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Oxfordshire: Horspath Hammers

About the team

Team Founded in 1956.

Track on the Recreation Ground, Horspath, Nr Oxford.

Track Dimensions: 72yards x 15ft, shale surface.

Club Colours: Red/White/Blue shirts.

Raced in the Oxford City League 1958.

Raced in the Oxford League 1961.

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

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

Raced in the English League 1974/75/76.

Club President: Ken Thompson.

Club Chairman: Emrys Williams.

Club Secretary: Mick Grant, 1 Gidley Heath, Horspath, Oxford(1960s).

Club Secretary: Mick Grant, 2 Hillary Way, Wheatley, Nr Oxford(1964).

Club Secretary: C.W. Baldwin, 18 Pauling Road, Wood Farm Estate, Headington, Oxford(1965).

Club Secretary: Mrs P Cull, 106 Horspath Road, Cowley, Oxford(1966).

Club Secretary: M.A. Cull, 2 Manor Farm Road, Horspath, Oxford.

Club Chairman: Wally Grant(1978).

Club Secretary: R. Williams, 7 St Martins Road, Rose Hill, Oxford(1978).

Club Treasurer: Ian Blunt(1978).

Team Manager: George Byles(1980s)

Individual Honours.

1961 Mick Grant won the County Senior Individual, runner up Eric Butler.

1961 Kevin Rowland won League Riders Individual, runner up Gerald Smith.

1964 Barry Dawes(13) won the London Grand Prix, runner-up was Mike Parkins(11) of Norwich Stars, 3rd was Vic Hinchcliffe(10) of Offerton Devils, after a run-off with Wally Dighton.

Team Honours.

1961 won the Oxfordshire League, runners up Great Milton Rockets.

1961 won the Oxfordshire County Team Champs.

Club Honours.

In 1995 the first British Under 16 Individual Final was held at The Recreation Ground, Horspath. The Referee was Mr Kevin Randall(Dorset). The winner was Chris Roberts(Poole) with a 20 point maximum. Runner-up was Steven Clare(North Park-Norfolk) on 17 points, 3rd was James Merrick(Southampton) with 16 points. Other scorers: Daniel Austen(Hawbush-Essex) 15, Adrian Williams(Ipswich-Suffolk) 14, Leon Yelland(Ipswich) 14, Darren Debenham(Great Blakenham-Suffolk) 13, Nathan Harris(Southampton) 13, Chris Nuttall(Horspath-Oxford) 13, Ben Weldon(Southampton) 13, John Wheeler(Horspath) 12, James Carter(Heckmondwike-West Yorks) 10, Daniel Harper(Swindon) 9, Mike Waters(North Park-Norfolk) 8, Geoff Stone(Headley-Oxford) 7, John Chamberlain(Southampton) 6.

Riders

  • Vic Armstrong
  • C. Baldwin
  • S. Barber
  • Martin Bartlett
  • Norman Berry
  • Ray "Tom" Boaler
  • D. Brown
  • Colin Bryant
  • Eric Butler
  • Doug Califano
  • A. Carvell
  • Bren Casey
  • A. Chapelle
  • Tony Cherry
  • John Cobbin(1966)
  • Marcus Cull
  • Barry Dawes
  • .... Dayley
  • Pete Denmark
  • Mick Digweed
  • .... Downs
  • Gerald Doyle
  • P. Doyle
  • Bob Fenn
  • G. Fisk
  • Mick Flanaghan
  • M. Fogden
  • Geoff Gamage
  • Brian Gilliland
  • Mick Grant
  • Wally Grant
  • T. Gunn
  • Terry Hall
  • N. Hanks
  • Chris Harwood
  • Paul Hitchcox
  • Maurice Honey
  • P. Hornblow
  • D. Hughes
  • Alan Lawrence
  • Adrian Lewis
  • Mick Lewis
  • .... Lillis
  • S. Litt
  • Tom Little
  • S. Lockyer
  • Alex McMinn
  • Jim McMinn
  • Phil Mold
  • Dave Morris
  • D. Newman
  • Roy Newman
  • G. Pithers
  • R. Plested
  • Kevin Rowland
  • Alan Selwood
  • B. Selwood
  • A. Shappell
  • Des Shorter
  • Martin Shorter
  • P. Sinnett
  • Gerald Smith
  • .... Taylor
  • Fred Tidmarsh
  • Gordon Thomas
  • Phil Tyler
  • R. Upton
  • Dave Wells
  • N. Whistler
  • Peter White
  • Paul Wilkinson(1966/67)
  • M. Wilson
  • Brian "Winny" Winchester

1970s.

  • Martin Bartlett
  • Steve Blower
  • Ian Blunt
  • Ray "Tom" Boaler
  • M. Brennan
  • George Byles
  • S. Califano
  • M. Cantwell
  • Richard Cantwell
  • Tony Cherry
  • S. Collins
  • S. Cox
  • Paul Denmark
  • Gerald Doyle
  • D. Eaton
  • T. Eaton
  • Richard Edge
  • M. Fogden
  • Geoff Gamage
  • Mervyn Gleeson
  • Tony Gunn
  • S. Hayle
  • Chris Hine
  • Paul Hitchcox
  • Graham Johnson
  • J. Johnson
  • Adrian Lewis
  • M. McSweeney
  • Roy Newman
  • Steve Osmond
  • Dave Sawyer
  • .... Singleton
  • Dave Taylor
  • Gordon Thomas
  • Rob Wallsgrove
  • K. Walters
  • Dave Wells

1980s +.

  • Lewis Bates
  • Steven Beesley
  • Carl Bloomfield
  • Ian Blunt
  • Mark Boaler
  • Mark Brennan
  • Mick Brennan
  • S. Califano
  • M. Cantwell
  • Richard Cantwell
  • Mark Carmichael
  • Steve Cox
  • Richard Edge
  • Gary Fawdrey
  • Steve Galloway
  • Geoff Gamage
  • Chris Gregory(1990)
  • Ricky Gregory
  • Steve Harris
  • Gary Harwood
  • Paul Hitchcox
  • Wayne Hutt
  • Gary Innes
  • Graham Jones
  • M. McSweeney
  • Alan Martin
  • Ian Mitchell
  • Dave Murphy
  • Chris Nuttall(1995)
  • Tauran Okusanya
  • Chris Osborne
  • Lewis Osborne
  • Dave Saunders
  • Paul Shepherd
  • Chris Smith
  • Gary Smith
  • Nigel Smith
  • Keith Snelling
  • Mark Squires
  • Errol Thaw
  • John Wheeler
  • Jerome Williams
  • Ian Winnett
  • Julian Wray