Cycle Speedway Teams Down the Ages
Dorset: Alderney Devils
About the team
Team formed by a few youngsters living on Alderney East housing estate, this being in 1958.
The principles involved were Micky Kearl, Brian Woodrow, Graham Dicker & Gordon Day.
The track was dug out on common ground just off Guernsey Road, on the Alderney East housing estate, which was four miles North of Poole. No official matches were ridden, just friendly events between the growing number of youngsters who turned up at the track.
Poole Council revealed plans to build a youth club on ground opposite the track during 1959, and a chance meeting with Councillor William Rigler ensured that a 70 yard dirt surfaced raceway would be installed on the site of the original track at the same time. A fenced off pit area was positioned on the third and fourth turns, and the starting area was laid with concrete paving slabs.
Although there wasn't a local league in 1960, riders from Alderney competed against members of the Tatnam and Upton clubs for the Poole Cycle Speedway Riders Championship.
When the Youth Club opened in October 1960, a Cycle Speedway section was quickly formed, with Mr Joe Dicker taking the post of both secretary & team manager.
Members voted to adopt the nickname of the 'Stars' at the end of 1960.
- Gordon Day
- Graham Dicker
- Micky Kearl
- Brian Woodrow