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Cycle Speedway Teams Down the Ages

Dorset: Melbury Lions

About the team

Team formed in the late 1940s.

The track was chalk & cinder, and was based below Zig-Zag Hill on land owned by Major Sampson.

Raced in the North Dorset League in the 1950s.

Spectators, often numbering over 200, watched the racing from the "Cliff".

A Lorry with side benches in the back was used to get riders to away matches, the first one belonging to Ernie Ryall, and a later one by Stan Brickell.

Post race meetings were held in a private room at the "Glyn Arms".

Club Secretary: D. Merifield, "Restmore", Melbury Abbas, Shaftsbury, Dorset.

Team Manager: John Brickell.


  • John Brickell
  • Peter Caley
  • Don Merryfield
  • Norman Parsons
  • Bill Ryall
  • Michael Ryall
  • Wally Wareham
  • Ted Wareham