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Skegness Stadium, Marsh Lane, Orby, Skegness, Lincs. The track was better known for stockcars, however, the Skegness Braves operated from this stadium in 1997 and 1998.

Unfortunately, the people of Skeggy did not support the Braves in sufficient numbers and there were numerous rain offs which didn't help their cause.  The stadium turned its back on speedway.

John says: From this photo I will say the track dimensions look ideal it was 300 metres which is big enough for me.  Such a pity that Skeggy is not part of the speedway fraternity.

Ex-rider John Mather says: My first team appearance for the Braves was in a challenge match at Hull on 25 March 1997. Skegness went down but both Brett Woodifield and Wayne Carter managed double figures.
Our first home meeting was the Central Engineering Lincolnshire Trophy on 13 April 1997. Brent Werner took home the winners cheque with a 15 point maximum.

1997 Skegness Braves Team

The Braves Number 1
John Wilson
Courtesy of John Mather


Alan Hodkinson's Race Jacket 1998


Skegness Braves'
First Ever Match
Hull v Skegness
The Braves first took to the track in an away fixture at Hull, see above scan.  I notice George English was the Skegness team manager.  George is of course better know as Newcastle Diamonds Promoter and Manager.

Skegness Braves'
First Home Match

Skegness v
Long Eaton

Skegness v 
St Austell
Last Meeting
Hello John,  Reading former Boston supporter Mark Coleman's remarks about his experiences of watching speedway at Skegness Raceway, I see he makes reference to not being at what he believed to be the final meeting at the venue. By chance, I (and a younger brother) happened to be there. At the time, we weren't aware it would be the last meeting, though promoter Stephen Blyth's comments in the programme didn't make encouraging reading. It was a Conference League fixture against St Austell Gulls, who, on a very dusty surface, won 51-38. I attach the programme cover and completed scorechart. I also have a Skegness 1998 badge which I'll dig out and scan for you. The out-of-town stadium survives, of course, for stock car racing and various other motorsport events, though the former speedway track has reverted to a tarmac topping.  Kind regards, Andrew
Courtesy of Andrew Gallon 
Courtesy of Andrew Gallon 

Stockcars 2008


Will the bikes ever return to Skeggy?  Have you any Speedway pictures from Skegness, programmes or badges if so please email me John


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