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Holker Street, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

Holker Street venue had been the home of the Barrow Football Club since 1909 and began an uneasy co-habitation with Barrow Speedway in 1930.

The following quote comes from the Homes of British Speedway by Robert Bamford and John Jarvis and is reproduced here courtesy of John

“The opening grass speedway meeting at the venue took place on 12th June 1930, when Eric Airey won the Senior Final. This was followed nine days later by the opening dirt-track meeting on 21 June, when G. Skirrow won the Senior final. Shortly afterwards, Claude Rye was successful in Golden Helmet events at the venue on 14 and 21 July. Frank Charles is known to have won the Golden Armlet meeting staged a week later on 28 July. That was the final meeting to be staged at the venue until speedway was resurrected there in 1972.

The reason given in August 1930 for the closure was that the ground was being made ready for the new football season.”

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Cover image courtesy Richard Austin