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The programme cover shown on the left appears to be black type on white paper which I am sure is a wise and economical choice for a promotion in their first year, if somewhat mundane for the spectators and indeed collectors of historical speedway artefacts.  

Initially Wellingborough Motor Club ran Grass-track meeting at this venue, then a very short speedway track was built inside the existing dog track, it was only 280 yards long. In the August of 1949 a Motorcycle cycle club called Lrthlingborough Bats promoted a meeting to challenge Stewarts & Lloyds Motorcycle club in something they described as “A Motorcycle Race Meeting” ; now your guess is as good as mine at to what sort of racing that involved but given the size and shape of the circuit it would not be unreasonable to assume that it was something akin to what we would call speedway. Whatever sort of meeting this was it would seem it was not a one off as the programme illustrated here is dated at the end of September.

During the winter of that year and into 1950 a training school was run by Eric Irons, a hard working gent. who had the track open seven days a week. The fees were stated to be £2 if the student required to use the schools machine and £1 if they had their own equipment. The venue also hosted midget car racing during 1951 nothing further that I can find a record of during the summer of 1952 although in the winter of 1952/53 a speedway school was being run at the venue by Paddy Mills, I have no record of his charges.

There seems there was no further activity until in April 1957 the nomadic Southern Rovers used the venue for practicing. Also during that year there were plans were a foot to run a team in the Southern League but those plans were abandoned due to the old problem of who pays for what, in this case the cover for the greyhound track.

The stadium is still there but is now home to cricket.

Our thanks to Barry Eaton who wrote to say “It seems that after the speedway was finished the track was concreted or tarmaced over and there was defiantly kart racing in 1960. After that stockcar racing took place with a wire and post fence put in”

Earls Barton Stadium
and its Speedway track

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Many thanks to John Somerville for the image of the programme cover and to John Jarvis for the pits photo and allowing use of information from his boot ‘ Homes of British Speedway’