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Neath Abbey - Speedway 1962

The track build on an old iron slag heap the area had become the centre of interest for several people thinking this may well be an ideal site to run speedway in southern Wales.

In 1952 Leslie Maidment had submitted plans to the council and started work, in 1962 Trevor Redmond decided to launch a team into the Provincial League based at the Neath Abbey venue and the late Freddie Williams had a Training School planned.

Following a rain off at the very first scheduled meeting on the 21 April 1962 it went ahead a week later on the 28 April and was a Challenge Match against Sheffield, the Neath team, The Welsh Dragons, won.

Trevor Redmond was kept very busy, not only the promoter he was also the team manager and riding team captain.

As the season rolled on the lack of floodlights at Neath began to prove a problem in the congested fixture list caused mainly by the weather and saw the Neath Welsh Dragons having to complete some of their Provincial League at St Austell, Cornwall. Not an ideal situation and the Neath supporters quickly lost interest with the inevitable demise of the project, the last meeting took place on the 1 September.

The programme cover is from a meeting held on the 12 May 1962 sadly one of the few from Neath Abbey for despite 1962 being their first season and all that entails along with the difficulties of completing their fixture list the team finished as the runners up in the Provincial League behind Poole - shame they could only manage one year.

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Programme image courtesy John Somerville and the data and information is from the book ‘Homes of British Speedway’ is used with the kind permission of John Jarvis.