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Sussex East: Broad Oak Aces

About the team

Team formed in 1953.

Track was at Broad Oak Recreation Ground beside the Village Hall, Broad Oak, Heathfield, Nr Eastbourne, Sussex.

The original track was parallel to the road, but at the instigation of the league, they built a new one longer and better at right angles to the old one. The new track was opened by the film and stage celebrity Ronald Shiner, who owned the pub at Blackboys.

Track length was 85 yards.

Team colours: Red with White Ace and words "Broad Oak".

The Aces very first match in 1953 was against Wadhurst Lions.

Rode in the Sedlescombe League 1954-1956.

Rode Friendly matches only in 1957, before disbanding.

Reformed in 1962, and rode in the British League 1963-1965.

Friendly matches and tours 1967-1971.

Affiliated to the British Cycle Speedway Federation, racing in the British League.

Club President: Norman Wisdom.

Club Secretary: Ken Durrant(Senior), 1 Seaview Cottages, Broad Oak, Heathfield, Sussex(1960s).

John Vater was the clubs mechanic, plus their coach driver on away trips.

Patrick Vader was the club mascot.

Test Match result held at Broad Oak? in 1956.

Sedlescombe League 45 - Scotland 38.

Facts.

Team had their own coach for transport.

Speedway Riders.

Barry Weaver rode for Bradford.

Riders

  • John Botting(capt)
  • Roy Briggs
  • Tony Brook
  • John Connelly
  • Mick Corby
  • M. Devonald
  • Ken Durrant(junior)
  • Terry Elliott
  • Arthur Ellis(1964)
  • Terry Fairway
  • R. Farmer
  • Charlie Field
  • Harry Fieldwick
  • Garth French
  • Phil French(capt)
  • Roy Hazleton
  • C. Hemsley
  • Steve Hibbert
  • Eric Holman
  • Ray Mockford
  • Mick Muddle
  • Roger Noakes
  • .... Norton(1969)
  • Eric Piercy
  • Geoff Porter
  • Robin Richardson
  • Bob Rolfe(1964)
  • Tony Roberts
  • Peter Saunders
  • G. Simkins
  • Chris Smith
  • John Smith
  • R. Smith
  • Dave Symonds
  • .... Tulloch(1969)
  • Robin Vater