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Newcastle Speedway
Brough Park
1938 -1939

The evocative sounds and smells returned to Brough Park in 1938 and that to the supporters meant speedway was back. This resurrection was due to Jonnie Hoskins who re-opened the stadium for speedway after an eight year break appointing Phyllis McQuillen as Manageress.

The first meeting, of this, the second bout of racing at the venue, was on the 2 May when there seems to be some confusion as to if it was an English Speedway Trophy contest or a National League Division Two meeting that took place, however the result was not as Newcastle would have wished as they were beaten 45-36 by the Belle Vue reserves.

The Newcastle team, now called the Diamonds, continued in the National League Division Two for this season and the 1939 season until it came to an untimely halt at the outbreak of World War II.   

The team finished sixth out of nine in 1938 but were at the top when all racing ceased at Brough Park in August of 1939.

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Programme Covers

It is likely the first thing you would notice is the different colour but I think this is the effect of time and not the intention of the promotion.

The cover of the programme shown above left is from the first meeting of the re-opening of Speedway at Newcastle’s Brough Park.

As can be seen the meeting was advertised as a National League meeting but there could have been a change between printing and the actual event.

Alongside left is the programme cover from the last month of speedway before all league racing stopped at the outbreak of hostilities and it is possible that at this time the Diamonds had already competed in the last of the league meetings that would be held at the venue until the end of the War.

Our thanks to John Jarvis for permission to extract information from his book ‘Homes of British Speedway’ and John Somerville who supplied the programme images

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