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“After the Second World War, a proposed reopening in 1948 was delayed for a year due to an appeal by local residents to the Town and Country Planning Committee over noise levels. The Leicester side did appear in at least one away challenge match that season though, going down to a 46-38 defeat at High Beech on 18 September. The protesters were to prove ultimately unsuccessful, although the club was advised by the police to discontinue the playing of records at meetings.

The sport returned to the stadium on 8 April 1949, when the renamed Leicester Hunters lost 54-30 to Yarmouth in a National League Division Three encounter. The running of the track was then under the control of Alan Sanderson, who employed Bob Peett as speedway manager, with Cyril ‘squib’ Burton replacing Mr Peett in the role a year later.

After two seasons of division three action, the Hunters were promoted to the next rung up the ladder, where they remained until the end of 1956.”

The above is an extract from the ‘Homes of British Speedway’ courtesy John Jarvis.

The Programme cover is from an early season match in 1951 before the ‘Hunters’, newly promoted, launched into their first season in the National League Division Two

Programme cover kindly supplied by Richard Austin

Leicester Hunters

A Programme from 1951

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