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Manchester District: Gorton Pirates

About the team

Club formed in 1957, and raced under the Gorton name until 1968, when they changed their name to Denton CSC.

Rode in the Manchester Winter Junior League.

Rode in the Manchester, Stockport & District League 1960s(Div 1 & 2).

Track was at Jacksons Brickworks, Reddish, Stockport

Track surface was Earth, Length 76yds. Grade 3.

Club Secretary: V. Marsland, 42 Clay Street, Gorton, Manchester 18(1960s).

Lost their track to development in 1968.

New track built at Tame Street, Denton in 1969.

Individual Honours.

1961 Vinny Marsland(13) won the Middlesex Grand Prix at Hendon after a run-off with John Darling. 3rd was Derek Garnett(12).

1961 Vinny Marsland won the Lancashire Individual, runner up John Watling, 3rd J. Bartholomew.

1962 John Watling(15) won the Lancashire Individual at Gorton, runner up Vinnie Marsland(12), and 3rd J. Bartholomew(11).

1962 Pete Bury(15) won the Lancashire Junior Individual at Chorlton, runner up was D. Chadderton(13).

1963 Pete Bury won the National Junior Championship.

1964 Pete Bury won the Lancashire Senior Individual at Gorton, runner-up was Paul Rennie.

1964 Paul Rennie won the Lancashire Junior Individual Championship.

Team Honours.

1960 Manchester League Champions

1961 Manchester League winners, runners up Carrs Wood, 3rd Offerton.

 1961 won the Manchester KO Trophy, beating Offerton(who forfeited 8 points for using a rider under suspension) after drawing the match 54-54. Final result 54-46.

1963 National Senior Team Champions, beating Uxbridge Pirates(Middlesex) 50 - 45 at Leicester.

1963 National Junior Team Champions, beating Southampton Provincials 42 - 36 at Leicester.

1964 Manchester, Stockport & District League Div 1 Champions, runners-up on the same number of points(33) were Offerton Devils. 3rd place went to Ashton Aces.


  • .... Airey
  • Dave Barker
  • J. Bartholomew
  • Ray Betts
  • Dave Birch
  • Dave Blinston
  • Pete Bury
  • Steve Casey
  • D. Chadderton
  • Brian Eaton
  • Roger Farrell
  • Bill Jackson
  • Jack Lee
  • Keith Lumb
  • A. Marsh
  • Vinnie Marsland
  • D. Parker
  • Paul Rennie
  • Chris Taylor
  • P. Thompson
  • Johnny Watling
  • .... Williams
  • Ian Wilson
  • Brian Worsley