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Cycle Speedway Teams Down the Ages

Midlands West: Hagley Comets

About the team

Team based in Birmingham.

Used the old Walsall track in 1961.

Raced in the Birmingham League 1962.

Club Secretary: E. Clift, 106 Worlds End Lane, Quinton, Birmingham 32(1960s).

Interesting Facts.

The Team Bibs were made by Mrs Williams(mother of Trevor), the leather coming from "Antler", the case manufacturers in Birmingham.

Johnny Varnish was the father of Jimmy Varnish, and the grandfather of Jess Varnish who raced with Victoria Pendleton in the 2012 Olympics.

Individual Honours.

Johnny Varnish came runner up in National Individual Final 1959.

Speedway Riders.

Archie Wilkinson rode for Crayford - Cradley - Wolverhampton and Birmingham.


  • Peter Allen
  • Tony Arnold
  • Brian Buck(1961)
  • Ray Cashmore
  • Ted Clift
  • Roger Crutchley
  • Keith Davenport
  • Kevin Dorney
  • Dave Emery
  • Arthur Evans
  • Dave Hemus
  • Colin Hindley
  • Sid Hodgetts
  • Archie Holyoake
  • K. Johnson
  • Eric Mills
  • Ray Pritchard
  • Dave Roden(capt)
  • David Sheldon
  • Roy Shirley
  • Geoff Tapp
  • Chris Turley
  • Johnny Varnish
  • T. Wall
  • Archie Wilkinson
  • Trevor Williams(capt)