Week Ending October 11

THE shock news this week was that after 27 years of operation, Oxford Speedway was to close. Cowley Stadium authorities had accepted a £230,000 offer from Oxford City Council to use the site for building development.

Earlier in the year, Oxspeed Limited had offered to but the stadium for £220,000 but this had fallen short of the Council’s offer. Bob Dugard and Danny Dunton, the joint promoters, were said to be dumbfounded when they were informed of the decision by the local press. Dugard told the Speedway Star, ‘We have had no notification at all from the stadium at this point, no mention was made of it at last night’s speedway meeting at Oxford and I am at a loss as to why a statement should be issued to the local press before we are appraised of the situation officially.’

ANOTHER team with a big question mark hanging over its future was Bradford. Promoter Jim Streets had dropped a bombshell on the eve of the season’s final meeting when he revealed that he was considering pulling out of Odsal and moving his team to Doncaster.

He cited dwindling support and the introduction of stock car racing as the key reasons, saying in an interview, ‘I’ve been very disappointed with attendances and I must now consider whether the Bradford public really want speedway. I’ve lost money this season and obviously I can’t go on doing so. I have grave doubts about whether the track will support both sports and, if one of us has to go, it will have to be speedway because the stock cars are attracting much bigger crowds.’

AT CREWE a row was brewing over a date for the rearranged New National League fixture with Peterborough. The Panthers had walked out in July after disputing the home promoter’s decision to operate rider replacement for their new signing Russ Osborne, who had failed to put in an appearance. Kings’ manager Dave Parry claimed that Peterborough had rejected his approach to name a new date. As a consequence, he had written to the BSPA, telling them that unless Peterborough  offered a date, he intended to claim the match points.

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: Halifax’s Charlie Monk

BACK: Brian Clark of Peterborough Panthers

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