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Cycle Speedway Teams Down the Ages

Warwickshire: Roland Rockets

About the team

Track was in Parkville Highway, Coventry.

Club Secretary: Mrs G.M. Challis, 72 Parkville Highway, Coventry.

Raced in the Coventry & District League Div 2 in 1950.

Individual Honours.

1953 N. Thompson won the Warwickshire County Individual Championship.

Team Honours.

1950 won the Coventry & District League Div 2.

1950 reached the final of the Benevolent Fund Cup, where they drew against Adderley Aces. The two teams shared the holding of the cup for six months apiece.

Interesting Facts.

In 1950 the Rockets were beaten only three times out of 44 matches, winning 39 times, and drawing twice. They were undefeated at home, and also reached the Semi-Finals of the "News Chronicle" National team Championships. In the Semi-Final they travelled to Manchester to meet the Chorlton Aces, where they were narrowly beaten.

In 1950 the Officials for the Coventry and District Amateur Cycle Speedway were:  President: His Worship the Mayor, Alderman J. Howat, JP; Vice Presidents: Councillor H. Weston, Deputy Mayor and Charles Ochiltree Esq. Control Board Members: Chairman: H.A. Turton Esq; Hon Secretary: A.D. Ellis Esq; Hon Treasurer: W.H. Causer Esq; L.R. Slater Esq; A.E. Smith Esq; J. Johnson Esq; D. Tudsbury Esq.   

Riders

  • Roy Crabb
  • Ken Davies
  • Tony Gilberthorpe
  • Alan Grassby
  • Howard Hill
  • Derek Sheldon
  • Derek Sims
  • Mick Spooner
  • Alan Stace
  • N. Thompson