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Cycle Speedway Teams Down the Ages

Northamptonshire: Milton Stars

About the team

Club Founded in 1950.

Joined the Northants League 1950.

1st Track was in Barn Lane(British Rail Land), opposite the gate for Rathvilly Egg Farm.

Reg Digby, the tenant of the said piece of land, gave his permission for the track, providing that no scrumping took place.

First track built was square!! Rode on this for one season only.

Duston Devils were the first team to visit for a friendly match.

2nd track was in a small paddock(known as the "Half-Craft") in front of The Greyhound Public house(1951).

Harry Phipps was the landlord of the pub, and gave his permission for the new track.

Turners Nursery(now Orchard Close) supplied lorry loads of Ash/Cinder from their greenhouse boilers for this new track.

Duck built the new elastically powered starting gate.

Diggers sister "Doff" made the splendid Tabards from old sheets, adding red painted numbers with green stars that she cut from two blouses.

Websters Coaches from Pattishall were nearly always used for the way matches.

Any rider who scored a maximum would win a new bike part for his efforts.

Club Manager: Fred Hurst, 10 Council Houses, Towcester Road, Milton, Northants.

Racing 1950s.

Team Honours.

The team won the league in either 1954 or 1955(not too sure).

Riders

  • Colin "Andy" Anderson
  • John "Dick" Bass
  • Roland "Whiskey" Bass
  • Sam Cherry
  • Neville Cook
  • Maurice "Riss" Cowley
  • Keith "Killer" Cox
  • Alan "Digger/Mate" Digby
  • Dick East
  • Bill "Shep" Harding
  • Donald "Duck" Hurst
  • Fred "Tuck" Hurst
  • Derek "Curley" Judge
  • Geoff "Jummer" Judge
  • Bob "Bobkin" Kingston
  • Neville "Baggy" Manning
  • Alan Paul
  • Fred "Freddie" Proctor
  • John "Sparrow" Shipperly
  • Pete Stewart
  • Michael "Mick" Tack
  • Douglas "Butty" Walker
  • Bob Webb
  • Keith "Chink" Whitely