Cycle Speedway Teams Down the Ages
Devon: Newton Abbott Braves
About the team
Track built in Forde Road, Newton Abbott in 1951. It opened in 1952 with a surface of cinder.
The track had a safety fence, electric starting gate, and a public address system.
Club President: Mr Norman Roberts(Chairman of Newton Abbot Urban Council).
Team Manager: Leo Hearn.
Team colours were Red and Green Breastplates, with a crossed tomahawk insignia, with the name Newton Abbot Braves.
The clubs signature tune was 'Marching Strings'.
Team raced in the Teign & District League. In August 1952 a league meeting donated £43 to the Lynmouth disaster fund(which is nearly £2,000 in todays money).
Team travelled to away meetings in the back of a lorry.
- Malcolm Bidder
- Norman Bunclark
- John 'Buster' Burnett
- Derek Doble
- G. Eales
- G. Endacott
- Bill Furze
- D. Furze
- Billy Gilpin
- Ken Heyward
- Brian Lancaster
- Tony Mitchell
- M. Moon
- Jim Pike
- Bronco Prowse
- D. Rice
- Owen Saunders
- John Shapland
- John Shepherd
- Stu Taylor(capt)
- Tony Vinnecombe
- M. Wreford
- S. Wreford
1952 Newton Braves.
1952(July). The Braves Riders. L/R: Malc...
Newton Braves Programme Cover.
1952(Sept 20th). Programme Cover. Torqua...
1953(May 12th) Programme Cover. Kingstei...
1953(June 30th). Programme Cover. Townst...
1953(July 24th). Programme Cover. Paignt...
The 'Braves' Reunion 12th April 2014. Ba...