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Walthamstow Speedway

 
Walthamstow Stadium, Chingford Road, East London E4.  Speedway began at "The Stow" in 1934 but didn't continue after that year.  There was no action until 1949 when the sport operated for 3 seasons, through 1949 1950 and 1951.  It was always difficult for Walthamstow to attract large crowds as they were competing against local successful tracks, Harringay and West Ham.
 
Walthamstow Art Decor  Charlie May Song   The Spectacular George Newton   1950: Speedway Echo   The End
 
 
 

Walthamstow's
"Art Deco" Frontage

 
 
 
 
 

A fine looking stadium but housing is too close for any new speedway application.

 

 
 
Walthamstow Programme 1934
 
 

 
 
Fred Rogers
 
Courtesy of Mike Kemp via Jim Henry
 
A good close up view of a concrete starting area.  Do you know who this rider is/was and can you say what year John
John says:  Thank you Jim for the pic.  Not sure who this is, the year or which track it was taken at.  The witches hat building and the concrete starting area may help in identification, also the front forks of the bike are relatively "modern".  Let me have your comments please John
Col Greenwell says: Info from John Somerville that the track is Walthamstow but the rider is still unnamed
John says: The "Stows" second and last period of speedway operations was 1949 1950 and 1951.  So the pic is from one of these years.  Help please in naming the rider
Mike Kemp says:  The rider is Fred Rogers  

 
Memories
 

Don Williams says: I came across your photos of the Walthamstow Wolves Speedway whilst researching for material for my memoirs which I am writing. They brought back a flood of memories, I used to go regularly when I was aged about 10 (I am 73 now) …… I recall the song we used to “sing" for Charlie May, it went like this ….

 
                          

Two, four, six, eight,

Charlie’s at the starting gate

Will he win?

We don’t know

Come on Charlie have a go!

                         
 

Thanks for the memories says Don Williams

 

 
 
Keith Cooper's Photographs 1949
 
The photos that follow were sent to me by Keith Cooper who admits to being 6 years old when he got them.  Thank you Keith for sending them to me they really enhance the page.
 

Archie Windmill

 
 

 
 

Bert Edwards

 
 

 
 

Bill Osborne

 
 

 
 

Charlie May

 
 

Charlie May

 

 
 

Ted Argall

 
 
Did Ted Argall have a son Eddie Argall who rode for Newcastle Diamonds?
 
Reg Fearman says: Indeed Eddie is the son of Ted.  He first came to Halifax and then Newcastle. After he retired he set up a cycle business at Keighley which was very successful.  He won more than once the local or area top award as business man of the year.  I believe he sold up and is back in OZ at Burleigh Heads and is running a tourist company with a partner in Yorkshire.
 

 
 

Dick Shepherd

 
 
Dick's son Richard has been in touch.  I have reproduced Richards email below: -
 
Hello John,  I was looking through your Walthamstow site and found my father mentioned twice. Thank you.
Dad died in September 2007 in his adopted home in California. He left the UK when I was sixteen I am now nearly 66. He often mentioned Bill Osborne, Wally Lloyd, Split Waterman and masses of other riders I have been reading about in Wembley speedway Pre-War. I am waiting for the post war book to come out.
We still have his Ipswich colours although very tatty and his helmet. I am thinking of loaning them to the Speedway museum in Hertfordshire. There is also a bunch of filled in programmes.
The picture of Dad on his Jap I have a newspaper copy of but the one where he is talking to Wally Lloyd [smartest I have ever seen him] I do not, is it possible please to obtain a copy please?
Do you have anything on Brian Shepherd, Dad's brother who died two years ago now. He broke his leg and gave up to become Dad's mechanic and together they developed frames and parts for the bikes. I used a pair of Dad's bars on my cycle and we used to go down to the old cycle speedway track, behind Woolworths I think, in Wembley.
Best wishes and thank you for a great job on the web sites.
 
John says:  I am always pleased to hear from the family of a rider either, still with us or deceased and I will always supply the family with any image of a photo I have on the website if they want one.  Speedway is a community after all.
 

 
 

Harold Bull

 
 

 
 

Harry Edwards

 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
Walthamstow v Halifax 1951
 
 
 
Walthamstow
Souvenir Programme
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
 
Reg Reeves (Left) &
Trevor Redmond
 
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 

 
 
Alf Stradling's Photos
From
1949
 
 
Benny King
 
 
Reg Fearman says: Benny King
 
 
Charlie May & Manager John Deeley
 
 
Reg Fearman says: Charlie May and manager John Deeley right
 
 
 
 

 
 
Bert Edwards
 
 
Reg Fearman says: Bert Edwards
 
 
Jim Boyd &
Reg Reeves
 
 
Reg Fearman says: Jim Boyd left Reg Reeves right
 
 
Charlie May
 
 
Reg Fearman says: Charlie May
 
 
Jim Boyd &
Ken Le Breton
 
 
Reg Fearman says: Jim Boyd & Ken LeBreton. With second from right Donald Peers singer.
Fred Pallett says: Jim Boyd Walthamstow in England colours on the left. The rider next to him in Australia colours and white leathers is Ken Le Breton.
 

 
 

Jim Boyd

 
 

 
 
More Of
Alf Stradling's Photos
 
The Spectacular
George Newton
 
 
Reg Fearman says: I believe George Newton is the rider shown above
John says: so this is another pic of George Newton.  I am too young to have seen George in action but it is obvious from the photos on the website of George that he must have been great to watch.
 
 
Jim Boyd
 
 
Reg Fearman says: Jim Boyd
 

Pete Lansdale

 
 
 
Jim Boyd & ? Grant! (Harringay) &
Bert Edwards
 
 
Reg Fearman says: Jim Boyd and ? Grant Harringay and Bert Edwards
 
 
Unknown Guy In Suit
With Jim Boyd
 
 
Reg Fearman says: ? with Jim Boyd.  So who is the guy with the incredibly short tie?
 

 
 
Charlie May
 
 
Charlie May
 

 
 

Dick Shepherd With
Wally Lloyd His Team Manager

 
 

Dick Shepherd with Wally Lloyd (manager)

 
 
Wilbur Lamaroux &
Graham Warren
 

 

Reg Fearman says: Wilbur Lamaroux USA and Graham Warren, Australia
 

 
 
Walthamstow v Southampton 1949
 
 

 
 

 
 
Dick Geary
 
Picture Courtesy of Mike Kemp
 

 Can you identify, the rider, the track and the year John

Alan Goodman says: This is Dick Geary. Note the moustache. The track is Walthamstow as can be seen by the Walthamstow race jacket in front of the distinctive pointed tower.
 

 
 
1950 Speedway Echo
Featuring Walthamstow
 
 
 
Walthamstow Team 1950
 
 
Harry Edwards, Ron Lewin (trainer) Bert Edwards, Reg Reeves, Arch Windmill, Benny King, George Newton. John Deeley (manager), Charlie May with captain Jim Boyd on the bike
 
 
Another 1950 Team Line Up
 
 

 
 
4 Walthamstow Wolves In Action
 
 
4 Walthamstow Wolves in action. I think it’s a great shot from 1950. The riders are L to R. Harry Edwards, Benny King, Charlie May and Jim Boyd. I believe Walthamstow stadium still runs dog meetings, but I guess there’s no chance of speedway there now. The last speedway season was 1951. I think I read somewhere the team colours were Black and White with three Red Wolves perhaps someone can confirm this.
 

Robin Smith says: You are quite right about the Walthamstow colours. I was there in Oct 1950 for the Third Division Riders Championship which finished, 1 Pat Clarke (Oxford) 2 Ken Middleditch (Poole) 3 Trevor Redmond (Aldershot). Regards Robin Smith

 

 
 
The 'Stow v Liverpool &
 White City
 

Courtesy of Richard Austin

 

 
 
1952 Walthamstow Dogs "Yes" Speedway No!
 
 

As usual, dogs survive whilst speedway goes defunct. Gambling obviously pays, whereas "honest to goodness" speedway doesn't.  Maybe we should encourage gambling at our remaining speedways!!

 
 
 
In this pic the speedway track looks like it could be used without too much work.  These fine pictures are by Phil Small
 

 
 

 
 
2008 Walthamstow Stadium
The Death Knell!
 
 
Reg Fearman says Hello John,   Just an update - I'm having a squint at the A to Z.   Walthamstow is no more, sold up and gone on 16th August 2008.   It is now a development property owned by Yoo Capital and K W Linfoot P.L.C.
No chance of a rebirth!
"London Mayor Boris Johnson has given his backing to plans to turn former greyhound track Walthamstow Stadium into a 294-home housing development".
John says: Yes, the stadium has had it! London Mayor Boris Johnson is pleased! So you don't care about speedway Boris ok we will cast votes against you!  Nah only joking, I quite like the guy
 

 
If you have any photos, programmes, badges etc please scan them and send me their images John
 

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