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Cycle Speedway Teams Down the Ages

Yorkshire North: Catterick Lions

About the team

This was an army built and run track at the Catterick Army Camp, with some already established Cycle Speedway riders who were doing National Service.

Track was built in 1950, and was at Shipleys Green Lane Barracks.

First home match was against the New Brough Park Eagles from Newcastle, whom they beat

Club Manager: 2215865 L/Cpl R.G. Devine, 1 Squadron, 1st Trg Regt Royal Signals, Loos Lines, Catterick Camp, Yorks.

Team Manager: Duncan Casson.

Within eight months the team had electric starting gates, printed programmes and team colours.

Raced against many of the local teams.

Interesting Fact.

Bob Devine adopted the name 'Garland' after the well known leg trailer Gruff Garland, who rode for White City, Glasgow.

On July 23rd The Lions beat Newcastle 27.5-26.5.

On the 29th July 1950 the track's third meeting took place between the The Lions and The Eagles.

Also a match took place between The Lions and The Flyers, the Lions winning 62-45.

Speedway Riders.

Doug Wootton was the son of Les Wootton, and like his father rode speedway.



  • Eric Ashley(Norwich)
  • Doug Bowman
  • Ron Callendar
  • J. Casson
  • Bob Devine/Garland(Glasgow)
  • B. Evans
  • Phil Goddard
  • Jack McQueen
  • Ray Pollard(Ruskin Flyers)
  • Ron Snelling(Beckton)
  • 'Kid' South(Dagenham Diamonds)
  • Peter Tarrant(Warwick Lions)
  • Ron Tarrant(capt)(as above)
  • Norman 'Norrie' Whitfield
  • Doug Wootton(Bristol)