Middlesbrough Independent Speedway Supporters Home Page
MIDDLESBROUGH BEARS 2002
L to R: Steve Harland (Press Officer & joint Team Manager), Carl Shield, Matty Swales, Chris Hunter, Henry Atkinson (joint Team Manager), captain Jitendra Duffill (on bike)
RACEJACKET DESIGNS RECEIVED SO FAR
Let us know what you think - your views are very important to us
The winning design will be worn at Glasgow and for next season too.
CLEVELAND PARKLIFE RIDER OF THE YEAR - 2002
Please take the time to register a vote in the poll on our homepage to find the best former Middlesbrough rider of the 2002 season
We are presenting a small trophy to mark the occasion to the winning rider
You don't have to be a member to vote!
Current leader is Berwick captain PAUL BENTLEY followed by Peterborough's SHANE PARKER, Poole's GARY HAVELOCK & Eastbourne's TONI SVAB. Please take the time to pick a rider - all of them were good servants to the club when they rode for us
DERWENT PARK STADIUM - WORKINGTON (August 2002)
A view from the first bend terracing
SPONSORED BY HARTBURN GARAGE, DARLINGTON ROAD, STOCKTON-ON-TEES
TEL: 01642 582102
IN THE PITS AT WORKINGTON'S DERWENT PARK - HOME OF THE COMETS
Photos copyright of COLIN GREENWELL& MALLY BEADLE
HEAT 1 - Jitendra (left) and Carl (second right) explode from the tapes
HEAT 2 - Matty (second left) and Chris (right)
CARL celebrates his first victory
If you would like to help sponsor the team give STEVE a ring on his mobile 07730885399
Alternatively you can ring 01642 860692
Sponsorships start from as little as 10 pounds and help pay towards the dope and oil
Tyres cost 25 pounds
Arrangements can be made to sponsor a rider's bike fairing, his leathers or his helmet
We have already ridden at Workington and further matches have been planned with Berwick & Glasgow
SUPPORT A MIDDLESBROUGH TEAM RACING IN MIDDLESBROUGH RACEJACKETS
TOM LEADBITTER (pictured at Buxton Speedway 1995)
THIS photo is thought to be the last one ever taken of 'Tiger Tom' by Alan Chapman of Chesterfield
Tom, originally from Lichfield in Staffordshire, rode for Teesside Teessiders between 1968 - 1970 and then had spells in the British League with Leicester and Wolverhampton which was closer to his Rugeley base. He returned to Cleveland Park in 1975 and spent another two seasons with us. He then spent his final year in speedway with British League Bristol Bulldogs but broke his leg during the season. Tom concentrated on grass tracking after that where he had considerable backing from Strongbow Cider. Tom reappeared in vintage events and appeared in a local event staged near Great Ayton shortly before his death in May 1995 (Andy Brighty has priceless footage of Tom riding).
Tom was one of our favourite riders from the 1970s.
GLASGOW DEFINITELY BOOKED FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 @3pm - BERWICK SAY NO (we don't why the reasons behind this decision as yet)
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR ANY DEVELOPMENTS
IF YOU ARE ARE A YOUNG RIDER INTERESTED IN RIDING FOR US IN JUNIOR CHALLENGE MATCHES AGAINST OTHER NORTHERN CLUBS THEN PLEASE GET IN TOUCH VIA TELEPHONE OR E-MAIL TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
We can provide sponsorship towards your dope and oil
CHARLIE BARRETT - HARRY WHITFIELD - JACK ORMSTON
VIC WIELAND - FRANK HODGSON - JACK HODGSON
ERIC BOOTHROYD - ERIC BOOCOCK
"Dirt-track racing held Middlesbrough in a gasp last night. The roar of the machines, the high flung curtain of cinders, as riders snaked through corner studs, the thrill of toss and tumble and the flame of exhausts as the evening darkened are all startling memories of a vivid night".
Quote taken from the NORTH EASTERN DAILY GAZETTE, Friday, August 24,1928, on the opening evening that dirt track racing was introduced to Cleveland Park
"It is larger than Harringay, as big as Wimbledon and the White City, London, and only slightly smaller than the White City, Manchester. In the most important matter, that of surface, it was better than any of them. "
Promoter Johnnie Hoskins speaking to the NORTH EASTERN DAILY GAZETTE, Thursday, 16 August, 1928 regarding the speedway track at Cleveland Park Stadium
THE HOMEPAGE OF
MIDDLESBROUGH SPEEDWAY 1928-1996
THE OFFICIAL HISTORY OF MIDDLESBROUGH SPEEDWAY
1955 'Closed to Club' Programme Front Cover, Back Cover & Scorechart
SPECIAL THANKS TO FORMER RIDER MALCOLM McPHIE FOR THE SCAN
A few familiar names: Fred Greenwell & Maurice Tate. Peter Lloyd rode in the 1940s (still lives in Hutton Rudby). I presume J.Hodgson is Jack and J.Younghusband related to Dave. Fred Fewsdale raced a few second halves in 1961. In the sidecars Peter Moon later became the machine examiner at Cleveland Park.
MIDDLESBROUGH & DISTRICT MOTOR CYCLE CLUB
KEEPING SPEEDWAY ALIVE ON TEESSIDE
PETE READING, BRUCE FORRESTER & ALAN EMERSON
MARK COURTNEY 1981
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We've been Bears, we've been Tigers and we've been Teessiders
We've been in Yorkshire, Teesside and now Cleveland
We're from up north - and proud of it!
Come on a trip down memory lane when speedway was the MOST popular sport on Teesside
STEVE WILCOCK 1981
Unlike other local history publications we mention Middlesbrough Speedway quite a few times!
We hope you enjoy your visit and leave a message in our guestbook
Both Colin and myself spent some time in Teesside Archives and Middlesbrough Reference Library looking at the pre-war history of the club. There is an absolute mine of information. Watch this space for more details!
MIDDLESBROUGH BEARS 1946/47 - Northern League Champions 1946 and National League Division Two Champions 1947
THE PROVINCIAL LEAGUE ERA: MIDDLESBROUGH BEARS 1961
MIDDLESBROUGH BEARS 1964
TEESSIDE TEESSIDERS 1968
Terry Lee, Jack Lee (guest), Graham Plant, John Spilsbury, Pete Reading, Tom Leadbitter, Paul O'Neil
(picture taken at Nelson 1968)
TEESSIDE TEESSIDERS 1971
Ron Wilson (promoter), Terry Lee, Tim Swales, Tony Swales, Dave Durham, Pete Reading, Mick Moore, Frank Auffret, Henry Atkinson, Bruce Forrester (on bike)
TEESSIDE TIGERS 1973
Dave Younghusband, Pete Reading, Tom Black, Roger Wright, Mick Moore, Dave Durham, Frank Auffret, Russ Hodgson, Bruce Forrester (on bike)
TEESSIDE TIGERS 1975
Colin Pestell, Alan Emerson, Dave Levings, Tony Coupland, Doug Underwood, Harry Maclean, Pete Reading, Tom Leadbitter (on bike)
TEESSIDE TIGERS 1978
Tony Coupland, John Robson, Pete Smith, Nigel Close, Martin Cusworth, Wally Martin, Steve Wilcock, Pete Reading (on bike), Dave Gatenby
MIDDLESBROUGH TIGERS 1982
Geoff Pusey, Paul Price, Mike Spink, Tony Coupland, Steve Wilcock (on bike), Martin Dixon, Rob Woffinden, Alan Armstrong
MIDDLESBROUGH TIGERS 1985
Jim Burdfield, Roland Tebbs, Steve Wilcock, Martin Dixon, Mark Fiora, Geoff Pusey (on bike), Gary Havelock
MIDDLESBROUGH TIGERS 1986
Brian Havelock, Steve Wilcock, Gary Havelock, Jim Burdfield, Paul Heyes, Mark Courtney, Tim Swales, Glen Hornby, Martin Dixon (on bike)
MIDDLESBROUGH BEARS 1990
Daz Sumner, Tim Swales, Steve Wilcock, Dave Edwards, Paul Smith, Rod Hunter, Ken Knott, Jamie Luckhurst, Dave Cheshire, Paul Bentley, Jamie Luckhurst (on bike), Duncan Chapman
MIDDLESBROUGH TIGERS 1996 (pic taken at Sheffield)
David Walsh, Martin Dixon, Antonin Svab, Scott Robson, Wayne Carter (front left), Shane Parker (on bike), Martin Vinther (front right)
'Where Speedway Racing Is A Way Of Life'
WONDERLAND - HOME OF THE BEARS
MIDDLESBROUGH BEARS - TEESSIDE TEESSIDERS - TEESSIDE TIGERS - MIDDLESBROUGH TIGERS - CLEVELAND BAYS
AERIAL SHOT OF WHAT USED TO BE CLEVELAND PARK STADIUM
17,000 visitors can't be wrong!
(Are you listening Middlesbrough Borough Council?)
Recent visitors have included former riders:
Jim Burdfield, Dave Cheshire, Nigel Close, Martin Dixon,
Bruce Forrester, Kevin Keay, Mark Harrison,
Terry Lee, Harry Maclean, Malcolm McPhie,
Shane Parker, Steve Regeling & Mike Spink
Relatives and friends of Fred 'Kid' Curtis, Paul O'Neil, Maurice 'Slant' Payling & Colin Pestell
Former Pits Marshal & Team Manager - Henry Atkinson (who is involved with Ripon & District Motorcycle Club)
So we must be doing something right!
Are you a former Middlesbrough rider/trackstaff/supporter/sponsor?
What are your favourite memories of Middlesbrough Speedway?
The Provincial League years with Boothroyd, Boocock, Hitch and Younghusband
The harem scarem days when second division racing was introduced to Teesside in 1968
Maybe it was the local derbies against Berwick, Newcastle and Sunderland?
Or perhaps it was an individual like Jack Millen, Kelvin Mullarkey or Ted Hubbard?
Maybe you just enjoyed the atmosphere, the racing, the friendliness, the banter?
Please feel free to leave us a message in our guestbook
MIDDLESBROUGH SPEEDWAY MEMORABILIA WANTED
Especially pre-war and immediate post war items (photocopies will suffice)
Will pay top prices for any 1940s Middlesbrough Programmes particularly those against Newcastle
CONTACT: Steve Harland 01642 860692 or e-mail:
AN INTERVIEW WITH FORMER MIDDLESBROUGH PROMOTER REG FEARMAN 1961-1965
(It's on its way!)
Reg Fearman and Fred 'Kid' Curtis pictured in their West Ham days in the late 1940s
A LOOK AT GARY HAVELOCK'S CAREER AT MIDDLESBROUGH 1985-1986
THE CLEVELAND BAYS 1994-1995
(Middlesbrough's junior team)
MIDDLESBROUGH TIGERS 1986
MIDDLESBROUGH SPEEDWAY REUNION MAY 1987
MIDDLESBROUGH V STOKE 1987
MIDDLESBROUGH v NEWCASTLE & VINTAGE SPEEDWAY BIKES 1987
MIDDLESBROUGH v BERWICK V EDINBURGH v GLASGOW 1988
MIDDLESBROUGH BEARS 1989
MIDDLESBROUGH BEARS 1990
(Unpublished photos never seen before from the camera of Trevor Swan!)
STEVE HARLAND (Les Collins lookalike) & COLIN GREENWELL (Jim Tebby lookalike)
(Website editors of Cleveland Parklife - The History of Middlesbrough Speedway)
Thanks to DAWN GARDNER for the website logo