are Jimmy Tannock, Gordon McGregor and Johnny Green
Jim Henry says: this is the 1953 team
 
 
Motherwell 1953
 
 
 
1953 Riders Speedway Star
 
Bluey Scott &
Derek Close
 
 
Derek Close as you know rode for both the Middlesbrough Bears and the Newcastle Diamonds before joining Motherwell. Bluey Scott rode for the Bears in 1964.
 

 
 
Three Eagles
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
Derek Close is flanked by Gordon McGregor, left and Joe Crowther
 
 
Another Team
Line Up
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
 
Motherwell 1952
 
 
 
Motherwell 1954
 
 
 
Scotland v England 1954
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 

 
 
Jimmy Tannock
 

Courtesy of Jim Henry

 
Can anyone tell me who this rider is? John
Ian Marshall says: The unknown rider is Jimmy Tannock.
 

 
 
Lanarkshire Eagles v Newcastle Diamonds
 

Courtesy of Speedway Swap Shop

 
The year unknown?
Jim Henry says:
B&W Programme - opening meeting 1950
 

 
 
Motherwell Eagles v Belle Vue Babes 16th May 1958
 
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
1958 and Scottish stalwarts Doug and Willie Tempton, Jimmy Tannoch and my favourite Scots rider George Hunter are all there in the Lanarkshire tracks programme.
 

 
 
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Motherwell v Ipswich
 
11th July 1958
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 

 
 
Motherwell v Barrow
 
Courtesy of David Smith
 
Year unknown ?
William Hogg says: The Motherwell Eagles v Barrow programme whose date escaped you is from 1972.
 

 
 
Motherwell v Teesside
 
12th June 1972
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 

 

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

 

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