The longed for end to World War II came and speedway at Bristol’s Knowle Stadium restarted after the six years of enforced inactivity.
1946 and on 7 July the venue reopened running on an Open Licence under the guidance of Reg Witcomb and Bob Steel, the first meeting being a Junior Best Pairs event.
The Bulldogs re-
Our thanks go to John Jarvis for allowing the use of the book “ Homes of British Speedway” for information and to Richard Austin & John Somerville for the images of the programme cover
First opened in July of 1927 with the staging of a greyhound meeting.
The venue became a ‘Speedway Track’ in 1928 when on August 25th the first dirt-
Surprised to see that this 1930 program, image on the left, was priced at 4p as that seems a lot for 1930 if you look at the image below you will note that the price then, 1937, for a professionally printed program was only 3p.
The Bulldogs joined the National League in 1938 taking over the licence from Hackney, this permitted them to move from the Provincial League to League One, this change however did not work out for them at all and following a year of disastrous results swapped their League One licence with Southampton allowing Bristol Bulldogs to ride in the Division Two for the 1939 season during which they also participated in the southern section of the Union Cup until all league racing stopped in August at the start of World War II .
(Left) We are grateful to Richard Austin for the programme cover from 1937, a meeting that Bristol won 58/25 the team members were.
Bristol... Orange & Black
Harry Shepherd (Capt.)
others riders Reg Gore, Fred Lewis Reg Lambourne all Bristol
Liverpool Red & Blue
Eric Blain (Capt.)
Alan Butler & Eric Butler Reserves