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Cycle Speedway Teams Down the Ages

Tyne & Wear: Trow Lea Mariners

About the team

Club formed in 1965.

Track was at Trow Lea, or the Leas as the area was called. This was a green piece of land between the sea and the cliffs, and the track was known as the 'Nest'. This is now the area where the Great North Run has it's finishing line.

Due to the picturesque vicinity of the track, they were removed by the local council in 1966, and raced all their matches on the Monkchester Rec at Newcastle until August 1967.

New track was at Temple Park, which eventually became the towns Swimming & Leisure Centre.

Club Secretary: Les Gustafsen, 8 Bisley Drive, South Shields, Co Durham(1966).

Individual Honours.

1965 Area Individual Champion Mike Dobson.

Speedway Riders.

Frank Auffret rode for Middlesborough and Hull.

Riders

  • Doug Atkinson
  • Frank Auffret
  • Jim Braney
  • Mike Dobson
  • Murray Gibson
  • Jimmy Graham
  • Les Gustafson
  • C. Hughes
  • Terry Kirkup
  • John McConnell
  • Eddie Murray
  • Mick Noutch
  • Pete Phillipson
  • John Quinn
  • Barry Smith
  • Jim Smith
  • Dave Taylor
  • Keith Thompson
  • Ray Turner
  • S. Woods