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Speedway at Brough Park was revived by Mike Parker who entered a team based at this Newcastle venue into the Provincial League for the 1961 season, the team still known as the Diamonds. Although the team finished last in the Provincial league in this their first year they remained racing in this league for four years slowly improving their yearend position until in 1964 they won the Provincial League.

This win placed them in an excellent position to be founder members of the new League founded for the 1965 season. This was the result of the combining of the two previous leagues known as the National (top) and the Provincial (second) and making one all inclusive, and large group of 18 teams competing in the same league now known as the British League.



Newcastle
Speedway
Brough Park
1961 -1970

Our thanks to John Jarvis for permission to extract information from his book
‘Homes of British Speedway’  

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Speedway at Brough Park was revived by Mike Parker who entered a team based at this Newcastle venue into the Provincial League for the 1961 season, the team still known as the Diamonds. Although the team finished last in the Provincial league in this their first year they remained racing in this league for four years slowly improving their yearend position until in 1964 they won the Provincial League.

This win placed them in an excellent position to be founder members of the new League founded for the 1965 season. This was the result of the combining of the two previous leagues known as the National (top) and the Provincial (second) and making one all inclusive, and large group of 18 teams competing in the same league now known as the British League.


1970 saw Ian Hoskins take charge on behalf of Allied Presentations Limited but matter took a turn for the worse the following year when Allied Presentations decided to swap Newcastle’s licence with that of Reading meaning that Newcastle would have been racing in the lower league something the owners of Brough Park would not accept so once again Speedway at Newcastle’s Brough Park came to a halt and remained so for the next five years.

The licence for racing in the top league that had been swapped with Reading’s second tier licence and that licence rejected by Newcastle was in turn transferred to Sunderland.

1961 source unknown

Programme Covers for 1966 and 1970 courtesy of
Newcastle Speedway History Site