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Sussex East: Beddingham Tigers

About the team

Team formed at the end of the 1947 season by some farm workers who obtained permission to build a track in the farmers field, close to the level crossing on the A27 at Beddingham, near Lewes.

Track measured 112 yards, and was possibly the largest track in the County. Because of it's size, races were held over three laps instead of the customary four.

Team Colours: Blue and Yellow.

Club Manager: M. Criddle, Railway Cottages, Beddingham. These cottages were demolished when a bridge was built to replace the crossing.

Team disbanded prior to the 1952 season due to call-ups.

Entrees in the local newspaper.

Sussex Express Friday 23rd June 1950, page 5 col 1:

DISPUTE, SO MATCH WAS ABANDONED: Beddingham Tigers cycle speedway team rode against Staplecross Swifts on Sunday at Beddingham. The match was abandoned after six heats owing to a dispute regarding the disqualification of a rider. The Tigers were leading by two points at the time.

Sussex Express, Friday 14th July 1950, page 1 col 9:

TIGERS WIN CUP FOR CYCLE SPEEDWAY: there was a large crowd at Beddingham cycle speedway track on Sunday when riders from clubs in the Lewes and District League competed for a challenge cup presented by Mrs Burr of the Fox Inn. There was some keen riding, top points scorers being M. Criddle(captain), S. Trigwell and D. Tomsett(Beddingham Tigers), and R. Cunliffe(captain, Lewes Rooks). In the final heat Criddle beat Cunliffe to win the cup. He also scored 23 points, the maximum for the evening. Don Criddle crashed in the third heat and was unable to ride for the rest of the evening. T. Blackman, an old member of the Beddingham Tigers on leave from the RAF, also rode well. Teams competing were Beddingham Tigers, Fishersgate Flyers, Portslade and Lewes Rooks.

 

Riders

  • T. Blackman
  • Don Criddle
  • M. Criddle(capt)
  • D. Tomsett
  • S. Trigwell