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Manchester
White City

 
White City Greyhound Stadium, Old Trafford, Manchester operated between 1928 - 1958 off and on and more off, than on.
 
 
Very Much A Defunct Venue!
 
Courtesy of George Carrswell
 
John says: I don't know when this picture was taken.  I would have expected the local council to have decreed the frontage as a listed structure.  White City ceased speedway in 1958 and the site now has a shopping precinct behind where this Grecian / Art Deco frontage was.  Shame on you Manchester City Council.
 
 
But Look At Me Now!
 
 
Jack Babrovskie says: The webpage shows the rather grand columns and arches that used to front the place and the text suggests that it was all pulled down when the track was removed, and it’s true that the picture shows it in a right mess. However, as you will see from the recent attached Google Earth photo, [Now shown above] someone did in fact save the arches before they could be removed completely. Thanks go to whoever made the decision to preserve that bit of speedway Manchester.
John says: So there you have it Manchester citizens.  Can you say who saved White City Entrance?  Was it the council, a company or an individual?  Anyway well done whomever you were/are and why is that lampost bent!
 

 
 
1928 White City
Dirt Track Racing
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
 
Ernest Greenall
 
 
 
 
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 
 
White City 1929
Programme Cover
 
Courtesy of George Carrswell
 

 
 
Jervis Beats Sprouts Elder
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 

 
 
Clem Beckett
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 

 
 
Broadside /Squib Burton
 
Courtesy of Stuart Whittaker
 
I think the above picture shows Squib Burton left and possibly Frank Varey right but would like confirmation please.  Also was Squib also known as "Broadside" Burton? John
 
Paul Wild says: Hi John, In your photo; Broadside Burton is the guy on the left holding the cup, He'd just won the "Hat Trick" at Manchester White City, winning the "Evening Chronicle" Cup outright, the Golden Gauntlet, and the Handicap, I'm not sure but the other chap might be Billy Dallison who was one of the Belle Vue riders.  I don't know if 'Squib' and 'Broadside' Burton are the same person.
 
John says: Colin Greenwell tells me Squib and Broadside Burton is the same person, Col found this (see cig card below) on my "Cigarette Cards set 3" page of this site.  Thank you Col for gentle reminder that my website actually had the answer all along.  Col also says: that he doesn't think the other rider in the above picture is Frank Varey so we still need to know who he is. John
 
 
 
Another Picture Of Squib Burton
 
Courtesy of Paul Wild
 

 
 
Syd Newiss
 
 
 
Syd's Pits Passport from 9th September 1930
 

 
 
1929 Crash
 
 
A spectacular picture from 1929.  I believe Syd Newiss is the rider escaping the accident.  I don't know who the airborne rider was, hopefully he wasn't hurt!
 

 
 
Manchester
White City Track
 
Courtesy of Rod Pashley
 
Rod Pashley (Son of rider Charlie Pashley) says: Manchester White City. Only the entrance gates remain now, they are part of a shopping precinct) My dad, Charlie is driving the tractor, which had cast iron wheels.
 

 
 
Trevor James' Photographs
 
 
 
White City
Old Trafford
 
 
 
 
Paddy Dean
 
 
 
White City Sidecars 1930
 
 
John says: My thanks to Trevor James and Graham Gleave for the 5 photos shown above. The sidecar picture is actually of 2 combinations with one almost completely hidden by the other
 

 
 
Jack Owen
 

Courtesy of Stuart Whittaker

 

The two bikes in this photo are Douglas's which would date the photo at around 1929/1930

 
This is John (Jack) Owen a member of the Manchester White City Team, I am looking for info on him for his daughter who knows very little about his days as a rider.  If you can help with any info his daughter Gillian would be very grateful.
 
John/Jack Owen
 

Courtesy of Stuart Whittaker

 

 
 
Manchester
White City Team
 
 
A fine team photo from Jack Owens daughter Gillian, It has to be pre war as the bikes look like Douglasses, I like the style of the guy at far right wearing the baggy plus fours.  Can anyone supply anything at all about these pictures, if so, email me here please John 
 
Colin Greenwell says: On the bikes, left to right, Les Wotton, John or Jack Owen, H. Gresty, Arthur Jervis, Skid Skinner and Billy Dallison.  Back row......If I have got this correct....guy in the very centre leaning on two riders is Wally Hull.  There seems to be a ghost in the back row as well..!!!
 
John Skinner (Defunct Speedway webmaster) says: I have heard of my namesake Skid Skinner before but thought someone was taking the "p", but there he is, Skid Skinner looking mean and moody on his Douglas back in 1929.  He is no relation to me but I am pleased nethertheless! Thank you Colin for identifying Mr Skid Skinner, maybe I should change my forename from John to Skid by deed poll eh :-)  Yes there is a gremlin in the back row. His Blurry face must have meant he moved when the pic was taken? or maybe he is really a ghost! 1929 is too early for Ken Le Breton the White Ghost who rode for Newcastle in 1947/48 so its not The White Ghost. Our blurry faced person will likely be unknown forever unless you know better!
 
 
Skid Skinner
 
 
 
Colin Greenwell sent the cigarette card scans. Col goes on to say: Skid died in 1944 after a shooting accident whilst out rabbiting on a farm near Gainsborough. He was 39 (Info from the book...Roar of the Tigers...70 Years of Sheffield Speedway ).
 
John Skinner says: I am told that Skid Skinners actual name was Hector Skinner, and no, he wasn't me dad!.
After reading the above reverse of the card, I can only wonder what "his strange riding position" was?
The name Skid reminds me of a novel I read in my childhood (early 1960s).  The book was "Skid Wild-Speedway Rider" don't know who the author was.  I just wonder did anyone else read that book?  If so email me here  John
 

 
 
Arthur Franklyn
 
Courtesy of Graham Gleave
 

 
 

Manchester
White City Stadium

 
No Speedway, Just Stock Cars In Later Years
 
 
 

 
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