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Cycle Speedway Teams Down the Ages

Sussex East: Battle Bulldogs

About the team

Track was on the Recreation Ground in North Trade Road, and was situated at the bottom of a bank behind the football pitches.

Team Colours: White with Union Jack.

Club Manager: G. Parks, Marley Lane, Battle.

Club Secretary: Mrs N. Hicks, Flat 2, Lake House, Battle.

Representative on the Seddlescombe League Committee: Mr Longley.

David Gammon & Arthur Puxty joined the team at the start of the 1952 season when Sedlescombe ceased racing. Also several visiting soldiers rode in the team.

Rode in the Sedlescombe League  1950-1953.

League racing took place on a Friday night.

In 1953 the club held the "Coronation Cup", this being an individual event.

At the end of the 1953 season the team foundered.

Test Match result held at Battle on the 7th July 1950.

Sussex 42 - Scotland 65.

Test Match result held at Battle on the 7th July 1951.

Sedlescombe 89 - Fishersgate 30.

Team Honours.

1951 won the Sedlescombe League, runners-up Udimore Tigers. Other teams in the League were: Rye Aces; Sedlescombe Saints; Lydd Lions; Staplecross Swifts; Robertsbridge Rockets; Rolvenden Rockets; Icklesham Vikings; Peasmarsh Panthers; Sandhurst Invictas; Northiam Knights; Ticehurst Terriers.

1952 won the Sedlescombe League, runners-up Udimore Tigers, 3rd Rye Aces, 4th Hawkhurst Hawks, 5th Sidley Cyclones, 6th Cobbs Wood Eagles. Other Teams in the League were: Lydd Lions; Sandhurst Invictas; Cobbs Wood Eagles; Robertsbridge Rockets; Wadhurst Lions; Peasmarsh Panthers; Ticehurst Terriers; Horsmonden Hawks; Rolvenden Rockets. The league winners were decided under floodlights at Rye in September. Battle captain Roy Marriott received the shield from the Mayoress of Rye, Mrs D.A. Candler.

Interesting Fact.

On his first visit to the Battle track, Robin Sims of the Sandhurst team was distracted as he rode his bike towards the track prior to the racing starting on a Bank Holiday Monday, went over the steep bank, and broke his neck. A benefit meeting was held for him in August 1952 between Sandhurst and Battle. Fortunately such serious injuries were rare, and Robin later recovered, riding once again, but this time for Rolvenden.

Team disbanded at the end of the 1953 season.

Riders

  • Roly Beaney
  • David Gammon
  • John Mann
  • Roy Marriott(capt)
  • .... Oliver
  • Jimmy Pierce
  • Arthur Puxty
  • Jimmy Spray