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“A first greyhound meeting was held at Boston Sports Stadium on 1 June 1964. Promoted by Cyril Crane and Gordon Parkins, under the banner of sporting Enterprises (Boston), speedway arrived at the venue on 16 August 1970, when the home side defeated Peterborough 40-29 in the Inter-Counties Challenge Cup.

The newly formed Barracudas subsequently joined the British League Division Two, completing the fixtures of King’s Lynn Starlets following the Norfolk side’s withdrawal from Saddlebow Road. After completing a glorious double by winning the Division Two Championship and the Knock-Out Cup in 1973, Boston were refused a licence to join the British League Division One.

The Barracudas became founder members of the New National League, as it was then called in 1975. A slight change at the top in 1980 saw Cyril Crane become sole promoter, although Gordon Parkins did remain on board as general manager.

Having completed fifteen successive years of racing. Boston did not run in 1985, the last meeting from their first period of track action taking place on 14 October 1984, when Billy Burton won the Lincolnshire Trophy. Promoter Cyril Crane indicated that due to the ninety hours a week it took to run speedway, he was neglecting his other business interests. After a year in the wilderness, the track reopened on 6 April 1986, when the Barracudas beat Peterborough 44-34 in the Poacher shield. Boston rejoined the National League that year, under the promotion of Lincolnshire speedways Ltd, a consortium including Cyril Crane, Mike Corby and Richard Green..

The track continued into 1987, but falling crowd levels created a financial strain and the club were forced to withdraw from the league. The last meeting ever staged at the venue took place on 1 August that year,when the Barracudas were crushed 53-23 by Eastbourne in a one-sided league encounter. The site of the stadium was later demolished and is now covered by a retail shopping outlet.”

Courtesy John Jarvis who permitted this excerpt from  “Homes of British Speedway” to be published here.

Boston Speedway

Boston Sports Stadium,
New Hammond Beck Road, Boston Lincolnshire.

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Boston Programme from May 1972

Cover Image Courtesy Richard Austin