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When the Edinburgh Monarchs were forced to move out of their regular venue at Old Meadowbank in Edinburgh in 1967 because the venue was to undergo a rebuild in order to accommodate the Commonwealth games due in 1970 they found themselves a new home in Coatbridge.

Greyhound racing had ceased at the track some years back, well around 15 years back, but it was dusted off and brought back to life by the Edinburgh promoter Ian Hoskins and it became the home from home for the Monarchs team in 1968 and 1969 where they competed in the British League Division One managing to finish mid table in both years.

At the end of the 1969 season the track licence was transferred to Wembley and Speedway returned to Wembley Stadium in 1970. The Monarchs did not ride again until 1977 but this time back in Edinburgh at Powderhall.

Edinburgh Monarchs
the Coatbridge Years

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