Wolves History

 

Wolverhampton Speedway up to 1950

It may surprise most speedway supporters to know that Wolverhampton Speedway at Monmore Green was one of the first to open in the country.  In fact, it was the first track to open in the Midlands, its first meeting being held on on ?? May 1928.  The main attraction was a match race between the legendary American ‘Sprouts’ Elder and Iver Creek.  Indeed, in the early days many such big names graced the Monmore Green circuit, such as Jack Parker, Tom Farndon and famous lady rider Fay Taylour.  The big local heroes were Tommy Deadman, also a star for Wolverhampton’s motoball team, and Arthur ‘Westy’ Westwood who became one of the promoters in the early days at the Green.

Poor organisation, a lack of league racing and a frequent change of race night and promoting team meant that speedway in the town was doomed to failure.  When the track closed in the middle of 1930, the doors of Monmore Green stadium remained closed to speedway for the next twenty years.

At the end of the war, crowds flocked to the country’s speedway tracks and would-be promoters scoured the nation for new tracks to open.  Wolverhampton Council granted planning permission to potential promoters in 1948, although it was only in 1950 that the sport was re-born in the town.  On October 14 a challenge meeting was held between Sheffield and an Old Wulfrunian’s team.
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Mark Sawbridge

 

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