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Stoke Speedway
(Loomer Road)
 
Chesterton Stadium, Loomer Road, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordhire.  Operated 1972 - 2019
 
Stoke Badges
 

Andrew Gallon says: Speedway was staged at the purpose-built Loomer Road circuit between 1973 and 2019. The owners of the Chesterton track, which cost 200,000 to construct and was used by Chesterton Potters (1973 only), Stoke Potters, Stoke Spitfires and Cradley & Stoke (1996 only), sold the 16-acre site to a developer. The stadium, which had been up for sale for some time, has been demolished. Planners have given permission for industrial units to cover the site. The area around Loomer Road is already surrounded by similar structures. After a first visit in 1988, I went many times to Loomer Road. It might not have been the smartest stadium in speedway but the racing was usually very good and the viewing excellent from the grandstand terracing. Greyhound and stock car racing also took place at the stadium. An abiding memory of Loomer Road was a problem caused, at certain times of the season, by the setting sun. Low in the sky, it shone right into the riders’ eyes as they lined up on the starting grid. This led to mid-meeting delays of 15 minutes or so, to allow the sun to set and for safe visibility to be restored. I also recall the centre green announcer - a local radio presenter, George Andrews, I think - referring to the team as the “Podders”. I always think of Stoke as the “Podders”!

 

 
 
Stoke Badges
     
 
1974 1980   
     
1980 1980 1990
 
2019
 
 
Courtesy of Andrew Gallon
 
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if you have any pics programmes etc please send me an email John
 

 
 
More Programme Scans
 
More Loomer Road programme cover scans from Andrew Gallon, follow below: -
 
1995 1997
   
1998 version 1 1998 version 2
   
1999 2000
   
Programme cover scans were sent by
Andrew Gallon
2001  
   
2001 Stoke Speedway Handbook
 
 
2001 Handbook
 
2002 2006 4TT
   
2013 2014
   
2015 2017
   
2019 Last Meeting 2019
   
 

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