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Cycle Speedway Teams Down the Ages

London West: Acton Acorns

About the team.

1st track was at the Junction of The Paddocks & Salmon Street, Kenton, this being an ex US Camp(1947).

2nd track was at Willesden Junction(evicted from this in 1948 by London County Council Officials).

Shared a track with Wembley Panthers on a nearby disused tennis court after this, but during a match two policemen arrived and ordered the ground to be permanently vacated.

Raced in the Wembley & District Winter League Section 'A'.

Raced in the First Round of the "World" Cup in 1949, beating Fordingbridge Saints on aggregate 137 - 53. Acorns top scorers at Fordingbridge: Don Morris 13 - Dick Kidd 12.

Club Secretary: K. Noble, 8 Western Avenue, East Acton, London W.3.(1948).

Club Secretary: R.J. Kidd, 92 Lindsay Drive, Kenton.

Club Secretary: I. Noble, 12 Roslin Road, Acton, London W3(1966).

Individual Honours.

1949 Fred Smallwood rode in the first International for England(Southern Region) against Scotland at Rayleigh.

1949 Fred Smallwood was runner-up to Dennis Bottazzi in the International Grand Prix.

1949 Dudley Smith captained the Middlesex Test Team against London at High Beech Stadium.

1949 Dudley Smith came 3rd in the Middlesex "All Star" Championship, the winner being Ken Cooper, and runner-up was 'Buster' Brown.

Speedway Riders.

Dudley "Dud"  Smith rode for Southampton.


  • J. Buffham
  • R. Compton
  • E. Forbes
  • K. Harris
  • Derek Hicks(capt)
  • Arthur Jackson
  • Dick Kidd(1949)
  • R. Kingsman
  • R. Lacey
  • S. Luke
  • C. Milner
  • Don Morris(1949)
  • I. Noble
  • Keith Noble
  • V. Pope
  • D. Riley
  • Fred Smallwood
  • Doug Smith
  • Dudley  "Dud"  Smith(capt)
  • Pete Smith
  • K. Wheeler
  • Ken Wilson