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Cycle Speedway Teams Down the Ages

London East: Black Lion Monarchs

About the team.

Track was at the back of the Black Lion Hotel, High Street, Plaistow, this being owned by Mr A.W. Clarke, father of Cycle Speedway and Speedway Riders Pat & Colin Clarke.

The track was built over old tennis courts/bowling green, by Harry Eyre, Vic & Lou Dale, Ray Black and "Bomber" Brown.

Harry Eyre was tragically killed at West Ham Speedway in 1953, whilst racing in a novices race.

Club Manager: Mr T Archie.

Club Secretary: T. Archer, 103 London Road, E13.

Beckton Aces moved from their track to the Black Lion, and became the Black Lion Monarchs in 1947.

Raced in the East London League Div 3 1950.

Raced in the East London League Div 2 1951.

Raced in the East London League Div 1 1952(coming runners-up).

Raced in the East London League Div 1 1953.

Individual Honours.

B. Cattano was Essex County Champion in 1952.

Speedway Riders.

Pat Clarke rode for Oxford & West Ham

Colin Clarke rode for Oxford

Harry Eyre rode for West Ham

Vic Harding rode for Hackney


  • Malcolm Bell
  • Pete Bromley
  • Sonny Cattano
  • Ben Davis
  • Pete Frazer
  • Vic Harding
  • Dave Hughes
  • Frank Lovelock
  • Ray Middleton
  • John Pound