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Nelson Stadium
Speedway 1967 - 1970

From the informative book “Homes of British Speedway” I quote -

“ After the Second World War, Nelson FC reformed and joined the Lancashire Combination League. Several years passed before Mike Parker introduced stock cars and then speedway to Seedhill Stadium, constructing the track around the soccer pitch. A speedway practice session was held on 15 July 1967 and was followed two weeks later by a Cavalcade of Sort event on 29 July.

The somewhat square-shaped track then held its opening speedway meeting seven days afterwards on 5 August, when Goog Allan took victory in the Olympiad. A further four open-licence meetings were staged that year before a team was assembled to join the British League Division Two in 1968.

A late start in 1970 unfortunately led to a congested fixture list and this, coupled with poor crowd levels, resulted in the team resigning from the venue. The side relocated to Odsal Stadium, where they completed their fixtures as Bradford Northern.

Prior to their move, the final meeting at Seedhill Stadium had taken place on 20 June, when Nelson defeated Peterborough 56-22 in a division Two fixture. At the time of the team’s withdrawal from Carr Road they had completed just eight league fixture.

Following the cessation of speedway, Seedhill Stadium continued to host stock car racing right up until 1978. The venue was demolished in 1980, to make way for the M65 Blackburn-to-Colne Road wit Nelson Football Club relocation to a council-owned pitch a few hundred yards away in Victoria Park”.

Our thanks to John Jarvis for permission to use this excerpt from the book “Homes of British Speedway” and John Somerville for the programme images.

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