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Midlands West: Kingstanding Monarchs

About the team

1st track was the Hilltop Juniors old track on Ropers Hill, Greenholm Road.

2nd track was on Perry Hall Playing Fields, Perry Barr, Birmingham B42.

Track Dimensions: 85yards x 12ft, shale surface.

Club Colours: Pale Blue with Black trim. Junior team Yellow/Black.

Team formed when Hill Top Juniors & Moore Lane Monarchs amalgamated.

Founded in 1948 when they joined the Birmingham & District League.

Raced in the Northern Premier League Div 1.

Raced in the National League 1961(1st season of this new league).

Raced in the Birmingham League 1964.

Affiliated to the British Cycle Speedway Federation, racing in the British League.

Raced in the Birmingham League 1973.

Club Secretary: Harold Smith, 41 Danesbury Crescent, Birmingham 22C(also 39 Dyas Road, Great Barr, Birmingham 22A).

Harold Smith was also well known for being the Editor of the Cycle Speedway Annual, as well as former Editor of Spokesman. Harold died in 1975 aged just 41. 

Club Rider/Manager: John Ward.

Assistant Team Manager: Paul Bodley(1966).

Club Chairman: S. Brownhill(1978).

Club Chief Executive: D. Jones(1978).

Club Secretary: Mrs V. Matthews, 14 Denholme Grove, Kings Heath, Birmingham(1978).

Club Manager: D. Matthews(1978).

Club Tragedy.

On November 27th 1973 Julie Walsh, the 25 year old wife of Ivor Walsh, was tragically killed in a road accident at Brierly Hill, Staffs. Their young baby who was in the car at the time of the accident was unhurt. The couple had been married for four years.

True Fact.

Although winning their National Trophy match against the Uxbridge Pirates on the day in 1964, after a disciplinary hearing the result was reversed. The Monarchs had used a certain Roger Ellis of Wolverhampton in their team, riding under the name of John Taylor, and the 8 points that he had scored were deducted and added to the Uxbridge score, thus giving Uxbridge the match 51-45. Monarchs were also fined £1, and Ellis, the Wolverhampton Manager, received a reprimand.

Individual Honours.

1952 Vic Halliwell won the Birmingham & District Individual Championship, runner up was Don Bovill(Hall Green Hurricanes).

1952 Frank Holmes won the Junior Individual Championship, runner up J. Vann(Aston Aces), 3rd Alan Harrison.

1952 Gordon Jones won the Kingstanding & District Individual Championship.

1957 Pete Blackwell came runner up in National Individual Final.

1957 Alan Harrison came 3rd in National Individual Final.

1957 Gerald Kean won the Monarchs Hilltop Scurry, after an epic run-off with Pete Blackwell, after both riders had tied in 14 points. Johnny Ward won the run-off for 3rd spot, with Vic Halliwell 4th and Alan Harrison 5th, after all three riders had scored 12 points apiece.

1958 Pete Blackwell came 3rd in first World Individual Championship held in Hilversum, Holland.

1958 Willie Evans(14) won the Warwickshire Senior Individual Championship. Gerry Kean(13) was runner-up, with Ewie Edwards(12) 3rd, after a run-off with Alan Harrison.

1958 Vic Halliwell(14) won the Midland Riders Championship, runner-up John Heaton(12) of Aldridge Hammers, 3rd B. Colley(12) from Coventry.

1958 Pete Rabone won the Warwickshire Junior Championship.

1961 Colin Beasley(14) won the Midland Riders Championship at Leicester, runner-up was Pete Blackwell(12), and third after a run-off was Ray Lewis from Earlsdon Hammers, who beat john Harrhy(Brandon Bees), both riders scoring 11 points..

1961 Pete Blackwell won the Birmingham Senior Championship.

1966 Ivor Walsh won the Midland Youth Championship.

1966 Ivor Walsh won the Cycle Speedway Cup Competition at Wednesfield Carnival with 12 points, runner up was Dave Underhill of Tipton after a run off with Doug Davis of Shelton, both riders having scored 11 points.

1967 Roger Ellis won the "Rider of the Year" award, runner up was Derek Garnett(Offerton).

1968 Roger Ellis won the English League Riders Championship, runner up Colin Wheeler(Southampton), 3rd Grant Warwick(Leics).

1975 Carl Nash won the Under 15 UK Individual Championship(Brady Cup).

1977 Bob Prince won the Alpha 2 Trophy at Great Wakering.

1980 Phil Morgan won the Under 15 Brady Cup.

1985 Jim Varnish won World Individual Championship At Reserve Parade, Findon, South Australia.

Team Honours.

1951 won the Festival of Britain Trophy at the Festival Gardens, Battersea, beating Battersea Bulldogs.

1952 Birmingham & District League Champions, being unbeaten all season.

1952 won the Horticultural Cup at Brunswick Park, Wednesbury in front of an estimated 10,000 spectatrs, beating Burton Goldstars, the Staffs Champions by 84.5 points to 37.5. The Trophy was presented by Miss Pamela Mant(Christine Archer of the famous radio family), actor John Franklin and bandleader Cyril Stapleton.

1952 won the Beehive Shield, plus the Knockout Cup, as well as the Carnival Cup.

1953 won the Birmingham & District League, winning 19 of their 20 matches.

1953 won the Beehive Shield plus the Coronation Cup(beating the B Team in the final at Hilltop, Greenholm Road, 52-41) .

1956 Birmingham & District League Champions, winning all 14 matches. Runners-up were Birmingham Lions.

1958 won the Marlborough Times Cup, defeating Thatcham Pirates in the junior 4-a-side KO competition.

1961 National Team Champions, beating Weston Stars(Middlesex) 52 - 44 at Uxbridge, Middlesex.

1961 Midland Area Champions, plus the Warwickshire Champions.

Speedway Riders.

Dave Parry rode for Crayford - Wolverhampton and Crewe.

John Taylor rode for Doncaster and Birmingham.

Archie Wilkinson rode for Crayford - Wolverhampton and Birmingham.


  • Pete Allen
  • Tony Arnold
  • Colin Bates
  • Colin Beasley
  • George Bennett
  • Pete Blackwell(capt)
  • John Blakey
  • Terry Blest
  • Jim Blow
  • John Blow
  • Phil Blow
  • C. Boasley
  • Robert Bradley
  • Len Broadbent
  • .... Burke
  • Roger Caldicott
  • .... Chapman
  • Terry Cooper
  • D. Crutchley
  • .... Dale
  • John Davies
  • John Dockerill(capt)
  • Eric Dorman
  • Pete Dorman
  • Eric Edwards(capt)
  • Ewie Edwards
  • Roger Ellis
  • Willie Evans
  • Dave Fewtrell
  • Ron Finney
  • Pat Gilchrist
  • Derek Gulliver
  • Vic Halliwell
  • Frank Hammond
  • Cliff "Crasher" Hanchett
  • Alan Harrison
  • Steve Harrison
  • Eric Harvey
  • Chris Harwood
  • John Heaton
  • D. Hobson
  • Frank Holmes
  • Peter Hook
  • George Houghton(1949-52)
  • Gordon Jones(capt)
  • Gerry Kean
  • Horace Kent
  • Doug Kirby
  • Ken Lane
  • N. Lines
  • George Littler
  • Harry Loasby(1964 +)
  • Joe McGee
  • M. March
  • Len Melling
  • John Mills
  • Melvyn Morris
  • .... Nash
  • Dickie Neal
  • D. Palmer
  • F. Palmer
  • John Palmer
  • Dave Parry(1966)
  • Ian Pattinson
  • Chris Pedley
  • Eddie Polden
  • Peter Quick
  • Pete Rabone
  • Kenny Rake
  • Tony Rake
  • Pete Rhodes
  • Ray Richards
  • Dave Roden
  • John Round
  • Colin Russell
  • Brian Smith
  • E. Smith
  • Harold Smith
  • Alf Stokes
  • Ronnie Stokes
  • John Sylvester
  • .... Tamlyn
  • John Taylor
  • Keith Thompson(1964 +)
  • Paul Timms
  • "Tabby" Turner
  • Roy Turnham
  • Dave Underhill
  • Bob Upton
  • Johnny Varnish
  • Tim Wall
  • Ivor Walsh
  • Bunny Ward
  • Johnny Ward
  • Tony Ward
  • B. Watts
  • Arthur "Archie" Wilkinson
  • John Yafrati


  • Pete Allen
  • Pete Baker
  • Nick Barker
  • Kevin Brownhill
  • Merv Cooper
  • D. Crutchley
  • K. Dayus
  • Graham Frost
  • Geoff Hickman
  • Paul Hickman
  • S. Hunt
  • Steve Jones
  • Stewart Jones
  • N. Lines
  • Kevin Marson
  • Joe McLaughlin
  • Carl Nash
  • Bob Prince
  • Keith Prince
  • Gavin Smith
  • Derek Timms
  • Paul Timms
  • Dave Underhill
  • Jimmy Varnish
  • Phil Widdas
  • Steve Wilkes
  • Karl Wilkinson
  • Joe Williams
  • P. Willis


  • Mark Atkins
  • Jon Best
  • Dave Crutchley
  • Andy Gough
  • Stuart Gough
  • Nic Harvey
  • Steven Hodgkinson
  • Andy James
  • Steve Knox
  • Phil Morgan
  • Mike Smith
  • Dave Underhill
  • Jim Varnish
  • Andy Warburton
  • Mark Webster
  • Phil Widdas
  • Karl Wilkinson
  • Mark Wilkinson
  • Steve Wilkes
  • John Willetts
  • Adrian Woolley
  • Andy Woolley