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Cycle Speedway Teams Down the Ages

Berkshire: Henley Hawks

About the team

Team formed in 1955 by Mr John Leyland & Mr Nick Simmons.

First race meeting was held on the 12th August 1955.

1st track was at Lion Meadows close to the Leander Club.

2nd track was at The Binns, Wargrave Road, Henley(this track was grass based).

Club Manager/Secretary/Chief Steward: Mr John Leyland, 50 Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon(1955-1958).

Club Assistant Secretary: Nick Simmons.

Club was never affiliated, racing internal matches, apart from a challenge match against Drayton St Leonards Vampires in 1957.

Last race meeting held was the Club's Individual Riders Championship on the 23rd November 1958.

The club held approx 50 such meetings.

The club folded after losing their track at The Binns, plus the lack of adult help.

Match Result 1957: Henley Hawks 74 - Henley & District Motor Cycle Club 34.

Match Result 1957: Henley Hawks 55 - Ridgeway Rovers 53.

Match Result 1957: Henley Hawks 34 - Priest Hill Prowlers 38.

Match Result 1957: Drayton St Leonard Vampires 65 - Henley Hawks 31.

Match Result 1958: Henley Hawks 43 - Nettlebed Nomads 23.          

Individual Honours.

1955 & 1956 John Leyland won the club individual championship.

1957 Mike Palmer won the club individual championship.

1958 Irving Leyland won the club individual championship.

Riders

  • Colin Allum
  • Ken Allum
  • Anthony Austin
  • Peter Barlow
  • Paul Bennett
  • T. Booth
  • David Bryant
  • Brian Carter
  • Glyn Carter
  • Ian Clements
  • Pete Clements
  • M. Colbeck
  • M. 'Bill' Cooke
  • Colin Darnell
  • David Dean
  • John Dudley
  • Jim Edinborough
  • Len Edinborough
  • Geoff Evans
  • Alan Farmer(vice capt 1957)
  • Mike Farrell
  • Trevor Goodall
  • Mike Gyselynck
  • John Hales
  • Graham Hansan
  • Ricky Heath
  • P. Holmes
  • Brian Hurst
  • Chris Isherwood
  • Peter Leathwood
  • David Lewis
  • P. Lewis
  • Irving Leyland
  • John Leyland(capt)
  • Richard Leyland
  • W. 'Bill' Lloyd
  • Mike Lovegrove
  • Chris Mears
  • Brian Moore
  • M. Mortimer
  • David Neale
  • Frank Neale
  • Alan Newbury
  • Mike Palmer
  • Derek Parker
  • Maurice Payne
  • Terry Payne
  • John Peters
  • Norman Phillips
  • John Robins
  • Pete Robinson
  • Pete Rogers
  • Kevin Sadler
  • David Scouse
  • Robert Shirley
  • Nick Simmons(vice capt 1958)
  • A. 'Tony' Smith
  • Roger Smith
  • T. Taylor
  • Barry Thatcher
  • Les Tompkins
  • Terry Truss
  • L. 'Mod' Warner
  • Chris White
  • Graham White
  • Mike Wiltshire
  • N. Younger