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Programme cover image on the left was submitted by Robert Rogers who said “Found this while searching for something else, sadly not filled in, so no idea if the match ever took place.

Amongst the riders in the Programme are Barry Briggs, Don Godden, Dave Gifford, Ivan Mauger, the Beaton Brothers, Jim, George and Bobby, Doug Templeton and Eric Broadbelt.”

Robert continued “This was the first meeting on 2 January 1972 and called the Golden Eagle Trophy. The trophy was donated by Mr Archie Tannoch JP of the Tunnoch Caramel Wafers. It was described as the first ever Long Track Speedway style meeting in Scotland.

The programme notes by Allan Robertson described Ivan Mauger as the `World 1000m Champion’  and Don Godden as the `1970 European Long Track Champion`

The match was at the K&K Raceway described as Britain's only Quadruple Track Stadium, and the  sports held there were Stock Car Racing, Speedway Racing, Athletics and finally Harness Pony Trotting with their Sulkies,”

Intrigued by these programme notes I took a look at the book ‘Homes of British Speedway’  here the track is described as “The Stadium, Milton Street, Mothewell, Lanarkshire” and was open for Long-track training during 1971 and Long-track racing during 1972. It is however the same venue as described in the programme notes as the Homes of British Speedway book continues “Stadium owner Bobby Kennedy Permitted training sessions on the 680 yard trotting track, which were run by Allan Robertson from noon until dusk, at a cost £1 per day. Bobby Beaton is known to have ridden at the first training event in 1971. In 1972, three long-track meetings were staged on the adapted trotting track, producing the following winners:

2 January: Golden Eagle Troph – Ivan Mauger.

12 April: Duckhams Silver Cup – Garry Middleton

7 May: Champion of Champions Trophy – Jim McMillan.

In February 1972, Garry Middleton ran a week-long training school for Danish visitors, which culminated in a School Championship that saw Carl Korneliussen take the victor’s spoils”

Although I understand that short-track speedway took place at this venue but on a different track from 1950 to 1958 and then again in 1972 but there seems no record of short or long-track speedway having taken place after 1972.

Motherwell Long-track

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Many thanks to John Jarvis who gave permission for me to use information from the book “Homes of British Speedway”